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SQA results and entry requirements

I just sat my higher maths exam today which J may have scraped a C in and have higher biology on Wednesday which is definitely not my strongest subject. I have had modern studies, drama and english which I think all went well but I'm not stressed about the fact that even if I get 3 A's, C grades don't seem to cut it for applying to Uni. I really want to study international relations or politics at Uni and I am now freaking out about the fact that I might not be able to get in. I didn't really have a choice when picking maths and biology but if I could go back I would 100000% change it. I'm academic in the sense I can write 1000 word essays with no bother but really struggle to calculate things and retain information in subjects that bore me, like biology. So basically what l'm asking is, can I still get in to Uni? I still have S6 which could bring me 3 more A's, all going well, but I just need some support and maybe advice to if I should go down a different pathway? I hate the stupid exam system, just creates teens with awful mental health and unfair standards for those who aren't academic.
Hi there, congrats on getting through your exams its a challenging time! I was in a very similar position when I was in S5/ 6 and felt I didn't have the grades to get into any university. I also wanted to study politics or IR which is usually a AAB or ABB subject. Its good that you have S6 to take some more courses and have time to think! My advice would be to consider a foundation year, many universities now offer them to help transition people into academia. At SOAS I did a general humanities foundation year and as long as you pass (50% +) the year you can progress onto any course you like! I went on to do a BA in International Relations and Japanese and have absolutely loved it! What universities would you be interested in?
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Hi there, congrats on getting through your exams its a challenging time! I was in a very similar position when I was in S5/ 6 and felt I didn't have the grades to get into any university. I also wanted to study politics or IR which is usually a AAB or ABB subject. Its good that you have S6 to take some more courses and have time to think! My advice would be to consider a foundation year, many universities now offer them to help transition people into academia. At SOAS I did a general humanities foundation year and as long as you pass (50% +) the year you can progress onto any course you like! I went on to do a BA in International Relations and Japanese and have absolutely loved it! What universities would you be interested in?


hi, thanks so much for the response! it really helped calm all the panic. I am looking more to going to bigger university’s like Glasgow or Edinburgh but I also like the sound of the course in Strathclyde. I haven’t had my results yet but Hopefully will be sitting at 3As this year and could defenitly achieve 3As next year, just annoying about maths and biology as I didn’t really have a choice (my parents wanted me to). I’d never heard of a foundation year but I will defiantly look into it! Thanks for the support :smile:

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