Knowing What To Aim For: Talking About Entry Requirements

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You may already know that applying to a university and to a course is based on requirements, and that’s what we are going to talk about now. Before being able to set foot on the glorious fields of a university, you must first be eligible to apply. And what are you going to look out for? Entry requirements!

Universities have a General Entrance requirement, a set of qualifications that every student must have before being able to apply. Naturally, most students are already okay during this point, since these are just basic qualifications, but it never hurts to know what they are exactly. Universities may sometimes require a specific test, such as having the English language requirement, and so on. Some universities are generous enough to give low expectancy requirements to students, so you can rest knowing that you’ll be able to apply.

It’s not just the university, but also each course that you are eyeing for have a certain amount of requirements that they implement. Think of it as a filter, so they know which students have the certain abilities that are needed to study that particular subject. For example, most courses that are in line with mathematics need, well, a previous study of mathematics. Most of these information are on the UCAS website, which is here and most of the time, they provide these in every prospectus that a university has. Higher grades might get you into high quota courses, and lower grades lead you to lesser quota courses–sometimes in a different university.

It would be wise to check the UCAS website whenever you have the chance, because they provide course requirements and are the most up-to-date site regarding course applications. That would be the easiest way to see if you actually have the ability to pass the required grade of that subject. Also, frequently ask your current teachers/advisers about your grades and if they will be sufficient for the course that you are planning to take. Finally, narrow your choices down to five and up before filling up the UCAS form.

Try and predict your grades, too. Pick three courses, courses that are leveled as your predicted grade. Then, pick two lesser courses that you are somehow interested in, has lower grade requirements, and also in the university that you are applying for. And finally, pick one aspirational choice. Your aspirational choice is a course that is one or two grades higher than your predicted grade, but is worth the risk.

UCAS has a special condition called Extra. It allows you to choose another course if you are not accepted in all five courses, or if you have decided that you wanted a different course.
There you have it! We hope this helped you in some way! Requirements are a bit of a hassle, but they are one sure way to get you inside your dream course and university! So don’t take it lightly, fellas!