How important are A Level grades in application?

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How important are A Level grades in application?

Post by jablonski » Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:30 am

Hi there, my first post here. I was wondering what current and past trainees think about the importance of good A Levels? I know at Newcastle it can boost your chance of being selected in the first sift as they have a kind of points system, but do all other institutions look at A levels? In particular I have my eye on the Trent and Oxford courses.

If it helps you provide me your answer, my A level grades were A*A*B. Thanks :)

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Re: How important are A Level grades in application?

Post by maven » Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:43 pm

There is no single way of selecting amongst applications. Some courses care about A-level marks, some don't. But whether or not they do it won't do you any harm, surely?
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Re: How important are A Level grades in application?

Post by jablonski » Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:39 pm

maven wrote:There is no single way of selecting amongst applications. Some courses care about A-level marks, some don't. But whether or not they do it won't do you any harm, surely?
Thanks. I've realised since posting this you can usually find a selection procedure document for each individual course which isn't posted on the clearing house and sometimes even the university website and they do tend to detail whether or not they have a points system for A levels. I noticed that Bath University also has a points system, for example.

Unfortantely for me, it appears Trent doesn't seem to care about A levels, and Oxford hasn't detailed their specific selection procedure. Lmao.

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Re: How important are A Level grades in application?

Post by ell » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:52 am

But surely with 2 A* A levels (which I didn't even know you could get), you're going to be ahead of most in the A level stakes?

I got onto Oxford with ABC at A level. Was a few years ago though.

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Re: How important are A Level grades in application?

Post by jablonski » Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:58 am

ell wrote:But surely with 2 A* A levels (which I didn't even know you could get), you're going to be ahead of most in the A level stakes?

I got onto Oxford with ABC at A level. Was a few years ago though.
ABC are good A level grades! While we're still on this topic I also found a paper written for "best predictors of success of DClinPsy course" or something like that, which found the best predictor of success was high school academic grades. Pretty interesting stuff, although impossible to say the extent to which, as hopeful applicants, it really swings it in applications :)

EDIT: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4153958/

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