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    I have an offer from Plymouth to do Fdsc in Marine Studies. I need a B in Higher Maths and another two C's at Higher. The year before I got a B in Higher Physics. So tbh I don't think I am going to get a B in Higher Maths (it is solid!). The minimum requirements for the course are 120 ucas points at Higher.

    So my question is if I do not do so well, can I just use the B from Higher Physics last year and possible 3 C's to total over 120 ucas points.

    Or can I get a C in Maths, another C and a B in another subject?

    Thanks.

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    I think that usually works out, yes.

    Back in 2006 my top choice universities wanted BBC, with a B in Biology. I got the BBC, but the C was Biology. They accepted me anyway though.

    So the requirements are not so strict. I think you'd be unlucky not to get in if you got the B something, C Maths and another C. It'd be good if you had a back-up just in case but it should be okay.


    Hmm.. with not feeling all that confident in Maths and then choosing a higher course with its highest requirement in Maths, I think you'd better be prepared to work a bit harder than the average student later on.

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      Does the offer letter actually specify a specific grade in a specific subject? If it does then thats their requirement plus whateve else to get over 120 ucas points.

      I know with my offer for same course at Plymouth is conditional on me getting a grade E at A level in chemistry plus whatever else to make it up to 120.

      If needs be just drop the faculty an email and ask them. They're usually very quick to respond
      "We're not pirates, We're preemptive nautical salvage experts"

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        http://www.merlinhelpsstudents.com/stud ... ulator.asp

        hope this helps

        Be careful it's slightly out of date you no longer get ucas points for standard grade credits.

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          The maths is by no way hard at all if you've done Alevel/Higher maths, pretty much no matter what grade you get. The people who have difficulty with the maths seem to be the ones who haven't done it for a while...

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            Thank you for answering all of you.

            Originally posted by onara
            I think that usually works out, yes.

            Back in 2006 my top choice universities wanted BBC, with a B in Biology. I got the BBC, but the C was Biology. They accepted me anyway though.

            So the requirements are not so strict. I think you'd be unlucky not to get in if you got the B something, C Maths and another C. It'd be good if you had a back-up just in case but it should be okay.


            Hmm.. with not feeling all that confident in Maths and then choosing a higher course with its highest requirement in Maths, I think you'd better be prepared to work a bit harder than the average student later on.
            I do hope it will be the same situation with me. I do have Int 2 Maths at an A, but the Higher Prelim was 45%. I am doing as much revision as I can, but I am sure I will get a C in Maths at least.

            Originally posted by Ash
            Does the offer letter actually specify a specific grade in a specific subject? If it does then thats their requirement plus whateve else to get over 120 ucas points.

            I know with my offer for same course at Plymouth is conditional on me getting a grade E at A level in chemistry plus whatever else to make it up to 120.

            If needs be just drop the faculty an email and ask them. They're usually very quick to respond
            Yes, the offer requests BCC in specific subjects, the B is for Maths. I am wondering if they want me to gain the 120 Ucas point all in the one year?

            I think it is because they are scottish qualifications, they can be a bit picky. I think I will drop an email though.

            Originally posted by Lewis
            http://www.merlinhelpsstudents.com/studentlife/beforeuniversity/ucas/ucaspointscalculator.asp

            hope this helps

            Be careful it's slightly out of date you no longer get ucas points for standard grade credits.
            Thanks for that, is ok they only count the ucas points for higher and above.

            Originally posted by kayak
            The maths is by no way hard at all if you've done Alevel/Higher maths, pretty much no matter what grade you get. The people who have difficulty with the maths seem to be the ones who haven't done it for a while...
            So you are saying that if I pass maths at a C grade, the maths on the course will be easy? What part of the higher course does it actually use? Vectors? Trig?

            Thanks all again.

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            • #7
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              Ah, I didn't mean to suggest that the Maths in the Marine Studies course will be harder than what you're doing now.

              It's more that when I did my A-levels, the teachers kept checking how much work I was doing and setting me more homework for practice. Whereas at my university, there wasn't much of that kind of help, if I needed more practice then I kind of had to find it myself.

              But with kayak's assurance that the Maths is easy then I guess you don't need to worry about it.

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                I be careful of saying easy, as many find it difficult, but with a good and recent background in maths you should have no problems at all. Although this experience is only from phase 1. Trigonometry is the main thing, and re-arranging formulas. Other than that its mainly just plugging values into equations.

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                  Originally posted by kayak
                  I be careful of saying easy, as many find it difficult, but with a good and recent background in maths you should have no problems at all. Although this experience is only from phase 1. Trigonometry is the main thing, and re-arranging formulas. Other than that its mainly just plugging values into equations.
                  Well I will do my best to get the qualifications they have asked for. What place do you study at?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Offer From Plymouth

                    Fleetwood. Nearly did go to plymouth though!

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