Would AAC be enough for ABB entry requirements?

(11 Posts)
amumthatcares Mon 03-Dec-12 13:01:28

My daughter is hoping to study Criminology and is doing A levels in Sociology and Psychology (for which she is predicted A in both). Her third A level is English Language for which she is prediced C. Her two favourite uni choices both require ABB. Would most uni's consider that the second A would compensate for the C, or would they see the C and not give it consideration? Also, would the fact that she is predicted to get two A's in highly relevant subjects to Criminology go in her favour (given that the ABB required can be in any subject - even if its not relevant to the degree confused )

titchy Mon 03-Dec-12 13:04:16

You'd need to check with the individual universities, but yes, they would probably take the AAC.

Copthallresident Mon 03-Dec-12 18:44:34

They might accept AAC as meeting an ABB offer providing they have space on the course within the government student quota. However if they are expanding the course with ABB students as per the government's relaxation of student quotas for students with ABB or better, then AAC will not count. Basically AAC will make DD less attractive to universities than ABB but that is not to say that they will definitely not be prepared to relax their requirements. Up until last year universities were so tight on numbers that there was very little flexibility but last year the grades were dropping like flies because of fewer applicants and grade deflation, and some good unis ended up short of students, all the signs are that the trend will continue.

shushpenfold Mon 03-Dec-12 18:48:49

I have known this go both ways to be honest...it's up to the individual institution.

titchy Mon 03-Dec-12 19:11:11

AAC IS equivalent to ABB from a quota point of view - such a student would fall outside the quota, as would A*, A,D! They are equivalent, for quota purposes anyway!

creamteas Mon 03-Dec-12 21:35:04

AAC is seen as ABB equivalent, so out side of the number controls (full list here if anyone is interested).

As it is outside of the quota, and is not lab based, there is a good chance, but whether or not they will accept usually depends on how the performance and decisions of other students! If on results day they have room, then it will probably be a yes, but if they don't have enough space then it will be no.

peteneras Wed 12-Dec-12 11:07:41

The simple answer is 'No'. She does not meet the offer condition, so to speak. But I'd guess she would have a better than 50-50 chance of getting in anyway.

senua Thu 13-Dec-12 00:01:23

AAC is seen as ABB equivalent, so outside of the number controls (full list here if anyone is interested).

Thanks for that, creamteas, very useful. I note that the list talks about any old A Levels - does that mean that a General Studies result can be used to get a student outside the number controls?

titchy Thu 13-Dec-12 15:27:26

Yes general studies counts, maths plus further maths count as two separate a levels. There is no distinction between 'quality' of Subject. All that counts are grades.

SlowlorisIncognito Thu 13-Dec-12 21:10:09

If she has yet to apply (or yet to recieve offers) the first step is to apply and await offers. She will probably recieve them if her aplication is otherwise strong- i.e. a good personal statement and reference. They may even change their offer in line with her predictions.

If you are deciding on weather to firm one of these two universities, and the offer is grades based, she is not absolutely guarenteed a place on the course, but would usually recieve one, unless they are massively oversubscribed and trying to cut students. If it is points based, she will definately get a place.

VivaLeBeaver Thu 13-Dec-12 21:19:45

You do know that criminology has (or certainly had) one of the highest figures of graduate unemployment? Criminology graduate here.

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