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Selection process

 

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We make offers based on your enthusiasm and commitment to your subject, as shown by your application and personal statement, qualifications, experience and reference.

We show the typical GCE A-level grades on each online prospectus page for guidance, but the actual grades we’ll ask for are decided by a combination of factors, including your interview performance and the demand for places.

The grades that we stipulate will vary from degree to degree, from one applicant to another, and from year to year. We like to select students ourselves, rather than leaving it to the examiners, so it’s not uncommon for students to be admitted with slightly lower grades than those indicated in their offer.

Teaching problems or illness can significantly affect your examination performance, so we will take these into account in our selection if your head teacher, tutor, doctor or other relevant person contacts the Admissions Office immediately, without waiting for results to be published.

We invite some applicants for interview, while sometimes we reject applications without interview because we feel we already have sufficient information to make an informed decision about their suitability for a degree. We frequently interview mature applicants (over 21) or those with alternative qualifications.

If you live outside the UK, we'll try to be flexible about interview dates. We may also be able to arrange an interview overseas, or a telephone interview. Please contact the international team for more details: email international@gold.ac.uk or tel +44 (0)20 7919 7702.