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If the course is at all competitive, you'll be instantly turned down by the admissions department if you don't meet the minimum criteria. If you wanted to apply but didn't have the necessary grades/subjects, the only way to be considered would be to contact the University admissions staff personally by telephone and try to explain why you deserve special consideration (for instance a subject wasn't offered at your school, or there were exceptional circumstances and so on).

All in all, I'd say it's a little bit pointless as you're going to be rejected via UCAS when they reach your application unless you have a really, really good special excuse and generally super qualities otherwise. The minimum standards aren't usually dropped below, and not at all in normal circumstances, as those're what the University considers essential in order to cope with the course from an academic point of view.

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If you are a 2010 student, be aware that there will be even more students applying for university places this year because there are more 18-year olds than in previous years, and over 100,000 students that applied for 2009 didn't get places. So there's a lot more competition, which means universities are very unlikely to offer places to students that don't meet minimum requirements.

You could try applying for one or two courses where you don't meet the minimum requirements, but don't be a fool and do that for all 5. Pick at least 3 universities where you DO meet the requirements, because most people get rejected from at least one or two universities even if they do meet requirements.

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As said before, it's subjective as it depends on the course and the university. I've gotten conditional offers before into courses that were 2-3 points over my offer, and these were reasonably competitive courses. Your personal statement is rather important in determining your chances in getting an offer.

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