Getting into university is hard enough at the best of times - but when your chosen institution is a work of fiction you're really up against.
And that's why this young joker's UCAS application to Hogwarts University was unsuccessful.
But the admissions services' response to the prankster is hilarious.
The unnamed A-Level student wrote a handwritten note to UCAS asking for a place studying 'Wandology' at the Harry Potter school.
In the application, he boasted of his proficiency in "wearing a pointy hat" and "Watching Paul Daniels TV Specials".
UCAS replied: "We regret to inform you that your application to the stated establishment cannot be processed at this time due to the fact that it does not exist.
"After consultation with our mystic advisors we have also determined that even if it did exist, the course 'Wandology' would be highly in demand and hence require at least two As and a B in any of the following subjects:
Defence Against the Dark Arts
History of the Occult
"Your hand written grade sheet claiming top marks in 'Waving a stick about', 'Wearing a pointy hat' and 'Watching Paul Daniels TV Specials' sadly is not suitable for submission, however by applying through clearing you may be suitable for a selection of Liberal Arts courses.
"Alternatively you may wish to resubmit next year by tying your letter to an owl and hoping for the best.
"On behalf of UCAS I wish you every success."