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  1. #1
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    Post Oxford & Cambridge applications

    I'm going to apply for oxford university, although I probably won't get in with the gcses I am just going to scrap- but hopefully putting in a lot effort (never actually done that) at college will pay off and I will stand a chance.

    I want to do a modern history degree with spanish as I want to work doing something within the EU, possibly working as an ambassador in spain (hehe.. set myself up for these falls all the time). Obviously I am going to do Spanish, and History A Levels but can anyone suggest anything that will look good? I was thinking that I would probably do english literature.

    Also, I'm aware of the competition to get into such places (only something like 29% of applicants were accepted to do what i want to do in the past three years!!) but aside from academic qualifications, what else will look good on a UCAS form ????

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    a gap year as well. getting a deferred application.

    if i get the prediciton points, i would like to apply for cambridge, and i'll do a gap year. my CAS summary and reports and stuff (which is an IB thing), erm...basically i guess any achievements. i dunno what u can put on a UCAS form.

    as for crap GCSEs...well, i've got shit IGCSEs as well, so that may be a little harder for me.

    i think if u've got the predictions, there is no reason not to apply, unless u have objections to having the name stuck to u for life.

    bearing in mind places like warwick are actually equal to cambridge <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/tongue.gif">

    and warwick is where me (and emma <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/tongue.gif">) are hopefully going. (and no, not the traitorous GFM emma, the wonderful smart drifting emma) <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/tongue.gif">

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    i love you too <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/biggrin.gif"> hehehehe

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    i was going to apply for cambs but it was too much pressure. i just want to do well and go to warwick or someone nice,i don't care if i do exceptionally wellor not. just as long as i go where i want to.

    And also oxbridge is mainly prestige and they put a lot of pressure on u and i cant work under those conditions but its ur choice, if ur clever enough to get there then u shud b able to cope.

    i will basically say, be prepared for some very bizarre interview Q's and be confident <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif">

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    I don't know much about the university (other than the computer science dept. which is where my dad worked... everyone was quite crazy and too smart for their own good... all in a mad scientist sort of way) but oxford as a town is a lovely place to live.

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    when i started my a levels, and up until a few months ago, my teachers kept trying to push me into applying for oxbridge... i could have got the grades if i wanted to (aside from my current stressed mine thing making me do crap).... but the truth is, i just didnt want to go to either oxford or cambridge. i dont like the idea of how much pressure they put on you, and the image of really stuck up, opinionated snobs. i know it isnt all like that, i know its stereotypical, but i dont care <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/tongue.gif">

    basically, for UCAS applications, the personal statement is key. you need to write it in a way that makes you sound like an interesting and unique person. for oxbridge i would suggest loads of extracurricular activities, sports, plays maybe, competitions entered/awards won, for things that arent common.

    i hadnt done much in the way of sports or clubs or much in the past 2 years, but its in the way you write it i think. youll get help on this nearer the time i should think. but like turtle said, a gap year is good, if you can find something really good to do in it <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif"> and all these activities aer worthless, if you cant draw them together at the end in your personal statement and write about how theyve affected you and what you've learnt from them and stuff.

    anyway im gonna shut up now coz ive run out of things to say and im just waffling <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/biggrin.gif">

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    Originally posted by amadee:
    I don't know much about the university (other than the computer science dept. which is where my dad worked... everyone was quite crazy and too smart for their own good... all in a mad scientist sort of way) but oxford as a town is a lovely place to live.

    well, i've never lived there, but i've visted and tbh, a lot of oxford i hated. too much traffic, too busy, too much pollution - not my sorta scene. i like the idea of warwick cos it's a large campus with areas to go and get out of the way a bit, i dunno a lot about cambridge tho.

    ah well, we will see.



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    Oxford and Cambridge are quite similar towns and the university buildings are all within the town so you have to make sure you like that style of university as opposed to one on a single campus.

    Both are equally nice places and which you decide to go to will depend mainly on the course content. I live near Oxford but the Cambridge course for Modern Languages suits me a lot better so I'm applying there.

    You don't have to base which A levels to take on what will look good on your UCAS form. Three As in subjects you enjoy will look better any day than Bs or Cs in subjects that you've taken to impress the administrations people. But yes, History, Spanish and English Lit sound good, solid choices.

    Like GFM says, if you take a gap year (which isn't necessary in order for them to accept you) you have to do something worthwhile in it. If you're looking to study Spanish as part of your degree they recommend you spend at least part of your gap year in Spain (or another Spanish speaking country).

    In your personal statement you have to look like a well-rounded person with interests outside studying, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have start loads of extra-curricular activities. You have to be interested in what you're doing so that you can sound enthusiastic when they ask you questions.

    One of my friends has been accepted at Cambridge to do Modern History with French next year, so if you want any more information feel free to ask and I'll do my best for you. I also know quite a few people applying to Oxford this time, so although I know more about Cambridge I can find out easily about different colleges and stuff from Oxford too.

    And yes there is competition, but you might as well apply or you'll never know what could have been!

    Hope that helped, and good luck in the rest of your GCSEs <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif">

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    I am applying to Cambridge at the moment for entry in 2002. The most important part of the UCAS form when applying to any university is section 10, the dreaded personal statement. In this you have to make yourself as interesting and dynamic as possible as your academic grades should speak for themselves. What you also have to remember when applying to Oxbridge is that they have their own application forms as well as the standard UCAS one. On this you also have to say why you want to go to the particular college to which you have applied. The challenge is to make it different from your UCAS personal statement.
    Good Luck!

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    I totally agree with GFM... I wouldnt have got the grades anyway, but even if i could have.. Oxford and Cambridge would not have appealed to me. My personal opinion is that the stress they will place on you there would be outstanding.. and i know for a fact that i wouldnt be able to handle it.

    I applied to go to Warwick Business School - The BEST business school in the country (meant to be better than the business schools at Oxford AND Cambridge) but they refused me <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/frown.gif"> The entry requirements were ABB and even tho thats what im predicted, they didnt offer me a place, just shows how much competition there must be to get in places nowadays.

    However GOOD LUCK to everyone in where they would like to go... and if you go to warwick youll be living rite by me!! <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/biggrin.gif">

    Warwicks a lovely university, the union is cool - gutted i didnt get to go there <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/frown.gif">

    Aston will have to do for me.. asumin iv got my three B's!!

    As for the origional questions in the post(!) (Sorry i got carried away!!) Work experience always looks good on a Ucas Form, especially if its in the field where you would like to study. The more voluntary (and unfortunately unpaid) work you do the better, as it shows that you are willing to go further than the average person.

    Hope that helps <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/biggrin.gif"> Lxxx

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    where IS freya lately anyway? <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/confused.gif"> was thinking that the other day.

    i think its looking like i'll be deferring my entry to next year. considering i dont know what degree i want to do!! and i think i need a break to sort my head out, i dont feel capable of studying a gcse, let alone a degree course!! ive got a part time job at asda at the mo, its a good enough part time job... but i dont want to do it for another year solidly.

    i suppose the most logical thing to do would be concentrate on what degree i want to do by about november so i can re-write my personal statement and stuff. im looking to do something in the area of biology most likely, i enjoy things like pharmacology and genetics, and studying the human body. but i dont want to go into medicine.

    i dont really have a club what to do on my gap year though. any ideas??

    (sorry for not starting a new topic, it seemed to fit in here <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif"> )

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    Originally posted by Girl-From-Mars:
    i dont really have a club what to do on my gap year though. any ideas??
    Try looking on some of the gap year websites for ideas. www.gap.co.uk has lots of opportunities to go abroad, and there are things you can do like helping in deprived areas with health care and stuff, which might (or might not) interest you..... anyway there are loads of other things you could do and I'm sure you'll find something that you like! Just make sure you do something worthwhile rather than sitting at home the whole time, or it won't look encouraging to a university.

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    Originally posted by freya:
    I want to work doing something within the EU, possibly working as an ambassador in spain
    hey, wow - that's what I want to do, except replace Spain with France/French Guiana (which is where I'll probably end up starting!). I'm taking English Lit, French, German (always good to have another mod lang if that's what you want to work with), Latin because I'm mad and think it's fun, and General Studies because it's compulsory. But Oxford does like General Studies because of the whole rounded-mind thing.

    Have you heard of "Oxbridge thinking?" It's when you try and see everything from every point of view. They like that too <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif">

    Aside from the grades, it would be good to get involved with community service, perhaps do a Trident Gold Award or a D of E. Take on "posts of responsibility" and experience as many things as you (legally and morally!) can, in order to get that perspective on life from where you feel you can cope with any situation.

    Oxford is a wonderful city, very beautiful and more variety than most university cities. There is pressure to work but that applies to Cambridge, Warwick, UCL, anywhere at all that's in the top two bands (and, technically, to everywhere else!). It's not snobby, although the stereotype is hard to beat down. The attitude is very much geared to work, but there is a website http://www.sjc.ox.ac.uk/altprospectus/ which is the students' version of the St John's College prospectus. It's really good in that it shows that real people belong to the place, even though it's for just one college!

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    Originally posted by Girl-From-Mars:
    where IS freya lately anyway? <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/confused.gif"> was thinking that the other day.
    And here I was thinking nobody missed me <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif"> I've been on holiday, well that was a while ago and I came back unaddicted and thought i'd take advantage of it and have a life for a while. Hehe. I've come back though, having a life is definitely overrated- particularly when there are horrible boys involved.
    Thankyou for noticing gfm <IMG alt="image" SRC="http://www.thesite.org/ubb/smile.gif">

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    hmmm....i'm a bit dubious as to ur describing of oxford as a beautiful city, stellar. when i went there i have memories of a crowded, polluted, noisy dump...

    admittedly, the colleges themselves are very pretty, but the city as a whole...nah. cambs sounds a bit nicer, tbh.

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