The UCAS Thread (UK University Applications)

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  1. Wes macrumors 68020

    Wes

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    I've been meaning to start this thread for a while. I'm interested to hear how people's applications are going.

    I applied to study Computer Science at:

    Cambridge
    Imperial College London (CS:AI too).
    King's College London
    University College London
    Royal Holloway

    So far I have been offered interviews at UCL and Imperial. I've also been given a conditional offer to KCL with 34 IB points.

    How are your applications going?
     
  2. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    Whoa, those are some hefty uni's you have put down.

    I take it you are going all out for route A?

    I've only just started the process by writing my personal statement, difference is, I am going to apply to an Art Uni nowhere near London. Too expensive.

    I'm going Route A and B.
     
  3. Wes thread starter macrumors 68020

    Wes

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    Route A? Not a term I have come across during my application process. Care to explain?
     
  4. oreo macrumors member

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    Just wanted to say good luck with the applications & interviews. I remember how awful it was a couple of years ago when I wrote my personal statement.
     
  5. CrackedButter macrumors 68040

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    When applying for uni, their are two routes, A and B. They both have +'s and -'s.

    Route A is for people who would be apply just after or before christmas, they get 6 options as well to choose from. Route B is simply the course you can take at around March time but you only can have 3 options for choosing a uni.

    The advantage for route A is that you have more choices, the downside is you might not have enough work with which to show at interview.

    Route B gives you less options but you have more time to build up the portfolio for the interviews. Whether this applies to you and other students I don't know, i'm an art student and this is the application process for us... :)

    Now I said I was doing both, what I will do is choose 3 for Route A and save the other 3 for Route B. I cannot choose the same uni twice btw regardless of which route it is in. I think personally I have enough work to have a chance, but I have a feeling that my tutor thinks otherwise, oh well. I'll find out soon sometime this week.
     
  6. virividox macrumors 601

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    congratulations on your conditional acceptance goodluck
     
  7. Fredstar macrumors 6502a

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    Sent my ucas off monday this week so should get some offers next week.
    applying for Economics at:
    university College london (UCL)
    London School of Economics (LSE)
    Warwick
    York
    Nottingham
    Durham
    Pretty much the top uni's for economics in the U.K. and i have been predicted 4 A's at A-level for Business Studies, Maths, Geography and Economics.
    I really hope all this work pays off, i have 19 exams in january...looks like it is going to be a hectic period! My first choice is L.S.E because i LOVE London (especially with the new Apple Store :p) and the uni and its international rep.
    Fredstar
     
  8. Wes thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Sounds good! I have an interview at UCL on Wednesday so that will be interesting. I'm off to Imperial on the 1st of December too.

    Keep us updated!
     
  9. oreo macrumors member

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  10. Fredstar macrumors 6502a

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    Good luck with the interviews mate :)
    The only reservation i have about London is the accomodation is much more expensive than other uni's, but i really really want to go
    Fredstar
     
  11. scouseben macrumors newbie

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    Which Cambridge college are you applying to?
     
  12. Wes thread starter macrumors 68020

    Wes

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    I applied open but I have been assigned to Fitzwilliam.

    Comments on that?

    What is Cambridge's stance on macs?
     
  13. scouseben macrumors newbie

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    Fitzwilliam's one of the more modern colleges - has a really good swing band, and good "club" (don't hold too many expectations in Cambridge on a big city nightlife) nights. But in all of the colleges, the teaching system is pretty similar throughout.

    Not really sure about distance from department, as I'm a 1st year engineer. However the college networks (well mine,anyhow) are pretty mac-friendly, and there are quite a significant number of people in my college who use macs (probably a higher percentage than on my course - but that's a story for another time.)

    However, don't be put off by the fact that the CS department has somewhat of an affiliation with Microsoft - speaking to a 2nd yr compsci (as they are known in these parts) who uses macs, and apparantly in one of his first lectures, the lecturer took a straw poll of how many mac users were in the year. There were only a few, but the lecturer said straight away that those who used macs would be the ones getting firsts! So I guess it pays to use macs.

    Good luck with interviews and such
     
  14. Wes thread starter macrumors 68020

    Wes

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    UCL interview went very well he only asked me one questions which I answered to his satisfaction. I got a letter yesterday saying that I would receive and offer in due course, provided there were no unforeseen problems.
     
  15. russed macrumors 68000

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    fitzwilliam is quite nice. i know someone who went there and has an interview there in a few weeks.

    i remember my good old uni application days. i used to check everday only for the lse to take ages ange ages to reject me (like after easter) when i have applied on something like the 20th september.

    for the person who is applying to york, being at it i can reccomend it. if you have any queations about it pm me. i appear to have applied to have applied to most of them or know people there so can give feedback on them. i am doing ppe.

    york is a healthy apple uni! i know of several apple users and the uni network people actually know what they are! we nearly actually planned a trip to the opening of the london store had it not been for work!
     
  16. oreo macrumors member

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    I wish the could be said for the uni I'm at. Mac's never get mentioned, I'm know I'm studying nursing but we still have IT. :rolleyes: In the IT labs there is loads of IBM & Microsoft posters. I've got an assignment to write about protecting information within an IT evironment, so have to mention virus' know I can't say if they had Mac's this won't be a problem, as I'm sure there'd fail me for it.
     
  17. Wes thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I just checked my application online and I have a 34-point IB offer from UCL :). 6 in higher-level Maths and standard-level English, neither extremely difficult.
     
  18. Mord macrumors G4

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    i'm in yr 12 now, but i'm thinking about where to go anyway.

    I'm taking far too many subjects: maths, further maths, physics, electronics, chemistary and cisco systems (we do IT essentials, ccna 1 & 2 which equates to 2x a-levels in ucas points)

    idealy i'd like to take a course that combines cs and physics as they are the two subjects i like the most. (i'm going to drop chemistary :eek:)

    though i did not do that brilliantly on my gcse's because i got what i needed for my subjects in my mocks so i thought bugger this and did no work, i got 2x A's 2x B's and the rest C's. (11 subjects including triple science)
     
  19. Wes thread starter macrumors 68020

    Wes

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    Well UCAS forms are almost due for route A so why not bump this thread.

    My applications have been going pretty well. I got pooled at Cambridge, which is a bit of a let down. I do have offers from all my other places, including Imperial, which is looking even more and more likely as my place of choice next year.
     
  20. Shaun.P macrumors 68000

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    I got 4 conditions (Strathclyde University) and 2 unconditional offers (University of Glasgow). I'm going to do Bsc Maths/Physics at University of Glasgow, and because I'll be in the Science faculty I need to take a third subject, which will be Computer Science.
     

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