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    I hope you guys start getting offers through soon, I'm excited for you
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    (Original post by Muffinz)
    I think this is more a comment on university education as a whole, but I loved this: never in my life before have I been set an essay prompt that is simply "write a short-ish essay on any part of the Turn of the Screw that you find interesting" I love my Literature seminar now.
    Reading this made me so excited to apply hahaha!
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    (Original post by Muffinz)
    I hope you guys start getting offers through soon, I'm excited for you
    I really hope so too Otherwise I will be a nervous wreck by January!
    Your blog has been really interesting and informative Muffinz - thank you and keep it up
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    I'm applying to Oxford, UCL, Warwick and Exeter all for q300 english/lit but need help choosing my last choice!

    It's own to Leeds or Nottingham [although open to other recommendations]. My other choices are all fairly high risk, apart from perhaps exeter but that's still a decent risk. I'd prefer a lower risk option for my last choice, as in lower offer e.g. AAB like Leeds to hopefully be the insurance, but still at a good institution [like notts/leeds].

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    (Original post by Expendable)
    I'm applying to Oxford, UCL, Warwick and Exeter all for q300 english/lit but need help choosing my last choice!

    It's own to Leeds or Nottingham [although open to other recommendations]. My other choices are all fairly high risk, apart from perhaps exeter but that's still a decent risk. I'd prefer a lower risk option for my last choice, as in lower offer e.g. AAB like Leeds to hopefully be the insurance, but still at a good institution [like notts/leeds].

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    I don't know about Notts, but in terms of competition Leeds is still quite high risk given how many people apply there (I think they said that they easily get enough applications to bump their requirements to AAA, but prefer to look at more than grades) :no: KCL ask for AAB if they interest you, but again, I think they're overly competitive. Just pick based course content if you're not bothered about competition (your other choices seem to suggest you're not ) - I think Notts is meant to have a compulsory drama element, and Leeds have a compulsory language module (or two, can't really remember), which may be a deciding factor?
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    (Original post by LeSacMagique)
    They're A*AA-AAB? That's a weird range. If you're predicted A*A*A with the A in English that might raise suspicions about whether English is your best subject but you do meet most of their 'entry range'. Best thing to do is to pop an email to their admissions chaps, I think.
    Well I've already got my grades and I did get the A in English and the 2 A*s in my other subjects- 2% away from the A* but that's just life I suppose! That's exactly what I'm worrying about- looking like a weaker candidate because of those grades. But I shall investigate further
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    (Original post by Vekeh)
    I don't know about Notts, but in terms of competition Leeds is still quite high risk given how many people apply there (I think they said that they easily get enough applications to bump their requirements to AAA, but prefer to look at more than grades) :no: KCL ask for AAB if they interest you, but again, I think they're overly competitive. Just pick based course content if you're not bothered about competition (your other choices seem to suggest you're not ) - I think Notts is meant to have a compulsory drama element, and Leeds have a compulsory language module (or two, can't really remember), which may be a deciding factor?
    KCL have bumped up their reqs to AAAb this year :P:

    Leeds are pretty competitive and they do focus more on the statement than anything else - Notts might be a safer choice in this regard. At Leeds we do have a compulsory lang module but it's actually more enjoyable than the Lit module right now :P
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    (Original post by Obsidian)
    I really hope so too Otherwise I will be a nervous wreck by January!
    Your blog has been really interesting and informative Muffinz - thank you and keep it up
    Which blog? Thank you
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    (Original post by Muffinz)
    Which blog? Thank you
    Freshers 2011
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    (Original post by Obsidian)
    Freshers 2011
    Awesome! Thank you I'll try and keep it updated haha
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    (Original post by Vekeh)
    I don't know about Notts, but in terms of competition Leeds is still quite high risk given how many people apply there (I think they said that they easily get enough applications to bump their requirements to AAA, but prefer to look at more than grades) :no: KCL ask for AAB if they interest you, but again, I think they're overly competitive. Just pick based course content if you're not bothered about competition (your other choices seem to suggest you're not ) - I think Notts is meant to have a compulsory drama element, and Leeds have a compulsory language module (or two, can't really remember), which may be a deciding factor?
    I'm looking at Notts as my first choice for english. It is VERY competitive. 11 people apply per place (similar to lots of top end english uni's) and the typical offer is AAA. So it probably wouldn't be an insurance..simply as its likely to offer the same as your other choices. I would highly recommend taking a look at Notts. I was down there for open day and was blown away!
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    Everywhere's so competitive.

    Applied, in the end, to: Oxford [Hertford], UCL, Warwick, Exeter and Nottingham. No real stand out insurance, so I guess I'll take a gap year if no offers etc and use it as a positive; a year of saving money and reading loads is surely, if anything, an advantage for English as you'd be more mature/developed in everything. At least that's the reason I have to justify it to myself anyway.
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    (Original post by Expendable)
    Everywhere's so competitive.

    Applied, in the end, to: Oxford [Hertford], UCL, Warwick, Exeter and Nottingham. No real stand out insurance, so I guess I'll take a gap year if no offers etc and use it as a positive; a year of saving money and reading loads is surely, if anything, an advantage for English as you'd be more mature/developed in everything. At least that's the reason I have to justify it to myself anyway.
    I sympathise and agree!

    Good luck !
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    About to send my application off and have finally chosen Newcastle, Bristol, Exeter, Manchester and Leicester (although considering changing to York). Anyone else doing the same?
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    (Original post by eunoia)
    About to send my application off and have finally chosen Newcastle, Bristol, Exeter, Manchester and Leicester (although considering changing to York). Anyone else doing the same?
    5 AAA universities is a ridiculously bad idea, especially for a subject like english.
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    (Original post by Muffinz)
    5 AAA universities is a ridiculously bad idea, especially for a subject like english.
    Well it's a risk, but I've got A*A*A and if I got even one offer I'd be more than happy. If not, I'd apply again and work another year at my current job, at which I earn enough to be able to save about 7 grand a year. Cheers for the concern though, but I really have thought it through
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    (Original post by eunoia)
    Well it's a risk, but I've got A*A*A and if I got even one offer I'd be more than happy. If not, I'd apply again and work another year at my current job, at which I earn enough to be able to save about 7 grand a year. Cheers for the concern though, but I really have thought it through
    Oh you already have your grades? My apologies Best of luck!
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    (Original post by Muffinz)
    Oh you already have your grades? My apologies Best of luck!
    Cheers, and no problem! It's actually very sound advice. You're at Leeds I see. How are you finding it?
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    (Original post by eunoia)
    Cheers, and no problem! It's actually very sound advice. You're at Leeds I see. How are you finding it?
    I absolutely love it. I'm loving the independence in learning, I'm loving the language element, and I'm loving my electives, opportunities at the union, the city and all the people! It's fantastic. You should consider swapping Leicester for Leeds
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