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    (Original post by PatrickD)
    Sent my UCAS application off last Wednesday with York as one of my choices!

    GCSE: A*A*A*A*A*A*A*A*AAA

    AS: AAAAA (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Religious Studies, General Studies)

    A2 predictions: A*A*A*A*A*

    Course: Chemistry, Biological and Medicinal Chemistry with Year in Industry

    Reasons for choosing York:
    • Great campus
    • Beautiful city
    • Friendly and enthusiastic staff
    • Interesting and well-run department open day
    • Industry placement in 4th year, rather than 3rd like most other universities

    Other choices:
    • Cambridge (Biological Natural Sciences)
    • Nottingham (Medicinal and Biological Chemistry with an Assessed year in Industry)
    • Nottingham (Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry)
    • Leeds (Medicinal Chemistry with Year in Industry)

    Additional information: I'm hoping to receive an offer (if I'm lucky enough) within the next week or two as York seem very good at giving out offers quite quickly. For chemistry, applicants are required to attend a post-application visit day (with an informal interview) but because I visited the department on one of their pre-application days (which are exactly the same as the post-app days) I don't have to go back and should get an offer soon.

    Good luck to everyone else!
    Hello, fellow chemist!

    Are the really quick responses just for people who have already gone to a pre-application open days? Or do some people, who haven't gone to any sort of open day, get an invite to an 'interview' very quickly?
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    GCSE: 2 A*s, 5 As, 2 B's and a C
    AS - ABC (D in psych but resitting to get a B)
    A2 predictions AAB
    education, luckily need BBB
    I love it there!!
    Choices - University of B'ham, University of York, De Montfort, Gloucestershire and University of Sheffield
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    Course: social policy single hons
    GCSE's: bbbcccc ( I went to an awful school so please be kind!)
    I'm an access student as I'm 20 but my predicteds are: distinction, distinction distinction.
    I chose York as the course seems to be great and I like the collegiate system as it seems really inclusive. Also the York students in schools is a great initiative which is an area of interest to me for educational policy.

    Other choices are: goldsmiths, LSE, Bristol and Birmingham.

    Anyone's else applying for SocPo?
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    GCSE: A*A*A*A*A*AAAABB
    AS: AAAAA (Maths, English, Politics, History, Critical Thinking)
    A2 predictions: A*A*A*A
    Course: English
    Why: Lovely city, wonderful looking course and not a party place, also accomodation reasons
    Choices: York, Oxford, Durham, Warwick, Exeter
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    (Original post by archie0705)
    Hello, fellow chemist!

    Are the really quick responses just for people who have already gone to a pre-application open days? Or do some people, who haven't gone to any sort of open day, get an invite to an 'interview' very quickly?
    Hello! Good to meet a like-minded applicant

    In terms of an actual offer, a quick repsonse will only for people who have attended the pre-app days as they're quite an important part of the application process at York, as well as Nottingham and Leeds I think (I'm not too sure why chemistry is so important that it needs these days but never mind). Having said this, I haven't had an offer yet so the responses may not be quick at all (or they're going to reject me ).

    As for when they'll start inviting applicants to the post-app days, I have no idea. If you send your application in early, they may invite you straight away, they may not. You're still at an advantage in the fact that your application is done and dusted and the admissions officers will have had a chance to spend a while looking at it though. The post-app invitations may be automatic so they might just wait until the new year to send them out to everyone but I think there's a chance they send them out on an individual basis. Either way, if your application is in early you'll find out!

    Sorry I haven't really answered your question but good luck!
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    GCSE: AAAAAABBCCC
    A2: BBCDe (Maths, Physics, Psychology, General Studies and Chemistry)
    Currently working towards AAT Level 3 Diploma (approx. equivalent to an A at A-level)
    Course: Accounting, Business Finance and Management
    Why: Went to York for a year already doing Physics and loved the university. Also very good uni that have said they'll consider me which is good given my A-levels so worth a shot!
    Choices: York, Keele, Kent, Northumbria, Oxford Brookes
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    (Original post by brokenlogic18)
    GCSE: AAAAAABBCCC
    A2: BBCDe (Maths, Physics, Psychology, General Studies and Chemistry)
    Currently working towards AAT Level 3 Diploma (approx. equivalent to an A at A-level)
    Course: Accounting, Business Finance and Management
    Why: Went to York for a year already doing Physics and loved the university. Also very good uni that have said they'll consider me which is good given my A-levels so worth a shot!
    Choices: York, Keele, Kent, Northumbria, Oxford Brookes
    This sounds unusual. So are you applying for another UG degree? Also, where are you studying physics at the moment?
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    (Original post by PatrickD)
    This sounds unusual. So are you applying for another UG degree? Also, where are you studying physics at the moment?
    Oh no I'm not studying physics anymore. I did the first year 2010-2011 but decided it wasn't for me anymore. Very interesting but not something I could see myself doing for another two years without burning myself out essentially I've dropped out and am reapplying with a sort of gap year
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    (Original post by PatrickD)
    Hello! Good to meet a like-minded applicant

    In terms of an actual offer, a quick repsonse will only for people who have attended the pre-app days as they're quite an important part of the application process at York, as well as Nottingham and Leeds I think (I'm not too sure why chemistry is so important that it needs these days but never mind). Having said this, I haven't had an offer yet so the responses may not be quick at all (or they're going to reject me ).

    As for when they'll start inviting applicants to the post-app days, I have no idea. If you send your application in early, they may invite you straight away, they may not. You're still at an advantage in the fact that your application is done and dusted and the admissions officers will have had a chance to spend a while looking at it though. The post-app invitations may be automatic so they might just wait until the new year to send them out to everyone but I think there's a chance they send them out on an individual basis. Either way, if your application is in early you'll find out!

    Sorry I haven't really answered your question but good luck!
    Haha, thanks anyways.

    When you say pre-app days are important part of the application does that mean you will be at a disadvantage if you haven't been on one? Or just that you need to go on either a pre- or post-app day to get an actual offer?

    Also, do most chemistry applicants go to the pre-app day?

    Good luck to you too!
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    (Original post by archie0705)
    Haha, thanks anyways.

    When you say pre-app days are important part of the application does that mean you will be at a disadvantage if you haven't been on one? Or just that you need to go on either a pre- or post-app day to get an actual offer?

    Also, do most chemistry applicants go to the pre-app day?

    Good luck to you too!
    Sorry, I meant the latter - either a pre- or post-app day should be attended. The pre-app day provides no advantage other than the possibility of receiving an earlier offer. It certainly doesn't guarantee one.

    I doubt it. On the pre-app day I attended there were about 30 of us and I think there were around 5 or 6 pre-app days over the summer. Compare those numbers to the 1,274 applicants (for 200 places) in 2010 and I think it's safe to say that the majority don't attend the pre-app days! They aren't advertised much and I only found out about them by going through the York website.
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    (Original post by PatrickD)
    Sorry, I meant the latter - either a pre- or post-app day should be attended. The pre-app day provides no advantage other than the possibility of receiving an earlier offer. It certainly doesn't guarantee one.

    I doubt it. On the pre-app day I attended there were about 30 of us and I think there were around 5 or 6 pre-app days over the summer. Compare those numbers to the 1,274 applicants (for 200 places) in 2010 and I think it's safe to say that the majority don't attend the pre-app days! They aren't advertised much and I only found out about them by going through the York website.
    klkl, thanks!
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    GCSE:A*A*A*A*A*A*AAAA
    AS: School does all exams in second year.
    A2 predictions: A*AAB
    Course: History single honours (V100)
    Why: Top 10 for History, lovely old city, graduate prospects etc
    Choices: York, Oxford, Kings, Newcastle and Reading
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    (Original post by LeahJ123)
    I sent off my UCAS on Thursday so thought should join this post

    GCSE: A*A*A*A*A*A*A*AAAAAAB
    AS: AAAAB (History, English Literature, Sociology, Geography, Critical Thinking)
    A2 predictions: A*A*A (doing History, English Lit, Socio)
    Course: History single honours (V100)
    Why: Not a "party" city, just about the right distance from home, mostly lovely accommodation
    Choices: York, Exeter, Cardiff, Cambridge, Southampton (all for Hist)

    There's quite a lot of history applicants here already, that's nice We're usually the minority elsewhere
    Dam knew someone would post with better grades grr lol

    Btw why did u do 14 GCSE's?
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    GCSEs A*A*A*A*AAAAAA
    AS AAABB
    A2 predictions AAAAB (inc. general studies and EPQ)
    Course: Philosophy Single Honours V500.
    Why: York is the only place I've applied to without visiting but I have done as much research as I can and it looks like somewhere that would really suit me. Will definitely visit if I get an offer.
    Choices: KCL, Cardiff, Nottingham, Sussex.
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    Been invited to an interview in November!!!! I'm ecstatic!

    How academic is the interview, for chemistry? I know it isn't very academic, but do they ask you any academic questions at all?
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    (Original post by archie0705)
    Been invited to an interview in November!!!! I'm ecstatic!

    How academic is the interview, for chemistry? I know it isn't very academic, but do they ask you any academic questions at all?
    Congratulations! Very good chance of an offer now!

    Well, mine wasn't that academic and was very informal but I would think some of the interviewers might ask slightly more academic questions than mine did, especially on a post-app day rather than a pre-app day.

    Just make sure you can remember all your basic chemistry knowledge, can talk about a particular experiment you've carried out in class and have a few things to mention that show an interest in chemistry outside of your studies. They really are quite informal (mine was anyway) so I doubt you'll be expected to write an equation, draw a mechanism or anything like that. Also, prepare plenty of questions you might want to ask them. The more you ask them, the less they can ask you!

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by PatrickD)
    Congratulations! Very good chance of an offer now!

    Well, mine wasn't that academic and was very informal but I would think some of the interviewers might ask slightly more academic questions than mine did, especially on a post-app day rather than a pre-app day.

    Just make sure you can remember all your basic chemistry knowledge, can talk about a particular experiment you've carried out in class and have a few things to mention that show an interest in chemistry outside of your studies. They really are quite informal (mine was anyway) so I doubt you'll be expected to write an equation, draw a mechanism or anything like that. Also, prepare plenty of questions you might want to ask them. The more you ask them, the less they can ask you!

    Good luck!
    Thanks, yeah good chance as they said "once you have visited York for your interview we can guarantee that you will receive an offer of a place" so I guess that, as long as I don't do anything really silly, they will offer me a place, touch wood.

    Basic chemistry knowledge :eek: I'll have to scrub up on that

    Haha, I'll be sure to write down a list of long questions for them

    Thank you!
    PS...nice post count
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    (Original post by thetobbit)
    Dam knew someone would post with better grades grr lol

    Btw why did u do 14 GCSE's?
    Haha I'm sorry! Usually I feel like that on the other forums

    And I'm not really sure, I always assumed up until college that everyone did that amount. I went to a "Language Specialist" school or something so did French, Spanish and German so I think that may be it
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    (Original post by archie0705)
    Thanks, yeah good chance as they said "once you have visited York for your interview we can guarantee that you will receive an offer of a place" so I guess that, as long as I don't do anything really silly, they will offer me a place, touch wood.

    Basic chemistry knowledge :eek: I'll have to scrub up on that

    Haha, I'll be sure to write down a list of long questions for them

    Thank you!
    PS...nice post count
    By basic I mean very basic. As in GCSE and early AS stuff. In all honesty, you probably won't even need that but it might be useful just so you can give a technical answer or two, even if you aren't specifically asked for one.

    As you said, the interview is pretty much a formality and is only a small part of the visit. It's just as much of a chance for you to check that you want to go there as it is for them to check that they want you. They've basically given you an offer already so don't worry!

    I take it you were referring to '69'? If so, how immature I'm sure my post count was 70 when you said that though...?
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    (Original post by PatrickD)
    By basic I mean very basic. As in GCSE and early AS stuff. In all honesty, you probably won't even need that but it might be useful just so you can give a technical answer or two, even if you aren't specifically asked for one.

    As you said, the interview is pretty much a formality and is only a small part of the visit. It's just as much of a chance for you to check that you want to go there as it is for them to check that they want you. They've basically given you an offer already so don't worry!

    I take it you were referring to '69'? If so, how immature I'm sure my post count was 70 when you said that though...?
    OK cool, thanks for the info!

    And yeah 69, I am very immature It was definitely 69 whilst I was writing the message. maybe it changed as i wrote it though

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