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    (Original post by yjkeh)
    ok so should i just leave it here?
    I would suggest that you delete it and repost it at a later date.
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    Lancaster - BBC
    Essex -BCD - Firm (No insurance)
    Sussex - BCC
    York - ABC
    Manchester - BBC
    Newcastle - AAB

    Got BBC and went to Essex to study Linguistics with French and Italian.

    Since I was young I have travelled extensively with my family, some of my earliest memories are of our holidays, and I believe these holidays abroad led me to have an interest in languages - French and German in particular. I have been studying both French and German since the beginning of my high school education. During high school I participated in a German exchange, where I stayed with a German family for a fortnight, attending school with their daughter. In 2005 I raised the money to travel to Quebec, Canada, where I stayed with a Quebecois family for two weeks - attending a school there. Being submerged in the French language made me more aware of my interest in languages, as well as giving me the aim of becoming fluent in French at least, if not German and Italian too.

    I started to study English Language at the beginning of Year Twelve, and immediately took an interest in the subject as a whole, as well as in aspects of it - particularly Child Language Acquisition, and the creation of pidgins and creoles - which I furthered by watching a film called “ The Harder They Come” - which is spoken completely in Jamaican Creole. I am especially interested in studying the differences between Child Language Acquisition of the mother tongue - in comparison to learning second and third languages.

    I believe I have many qualities that will help me through university, including good time management, commitment and dedication. Within high school I was an active member of the school community, taking part in a kit-car project known as “Green car” - which involved travelling to races around the country, as well as being interviewed both on local radio, and in the magazine of our sponsor company. I also took part in a “Gifted and Talented” program, which included participation in team-building events, such as film-making and those requiring leadership skills. In my last year of high school I was appointed deputy head girl, as well as receiving an award for community services to the year. At the same time I was undergoing training as a Young Leader in the Scouting Movement - something I have belonged to since the age of 11 - and working with Beaver Scouts on a weekly basis. I recently funded myself to train as a life-guard, and subsequently gained a position at the local swimming pool. I am also a weekly childminder for two children aged six and nine, and have been for over a year now.

    A chance to study a joint honours degree in both French and Linguistics would combine both of my educational interests and my personal abilities and interests would help to support me during my time at university. I would also have a view to studying Italian as an extra-curricular activity. Attending university will give me the chance to broaden my horizons and mix with a wide variety of people as well as standing me in good stead for a successful future career. I feel my experience so far will stand me in good stead for my time at university and hope you will consider me for a place.
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    (Original post by hbandtr4eva)
    Got BBC and went to Essex to study Linguistics with French and Italian.
    Thanks . I've put your statement up here.
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    Hi, here is my PS. It was for Medicine 07/08 Cycle for Entry in 2008
    St George's University of London- offer AABb (Firm)
    Cardiff University- offer AABc (insurance)
    Queen May, University of London- offer AAB
    Oxford University- rejected without interview

    I am passionate about studying medicine and I am drawn to what I perceive to be a physically, psychologically and intellectually challenging degree. Having a sister with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia, I have seen the frail side of the human body and the recovery and defence processes aided by medical professionals. I have also developed an immense enthusiasm for such genetic and respiratory disorders and have undertaken substantial individual research into these conditions.

    A University Summer School and extensive work experiences reaffirmed and enhanced my desire to study medicine as well as providing real insight into the wide spectrum of the profession. Working in a pharmacy gave me valuable experience in communication and highlighted the importance of dispensing accurate prescriptions. A placement in a GP surgery emphasised the importance of GP’s as the first point of provision of primary care and also as the final point through follow-ups and regular checks. I also learnt the importance of listening with empathy and patient reassurance. While shadowing paediatric health professionals in a hospital I saw medicine from a different viewpoint. I observed ward rounds and assessment where treatment plans were explained and concerns dealt with meaning that doctors treat the whole patient, not just the medical condition. I spent most of my time with the neonatal team responsible for premature babies. As respiratology is one of my interests, it was captivating to see the specialty in a more complex light than afforded by my biology course. For example, I was able to understand the importance of surfactants and why they should be given in accurate doses. Throughout the week I expanded my confidence and communication skills through speaking to patients and doctors. I was able to see how all health professionals interact with each other to provide the best possible care. I have also arranged another placement to have a further insight into other departments. I*am a*volunteer in The Leonard Cheshire Home for the disabled. This has taught me how to consider the needs of disabled people through getting involved with their direct care and communication. It has also made me realise the importance of palliative care. I have attended courses in first aid, and*health*& safety which enabled me to attend local events as an emergency first aider and as a steward.

    Despite the demands of my academic studies, I have completed over 100 hours of volunteering through the Millennium Volunteers scheme. Volunteering at BAWSO women’s aid has taught me how to empathise and help troubled women especially through working on the 24-hour help line. I am a member at the Link Up program with the Welsh Assembly. This has developed my sense of responsibility, teamwork, organisation and confidence. Being a Blaze guard has enhanced my responsibility skills further by acting as a role model in school and in my community and raising awareness about arson. Helping in the local playgroup and being a reading buddy has taught me how to deal with children of different ages. These experiences made me appreciate that each person is different, and the importance of treating them as an individual.

    Having lived in three different countries, I have been able to experience, adapt to and respect diverse cultures and practices. While living in Sudan, I was able to observe doctors working under third world conditions. I witnessed tropical diseases at first hand along with some infections uncommon to the UK such as Malaria and Cholera and their treatments. I was inspired to have an input in reducing deaths from preventable causes through a medical career.

    I am firmly committed to medicine and strongly believe that I possess the necessary dedication, enthusiasm and curiosity for this dynamic profession with a firm sense of purpose and vocation. Far from being discouraged by the seriousness of this career, I will strive to make every success, given the opportunity.

    Hope this is of any help to medicine applicants out there
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    (Original post by malaz_197)
    Hope this is of any help to medicine applicants out there
    Thanks . I've put your statement here.
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    Hi I applied for Mathematics G100 at the following university:

    For the 2009 Cycle:
    University of Exeter: BB (Insurance)
    University of Reading: 320 with B in maths (Firm)
    University of Kent: 300 with B in maths
    University of Surrey: ABB
    Oxford Brookes: (Took too long to reply so I declined)

    Personal Statement:
    Mathematics is the subject I have enjoyed most in my education. The methodical approach to problem solving is something that appeals to me: I like knowing that I can reach a correct solution if I apply myself to it. Over the last few years, and after studying mathematics at an advanced level, I have become more aware of how mathematics is an essential part of everyday life, and believe that studying at a higher level will allow me to further this understanding. By taking the further mathematics modules I have been able to delve deeper into mathematics, and this has given me a taste for aspects of the subject beyond the A-Level course.

    I would relish the opportunity your course would offer to explore mathematics further, considering its purposes, use and history. The whole spectrum of mathematics interests me: for example, mechanics, statistics, computing and pure mathematics. Your course offers this diversity, and so would help me study the range of mathematics before focusing on one area. This would allow me to understand further how mathematics really is ‘everywhere’, something which my teachers have often commented upon.

    Although I enjoy many extra-curricular activities (which I list below), I often like to sit down at home and complete mathematical problems in a relaxed environment and away from the classroom. This is a habit which I feel will allow me to adapt well to the independent study demanded by higher education.

    Teaching is a career option I am very passionate about and is the likely course I will follow after university. In secondary education my mathematics teachers have been a great inspiration, and have helped me to develop my interest in the subject. Their encouragement helped me to achieve the results of which I am proud, and I should like to do the same for others. In fact, I have already begun tutoring younger students: I recently tutored a fourteen year old boy, studying for S.A.Ts, and am now tutoring him for GCSEs. I have also tutored accelerated mathematicians at school in preparation for their GCSEs. Tutoring has allowed me to help students understand mathematics, and develop their passion for it; it has also allowed me to find another outlet for my own passion for the subject. I have also served as a student representative in the School Council, which gave me a great sense of responsibility for my fellow students. My faith is important to me, and this has led me to gain experience of leadership and responsibility in my involvement in church activities, too.

    My other interests include drama and music. While it might surprise some for a mathematician to be involved in such subjects, they allow me to explore my creativity in a way different from what is possible in mathematics (except, perhaps, in geometry). I have been involved in many school plays and musicals, which required dedication and hard work. Music actually links well with mathematics: not only does it work on mathematical principles, but the perseverance and enthusiasm it demands is something which is shared with mathematical study. I have achieved Grade 6 in classical guitar and would be interested in carrying this further while at university. I have also trained for athletics in a club which is highly respected in Coventry. Not only has this led to a sense of personal achievement, but it has encouraged a habit of commitment which I feel is also necessary when studying mathematics at university.

    I also work part-time in Boots, as a photographic processing assistant. This requires basic mathematical knowledge and time management skills. I am under pressure to achieve for the company in terms of sales and gaining targets. Having a job has meant I have had to manage my school life/work life balance, and over time I have achieved this.
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    Hi this is my PS for the 2009 cycle. I'm a mature student and applied for BA (Hons) Photography via Route B

    University of Central Lancashire - Unconditional - Firm
    University of Derby - Cancelled
    Manchester Met - Cancelled

    UCLAN was my first choice and my first interview and offer so the other two automatically got cancelled after i made it my firm.


    Photography is my absolute passion; it consumes my every thought and is my way of having a dialogue with my surroundings. It allows me to put across to the viewer so many emotions that I dare not speak and it satisfies the hunger I have for visual expression; I simply cannot imagine my life without photography in it.

    After leaving school at sixteen I spent eight years working full time and in doing so, gained valuable life experience which has helped me enormously in getting back into education. I now have the ability to work in a team but also on my own, and I am better equipped to deal with most problems that occur. My communication and interpersonal skills have also been improved.

    In 2007 I enrolled at North Nottinghamshire College on a BTEC First Diploma and, although not confined to photography, it liberated my creativity and ideas. Throughout the year I worked with a variety of mediums in both 2D and 3D. In doing so I gained the ability to solve problems that arise from having to adapt different materials. I ended the year with a public exhibition of my work, involving a series of portraits of a group of bikers, all different people but sharing one passion. I converted them to black and white and had them blown up A1 size. I mounted them on foam board and exhibited them like that. I decided against framing as I felt that would have detracted from the subject type. Although looking back I feel I could have approached it in a more personal way and shown them not only as a group but also as individuals.

    There have been a wide range of photographers that have influenced me throughout. Up until the point of seeing the work of Annie Leibovitz, as part of the Vanity Fair exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, I was struggling for direction as far as my final major project was concerned. Although more famous for her staged portraits of celebrities, it is her more intimate portraits of people in everyday life that fascinate me the most. They are captured in such a delicate and beautiful way you feel almost transported into the scene. There is one piece in my portfolio that reflects this. It is a black and white portrait of my grandmother seated on the sofa reading. It was taken with the intention of showing a very fragile side to her, despite wishing to appear strong in spite of her age. However, it is not only the more prominent artists that attract my attention. An artist I came across on the internet, known simply as Ground Floor, has had a profound effect on me. His images are breathtaking in the way they are taken and processed. His ‘Tranquility’ series shows natural subjects in close detail which have then had textures added to in Photoshop. They are thought provoking and show a great deal of emotion behind them. This influence shows in my recent self-initiated series titled ‘Dreams’, which represent a state of mind. They reflect on a moment in my life where things seemed to suddenly fall into place and I was at one with myself and my work.

    In my private life I have a wide range of hobbies, such as reading, music, movies and my other passions, football and history, specifically the Two World Wars. I find these an enormous help when I need to relax. I make a point to keep up to date with current news in the photography industry through magazines, newspapers and the internet as well as visiting exhibitions and galleries. In the past year I have visited several exhibitions, including the Vanity Fair Portraits in London, Live by the Lens, Die by the Lens in Bradford and A Long Exposure: 100 Years of Guardian Photography in Manchester.

    Going to university will allow me to see things clearer as far as which career path I choose to take. It will also allow me to further my knowledge of creative photographic practices, and the ability to work with and learn from field specific experts will be invaluable. Most importantly, however, I am confident in my ability and know that I will make a valuable contribution should I be accepted.
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    Since its for 2009 I'm going to wait until September before I put them up, since technically applications can still be made for 2009 until after clearing etc.
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    Here is My personal Statement for natural Sciences. I applied for Durham, UCL, Bath, Nottingham and Newcastle. I recieved offers from Newcastle, Nottingham and UCL and was rejected from Durham. I withdrew from Bath after they invited me for an open day that i did not attend. I accepted Nottingham as my firm and Newcastle as my insurance but have now changed course before starting natural sciences.

    To me Natural Sciences seems like the perfect course. The chance to study more than one subject at a higher level of depth and understanding is something that I am extremely attracted to as it will give me a broader knowledge of the scientific world in general, rather than just specialising in one principle. I also believe that it will allow me to make links between the different aspects of science, that I would have otherwise missed had I chose to specialise.
    Science to me is fascinating and not just a subject to be studied merely for the sake of it. Throughout my time as a student it has constantly intrigued me to see how the world around us functions on all different levels. It is for this reason that I have subscribed to the science magazine Cosmos and regularly read Focus. To add to this, I have attended a talk on particle physics and an all day genetics trip both of which were held by staff at the University of Manchester.
    Somewhere down the line I think that I may like to go into research. From looking at this course I believe it will make me a much more rounded individual who will be much more attractive to prospective employers. From discussions with current students I also know that many people find the course they chose at university very different to A-Level. This once again is where I believe Natural Sciences has an advantage to many other courses as the variation in the course is something that will keep me all the more interested and committed as it allows me to continue studying several areas of interest to me.

    At college I participated in a Pre-Med group as enrichment which allowed me to listen to and interact with many speakers from other professions such as Bio-Chemists and analysts. It is this that showed me that although I did not want to become a doctor, I most definitely wanted a career related to science. Also, I participated in an open evening held by my college for the Physics Department and represented my college in a Biology quiz at UCLAN, both of which gave me some responsibility and a chance to interact with others. In my own time I also managed to get myself a work experience placement at AKCROS Chemical plant to get a feel for how science works in the real world and not just in labs and classrooms.

    Outside of college I would say my main hobby is Athletics. Although not really related to the course I wish to do, it has taught me many skills that I believe can be applied to it. For example, due to the intensive training sessions that my group carry out I have learnt how to persevere through difficulties and that constant hard work is needed to achieve goals, as things in life worth having do not come easily. After a few years I decided that I wished to become more involved with athletics and so became a coach. My level 1 Coaching Qualification allows me to coach people of all ages which I now do once a week voluntarily with a group of children aged between around 12 and 14. Although sometimes hard work, it is something that I really do enjoy. It has also taught me many transferable skills such as organisation, the ability to communicate and responsibility, which I believe will allow me to adapt to university life very quickly and comfortably.
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    Here is My personal Statement for natural Sciences. I applied for Durham, UCL, Bath, Nottingham and Newcastle. I recieved offers from Newcastle, Nottingham and UCL and was rejected from Durham. I withdrew from Bath after they invited me for an open day that i did not attend. I accepted Nottingham as my firm and Newcastle as my insurance but have now changed course before starting natural sciences.

    To me Natural Sciences seems like the perfect course. The chance to study more than one subject at a higher level of depth and understanding is something that I am extremely attracted to as it will give me a broader knowledge of the scientific world in general, rather than just specialising in one principle. I also believe that it will allow me to make links between the different aspects of science, that I would have otherwise missed had I chose to specialise.
    Science to me is fascinating and not just a subject to be studied merely for the sake of it. Throughout my time as a student it has constantly intrigued me to see how the world around us functions on all different levels. It is for this reason that I have subscribed to the science magazine Cosmos and regularly read Focus. To add to this, I have attended a talk on particle physics and an all day genetics trip both of which were held by staff at the University of Manchester.
    Somewhere down the line I think that I may like to go into research. From looking at this course I believe it will make me a much more rounded individual who will be much more attractive to prospective employers. From discussions with current students I also know that many people find the course they chose at university very different to A-Level. This once again is where I believe Natural Sciences has an advantage to many other courses as the variation in the course is something that will keep me all the more interested and committed as it allows me to continue studying several areas of interest to me.

    At college I participated in a Pre-Med group as enrichment which allowed me to listen to and interact with many speakers from other professions such as Bio-Chemists and analysts. It is this that showed me that although I did not want to become a doctor, I most definitely wanted a career related to science. Also, I participated in an open evening held by my college for the Physics Department and represented my college in a Biology quiz at UCLAN, both of which gave me some responsibility and a chance to interact with others. In my own time I also managed to get myself a work experience placement at AKCROS Chemical plant to get a feel for how science works in the real world and not just in labs and classrooms.

    Outside of college I would say my main hobby is Athletics. Although not really related to the course I wish to do, it has taught me many skills that I believe can be applied to it. For example, due to the intensive training sessions that my group carry out I have learnt how to persevere through difficulties and that constant hard work is needed to achieve goals, as things in life worth having do not come easily. After a few years I decided that I wished to become more involved with athletics and so became a coach. My level 1 Coaching Qualification allows me to coach people of all ages which I now do once a week voluntarily with a group of children aged between around 12 and 14. Although sometimes hard work, it is something that I really do enjoy. It has also taught me many transferable skills such as organisation, the ability to communicate and responsibility, which I believe will allow me to adapt to university life very quickly and comfortably.
    Is this from this years applications?
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    (Original post by randdom)
    Is this from this years applications?
    Erm I don't know what you mean by this years. I've left college now and should be starting uni in September.
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    (Original post by Zerodos)
    Erm I don't know what you mean by this years. I've left college now and should be starting uni in September.
    Normally we hold off on putting them up until after you have started uni. Just in case something were to go wrong and you were to need to reuse this.

    I will pop it up in September if that is ok?
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    (Original post by randdom)
    Normally we hold off on putting them up until after you have started uni. Just in case something were to go wrong and you were to need to reuse this.

    I will pop it up in September if that is ok?
    That is fine. Thanks.
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    I would be happy to put my Economics PS up, but I will wait until I start university this year
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    I would be happy to put my Economics PS up, but I will wait until I start university this year
    ok that sounds good!
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    I would be happy to put my Economics PS up, but I will wait until I start university this year
    same.
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    I applied to
    Law with French - Glasgow and Strathclyde
    Politics and French - Glasgow and Strathclyde
    Psychology and French - Glasgow
    And got unconditional offers for all of them (having had 5 Higher As)

    When I was two, the first thing that I wanted to be when I grew up was a tiger. I soon realised that this was not to be, and, with equal enthusiasm, then decided that I would like to go into the world of law and government, partially because I love to debate and also because I love a challenge. This aspiration has remained with me to the present day. It has been reinforced by my membership of the Pupil Council, as well as the Scottish Youth Council (Cambuslang and Rutherglen area) over the past year, where I have been able to see how laws really make a difference, and my work experience in November 2006, where I shadowed various solicitors and advocates in Digby Brown, listening to trials and judging mock injury cases using judicial precedents. I am currently undertaking an Open Learning Course in Business Law, which has given me another insight into the Scottish legal system, and I would love to enhance my knowledge of the impact of laws on the society around us by studying it at degree level, progressing eventually, I hope, to Honours.

    Particularly of interest to me are the current Public and International law systems, as I find it fascinating to see how different cultures and countries relate to each other, even down to the current clash between the Scottish and UK Parliaments over whether or not Scotland should completely separate from the UK.

    My interest in combining the subject with French also stemmed from a young age, as my family has often camped in France during the summer holidays. I have always loved to speak to people who hold a different view of life, and in their own language. As my linguistic abilities have grown – French and English being the only subjects that I have studied constantly throughout my school career – so have my aspirations to sustain improvement. I would love the opportunity provided in the course to go abroad to study for a year and think that I would thrive in a new environment. How do I know this? Last June, for instance, I was selected to attend the Careers Scotland Space School at Edinburgh University. As well as giving me an enjoyable and inspiring taste of university life, the teamwork aspect of this week really enhanced my problem-solving and communication skills, boosting my confidence as I lived and worked with strangers.

    I feel confident that I could cope with the independence and demands of university life, as I have always led a very busy life, while still prioritising handing in work of a high standard and on time. In addition to my part-time job, I currently help to lead two children’s clubs (showing commitment and preparation), I am a prefect (which has helped my teamwork and leadership skills), and I help in the nursery department of my school. Additionally, I am currently preparing for the Expedition section of my Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, having completed all other sections (as well as all other sections of my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award). Participating in this scheme has also led to my involvement in the "Pink Ladies" charity group, which organises an annual event to raise money for cancer charities and to educate local women about how to minimise the risks of developing cancer; "Body Combat" classes at my local gym; and the "Buddy" programme at my school, an initiative where sixth years are allocated one or two first years to befriend, helping to ease their transition into senior school.

    In conclusion, I believe that I am a well-rounded and dedicated student who would thrive in a University environment, both socially and academically. I should value the opportunities provided in your course to enhance my intellectual and personal development.
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    Application Cycle 2009; Theology and Religious Studies:
    Heythrop; Offer = 280 points
    Cardiff; Offer = BBC (Insurance)
    Bristol; Offer = BBB (Firm)
    Kings College London; Offer ABB
    Cambridge: Interview, Pooled, Rejected
    Results: AAAa = Bristol University

    Religion is based purely upon peoples' willingness to have faith in something which so many others question. Questions such as ‘Does God exist?’, ‘Why would God exist?’, ‘Is there one God or many?’ fascinate me, and I am perplexed by their answers; if answers even exist. I am also mesmerised as to why people place so much faith in someone of whom there is no solid empirical evidence. The Bible, apparent miracles, transcripts, doctrines, manuscripts such as the 'Dead Sea Scrolls', artefacts and many other religious elements captivate me.

    Attending church from a young age originally sparked my interest and this was enhanced by Philosophy and Ethics lessons, turning interest into passion. Although studying a purely Philosophical and Ethical course at AS level, discussions with my teachers regarding other faiths and religions, such as Buddhism, has led to a broader curiosity in the subject. As a member of Christian Union, I deepened my enthusiasm for the subject and have increased my understanding and knowledge of both the Bible and Christian events, in particular, Christian Theology and its history.

    Religion is something that really inspires and drives me, and it is something that I take enormous pleasure in studying. My desire to discover as much as possible about religion has led me to read literature such as 'Why I am Not a Christian' by Bertrand Russell, which has further motivated me and made me more determined to take my study of religion further. His questioning of God's existence, life after death and even what a Christian is, has influenced me to make the same queries. Volunteering at a Christian book and coffee shop has exposed me to various Christian literature such as 'I'd Like to Believe But' and '50 Key Concepts in Theology'.

    This year I began an Open University course, which explored the Social Sciences and primarily an understanding of social change. In this, I investigated the effects of gender, race and religion on roles in society together with numerous other topics. This course has given me my first real taste of time management, individual study and self-learning. I relished a new and different challenge and feel that it has taught me new skills that will benefit me in my study.

    I have always been determined to achieve and am committed to both my academic studies and activities that I take part in. Aiding younger, less able pupils with literacy and being a member of Peer Support, has improved my verbal communication skills significantly. These skills have been heightened by taking part in Debating Society. This, as well as my A level subjects has developed my ability to approach ideas and opinions with an open mind, whilst still being able to competently argue for something I believe in. They have also expanded my analytical reasoning, which I feel is important when studying something as subjective as Religion. This year I had the opportunity to represent my school, along with four other students, at the National Young Consumers Competition, where we reached the semi-finals, after winning several heats, including our regional final. This boosted my confidence greatly, as well as teaching me to express myself articulately. I was privileged to be awarded with the position of Head girl at the end of Year 12. In this role, I have taken on a great deal of responsibility, having to organise not just myself, but others as well. I have learnt both tact and diplomacy, which I believe are highly valuable skills when approaching topics as contentious as world faiths and their conflicts.

    As an individual constantly seeking out intellectual challenges, I believe that Religious Studies and Theology would give me a genuine opportunity to stretch and test myself. I believe it would also fulfil my desire to study a subject which plays a tremendous role in society and which influences so much of what people do and how they live.
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    Speech And Language Therapy
    Application Cycle: 2009 (deferred entry)
    Received interviews- UEA, Reading, Sheffield, Manchester
    Offers- Reading (320)(now unconditional), Leeds (300)

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    I first became interested in Speech and Language Therapy as a career opportunity through my mother’s franchise of Tumble Tots in West Sussex, where many parents in the area were having trouble finding a speech therapist for their child. Having spent my whole life surrounded by younger children I know communication is a vital skill. I therefore felt that for these children and their families not to have access to an important service was wrong. I want to be able to help people who have difficulty with basic communication skills.
    I’ve gained valuable experience by attending talks by speech and language therapists and psychologists about the importance of Speech Therapy, what a career in Speech and Language Therapy is like and the mental health spectrum. I have also read relevant articles and watched videos by I CAN. These resources offered me the opportunity to fully understand what a career in Speech Therapy would be like and have increased my determination to achieve it.
    Since the beginning of July 2008 I have been volunteering at the Grace Eyre Foundation, Brighton, a day centre for adults with learning difficulties. I also take part in their ‘Travel Buddy Scheme’ assisting a disabled lady to use public transport to get home so that she can have increased independence. Volunteering at Grace Eyre has shown me how Speech Therapy can improve someone’s life greatly by giving them the opportunity to express themselves. At Grace Eyre I have been taking basic Makaton lessons which I have found a fantastic tool when trying to communicate with some of the people there.
    In July 2008 I volunteered for a week at the Care Co-ops Community Farm, East Sussex, which is maintained by adults with disabilities, both mental and physical. Whilst there I experienced how rewarding it is to help people with disabilities through having fun and being creative and this deepened my resolve to become a speech therapist. I have also worked with both able and disabled children; in June 2006 I did a week’s work experience at Cumann Iosaef Community Pre-school, it allowed me to see the interaction between able and disabled children. I also helped to run a weekly sports club at Davigdor Infants School for 4 months in 2006 as part of my sports leaders qualification.
    On the 1st and 2nd of October 2008 I shadowed Speech Therapist Yamini Burgul at the Evelina Children’s Hospital which was fascinating, I got so much out of my two days there and although some of the cases I saw were tragic the difference that Yamini was making to the children’s lives was so apparent that it strengthened my relsolve go into this career. I have also organised to shadow Speech Therapist Alison Eccles at Chailey Secondary School in January 2009.
    My A level choices give me a good understanding of different aspects of Speech and Language Therapy. In Human Biology I’m learning about the structure of the body and what can go wrong to cause speech or swallowing difficulties. Psychology lets me explore cognitive development further than I did in GCSE Child Development. I did a long term study of the normal development of a child, looking at their physical, cognitive, emotional and social development and I achieved 102/105 marks for my study. Performing Arts is a subject that requires me to put in a lot of work and challenges me to be creative and outgoing. When working with children in Speech Therapy my experience from this subject will help lots.
    When I first considered Speech and Language Therapy I was sure I would want to work with children, however, my work at Care Co-ops and Grace Eyre have shown me the importance of speech in adulthood and now feel that I could work in either field. My time at the Evelina Children’s Hospital showed me how important Speech Therapy is and I know that it is the only career path I want to take.
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