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    Heya, is there anyone currently doing Russian Studies who is able to answer some of my questions, please? Thanks!
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    Hi, do you know whether it is possible to take some courses outside the official modules of Biological Sciences? Is it possible to study language or psychology, etc? Thanks!
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    Hi guys, I have just been to an open day for psychology and they said that we all have offers woop! However whilst at the uni I felt slightly secluded due to being the only northerner there (as I know of, or that I spoke to). Not that I have anything against southerners but I feel as though I may not fit in or meet anyone who has much in common with me and they may think im common due to my accent... Am I just over-thinking this or are there not many other northerners who study at UCL. Everyone seemed a little posh ....
    I'm just worried that I will be a loner in London :/
    P.s sorry of something under these lines has already been discussed I didn't want to read through 106 pages of comments ...
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    (Original post by uttamo)
    Thanks man that's reassuring. Do you have any idea of the average (roughly) number of A*s applicants have? (I know it's a s*** question but it does get us worried! )
    I have just been accepted at UCL - I got 1A* (Maths) 7A's 2B's and a C in French... Does this help? I had good results but not brilliant compared to some applicants.
    I applied for psychology btw and got AAAA at AS.

    I think as long as you have good predicted A level grades and good enough AS grades along with a good personal statement you should be fine
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    (Original post by Rachael36)
    I have just been accepted at UCL - I got 1A* (Maths) 7A's 2B's and a C in French... Does this help? I had good results but not brilliant compared to some applicants.
    I applied for psychology btw and got AAAA at AS.

    I think as long as you have good predicted A level grades and good enough AS grades along with a good personal statement you should be fine
    Congrats on your offer and thanks for your advice!
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    (Original post by Rachael36)
    Hi guys, I have just been to an open day for psychology and they said that we all have offers woop! However whilst at the uni I felt slightly secluded due to being the only northerner there (as I know of, or that I spoke to). Not that I have anything against southerners but I feel as though I may not fit in or meet anyone who has much in common with me and they may think im common due to my accent... Am I just over-thinking this or are there not many other northerners who study at UCL. Everyone seemed a little posh ....
    I'm just worried that I will be a loner in London :/
    P.s sorry of something under these lines has already been discussed I didn't want to read through 106 pages of comments ...


    Well done on your offer Where are you from in the north- I'm from the north too (Durham actually) and I was the only northern person that I can across but that doesn't worry me because at least you are unique and people will find that more interesting.
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    I have a more horrible accent (given the fact that English is not my first language) and people usually don't care. I've never experienced any hatred towards anyone coming from anywhere.
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    (Original post by Rachael36)
    Hi guys, I have just been to an open day for psychology and they said that we all have offers woop! However whilst at the uni I felt slightly secluded due to being the only northerner there (as I know of, or that I spoke to). Not that I have anything against southerners but I feel as though I may not fit in or meet anyone who has much in common with me and they may think im common due to my accent... Am I just over-thinking this or are there not many other northerners who study at UCL. Everyone seemed a little posh ....
    I'm just worried that I will be a loner in London :/
    P.s sorry of something under these lines has already been discussed I didn't want to read through 106 pages of comments ...
    My friends come from all over the UK, including the north, but we don't make that kind of distinction between ourselves. Frankly if anyone actively judges you for being from the north they're not worth bothering with.
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    Thanks for your help guys it has put me slightly at ease as the only thing scaring me about firming my offer is not fitting in...

    And I am from a small town in greater Manchester but attend a manchester college.
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    (Original post by Rachael36)
    Thanks for your help guys it has put me slightly at ease as the only thing scaring me about firming my offer is not fitting in...

    And I am from a small town in greater Manchester but attend a manchester college.
    MANCHESTER?!?! seriously that is not north I live near Newcastle that is north.*
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    there's always the 'northern society' i think it's called if you want to find fellow locals. I signed up and never went. It seems too weird and the sort of place to have an attitude like 'us northern people are all hard and we don't wear coats in winter, and everyone else is just a southern fairy'. I'm sure it has it's charms though.
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    Not worrying about being the only northern person or whatever, I'd rather be away from it all and just get on with university life. I don't suppose many people will be that bothered where you come from.
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    First year internationals are definitely guaranteed of accommodation if we firm UCL and apply for accommodation by 31st of May, right? And we'll just have to make do with the halls they assign for us? Have we no chance to appeal at all?

    Also, could anyone please suggest me a few blog/tumblr/whatever links on accommodation at UCL other than the official accommodation page? It's really hard checking out the accommodation using the 360 view thing in UCL's website. Thank you!
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    (Original post by johnconnor92)
    First year internationals are definitely guaranteed of accommodation if we firm UCL and apply for accommodation by 31st of May, right? And we'll just have to make do with the halls they assign for us? Have we no chance to appeal at all?

    Also, could anyone please suggest me a few blog/tumblr/whatever links on accommodation at UCL other than the official accommodation page? It's really hard checking out the accommodation using the 360 view thing in UCL's website. Thank you!
    I'm not sure if I understand your second question, but your halls are chosen by the Accommodation Office and you can't appeal against their decision. However, you can swap your room or bed with someone else.
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    (Original post by johnconnor92)
    First year internationals are definitely guaranteed of accommodation if we firm UCL and apply for accommodation by 31st of May, right? And we'll just have to make do with the halls they assign for us? Have we no chance to appeal at all?

    Also, could anyone please suggest me a few blog/tumblr/whatever links on accommodation at UCL other than the official accommodation page? It's really hard checking out the accommodation using the 360 view thing in UCL's website. Thank you!
    You can only appeal in very specific circumstances - as an example, my boyfriend got given Goldsmid house (£189pw) after putting £120pw as his maximum possible budget, and got changed to Astor after appealing. But money is pretty much the only circumstance here unless you have very specific needs, probably disability related, that they didn't account for.

    And yeah, you're guaranteed if you apply by the 31st
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    (Original post by Ivanka)
    I'm not sure if I understand your second question, but your halls are chosen by the Accommodation Office and you can't appeal against their decision. However, you can swap your room or bed with someone else.
    Allow me to rephrase my second question: do you know of any friends who blogged/tumblr-ed/ranted on the internet about his/her accommodation in UCL?

    Swap rooms? Would that involve a lot of paperworks? Would you be able to elaborate roughly on how it's done?
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    If there are any current Biomedical Sciences students on here can you please tell me a bit about coursework in first year? How often it's set and the formats it takes thanks
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    (Original post by johnconnor92)
    Allow me to rephrase my second question: do you know of any friends who blogged/tumblr-ed/ranted on the internet about his/her accommodation in UCL?

    Swap rooms? Would that involve a lot of paperworks? Would you be able to elaborate roughly on how it's done?
    I'm very sorry, but I personally don't know about anyone commenting on their accommodation publicly. I don't have any idea about room swaps either.
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    (Original post by glitterness)
    Absolutely brush up on your AS/A-level texts - if you can remember a couple of quotes, that's impressive (I ended up reciting several lines from 'Macbeth'!). Be prepared for a question that will make you have to think - for example, you may be asked about a theme or plot device in one of the texts that you haven't considered at A-level.

    Check over your Personal Statement to remind yourself of what you said; you'll probably also be asked to talk about books that you've read outside the A-level set texts. If you don't understand a word the interviewer uses in a question (for example, 'universality'), don't try to cover that up - just ask what it means and then continue with your answer. The interviewers are not out to trip you up or make things difficult for you; they just want to offer you a challenge and hopefully have a nice chat about books!

    The written exam is basically a piece of analytic writing - so the basic stuff like form, structure, vocabulary/any repetition thereof, why the author might be doing that, if it's poetry then metre, any enjambement, rhyme scheme, etc. Just do your best to pick the passage apart and write about bits you find interesting, essentially. If you're lucky enough to recognise the passage, don't say what it is but skirt around it - for example, if presented with Sonnet 18, one might talk about how it is reminiscent of Shakespeare, obviously a sonnet because of the structure, etc. I highly doubt that you will be given something that recognisable, though!

    Best advice I can give, though: breathe, relax, smile and be yourself. Good luck.
    Thanks for the great advice! The interview was mainly focused on my AS texts and wider reading. I received an offer yesterday, conditional for 3A's.
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    Is there anyone who studies LLB law and French Law? I want to know how it is as a subject,if it is really hard. Also, I would like to know how many students are studying this course! In other words how many places are offered! Thank you everybody!

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