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    (Original post by All_TheCyanide)
    There was a lot of bull****ting in it. :,)

    My AS results were ABCE.

    Biological sciences c:
    Personal statements are always full of that

    I applied to Durham for Accounting and Finance

    AS: AAAB
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    (Original post by poorform)
    Not really Warwick hand out loads of offers. It's not really difficult to get in there.
    Because loads of people get good grades or have good references. They have thousands of applications so of course they hand out loads of offers...

    Regardless, it's still an amazing university. It just doesn't have the pretentiousness of Oxbridge.
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    (Original post by All_TheCyanide)
    Because loads of people get good grades or have good references. They have thousands of applications so of course they hand out loads of offers...

    Regardless, it's still an amazing university. It just doesn't have the pretentiousness of Oxbridge.
    What makes you think the Oxbridge universities are pretentious? Are you just listening to what the media says?
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    (Original post by Asexual Demigod)
    Yes, but it's less competitive and I'd assume you'd be pushed less there compared to Oxbridge - the work would also be comparatively easier and less broad. There isn't a supervision/tutorial system at Warwick, is there?
    Only because Oxbridge have a reputation to uphold. If employers value Warwick as much as Oxbridge, why go for the harder (and more expensive) option?

    I'm not actually sure. I could care less.
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    (Original post by Asexual Demigod)
    What makes you think the Oxbridge universities are pretentious? Are you just listening to what the media says?
    Years of Oxbridge-prepping rhetoric from my schools and the inevitable snobbery of those who did get Oxbridge offers.

    It's Oxbridge, the universities who often won't accept anything less than A* A* A*. Of course it's pretentious. People want to go there not only because of the quality of the education, but also just to say that they went there.
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    (Original post by All_TheCyanide)
    Only because Oxbridge have a reputation to uphold. If employers value Warwick as much as Oxbridge, why go for the harder (and more expensive) option?

    I'm not actually sure. I could care less.
    Actually, from what I've read, Oxbridge is cheaper (at least Cambridge is) than most universities in the UK. They give out bursaries to those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and have lots of support available financially. As for going to the harder option? To push yourself.

    Just asking as Oxbridge is lauded as having a unique way of teaching that is a huge asset to its students. Most universities don't have such an advantage as possible one-to-one supervisions with a highly-respected academic.
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    lol i wish i could go to oxbridge xD
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    what university do you go to Asexual Demigod?

    im not sure you have said?
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    (Original post by All_TheCyanide)
    Years of Oxbridge-prepping rhetoric from my schools and the inevitable snobbery of those who did get Oxbridge offers.

    It's Oxbridge, the universities who often won't accept anything less than A* A* A*. Of course it's pretentious. People want to go there not only because of the quality of the education, but also just to say that they went there.
    While I agree with you that some students are like that, it doesn't hold for all students. Some people I know only had A*AA at A Level, so they do indeed accept less than A*A*A* at A Level. The standard offer for arts subjects is A*AA and for science subjects it is A*A*A at Cambridge. At Oxford, it is usually AAA or A*AA. The quality of the education alone is what motivates most to apply I'd imagine?
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    (Original post by Asexual Demigod)
    While I agree with you that some students are like that, it doesn't hold for all students. Some of my friends only had A*AA at A Level, so they do indeed accept less than A*A*A* at A Level. The quality of the education alone is what motivates most to apply I'd imagine?
    Id go to oxford, even if it was taught by an idiot, the accommodation was a box, and i had to pay twice the tuition fees. Just to put on my CV, that i have a degree from oxford lol
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    (Original post by Yellow636)
    Id go to oxford, even if it was taught by a dimwit, the accommodation was a box, and i had to pay twice the tuition fees. Just to put on my CV, that i have a degree from oxford lol
    That's you, not everyone is the same.
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    (Original post by Asexual Demigod)
    That's you, not everyone is the same.
    Im sure a lot would agree xD

    beautiful university and amazing reputation.
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    (Original post by CJKay)
    I have never heard of year 10 work experience. In my view, there is very little value any work experience could give you at that age.

    A graduate job is experience.

    Grades are not an indicator of anything but the ability to work in academia. There is no indication of potential whatsoever, and many people who get great grades go on to do nothing particularly spectacular. It demonstrates you have the ability to read a large book, then write about what you learned in that book which is, perhaps surprisingly to you, not that useful for the majority of jobs in the real world.

    I'm sorry if I have disturbed your vision of what it means to be an animal.
    You sound like somebody who has not performed extremely well in education and trying to shrug it off as not important.....
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    (Original post by Asexual Demigod)
    Actually, from what I've read, Oxbridge is cheaper (at least Cambridge is) than most universities in the UK. They give out bursaries to those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and have lots of support available financially. As for going to the harder option? To push yourself.

    Just asking as Oxbridge is lauded as having a unique way of teaching that is a huge asset to its students. Most universities don't have such an advantage as possible one-to-one supervisions with a highly-respected academic.
    I'd imagine it's not cheap for everyone.

    Perhaps so, but is having that really worth tearing your hair out over getting A and A* grades? Not in my opinion. I don't think I'll need supervision, I probably wouldn't want it as I'm very independent.

    (Original post by Asexual Demigod)
    While I agree with you that some students are like that, it doesn't hold for all students. Some people I know only had A*AA at A Level, so they do indeed accept less than A*A*A* at A Level. The standard offer for arts subjects is A*AA and for science subjects it is A*A*A at Cambridge. At Oxford, it is usually AAA or A*AA. The quality of the education alone is what motivates most to apply I'd imagine?
    Ooh, what a difference. Shocker, A* A A? Disgusting. (/sarcasm).

    I mean- gasp- the odd B grade. I bet that'd make some noses turn.

    If employers value other less academically pushy universities in as high a regard, why put yourself under that strain? If it's your type of thing, then sure. It certainly isn't mine. I love learning, but I don't cope well with extreme pressure.

    Other universities offer very high standards of education too. You can get an excellent degree without it being Oxbridge.

    There's a guy with an Oxford degree who has the same job as my dad. My dad got his degree from Cardiff.
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    (Original post by billydisco)
    You sound like somebody who has not performed extremely well in education and trying to shrug it off as not important.....
    That describes most people on this forum...
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    (Original post by Asexual Demigod)
    Actually, from what I've read, Oxbridge is cheaper (at least Cambridge is) than most universities in the UK. They give out bursaries to those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and have lots of support available financially. As for going to the harder option? To push yourself.

    Just asking as Oxbridge is lauded as having a unique way of teaching that is a huge asset to its students. Most universities don't have such an advantage as possible one-to-one supervisions with a highly-respected academic.
    I thought you went to Cambridge? Or are we suffering from premature egotism? :holmes:
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    (Original post by billydisco)
    You sound like somebody who has not performed extremely well in education and trying to shrug it off as not important.....
    Most of what was said in that post was partly true, have you ever had a real job? :holmes:
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    (Original post by All_TheCyanide)
    I'd imagine it's not cheap for everyone.

    Perhaps so, but is having that really worth tearing your hair out over getting A and A* grades? Not in my opinion. I don't think I'll need supervision, I probably wouldn't want it as I'm very independent.



    Ooh, what a difference. Shocker, A* A A? Disgusting. (/sarcasm).

    I mean- gasp- the odd B grade. I bet that'd make some noses turn.

    If employers value other less academically pushy universities in as high a regard, why put yourself under that strain? If it's your type of thing, then sure. It certainly isn't mine. I love learning, but I don't cope well with extreme pressure.

    Other universities offer very high standards of education too. You can get an excellent degree without it being Oxbridge.

    There's a guy with an Oxford degree who has the same job as my dad. My dad got his degree from Cardiff.
    The difference between an A*AA and A*A*A* is massive actually. Same difference as ABB or BCC. I didn't pull my hair out or get too stressed over getting A*A*A* so...? Good for him. It just goes to show that some employers clearly don't care about university reputation. It matters for top law firms and academic positions though.
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    (Original post by Asexual Demigod)
    Come back for another pop? You're so cute.
    :lolwut:

    By not answering the question you confirm my hypothesis and make yourself look silly.

    Well I'm not going to say anything more because last time I did you got offended and reported me :teehee:

    Have fun trolling :hat2:
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    (Original post by Asexual Demigod)
    The difference between an A*AA and A*A*A* is massive actually. Same difference as ABB or BCC. I didn't pull my hair out or get too stressed over getting A*A*A* so...? Good for him. It just goes to show that some employers clearly don't care about university reputation. It matters for top law firms and academic positions though.
    Good for you. Maybe you've got a good home life and not many responsibilities. And maybe you had good teachers who teach the course content properly.

    Hardly. A C looks a lot worse than a B. A* and A grades are both very very good. It's not exactly the same. And ABB looks a lot better than BCC. C grades just don't look good.

    Perhaps that's true for some, but not all. I doubt that EVERY top law firm and academic position can only employ/ be taken up by Oxbridge students. This is exactly the kind of Oxbridge snobbery I wouldn't be able to handle.
 
 
 
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