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    (Original post by Oakflame)
    Are there any specific things the referee is supposed to write? I'm from Sweden and the teacher writing my letter of recommendation has written a few before, but she asked me for the specific things the universities I am applying to wanted to be included. Is there such a thing? If so, where do I find it?
    Oxford has a guide for teachers on writing the letter of recommendation here
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    extremely helpful link, ty
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    Oxford has a guide for teachers on writing the letter of recommendation here
    Thank you!
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    (Original post by tanyapotter)
    Also, do you know why you have to take the MAT for Computer Science and Philosophy, but not for Computer Science on its own? Or is that just an error on the website?
    You do need to take the MAT for Computer Science. If there's a website that says otherwise, could you please give me the link, and I'll get it fixed.

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    Hey hey guys, as a prospective med applicant I'm a little stuck on my personal statement. I sent it to 2 different people to proofread - a girl in med school in the UK and a guy from harvard but gahhh the girl says my statement is good but the guy says i should basically change everything.

    So my question is: Should it be more of a factual "i got this and i achieved this and I read this and hence I would make a good doctor" or like an "i want to do medicine because..." sort of thing? Do you think Oxford would be more impressed with something more achievements based or something more philosophical?
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    Hey hey guys, as a prospective med applicant I'm a little stuck on my personal statement. I sent it to 2 different people to proofread - a girl in med school in the UK and a guy from harvard but gahhh the girl says my statement is good but the guy says i should basically change everything.

    So my question is: Should it be more of a factual "i got this and i achieved this and I read this and hence I would make a good doctor" or like an "i want to do medicine because..." sort of thing? Do you think Oxford would be more impressed with something more achievements based or something more philosophical?
    Also a prospective applicant here From what I've gathered it's more of a "I want to do medicine because..." sort of thing. For some seemingly decent advise look at Jamie Miles videos. http://www.jamoemills.com/oxbridge
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    (Original post by Oakflame)
    Also a prospective applicant here From what I've gathered it's more of a "I want to do medicine because..." sort of thing. For some seemingly decent advise look at Jamie Miles videos. http://www.jamoemills.com/oxbridge
    YAY!! Thank you so much
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    YAY!! Thank you so much
    No problem
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    (Original post by SLMS)
    Hey hey guys, as a prospective med applicant I'm a little stuck on my personal statement. I sent it to 2 different people to proofread - a girl in med school in the UK and a guy from harvard but gahhh the girl says my statement is good but the guy says i should basically change everything.

    So my question is: Should it be more of a factual "i got this and i achieved this and I read this and hence I would make a good doctor" or like an "i want to do medicine because..." sort of thing? Do you think Oxford would be more impressed with something more achievements based or something more philosophical?
    The British person would be a more reliable source. Uni applications in the US are TOTALLY different.

    Oxford do not care about the PS. Cater your PS for other unis i.e. talk about your work experience and volunteering and what it has taught you about medicine and about why you want to do medicine.
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    Is it worth getting an exam remarked if you are dropping that subject? I got ABBC (not great I know) but my teachers have predicted me A*AA as I got straight As right up to the exams. Dropped Politics (the C) but should I get that C remarked?

    I'm applying for Ancient and Modern history and got 10A*s at GCSE.
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    (Original post by LamantChenille)
    Basically, I've studied French since I was about 10 and it has always been my favourite language; I dream of becoming fluent, and carrying it on to degree level seems like the best way to do this. Also, the added exposure to literature and culture that you get by completing a degree cannot compare in my eyes to the linguistic ability I would obtain if I simply carried on informally learning French in my free time, so French was my obvious course choice.

    However, I wanted to expand my horizons a little by learning a new language ab initio, and when I considered all of my options, Hebrew seemed like the best choice for me. I wanted to take on the challenge of a non-european language for a start, and do something a little different. But by studying Hebrew I can also maintain a variety of my interests. For a while, I contemplated taking Theology, and therefore the option to do Biblical Hebrew as part of this course really appealed to me. I'm also really interested in conflict geography and international relations, and the opportunity to look at the Palestinian conflict in detail as part of the course sounded really interesting. Finally, as a Christian, I can't deny that the idea of spending a year in Israel really speaks to me. I've never had the opportunity to go before and everything I have seen or read, makes me think that I would love it.

    Sorry, I realise that this is a huge splurge of information, I got a little carried away..
    What about you? Why are you combining the two?
    Hi , sorry for the late reply (no internet). It's nice acuatually to see someone who is as interested in the same subject as I am. Initially I wanted to study English Literature, but it's not the easiest thing to do as a foreigner. So I decided to combine both Hebrew and French because I love their literary tradition, even more that I did English literature. Although I haven't been to Israel yet, everytime I see it in the newspaper, on tv, it reminds me of my youth. So lost youth sentiment is probably my second reason. Have you seen HaKocahvim shel Shlomi ? So really what interest me more than anything is literature, because I think it's quite versatile since it encompases everything , history, culture, geography...

    Plus I love the Hebrew and French language.
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    Guys, apparently CIE(my exam board made A the highest grade possible for AS & A2 levels. If the exam requirements for Economics and management is A*A*A, will I meet the requirements if I get AAA? thank you!
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    Guys, apparently CIE(my exam board made A the highest grade possible for AS & A2 levels. If the exam requirements for Economics and management is A*A*A, will I meet the requirements if I get AAA? thank you!
    I'm doing CIE too!
    When did this happen? 😯


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    (Original post by narine2014)
    Guys, apparently CIE(my exam board made A the highest grade possible for AS & A2 levels. If the exam requirements for Economics and management is A*A*A, will I meet the requirements if I get AAA? thank you!
    If there isn't any information on the course website for alternative offers for CIE, contact the department directly. I'm fairly certain that they would just make an alternative offer.
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    Hi guys! Just wondering if anyone knows, with regard to the Open Day on Friday (which is a definite Go! for me now, woohoo!), do we just check into the relevant college's reception on arrival? For example, I'm going to check out Hertford and have checked the website but all I can see for sure is the doors open a 10am and lunch is ticketed! Anyone happens to know? (Figured I'd ask here first just in case rather than email the office!) x

    Midnight edit: UCAS applications are now open for submission! Paid my fee and submitted by form! Fingers crossed! <3
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    (Original post by nexttime)
    The British person would be a more reliable source. Uni applications in the US are TOTALLY different.

    Oxford do not care about the PS. Cater your PS for other unis i.e. talk about your work experience and volunteering and what it has taught you about medicine and about why you want to do medicine.

    Whew ok, thank you!!
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    (Original post by Ivoryfall)
    Hi guys! Just wondering if anyone knows, with regard to the Open Day on Friday (which is a definite Go! for me now, woohoo!), do we just check into the relevant college's reception on arrival? For example, I'm going to check out Hertford and have checked the website but all I can see for sure is the doors open a 10am and lunch is ticketed! Anyone happens to know? (Figured I'd ask here first just in case rather than email the office!) x
    Have you booked to visit anywhere? If so they should have sent you instructions and/or a timetable.

    If not don't worry - you can just drop in on any college. They usually have a welcome desk of some sort clearly visible, and either someone will show you around or you can wander around by yourself. There will be lots of people around to help don't worry.

    Some colleges only open for non-bookings later on (12ish) so probably best if you start with Hertford given they specifically open at 10.
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    Have you booked to visit anywhere? If so they should have sent you instructions and/or a timetable.

    If not don't worry - you can just drop in on any college. They usually have a welcome desk of some sort clearly visible, and either someone will show you around or you can wander around by yourself. There will be lots of people around to help don't worry.

    Some colleges only open for non-bookings later on (12ish) so probably best if you start with Hertford given they specifically open at 10.
    Ah that's very helpful, thank you! Yeah I specifically didn't pre-book because the advice on the Hertford website is that it's not necessary and you need only turn up! 10am is open doors, a talk at 11am and lunch at 12pm, and subject-specific talks between 12.30pm and 1.45pm. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't likely to get lost on arrival! Thank you Nexttime!
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    (Original post by kingkendrick)
    Hi I'm thinking about applying to Oxford for engineering post A levels. I have achieved 4 A*s in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and Further Maths. I have already been accepted to study Mechanical engineering at Bristol, And I wonder if there is a big difference between Bristol and Oxford for engineering. I'm sure I will enjoy Bristol but it's been a lifelong dream for me to go to Oxford, and now seeing my A levels I'm a bit more confident and I wish I had applied last year. Any advice would be helpful, thanks
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    Well, the major difference is that at Oxford you study Engineering Sciences, so you study all major branches of engineering for the first two years before starting to specialise in Year 3. I have also heard that the Oxford course is quite theoretical in comparison to other courses. The best way to find out more about the course is by going to the department website.

    I'd caution against taking a year out for the sake of getting into Oxford though. Yes, those A Level results are brilliant but it's not the only factor in determining whether you get an offer - the PAT and interview are very important too. The risk is that you don't get in and then realise that you've wasted a year of your life when you could have been getting on with your degree at Bristol, which is also a great university. Of course if you've got an idea how you could spend this year constructively so that you wouldn't feel like it's a waste even if you didn't get in then fine, but the fact that you were intending to start at Bristol suggests that you don't have those plans in place.
 
 
 
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