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    how competitive is the ucl economics and year abroad?

    also are there no other opportunities to study abroad if I only applied for straight econ?
    I remember reading somewhere that you can't change from straight econ to econ with a year abroad, which is why I'm applying to both! And yeah, I think it's pretty competitive
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    (Original post by Wahrheit)
    I remember reading somewhere that you can't change from straight econ to econ with a year abroad, which is why I'm applying to both! And yeah, I think it's pretty competitive

    What are your grades if you don't mind sharing? gcse/as/predicted??
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    (Original post by Wahrheit)
    GCSE I got 7A*2A1B but I'm actually applying post A level (I'm 21) and I achieved 2A*(maths and further maths)A(biology)B(German) and I also got 2Bs in Chemistry and General studies AS. Now as you probably noticed, I didn't do economics (despite having the option to...yeah, oops, but it was a long time ago!) A level but I did further maths and in fact did two years of a maths degree at warwick haha, so I have evidence of my mathematical ability but not of my ability to actually do economics lol.

    Similarly, though, I also want to go somewhere with a great social life and also with great career prospects, as I'm definitely viewing it all as a 'second chance' at uni. As I say though, I have number of inconsistencies in my application; namely that I've shown I can do maths but other than that it's not standout. Also the fact I did two years of one degree and then withdrew could show a lack of commitment, or it could be a sign that I'm mature and brave enough to recognise a failure and pursue my real interests, depending on how you look at it (and how good my personal statement is!).

    Again I have a dearth of things in the 'economics extra-curricular' department, so we'll so how that goes lol
    Ohhhh right! I am actually thinking of perhaps applying to Warwick - did you enjoy it? How was it for social life? I've heard Warwick the city is quite boring but obviously the university is so good for economics!
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    (Original post by Username13)
    how competitive is the ucl economics and year abroad?

    also are there no other opportunities to study abroad if I only applied for straight econ?
    UCL in it's self is very popular both nationally and internationally therefore difficult to get into. Economics is one of the most of the most competed for courses at UCL - I think it's the second behind architecture. The year abroad course only has 20 spaces so of course is very very competitive. As a result, I'm applying to both straight economics and economics with a year abroad. Not because it will strengthen my chances but because it's safer than just applying to the Economics with a year abroad!
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    Will a B in maths (2 UMS off an A) ruin my chances of getting accepted for Economics at Nottingham/Bristol even if I'm predicted an A*AA? Also, how important is further maths for these unis?


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    (Original post by Username13)
    What are your grades if you don't mind sharing? gcse/as/predicted??
    No I don't mind at all, just read the post above the one you quoted

    (Original post by tomixox)
    Ohhhh right! I am actually thinking of perhaps applying to Warwick - did you enjoy it? How was it for social life? I've heard Warwick the city is quite boring but obviously the university is so good for economics!
    If I'm honest I hated it haha, it would been relatively easy for me to transfer to do economics at warwick instead of withdrawing from the university but decided against it, partly because I wanted a fresh start somewhere else but partly because I really, really dislike the place. Most of the people I know haven't even seen Warwick the place, students tend to live in leamington after the first year which is a 30 minute bus ride with no traffic, or canley which is on the outskirts of coventry and is walkable, but it takes a while. There are I think 4 clubs in leamington and 1 (that people go to!) in coventry. The one in coventry is far and away the best. To be honest I think generally the social life is 'ok', the halls in first year are a very sociable lay out with them all being self catered. There's just nothing to do there though, not without travelling to Birmingham or something!
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    I would really appreciat esome help here - I don't know whether I should apply to LSE or not? is it worth it? The competition there is ridiculous plus I am already applying for top unis. I was not planning on applying because I don't take FM even though it offered at my school. Anyway, do you guys think I would have a chance or that I should just play it safe(r) by applying to Surrey>


    Universities Applying for: Oxford, UCL x2 (Economics and Economics with A Year Abroad), Nottingham and either Surrey or LSE


    GCSE Results: 11A*'s 4A's

    AS Subjects and Results: Maths (A) Chemistry (A) Biology (A) Economics (A)

    A2 Subjects and Predictions: Maths (A*) Biology (A*) Economics (A*)

    Books: How Markets Fail by John Cassidy,Poor Economics by Banjeree and Duflo and Scottish Independence: Weighing Up Economics by Gavin McCrone.

    Work Experience: Natwest, Aviva, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup

    What I've done Outside lessons: Economics Subject Leader, President of Economics Society, Volunteer in KS4 Maths Classes, Read FT and Economist, Attended 2 Economic Lectures @ University of Cambridge and attended one week Economics Summer school at the University of Bocconi in Milan.

    I also play sport for my school and county and am a member of Principal's Council.
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    (Original post by tomixox)
    I would really appreciat esome help here - I don't know whether I should apply to LSE or not? is it worth it? The competition there is ridiculous plus I am already applying for top unis. I was not planning on applying because I don't take FM even though it offered at my school. Anyway, do you guys think I would have a chance or that I should just play it safe(r) by applying to Surrey>


    Universities Applying for: Oxford, UCL x2 (Economics and Economics with A Year Abroad), Nottingham and either Surrey or LSE


    GCSE Results: 11A*'s 4A's

    AS Subjects and Results: Maths (A) Chemistry (A) Biology (A) Economics (A)

    A2 Subjects and Predictions: Maths (A*) Biology (A*) Economics (A*)

    Books: How Markets Fail by John Cassidy,Poor Economics by Banjeree and Duflo and Scottish Independence: Weighing Up Economics by Gavin McCrone.

    Work Experience: Natwest, Aviva, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup

    What I've done Outside lessons: Economics Subject Leader, President of Economics Society, Volunteer in KS4 Maths Classes, Read FT and Economist, Attended 2 Economic Lectures @ University of Cambridge and attended one week Economics Summer school at the University of Bocconi in Milan.

    I also play sport for my school and county and am a member of Principal's Council.
    If you haven't done further maths but your school offers it I think it'd be too risky


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    Would love some input here on my choices of university: i am applying to Oxford, Durham, Warwick, Bristol and Birmingham all for L100 apart from Oxford which is Eco&Mgt. Would like to know if my choices are realistic or not with my application:

    GCSE: 8A* 3A + A in Ad Maths
    AS: Maths (A) 92%, Chemistry (A) 94%, Physics (A) 89%, Economics (A) 84%
    Predictions: Economics A*, Chemistry A*, Maths A*, Further Maths A

    My PS is pretty strong as well as my reference.

    Question is am i being too ambitious with unis as i know they are very competitive.
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    (Original post by Batman1996)
    Would love some input here on my choices of university: i am applying to Oxford, Durham, Warwick, Bristol and Birmingham all for L100 apart from Oxford which is Eco&Mgt. Would like to know if my choices are realistic or not with my application:

    GCSE: 8A* 3A + A in Ad Maths
    AS: Maths (A) 92%, Chemistry (A) 94%, Physics (A) 89%, Economics (A) 84%
    Predictions: Economics A*, Chemistry A*, Maths A*, Further Maths A

    My PS is pretty strong as well as my reference.

    Question is am i being too ambitious with unis as i know they are very competitive.
    Nah you'll get an offer from Birmingham, and probably Durham. The others are always iffy for any candidate. Your choices are perfectly fine with your profile.
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    cheers, i know oxford is all TSA dependent. Thought Durham would be more competitive than Bristol?
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    (Original post by tomixox)
    I would really appreciat esome help here - I don't know whether I should apply to LSE or not? is it worth it? The competition there is ridiculous plus I am already applying for top unis. I was not planning on applying because I don't take FM even though it offered at my school. Anyway, do you guys think I would have a chance or that I should just play it safe(r) by applying to Surrey>


    Universities Applying for: Oxford, UCL x2 (Economics and Economics with A Year Abroad), Nottingham and either Surrey or LSE


    GCSE Results: 11A*'s 4A's

    AS Subjects and Results: Maths (A) Chemistry (A) Biology (A) Economics (A)

    A2 Subjects and Predictions: Maths (A*) Biology (A*) Economics (A*)

    Books: How Markets Fail by John Cassidy,Poor Economics by Banjeree and Duflo and Scottish Independence: Weighing Up Economics by Gavin McCrone.

    Work Experience: Natwest, Aviva, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup

    What I've done Outside lessons: Economics Subject Leader, President of Economics Society, Volunteer in KS4 Maths Classes, Read FT and Economist, Attended 2 Economic Lectures @ University of Cambridge and attended one week Economics Summer school at the University of Bocconi in Milan.

    I also play sport for my school and county and am a member of Principal's Council.
    You'll almost definitely get an offer from Nottingham. Probably UCL for straight Econ at least. Remember you need an a* in maths from LSE or UCL to meet your offer which could be risky. But tbh you wouldn't be happy at Surrey if you're aiming as high as your other choices. An insurance could be Bristol over Surrey? The Econ and econometrics is AAA too. But you could go for LSE and be fairly confident of an offer from some of your other choices if LSE doesn't work out


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    (Original post by Batman1996)
    cheers, i know oxford is all TSA dependent. Thought Durham would be more competitive than Bristol?
    similar for economics, be fairly confident of an offer from all but Oxford.


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    (Original post by LFR)
    You'll almost definitely get an offer from Nottingham. Probably UCL for straight Econ at least. Remember you need an a* in maths from LSE or UCL to meet your offer which could be risky. But tbh you wouldn't be happy at Surrey if you're aiming as high as your other choices. An insurance could be Bristol over Surrey? The Econ and econometrics is AAA too. But you could go for LSE and be fairly confident of an offer from some of your other choices if LSE doesn't work out


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    Thanks so much for taking the time to reply - I appreciate it. The reason I am not really into applying to Bristol (or Warwicl) is because I heard they are very boring cities and the student/social life is pretty much dead. I know that's quite bad but in all honesty I DO want to go to a good university especially one with strong job prospects but at the same time I want to enjoy myself. I'm pretty sure if I work my ass off I can get an A* in maths and if reckon I can deffo get an A* in economics. I thought the University of Surrey was a good, up and coming university?
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    (Original post by tomixox)
    Thanks so much for taking the time to reply - I appreciate it. The reason I am not really into applying to Bristol (or Warwicl) is because I heard they are very boring cities and the student/social life is pretty much dead. I know that's quite bad but in all honesty I DO want to go to a good university especially one with strong job prospects but at the same time I want to enjoy myself. I'm pretty sure if I work my ass off I can get an A* in maths and if reckon I can deffo get an A* in economics. I thought the University of Surrey was a good, up and coming university?

    Hate to be a snob but you could go to a uni with much stronger job prospects than surrey. i'm sure its a great uni and has anice course but from the look of ur grades u should be looking at birmingham, southhampton, leeds in terms of an insurance.
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    (Original post by tomixox)
    Thanks so much for taking the time to reply - I appreciate it. The reason I am not really into applying to Bristol (or Warwicl) is because I heard they are very boring cities and the student/social life is pretty much dead. I know that's quite bad but in all honesty I DO want to go to a good university especially one with strong job prospects but at the same time I want to enjoy myself. I'm pretty sure if I work my ass off I can get an A* in maths and if reckon I can deffo get an A* in economics. I thought the University of Surrey was a good, up and coming university?
    I always though that Bristol shas a very good social and student life - I think of it as a smaller, cosier, cheaper London!
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    (Original post by tomixox)
    Thanks so much for taking the time to reply - I appreciate it. The reason I am not really into applying to Bristol (or Warwicl) is because I heard they are very boring cities and the student/social life is pretty much dead. I know that's quite bad but in all honesty I DO want to go to a good university especially one with strong job prospects but at the same time I want to enjoy myself. I'm pretty sure if I work my ass off I can get an A* in maths and if reckon I can deffo get an A* in economics. I thought the University of Surrey was a good, up and coming university?
    not on the same level as oxbridge, lse, warwick, ucl and many other unis are better than surrey for econ
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    (Original post by tomixox)
    Thanks so much for taking the time to reply - I appreciate it. The reason I am not really into applying to Bristol (or Warwicl) is because I heard they are very boring cities and the student/social life is pretty much dead. I know that's quite bad but in all honesty I DO want to go to a good university especially one with strong job prospects but at the same time I want to enjoy myself. I'm pretty sure if I work my ass off I can get an A* in maths and if reckon I can deffo get an A* in economics. I thought the University of Surrey was a good, up and coming university?
    I tend to agree with you about Warwick, but heard Bristol has a great social scene as it's a decent sized city. if you're confident about getting a*aa then maybe you should just apply to lse and have Nottingham as an insurance if you don't get the a* in maths?


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    How many ppl mention Scottish independence in the ps, my teacher recommended that I do, but I feel like a lot of ppl will.
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    (Original post by Mathsfanatic123)
    How many ppl mention Scottish independence in the ps, my teacher recommended that I do, but I feel like a lot of ppl will.
    I have mentioned it! I didn't realise a lot of people would be mentioning it. I wouldn't worry as I reckon last year loads of applicants discussed Mark Canney's refusal to increase interest rates until employment fell below 7%. A girl in the year above me who applied for economics mentioned that, Freakonomics AND Animal Spirits and still managed to secure offers from Cambridge, LSE, Bristol, Exeter and Warwick!
 
 
 
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