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    (Original post by Crazydavy)
    Hi

    How do you think Durham compares to Warwick? I notice Warwick has a higher ranking for Biology (7) according to The Guardian, whilst Durham is at rank 40 - but I'm not sure how much that counts for also taking in mind Durham's prestigious history. When you say you have the option to choose any module you want, what do they include out of interest?
    haha, yes...the Guardian. I had a offer from Warwick too, but they only recently raised their criteria from BBB to ABB.

    Warwick is a strong university, but its specialism is not in Biology. Check the complete guide of Uni, and biology at Durham was top 5 in 2009 (my entry), now its 6th, still very worthy.

    The guardian is a left wing paper, and Warwick has a excellent track record for bringing state school kids in, while Durham has more public school kids than Cambridge. Hence why its lowly ranked (Durham is ranked 14th in the Guardian, while 4th in the independent, and 6th in the Times - Warwick is ranked 3rd in the Guardian and considerably lower in the others).

    So basically these tables are quite meaningless. Warwick is a good uni and I won't smear it, but so is Durham =)

    If you get a average of 55% (very doable) in your first year, as long as the time table works, you can do 4 biology modules, and two modules in any department, in level 1 or level 2 (without prerequisites). (direct entry to Nat Sci is AAA!)

    So at the moment, I am doing 4 biology modules at level 2, and one level 1 geography module and 1 level 1 business module. Pretty cool huh ; ) and those level 1 modules count for my degree!!! I am still doing a 3 year course but I can do easier modules haha!

    and you get a BSc . (Hons) Natural Sciences degree, arguably a more prestigious degree =P but you do give up your research project and no year in industry.

    I am not trying to discourage you to do biology, what I am saying is that if your not 100% certain you want to do pure biology for 3 years, you always have the option to do some other stuff too ^^, Warwick ain't gonna give you that. Also Warwick alcohol is expensive , in Durham, a triple shot can be as cheap as 1 2o (in Jimmy Allens).

    Both have strong reputation, but Durham is well renowned in the establishment, such as the Big 4 and Banking.

    Hope that helped!

    JL
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    (Original post by Johnny Luk)
    haha, yes...the Guardian. I had a offer from Warwick too, but they only recently raised their criteria from BBB to ABB.

    Warwick is a strong university, but its specialism is not in Biology. Check the complete guide of Uni, and biology at Durham was top 5 in 2009 (my entry), now its 6th, still very worthy.

    The guardian is a left wing paper, and Warwick has a excellent track record for bringing state school kids in, while Durham has more public school kids than Cambridge. Hence why its lowly ranked (Durham is ranked 14th in the Guardian, while 4th in the independent, and 6th in the Times - Warwick is ranked 3rd in the Guardian and considerably lower in the others).

    So basically these tables are quite meaningless. Warwick is a good uni and I won't smear it, but so is Durham =)

    If you get a average of 55% (very doable) in your first year, as long as the time table works, you can do 4 biology modules, and two modules in any department, in level 1 or level 2 (without prerequisites). (direct entry to Nat Sci is AAA!)

    So at the moment, I am doing 4 biology modules at level 2, and one level 1 geography module and 1 level 1 business module. Pretty cool huh ; ) and those level 1 modules count for my degree!!! I am still doing a 3 year course but I can do easier modules haha!

    and you get a BSc . (Hons) Natural Sciences degree, arguably a more prestigious degree =P but you do give up your research project and no year in industry.

    I am not trying to discourage you to do biology, what I am saying is that if your not 100% certain you want to do pure biology for 3 years, you always have the option to do some other stuff too ^^, Warwick ain't gonna give you that. Also Warwick alcohol is expensive , in Durham, a triple shot can be as cheap as 1 2o (in Jimmy Allens).

    Both have strong reputation, but Durham is well renowned in the establishment, such as the Big 4 and Banking.

    Hope that helped!

    JL
    Changing to NatSci isn't guaranteed as they have a pretty strict quota....it's certainly not impossible but definitely isn't guaranteed, even if you get 90%! (Plus they usually look at your school grade profile when deciding who to let swap into NatSci.)

    But first year biologists can do a module from any other department (as long as it timetables), as long as they've done A2 Chemistry.
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    (Original post by I_like_yumyums)
    Hi guys
    so i just joined TSR to pretty much come pester you all - i admit i've been stalking this page for a few weeks now to see if anyone else has any offers/heard anything; i'm still waiting here too - its making me ridculously nervous! i really wish they'd decide one way or another so its finalised
    Hi What grades and subjects did you do last year, I need to see the competition
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    (Original post by Crazydavy)
    Hi What grades and subjects did you do last year, I need to see the competition
    Haha oh dear :| nice welcome there; straight into the fight for places! :P

    er last year i did
    biology A
    physics A
    maths B
    chemistry B

    and im all 4 this year; predicted A's...pfft!
    and an EPQ (extended project) - yayy

    how about you? (unless you've mentioned somewhere else in thread...)
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    Hey guys, I received an offer for straight Biology in November - was surprised by how quickly they got back to me! Anyone firmed Durham? I have St John's College too, woo!
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    (Original post by Cameronn)
    Hey guys, I received an offer for straight Biology in November - was surprised by how quickly they got back to me! Anyone firmed Durham? I have St John's College too, woo!

    Well done on the offer!

    Still waiting here...
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    (Original post by I_like_yumyums)
    Haha oh dear :| nice welcome there; straight into the fight for places! :P

    er last year i did
    biology A
    physics A
    maths B
    chemistry B

    and im all 4 this year; predicted A's...pfft!
    and an EPQ (extended project) - yayy

    how about you? (unless you've mentioned somewhere else in thread...)
    I said hi first!

    Last year I got AABBC (bio/geog/maths/physics/critical thinking).

    Predicted AAB in bio/geog/maths this year. Worried, lots of people have better grades than me!
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    (Original post by angelmxxx)
    Changing to NatSci isn't guaranteed as they have a pretty strict quota....it's certainly not impossible but definitely isn't guaranteed, even if you get 90%! (Plus they usually look at your school grade profile when deciding who to let swap into NatSci.)

    But first year biologists can do a module from any other department (as long as it timetables), as long as they've done A2 Chemistry.
    Sorry I do not agree, none of that happen to me. (except for the last point, which is true = ))

    At least 30 people from biological sciences changed to Nat Sci, and they barely glanced at my academic creditability. There is no strict quota if your already in the system (perhaps your referring to 1st year Nat Sci, in which case I am in no position to comment) but once your in, as long as there is space in the course (and they didn't even check that either...), its all plain sailing. It was very easy to do, as long as you do it within the first few weeks of 2nd year.

    Of course, it is not the 'usual' path, per say, but very much doable. Conversely, many Nat Sci students go into straight biology in the 2nd year, but I personally wouldn't recommend it because thats harder (doing animal physiology without mbl is a case in point, having to learn cell signalling from scratch).

    There is a new head of faculty, but he seems like a solid bloke!

    peace. =)

    JL
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    (Original post by Crazydavy)
    I said hi first!

    Last year I got AABBC (bio/geog/maths/physics/critical thinking).

    Predicted AAB in bio/geog/maths this year. Worried, lots of people have better grades than me!
    haha my baddd so you did; hey! we're not at war for places yet then xD

    Awwh but you got really good grades! And anyway it's not all they look at!

    I think I'll be lucky to get in because i applied for veterinary science too (got
    rejected for all 3 places - hah!) so my personal statement was a bit varied between veterinary and biology :|
    I really just want to know now :'|
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    (Original post by I_like_yumyums)
    haha my baddd so you did; hey! we're not at war for places yet then xD

    Awwh but you got really good grades! And anyway it's not all they look at!

    I think I'll be lucky to get in because i applied for veterinary science too (got
    rejected for all 3 places - hah!) so my personal statement was a bit varied between veterinary and biology :|
    I really just want to know now :'|
    Well I'll just hold tight unit March. My personal statement was (obviously) just based on Biology, however I'm sure you'll do fine with those grades! Who knows, we may both get places :cool:
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    Heyy I applied for C101 (biology with industrial placement) but I don't know if you're counting that as 'straight biology'!

    I got my offer through fairly quickly, but then I applied quite early (I applied to Oxford)

    I didn't even get an interview at Oxford so it just shows how different the selection criteria must be for different unis! :P
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    (Original post by nachoface)
    Heyy I applied for C101 (biology with industrial placement) but I don't know if you're counting that as 'straight biology'!

    I got my offer through fairly quickly, but then I applied quite early (I applied to Oxford)

    I didn't even get an interview at Oxford so it just shows how different the selection criteria must be for different unis! :P
    Yes that counts, I applied to the same course :P I assume you got pretty amazing grades, but what subjects and grades did you do/get? I'm not sure where I stand with getting an offer really, I thought my PS was pretty good and my grades are above the typical offer. I suppose it is Durham and it follows that it is competitive (especially this year!) but I wonder what is taking them so long to make a decision :erm:
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    hey guys
    I applied back mid-way through October just after the Oxbridge deadline and ive not heard a thing :/
    I applied for C101 at Grey College
    Does anyone know what the offers are like for people that have recieved them are?.............If anyone doing the IB has an offer id really like to know what your point score offer was with the HL specifics
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    (Original post by Crazydavy)
    Yes that counts, I applied to the same course :P I assume you got pretty amazing grades, but what subjects and grades did you do/get? I'm not sure where I stand with getting an offer really, I thought my PS was pretty good and my grades are above the typical offer. I suppose it is Durham and it follows that it is competitive (especially this year!) but I wonder what is taking them so long to make a decision :erm:
    For AS I got As in Bio, chem, maths, RS and critical thinking
    My predicted grades are As in bio chem and RS and an A* in maths.
    I'm sure your PS was fine (mine was a vagueish summary of my Nuffield bursary project and a 'humerous anecdote' about being chased by cows whilst doing DofE), sometimes unis take a while to get back to people, even really good candidates! What college did you apply for?
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    (Original post by nachoface)
    For AS I got As in Bio, chem, maths, RS and critical thinking
    My predicted grades are As in bio chem and RS and an A* in maths.
    I'm sure your PS was fine (mine was a vagueish summary of my Nuffield bursary project and a 'humerous anecdote' about being chased by cows whilst doing DofE), sometimes unis take a while to get back to people, even really good candidates! What college did you apply for?
    I applied to Trevelyan College, how about you?
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    Rejection

    Found out last week, but forgot about this thread. Came up on the homescreen and thought I'd post since I did earlier.

    I'm not bothered though. Even if they gave me an offer I was planning to reject them anyway.
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    Rejection

    Found out last week, but forgot about this thread. Came up on the homescreen and thought I'd post since I did earlier.

    I'm not bothered though. Even if they gave me an offer I was planning to reject them anyway.
    I was going to say sorry but it seems like you don't care Any idea which uni you will firm/insurance?
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    (Original post by Crazydavy)
    I was going to say sorry but it seems like you don't care Any idea which uni you will firm/insurance?
    Firming Manchester, insuring York or Sheffield. Sheffield interview's on Thursday so if I like it I'll insure that. Main factor for me is that those unis let me do a degree in biology with French and a year abroad in France, but the Durham (and Warwick) don't.
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    (Original post by fretter778)
    Rejection

    Found out last week, but forgot about this thread. Came up on the homescreen and thought I'd post since I did earlier.

    I'm not bothered though. Even if they gave me an offer I was planning to reject them anyway.
    hey; sorry on the rejection, even if you didn't want to go there!
    Can i just ask if you applied for C100 or C101 and what your predicted grades were?
    i always feel so nosey asking people about their grades; sorry :P
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    (Original post by I_like_yumyums)
    hey; sorry on the rejection, even if you didn't want to go there!
    Can i just ask if you applied for C100 or C101 and what your predicted grades were?
    i always feel so nosey asking people about their grades; sorry :P
    It was just biology (no placement or anything like that) so C100 I think? Predicted A* French, A Biology, B Chemistry.
 
 
 
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