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there is a pre-departure event for UK bound students from Singapore, once you have confirmed a place in a UK university. so if you are applying this cycle (regardless of gap year entry or not), and you are offered and have accepted a place in a UK university, you will be invited to this exhibition/talk/sharing thing at suntec around july. there are like contracted companies setting up booths to explain to you the moving/bank accounts/mobile phone accounts/visa application and all that admin matters, with all the various schools with their own booths of course.
I just downloaded the 2009 fresher guide prepared by oxford singapore society, and it is extremely detailed, down to the last detail.:woo:
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I just downloaded the 2009 fresher guide prepared by oxford singapore society, and it is extremely detailed, down to the last detail.:woo:
i think its the paperback one given out at that event. hahah..
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Oh! I just found this thread. Hi!!!!!!!
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Oh! I just found this thread. Hi!!!!!!!
Welcome!
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i come across to see whether something interesting happened,,,, unfortunately, nothing attracts me......
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Hey guys, new here and about to start J2 next year. Lately I've been thinking a lot about uni apps- I know for certain that I want to read English (Lit) and for awhile KCL's sort of been my dream uni, barring the high tuition fees + cost of living (yeah, everyone's major gripe, lol). I'm generally aware of what kind of A Level grades they expect but are any of you actually reading English at KCL, and what kind of grades and other academic bonuses did you have? Or if it's not English, what are you reading at KCL, and what do you know about their English department/was it tough getting in?

I'm definitely going to apply to NUS after A's, of course, because fees are cheaper and right now overseas unis are kind of a pipe dream for me and I'm not from one of the top JCs or anything, but I've heard... not-so-flattering things about NUS FASS (people with C's and D's getting in, things like that) and I don't know, I guess I'd just like a reasonably solid academic environment. Thoughts?
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i come across to see whether something interesting happened,,,, unfortunately, nothing attracts me......
What were you expecting, anyway? That is so insufferably obnoxious.
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Hey guys, new here and about to start J2 next year. Lately I've been thinking a lot about uni apps- I know for certain that I want to read English (Lit) and for awhile KCL's sort of been my dream uni, barring the high tuition fees + cost of living (yeah, everyone's major gripe, lol). I'm generally aware of what kind of A Level grades they expect but are any of you actually reading English at KCL, and what kind of grades and other academic bonuses did you have? Or if it's not English, what are you reading at KCL, and what do you know about their English department/was it tough getting in?

I'm definitely going to apply to NUS after A's, of course, because fees are cheaper and right now overseas unis are kind of a pipe dream for me and I'm not from one of the top JCs or anything, but I've heard... not-so-flattering things about NUS FASS (people with C's and D's getting in, things like that) and I don't know, I guess I'd just like a reasonably solid academic environment. Thoughts?
Hey, definitely, definitely apply. I don't think it's important for you to be from a good JC, just write an awesome PS and get a great reference. And get good results! They'll never turn you down

I have a cousin in FASS - not too many people with Cs and Ds get in, and if they do it's probably because of a grade in another subject (e.g. A in GP or Lit). And I hear it's still pretty rigorous, academically. I'm going to apply for FASS too!
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Hey, definitely, definitely apply. I don't think it's important for you to be from a good JC, just write an awesome PS and get a great reference. And get good results! They'll never turn you down

I have a cousin in FASS - not too many people with Cs and Ds get in, and if they do it's probably because of a grade in another subject (e.g. A in GP or Lit). And I hear it's still pretty rigorous, academically. I'm going to apply for FASS too!
Hey, thanks. I like the optimism your reply exudes, haha. Just really nervous that when it comes to the crunch I'm going to miserably fail all my A's or something. Which JC are/were you in, and what are you planning to study?
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Hey guys, new here and about to start J2 next year. Lately I've been thinking a lot about uni apps- I know for certain that I want to read English (Lit) and for awhile KCL's sort of been my dream uni, barring the high tuition fees + cost of living (yeah, everyone's major gripe, lol). I'm generally aware of what kind of A Level grades they expect but are any of you actually reading English at KCL, and what kind of grades and other academic bonuses did you have? Or if it's not English, what are you reading at KCL, and what do you know about their English department/was it tough getting in?

I'm definitely going to apply to NUS after A's, of course, because fees are cheaper and right now overseas unis are kind of a pipe dream for me and I'm not from one of the top JCs or anything, but I've heard... not-so-flattering things about NUS FASS (people with C's and D's getting in, things like that) and I don't know, I guess I'd just like a reasonably solid academic environment. Thoughts?
I'm not from the top 5 JC too but I'm still applying for UK. Money is the biggest issue here and I'm trying for a scholarship. If I don't wing it, I don't go. It's healthy to be thinking about NUS-FASS so at least you don't fall into desperation when UK really becomes a pipe dream. You could try for a scholarship, or those private scholarships (because they really are easier to get).

You apply with your predicted grades, personal statement and teacher's referral, so for your entire J2 year, make sure you are at least at the top 80% of your cohort and maintain that standard because that's what your teachers will look out for in predicting your grades. Either way, or you attempt to curry favour with your teacher. But I go with studying hard, so at least your A'lvl grades are worth looking at by a scholarship board. Even if you're not a top-grade A* student, as long as you nail the interview and market yourself in the best way possible, there is still a chance!

As far as I'm concerned, NUS is still 30th in the world. How bad can that get? The grade profiles are here for NUS though, http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/fo...pic.php?t=2605

Just study really hard, that's all I can say.
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I'm not from the top 5 JC too but I'm still applying for UK. Money is the biggest issue here and I'm trying for a scholarship. If I don't wing it, I don't go. It's healthy to be thinking about NUS-FASS so at least you don't fall into desperation when UK really becomes a pipe dream. You could try for a scholarship, or those private scholarships (because they really are easier to get).

You apply with your predicted grades, personal statement and teacher's referral, so for your entire J2 year, make sure you are at least at the top 80% of your cohort and maintain that standard because that's what your teachers will look out for in predicting your grades. Either way, or you attempt to curry favour with your teacher. But I go with studying hard, so at least your A'lvl grades are worth looking at by a scholarship board. Even if you're not a top-grade A* student, as long as you nail the interview and market yourself in the best way possible, there is still a chance!

As far as I'm concerned, NUS is still 30th in the world. How bad can that get? The grade profiles are here for NUS though, http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/fo...pic.php?t=2605

Just study really hard, that's all I can say.
Yeah, I'm definitely going to be murdered by my family if I don't apply to NUS FASS- it's the cheapest option there is, in any case. And also considering scholarships as well, though a lot of them I've seen around are course-specific and none ever seem to sponsor those who want to read English. Well, nevertheless, I'm just going to work the hardest I can.

Where are you applying to and what do you intend to read?
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Hey guys, new here and about to start J2 next year. Lately I've been thinking a lot about uni apps- I know for certain that I want to read English (Lit) and for awhile KCL's sort of been my dream uni, barring the high tuition fees + cost of living (yeah, everyone's major gripe, lol). I'm generally aware of what kind of A Level grades they expect but are any of you actually reading English at KCL, and what kind of grades and other academic bonuses did you have? Or if it's not English, what are you reading at KCL, and what do you know about their English department/was it tough getting in?

I'm definitely going to apply to NUS after A's, of course, because fees are cheaper and right now overseas unis are kind of a pipe dream for me and I'm not from one of the top JCs or anything, but I've heard... not-so-flattering things about NUS FASS (people with C's and D's getting in, things like that) and I don't know, I guess I'd just like a reasonably solid academic environment. Thoughts?
Talk about local unis. Here's a post that I copied from CC.
http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...214821&page=81
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Talk about local unis. Here's a post that I copied from CC.
http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...214821&page=81
Thanks. Just read through the post, some useful information there. I do hope that regarding NUS FASS though, that post errs on the, eh, more negative side. :P

Essentially I'm definitely going to apply to local unis because of the cheaper fees, then a couple of UK unis because I really do like how specialised their system is (which is why I won't be applying to US unis at all). And then try and get a scholarship if I do get offers, or I'll probably have to stay in Singapore.
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Yeah, I'm definitely going to be murdered by my family if I don't apply to NUS FASS- it's the cheapest option there is, in any case. And also considering scholarships as well, though a lot of them I've seen around are course-specific and none ever seem to sponsor those who want to read English. Well, nevertheless, I'm just going to work the hardest I can.

Where are you applying to and what do you intend to read?
Tbh I think all three universities have solid Social Sciences faculties, although if you're thinking of reading Eng Lit SMU is out of the picture. For English Literature - the PSC Teaching/MOE Scholarship is very suitable, but it'll require you to be a teacher, and that can be a good/bad thing... Well it depends on you, and your ambitions.
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Tbh I think all three universities have solid Social Sciences faculties, although if you're thinking of reading Eng Lit SMU is out of the picture. For English Literature - the PSC Teaching/MOE Scholarship is very suitable, but it'll require you to be a teacher, and that can be a good/bad thing... Well it depends on you, and your ambitions.
Yeah, I'll probably be applying to NUS and NTU at the very most- I think they're respectable. And the notion of teaching is what I've abhorred all my life, so the Teaching Scholarship's out for me. I have my sights set on something along the lines of travel journalism- then again, that's not fixed.

Would love so much to study overseas, though! I'm very attracted to the specialised nature of UK unis and the experience is a bonus. Right now KCL is seeming a little out of my league, academically (did anyone you know apply there?), so I'll probably check out a couple others (cheaper options at that).
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Yeah, I'll probably be applying to NUS and NTU at the very most- I think they're respectable. And the notion of teaching is what I've abhorred all my life, so the Teaching Scholarship's out for me. I have my sights set on something along the lines of travel journalism- then again, that's not fixed.

Would love so much to study overseas, though! I'm very attracted to the specialised nature of UK unis and the experience is a bonus. Right now KCL is seeming a little out of my league, academically (did anyone you know apply there?), so I'll probably check out a couple others (cheaper options at that).
I've applied to KCL, and so far only the Uni of London (LSE/King's) haven't replied, I've got offers from the rest of my choices. All my offers are lower than AAA so I remain hopeful
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Yeah, I'll probably be applying to NUS and NTU at the very most- I think they're respectable. And the notion of teaching is what I've abhorred all my life, so the Teaching Scholarship's out for me. I have my sights set on something along the lines of travel journalism- then again, that's not fixed.

Would love so much to study overseas, though! I'm very attracted to the specialised nature of UK unis and the experience is a bonus. Right now KCL is seeming a little out of my league, academically (did anyone you know apply there?), so I'll probably check out a couple others (cheaper options at that).
hmm if you dont mind me asking, why KCL for eng lit?
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hmm if you dont mind me asking, why KCL for eng lit?
I actually heard good things about the course from someone else, especially the variety and the range- and went to check it out and agreed. Also, as it lists the requirements as AAB on the prospectus, that gives me a bit more hope, as opposed to other unis that require at least AAA.
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I've applied to KCL, and so far only the Uni of London (LSE/King's) haven't replied, I've got offers from the rest of my choices. All my offers are lower than AAA so I remain hopeful
Good luck! What're you planning to read?

Do predicted grades really matter a lot, btw? For example, if some course at X Uni requires ABB and your predicted grades <i>are</i> ABB, would they possibly reject you on the sole basis that your predicted grades aren't AAB or AAA or something? You know, wanting a bit more?
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Yeah, I'm definitely going to be murdered by my family if I don't apply to NUS FASS- it's the cheapest option there is, in any case. And also considering scholarships as well, though a lot of them I've seen around are course-specific and none ever seem to sponsor those who want to read English. Well, nevertheless, I'm just going to work the hardest I can.

Where are you applying to and what do you intend to read?
If you're not considering PSC/Teaching Scholarship, there's a SPH one, which is mainly, journalism, if that's really your passion. You still have time to think, so please mull it over lest you make a wrong choice. Most scholarship boards aren't English based, I agree but you can look at those who allow you to study everything except Medicine/Dentistry.

I'm applying to the 2nd-tier schools. Besides, there are less Singaporeans there. (What is the point of going overseas to mix around with Singaporeans again?) Exeter, Leicester, St.Andrews, Edinburgh and Manchester for Econs. Besides KCL, do you have other choices, because I didn't really see the link between KCL and English-Lit at first, to be honest.
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