Anyone applied for Biology?Watch
Birmingham: 300 points (although I have asked to be moved to the 4year sandwich course, so this offer will shortly be changed to 320 points)
Manchester: Interview on wednesday
I'm not quite sure where I'll accept yet. I really liked Sheffield, but its quite far away from where I live, and the course doesn't offer the sandwich year (well, apparently it is possible, but theres no official course), and bath is very good, as it is a good uni, and does offer the sandwich year, but I think I'd like to live in a larger city. I think Birmingham has pretty much all I want, but I just have to wait for the course/offer change to come through....
*sigh* I wish I wasn't pushed through the application process so quickly by my college (they wanted oxbridge applications in asap), then I would have had a proper chance to think about the courses, and apply for the sandwich year straight off
Id heard that one in two applicants to oxford got accepted and that it was the easiest degree to get into oxbridge with? How was your interviews up there? I was thinking about applying for it...
Yes, biology is an easier subject to be accepted into at Oxford (well, at least easier than English, Medicine, Law etc), but its still trying for a place at the top university in the country.
As for 1 in 2 applicants get accepted, I think that as with any subject, it depends on the college you choose. I chose St Johns, and I think this year there were about 20-25 applicants there for interviews for about 4 places
I think my first interview at STJ went ok, I managed to answer most of the questions, but I didnt really like the tutors much. Going on first impressions, they seemed to be quite old fashioned and stern......there was no guiding you along the questions if you're stuck (which was what I was told would happen by teachers at my college). To be honest, I don't know if I would have liked to have been taught by them.
My second interview at another college was horrible. It was the end of the second day, and I just wanted to go home. I was tired and I just couldn't answer the questions properly (the questions were more on how you would investigate a theory.......what equipment you would use etc etc...). However, the tutors were much nicer, and more laid back.
To be honest, I don't think that I would have liked to study at oxford - the work pressure would have been huge, and I dont see myself as being a clever person - I just work very hard.
Also, I'm not sporty/musical, which I think is quite a larger factor in giving places
I didn't mind that I didn't get in - the biology course at oxford is quite resticted, whereas at other places I've applied there are many many optional modules and opportunities to have work placements.
I don't really know what to do after my degree, but by choosing biology I think I'm keeping my options open (both numerical and written skills will be gained), plus a sandwich year always looks good to any prospective employers.
So have you decided against Biology?
I'm more confused than ever now though - I had my interview at Manchester on wednesday, and it was brilliant!
The course is by far the best, and it has a great reputation. I'm just unsure about living in Manchester. Its so far away (about 5 hours drive (inc. traffic and stops) from where I live), and areas can be quite rough........i really do worry about stupid little things, like not being able to find nice accomodation for the second/third years......
And it just seems so big.....
I'm not sure which to pick as my firm and my insurance from.
Bristol BBB/ABC/AAD (geology/bio joint honors)
Cambridge (Natural Science)- rejected
Imperial (Microbiology) - ABB
Southampton (Biology) - 280 pts
UEA (Biology with a Year in Europe) - BBC
St Andrews (Biology) - BCC
Kent (Microbiology) - CCC