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    I'm looking to apply for Philosophy (14/15) after dropping out of Psychology at Bath as I'm really not enjoying the subject, so I've got a couple of questions:

    1. In terms of risk (and assuming a pretty good personal statement), are the more prestigious unis (Bristol, Oxford, Warwick etc.) incredibly oversubscribed in terms of applicants to places, so likely to pass me over?

    I'm no stranger to ridiculous ratios, but it's hard to make sense of statistics. For example, psychology would have a lot of "dud" offers from people who were very unlikely to get in anyway, so the 18:1 became a lot less scary. My grades are A*AAA in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Ancient History for A2 and a B in English AS, if this helps.

    2. Is there much that can be considered "work experience" relative to philosophy? I can't think of anything but helping out in departments. If not, are there any alternatives to show/prove my enthusiasm?

    Thanks in advance.
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    I think the key with Philosophy is showing that you have a 'philosophical mind'. If you can show that you engage with some of the big problems like free will, personal identity, scepticism etc. then you should be fine. I don't think you can really do any work experience. It may be worth doing some reading of well known people though.
    I hope this is helpful!
 
 
 
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