(Original post by crystal1330)
There are so many people on here that have been through the process of applying to every possible University, that I figured this would be a good way to get honest opinions about my profile and how I should choose my Universities for next year.
I will be 22 when applying next year, so considered a mature student. I have not had the best of high school educations and will not be applying with A levels. Stupidly, I dropped out towards the end of my As, I was taking Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, English and Critical thinking. In that order the grades I was getting were B B A A A. (Science wasn't my strong point!)
I am aiming to work my butt off this year on the Cert to HE Legal Methods course this year, to get a high distinction. This is a replacement to my A levels, its level 4, so equal to a first year of uni and apparently well respected by the likes of Oxbridge, Kings etc.
My UCAS will essentially consist of this;
A PS that will include mention of;
- The running of my small but successful business, how it has given me responsibilities and help become organised etc.
- My voluntary work experience with Amnesty international (I do not have any other!)
- My Access to Health Sciences result 12 Distinctions, 4 Merits and 1 Pass (though I will not be using this as a route in). Mention that I am currently studying the Cert to HE in Legal Methods, aiming for a high distinction (im really going on assuming here as I have no way to know yet)
- My experience shadowing a Barrister to Fraud, Rape and Murder trials in Crown Courts and the Old Bailey.
- Vocational achievements such as a fire fighting week course that I won an award for, 2 week Army Barracks course as part of an old BTEC, which I explain shows discipline and highlights my hard work ethic.
- Hobbies such as riding that I enjoy to relax, reading and research into historical and current legal issues in my spare time.
- I am part of my local debating group, that will hold discussions on debates of local issues, such as a local man being convicted of murdering his Daughters rapist etc etc.
I will not be submitting my UCAS until October. As a mature student without A levels, am I missing anything? Are there things I need to go and do, so that I can add them to my PS that will really help show off my application?
Also, I have only done one LNAT practice and scored a very average score or below, it was 19! I plan to take one again this week, this time taking my time to really concentrate as my first one I done between completing work tasks :-/
I want to establish what the Top Universities really want to see in a student that is not providing A levels as their entry requirements. I know many people have gone on to Top Unis after doing well in the Cert to HE, so im not worried about that, more so about my lack of interesting things to discuss on my PS!
I hope to apply to Kings, UCL, Oxford and I am not sure of the final two. I will be applying for Law Undergrad.
Sorry for the essay but I wanted to give a clear picture so that you can scrutinise my application better :-)