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It's incredibly last minute, but I've sort of decided on the choices I am entering for UCAS.
They are Computer Science, Computer Science and Mathematics, Human Biology, and Biomedical Science.

The first problem is, all my choices are for the same university. Is this a bad idea? Will this have any sort of impact on what offers I receive? Should I apply to a few different universities instead?

The second issue is how varied the subjects are (Computer Science vs Biology), my personal statement is primarily geared towards Computer Science, how much significance should I place on Biology though?

I'm kind of panicking quite a bit at this stage
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(Original post by Unfintna)
It's incredibly last minute, but I've sort of decided on the choices I am entering for UCAS.
They are Computer Science, Computer Science and Mathematics, Human Biology, and Biomedical Science.

The first problem is, all my choices are for the same university. Is this a bad idea? Will this have any sort of impact on what offers I receive? Should I apply to a few different universities instead?

The second issue is how varied the subjects are (Computer Science vs Biology), my personal statement is primarily geared towards Computer Science, how much significance should I place on Biology though?

I'm kind of panicking quite a bit at this stage
This is doomed to failure. You have one personal statement to cover all these different courses and if they are all at the same university, then every department will see that your real aim is to go to this university and you don't seem bothered about what course you are doing. If you can't make up your mind what you really want, I strongly recommend you to wait and apply next year. You are cutting it extremely fine. Do you have a referee ready?
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I would highly recommend you just select one course to apply for - I guess Computer Science since this is the one you were able to write the most about in your personal statement so is probably the one you are more interested in. Once you get to uni, it is often fairly easy to transfer to another course - therefore it is a bit of a waste of space entering the same uni four times on your application. Unless you have a particular reason for needing to go to that uni (e.g. you need to be close to home for family reasons) then I would recommend applying to five different unis for computer science/ computer science + maths. Alternatively, apply for Biology/ Biomedical science since these are also two closely related degrees. But apply to different unis.
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This is doomed to failure. You have one personal statement to cover all these different courses and if they are all at the same university,
then every department will see that your real aim is to go to this university and you don't seem bothered about what course you are doing. If you can't make up your mind what you really want, I strongly recommend you to wait and apply next year. You are cutting it extremely fine. Do you have a referee ready?
I didn't think Computer Science, and Computer Science and Mathematics were too different. Personally I would really like to do Computer Science and Mathematics, the reason I have those Biology options down is because Biology is the only other subject I am really interested in. I didn't think it would be detrimental to put down extra options, is that the case?
As for the university, I live in an awkward sort of area, and for personal reasons I'm reluctant to move to a different region of the UK, though I would if it was really necessary.
Should I apply for Computer Science and Mathematics, but at a different university instead?

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I would highly recommend you just select one course to apply for - I guess Computer Science since this is the one you were able to write the most about in your personal statement so is probably the one you are more interested in. Once you get to uni, it is often fairly easy to transfer to another course - therefore it is a bit of a waste of space entering the same uni four times on your application. Unless you have a particular reason for needing to go to that uni (e.g. you need to be close to home for family reasons) then I would recommend applying to five different unis for computer science/ computer science + maths. Alternatively, apply for Biology/ Biomedical science since these are also two closely related degrees. But apply to different unis.
Ok, so instead would it be alright if I applied for Computer Science and Mathematics, and Computer Science at that one University? Then apply for Computer science and Mathematics at a few others?
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I didn't think Computer Science, and Computer Science and Mathematics were too different. Personally I would really like to do Computer Science and Mathematics, the reason I have those Biology options down is because Biology is the only other subject I am really interested in. I didn't think it would be detrimental to put down extra option, is that the case?
As for the university, I live in an awkward sort of area, and for personal reasons I'm reluctant to move to a different region of the UK, though I would if it was really necessary.
Should I apply for Computer Science and Mathematics, but at a different university instead?
If you only want to do computer science and cs and maths at this particular university, then only apply there. If you wouldn't go elsewhere, don't apply. If you don't convey your interest in doing biology in your ps then you won't get an offer. Human biology and biomedical sciences are top fifth choices for medical students and aren't going to be easy to get into with a ps aimed at computer science. The bottom line is that if you don't pitch your ps at that course, they will give places to those who are both committed and knowledgeable about the course.
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(Original post by Unfintna)
I didn't think Computer Science, and Computer Science and Mathematics were too different. Personally I would really like to do Computer Science and Mathematics, the reason I have those Biology options down is because Biology is the only other subject I am really interested in. I didn't think it would be detrimental to put down extra options, is that the case?
As for the university, I live in an awkward sort of area, and for personal reasons I'm reluctant to move to a different region of the UK, though I would if it was really necessary.
Should I apply for Computer Science and Mathematics, but at a different university instead?


Ok, so instead would it be alright if I applied for Computer Science and Mathematics, and Computer Science at that one University? Then apply for Computer science and Mathematics at a few others?
No, the CS and CS+M courses are very likely to be linked to the same department and judged by the same admission tutors. Switching between these two subjects is likely to be very easy. Therefore putting them both on your UCAS form is a waste of one choice.
It sounds like you enjoy Biology, but would not really be interested in doing it as a degree/ career... Therefore, there is absolutely no point in applying to those courses.
How important are these personal reasons for not wanting to move away? If you think that it would be possible for you to move further away from home, I would strongly recommend it - part of the university experience is becoming more independent and making new friends and so moving a significant distance away from home should not be a reason not to pick a university - although of course for some students there are more serious reasons, such as having to care for family members.

Basically, apply for Computer Science/ Computer Science with Maths at a variety of DIFFERENT universities, which will improve your chances of being offered a place.
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