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    I want to apply for biology at a Russell group uni. Apart from grades in my subjects, I don't know what biology related things I can talk about...
    here's my list so far.
    - took part in Biology quizzes at the university of birmingham
    - student affiliate at the society of biology
    - I have read the Selfish gene by richard Dawkins (looking to read more by the time I apply)

    apart from that I don't know what else I can say....
    ive had a part time job for 7 months earlier this year/last year.
    i have good grades
    im a prefect, house prefect and house captain

    i really have no idea at all what else I can say I've done! I don't do any sports any more although I have done in the past.
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    (Original post by ali_blue)
    I want to apply for biology at a Russell group uni. Apart from grades in my subjects, I don't know what biology related things I can talk about...
    here's my list so far.
    - took part in Biology quizzes at the university of birmingham
    - student affiliate at the society of biology
    - I have read the Selfish gene by richard Dawkins (looking to read more by the time I apply)

    apart from that I don't know what else I can say....
    ive had a part time job for 7 months earlier this year/last year.
    i have good grades
    im a prefect, house prefect and house captain

    i really have no idea at all what else I can say I've done! I don't do any sports any more although I have done in the past.
    A) use this: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/per...ement_builder/ it will help you structure it well and avoid common mistakes.

    B) do your research - check out the modules available at your uni choices, do a bit of reading into what those entail and decide if any in particular appeal to you. Have a look at what research your uni choices are working on and find out a bit more about it and how it fits in to your current understanding of topics. Have a look at what general topics from your subject are prominent in the media (both the general and specialist) and make yourself familiar enough with them to have a reasonable conversation about them or to explain them to someone who has no biology background (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/search?q=science is a reasonable place to start - HARDtalk, horizon, BBC2/4 documentaries....and do the same search on Radio 4).
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    (Original post by ali_blue)
    I want to apply for biology at a Russell group uni. Apart from grades in my subjects, I don't know what biology related things I can talk about...
    here's my list so far.
    - took part in Biology quizzes at the university of birmingham
    - student affiliate at the society of biology
    - I have read the Selfish gene by richard Dawkins (looking to read more by the time I apply)

    apart from that I don't know what else I can say....
    ive had a part time job for 7 months earlier this year/last year.
    i have good grades
    im a prefect, house prefect and house captain

    i really have no idea at all what else I can say I've done! I don't do any sports any more although I have done in the past.
    Aim for 75% plus about the course and why you want to study it. The extra curricular stuff unrelated to biology will be of very little interest to them. Why do you want to study biology? That's what you need to tell them, and if you can't find enough to say about this, then it should ring alarm bells about your interest in the subject and be a signal to find a course you can enthuse about. Certainly do not waste space in a ps talking about your grades (can be seen in the rest of the form) or your other subjects (you're dropping them and what you have done in them is no different to what every other student has done.)
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    (Original post by PQ)
    A) use this: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/per...ement_builder/ it will help you structure it well and avoid common mistakes.

    B) do your research - check out the modules available at your uni choices, do a bit of reading into what those entail and decide if any in particular appeal to you. Have a look at what research your uni choices are working on and find out a bit more about it and how it fits in to your current understanding of topics. Have a look at what general topics from your subject are prominent in the media (both the general and specialist) and make yourself familiar enough with them to have a reasonable conversation about them or to explain them to someone who has no biology background (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/search?q=science is a reasonable place to start - HARDtalk, horizon, BBC2/4 documentaries....and do the same search on Radio 4).
    Dang it, you're just so much faster then me!
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    (Original post by carnationlilyrose)
    Dang it, you're just so much faster then me!
    I'm procrastinating cooking food (TOO HOT)
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    (Original post by PQ)
    A) use this: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/per...ement_builder/ it will help you structure it well and avoid common mistakes.

    B) do your research - check out the modules available at your uni choices, do a bit of reading into what those entail and decide if any in particular appeal to you. Have a look at what research your uni choices are working on and find out a bit more about it and how it fits in to your current understanding of topics. Have a look at what general topics from your subject are prominent in the media (both the general and specialist) and make yourself familiar enough with them to have a reasonable conversation about them or to explain them to someone who has no biology background (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/search?q=science is a reasonable place to start - HARDtalk, horizon, BBC2/4 documentaries....and do the same search on Radio 4).
    Thanks a lot that's really helpful!! Do I need to do any work experience or anything?
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    (Original post by carnationlilyrose)
    Aim for 75% plus about the course and why you want to study it. The extra curricular stuff unrelated to biology will be of very little interest to them. Why do you want to study biology? That's what you need to tell them, and if you can't find enough to say about this, then it should ring alarm bells about your interest in the subject and be a signal to find a course you can enthuse about. Certainly do not waste space in a ps talking about your grades (can be seen in the rest of the form) or your other subjects (you're dropping them and what you have done in them is no different to what every other student has done.)
    Thanks, i I need to start thinking about how to word stuff pretty soon so it makes sense and doesn't ramble lol
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    (Original post by ali_blue)
    Thanks, i I need to start thinking about how to word stuff pretty soon so it makes sense and doesn't ramble lol
    You'll make many drafts. Just get stuck in and see how it goes. It's always easier to refine something that already exists, so the first draft is the hardest.
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    Why not try the Duke of Edinburgh Award if you can? I know it isn't related but universities will look at that and say "Well this person has achieved an amazing award" As this additional qualification is loved by vast majority of universities. Also it will give you a better chance really as your application would possibly look different to many others and the unis like the fact an individual has achieved a lot of other things different to others and they respect that.
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    Why not try the Duke of Edinburgh Award if you can? I know it isn't related but universities will look at that and say "Well this person has achieved an amazing award" As this additional qualification is loved by vast majority of universities. Also it will give you a better chance really as your application would possibly look different to many others and the unis like the fact an individual has achieved a lot of other things different to others and they respect that.
    The DofE award is worth doing for itself alone, but is so common as to be disregarded by universities when looking at personal statements unless it has direct relevance to the course in question, which it rarely has.
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    (Original post by carnationlilyrose)
    The DofE award is worth doing for itself alone, but is so common as to be disregarded by universities when looking at personal statements unless it has direct relevance to the course in question, which it rarely has.
    Ah your right I didn't think about that, it was worth putting the idea around seeming not all students would have it, but I genuinely thought that places of doing the award would be limited. But that is a good point there,
 
 
 
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