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Is it likely that I'll have to go to an interview for biology?

Has anyone here had to?
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Only very few institutions interview for them. It will generally say on the university's undergraduate prospectus page whether or not they require an interview as part of the application process.
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Which few interview? of course, i could look it up. But im thinking Iscariot knows it already...
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UCL and Imperial generally interview, that's all I'm aware of. Possibly Bristol? I'm going through this whole UCAS thing again after dropping out of The University of Edinburgh. Last year I applied to:

Edinburgh, York, UCL, Durham, Newcastle and Sheffield. Only UCL interviewed me.
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tetedupet did you drop out because you didn't like Edinburgh Uni?
I'm just wondering since I've applied there.
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Usually, for the vast majority of universities, about 5-10%.
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hey, john171. Where did you get the statistics from?
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And also is it quite common to have to do anatomy in your 1st year?
I hate hate the thought of looking at an actual human body that's right there in front of me.
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Unless you're doing medicine or something you're unlikely to have to ever see a human body in pieces. The closest you'll get to a human body in anatomy is one drawn in your textbook.
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Hi,
I'm a first year biologist, got offers from york(where i'm at now), imperial, warwick, manchester, surrey, bath - none of them requested an interview. And no, no human bodies so far.

Come to York!!
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tetedupet, you didn't tell me you dropped out!! what happened?
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Imperial were really suprisingly easy to get into, i applied fo rit with a maths personal statement and i didnt have an interview. i was really suprised!
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(Original post by Bananarama)
tetedupet, you didn't tell me you dropped out!! what happened?
I did the direct entry thing into the 2nd year, really wasn't good for me... felt it was too hard and I was lacking certain knowledge... very little support to help bring you up to speed. I did really well in my Biology a-level, got As in all 6 modules, but the step was just too big and I couldn't concentrate fully on my work as I was unhappy with my accommodation... my flatmates were really boring and I'm quite an outgoing person, also the accommodation (self-catered) was quite poor for what I was paying... decided I should take a gap year and start elsewhere. The self-catered accommodation is ok generally, but as you only share with about 3/4 other people and not larger numbers like other unis, it's harder to find people who are "your type of people" if you get what i mean. Plus, the distance from my accommodation to the kings buildings was ridiculous.
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I'm glad I didn't take direct entry now. Well I hope your gap year goes well and you end up happier. How far out was your accomm.? Pollock is like 30 minutes walk, soooo hard to get up for 9am biochem 3 times a week.
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what is direct entry? you guys jump straignt into the second year?
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I've applied to biological courses in 2007 at oxford, imperial, warwick, UCL, manchester. So far manchester has invited me for an interview and so has bristol. I don't think they are gonna be too formal.
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(Original post by Dr Shrestha)
what is direct entry? you guys jump straignt into the second year?
Yes, I'm at Edinburgh and I think it's a Scottish thing. I was told that if I got AAB or higher, with Chemistry and Biology A-Level, that I could go straight into second year. Most of the courses here are 4 years (including an honors year). I got AAA and I didn't take it.
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Are you finding it pretty easy going or abit repetitive then?? I don't know anything about the A level system, but aren't those the sort of grades that get you into Oxford and Cambridge?
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at AAA level oxford ad cambridge is not just about the grades anymore. the interviews are a big deciding factor.
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(Original post by Bananarama)
Yes, I'm at Edinburgh and I think it's a Scottish thing. I was told that if I got AAB or higher, with Chemistry and Biology A-Level, that I could go straight into second year. Most of the courses here are 4 years (including an honors year). I got AAA and I didn't take it.
so you will still stay in Uni for 3 years then?
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