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    (Original post by pacb10)
    Oh nice I am applying to bristol, rvc and liverpool (same as last year) but Edinburgh don't accept resits so i'm applying for nottingham or surrey but I'm not sure which yet!!
    How many weeks work experience do you have?
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    (Original post by pacb10)
    Oh nice I am applying to bristol, rvc and liverpool (same as last year) but Edinburgh don't accept resits so i'm applying for nottingham or surrey but I'm not sure which yet!!
    If there's one uni that I liked the most it would be nottingham, from what I gathered it had a very friendly atmosphere and that. Are you going to any of the open days?
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    (Original post by sophielophie)
    How many weeks work experience do you have?
    So far about 38.5 (but around 30 of those are all at once place that I've worked at for 5 years)! with the extra stuff I'm trying to fit in before october, I'll hopefully have an additional 2.5
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    (Original post by alexriversxx)
    If there's one uni that I liked the most it would be nottingham, from what I gathered it had a very friendly atmosphere and that. Are you going to any of the open days?
    Oh really, can I ask why? When I went a few years ago it seemed quiet and it is really far out of the city which puts me off! It was the one I liked the least (out of all 8)! I am going to look around both nottingham and surrey (on 15th and 16th September respectively). How about you?
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    (Original post by pacb10)
    Oh really, can I ask why? When I went a few years ago it seemed quiet and it is really far out of the city which puts me off! It was the one I liked the least (out of all 8)! I am going to look around both nottingham and surrey (on 15th and 16th September respectively). How about you?
    To be fair it is a bit out the way but the way the people act around there really put me at ease when I went to interview, it felt like a place that you could settle in well to if you know what I mean? I do want to go to surrey open day, but only just realised they are looking for an A in physics GCSE (which I only have a B in) so that is quite a major thing I managed to skip lol. I'm hopefully also going to the bristol open day as I haven't managed to look around there (only managed to look around RVC, nottingham and liverpool on the days of my interviews lol)
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    (Original post by alexriversxx)
    To be fair it is a bit out the way but the way the people act around there really put me at ease when I went to interview, it felt like a place that you could settle in well to if you know what I mean? I do want to go to surrey open day, but only just realised they are looking for an A in physics GCSE (which I only have a B in) so that is quite a major thing I managed to skip lol. I'm hopefully also going to the bristol open day as I haven't managed to look around there (only managed to look around RVC, nottingham and liverpool on the days of my interviews lol)
    ah no that's a shame! if you have done well at maths then maybe you could ring up and they'd let you in with the B at gcse physics anyway? always worth asking! oh okay, last time I went up it wasn't an open day so maybe the vibe will be better when I go up this time Bristol is so nice!! I really really hope I get an offer from there again!
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    Hey! Me again

    Just wondered where everyone is actually going to apply to this October (it has arrived so fast!) ?

    I will be applying to Cambridge, Nottingham, Bristol and Liverpool.
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    (Original post by pacb10)
    ah no that's a shame! if you have done well at maths then maybe you could ring up and they'd let you in with the B at gcse physics anyway? always worth asking! oh okay, last time I went up it wasn't an open day so maybe the vibe will be better when I go up this time Bristol is so nice!! I really really hope I get an offer from there again!
    I've got an A in maths so I guess I could give it a go? And is it? I have no idea what to expect to be honest aha. I know with the a level reforms that they now accept retakes but I need to find out whether they'd accept a retake in maths (not a reformed subject) or not, so I've got a lot to sort out!
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    Hi! I'm not 2018 entry as I will be 2019 entry however I was just wondering if anyone here picked Psychology at A Level? My current options are Biology , chemistry and history, however I am really interested in Psychology, but I feel like that would lower my chances of getting into uni?
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    (Original post by alexriversxx)
    I've got an A in maths so I guess I could give it a go? And is it? I have no idea what to expect to be honest aha. I know with the a level reforms that they now accept retakes but I need to find out whether they'd accept a retake in maths (not a reformed subject) or not, so I've got a lot to sort out!
    Yeah you may as well try if you like it! I'm pretty sure they accept any retakes, it doesn't matter if the subject is reformed or unreformed!
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    Yeah you may as well try if you like it! I'm pretty sure they accept any retakes, it doesn't matter if the subject is reformed or unreformed!
    Ah that's a bit more of a relief!
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    I haven't that much work experience. Mainly only have:

    2 weeks Vet practice
    1 week kennel and cattery
    1 week equine
    X weeks at a petting zoo
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    (Original post by VictiniCup)
    I haven't that much work experience. Mainly only have:

    2 weeks Vet practice
    1 week kennel and cattery
    1 week equine
    X weeks at a petting zoo
    That's still good you could always book in some lambing and other farm stuff and write in your PS how you're going to do them although some unis say they don't take it into account, it's still showing that you're keen to get more! Plus by the time it gets to interviews you might have completed the other placements so you'll be able to talk about them there!! As long as you meet the minimum requirements for the unis you're applying to it'll be fine! Good luck for your application 😁
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    (Original post by lauren9401)
    Hi! I'm not 2018 entry as I will be 2019 entry however I was just wondering if anyone here picked Psychology at A Level? My current options are Biology , chemistry and history, however I am really interested in Psychology, but I feel like that would lower my chances of getting into uni?
    I'm taking art a-level, because I know I'll get at least an A. I go to a Nottingham Uni final year practice every Saturday, and when I've asked the vets there about my choice, none of them have been concerned in the slightest. In fact, they say it'll make me stand out - in a good way.
    Try and make something about it relevant to vet med though, like perhaps do your own personal study of animal psychology so come UCAS applications, your referee can mention how you have your own interests related to both psychology and vet med. There are drugs out there for animal mental health, I ended up at a meeting about them.
    In art, I've dedicated my whole art course to animal anatomy. Use it to your advantage and prove them you're really passionate about vet med. c:

    EDIT: That said, I can't apply to Glasgow because I don't have three sciences/two science + maths. Look at the individual uni requirements first and then decide. Nottingham won't mind at all, neither will RVC or Edinburgh or Liverpool or Surrey. Cambridge may be a little pickier. Bristol is fine with it too I think.
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    Hey to all my other 2018 applicants!

    I'm probably going to apply for Nottingham, RVC, Surrey and Liverpool.
    My work experience is:
    - 2 weeks equine vet
    - 2 weeks small animal vet
    - 1.5 weeks of large animal vet over Saturday mornings from February
    - 1.5 weeks of a pet hotel (cattery, kennels and hydrotherapy) over Saturday afternoons and 4 full days
    - 1.5 weeks of dairy farm
    - 1 week of goat husbandry
    - 1 day in an abattoir

    And I'm rounding off my personal statement's third draft so I have more time for edits. Getting so nervous now, feels unreal I'm actually applying.
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    (Original post by brrrigid)
    I'm taking art a-level, because I know I'll get at least an A. I go to a Nottingham Uni final year practice every Saturday, and when I've asked the vets there about my choice, none of them have been concerned in the slightest. In fact, they say it'll make me stand out - in a good way.
    Try and make something about it relevant to vet med though, like perhaps do your own personal study of animal psychology so come UCAS applications, your referee can mention how you have your own interests related to both psychology and vet med. There are drugs out there for animal mental health, I ended up at a meeting about them.
    In art, I've dedicated my whole art course to animal anatomy. Use it to your advantage and prove them you're really passionate about vet med. c:

    EDIT: That said, I can't apply to Glasgow because I don't have three sciences/two science + maths. Look at the individual uni requirements first and then decide. Nottingham won't mind at all, neither will RVC or Edinburgh or Liverpool or Surrey. Cambridge may be a little pickier. Bristol is fine with it too I think.
    Okay thank you so much! I do enjoy history too however so I think I'll do a week or so of that and if I think that I don't like it then I'll change to psychology thanks a lot!!
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    Just finished looking and calculating the finances for all of the universities of what it will cost me by the end of it all..... and to be quite honest, it is really quite upseting. It will cost in total (on average) around £100,000 including fees, food, ems, transport etc. The max loan which I can get will then leave me with around £25,000 to £30,000 (again on average as some are WAY bigger if forced to go into max cost). And tbh I really dont know how I am going to be able to afford it all. There are no bursaries I qualify for. My parents can only help so much. I need to get the grades to get in or else there is no point so cant get a job. And I really dont want to take a other loan separate to student loan. Just not sure how realistic it all is. Can any existing students from each of the universities help my worries?
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    (Original post by brrrigid)
    Hey to all my other 2018 applicants!

    I'm probably going to apply for Nottingham, RVC, Surrey and Liverpool.
    My work experience is:
    - 2 weeks equine vet
    - 2 weeks small animal vet
    - 1.5 weeks of large animal vet over Saturday mornings from February
    - 1.5 weeks of a pet hotel (cattery, kennels and hydrotherapy) over Saturday afternoons and 4 full days
    - 1.5 weeks of dairy farm
    - 1 week of goat husbandry
    - 1 day in an abattoir

    And I'm rounding off my personal statement's third draft so I have more time for edits. Getting so nervous now, feels unreal I'm actually applying.
    Good luck
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    (Original post by alexriversxx)
    I was exactly the same! What helped me to start was to list all of the things I wanted to say about myself and then grouped them together, so I had one group for acadamic stuff, one for work experience stuff and one for general achievements etc. Once you get the idea of what you want to say then you can start adding in the extra details to make it flow. Hope this helped a bit and congrats on the brilliant as grades!
    Thanks I'll try that a little bit. I'm one of those people that procrastinate right up to the deadline so I'm probably just not stressed enough to focus yet, but I'm trying to train myself to stop doing that!
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    (Original post by Scitty)
    Hey! I'll be 21 when I start at Bristol in 2018 Where are you thinking of applying?

    PS wise, I found it helpful to write down positive traits I have, examples from work experience (veterinary or not!) where I have demonstrated these traits, then link them back to/pick the ones that fit veterinary as a course and career best.

    Also - mention extracurricular stuff. Let them know you're capable of balancing work and fun. e.g. I wrote about my running to blow off steam, and how I ran the Land's End to John O' Groats distance this year, which was a personal goal of mine. Knows how to relax - check. Is active - check. Can make and achieve goals - check. Whatever you do, link it back into to how it makes you someone who personally suits this choice.

    If you're really stuck, try not to write beginning - middle - end; it can be really daunting, and can make you lose track of what you may want to say. Initially just jot down ideas as they come, and gradually form them into coherent paragraphs.
    I would say don't stress how much you love animals/science etc as that's something that's more or less a requirement for the course. Instead, just demonstrate it by mentioning your motivation to take science A Levels as a mature (19+) applicant, and the hours of work experience you've put in. In other words, show, don't tell.

    Other than that, I can't really think of much else! Be truthful, but don't be afraid to big yourself up.

    Good luck!
    I adored Cambridge and Glasgow. Something about pretty buildings and I'm sold! Also like Nottingham, so I'm just trying to figure out my 4th choice between Liverpool/Surrey/RVC.

    I really didn't like Bristol (no reason other than gut feeling when I visited, which was a shame because my dad did chemistry at Bristol back in the stone age and I was really excited to visit) and I can't afford to visit Scotland twice so I'm not going to visit Edinburgh as I visited Glasgow in June.

    *What extracurricular stuff!?* I loved studying again too much to have had much of a life this last year oops!

    But thank you so much for your reply that was really helpful.
 
 
 
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