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    Hi all,
    I'm looking to apply for a degree in Biological Sciences at Oxford, Imperial, Bristol, Cardiff and York. At Oxford (A*AA) and Imperial (AAA) only a 3 year degree is offered, but Bristol, Cardiff and York all offer either BSc's or integrated masters.

    For the BSc, the entry requirements are:
    Bristol - AAB
    Cardiff - AAB/ABB
    York - AAB

    For the Masters, the entry requirements are:Bristol - AAACardiff - AAAYork - AAAFrom the open days I've been to, the admissions tutors have all said it's better to apply for the integrated masters as you can always change your mind afterwards if you want to drop back down to the BSc. However, I'm worried that I'd be less likely to get an offer if I applied for the Masters courses as they have less places available? Also, it could be risky to not have offers below AAA, just in case things went wrong in my A2 exams. Any advice??
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    (Original post by angharad24)
    Hi all,
    I'm looking to apply for a degree in Biological Sciences at Oxford, Imperial, Bristol, Cardiff and York. At Oxford (A*AA) and Imperial (AAA) only a 3 year degree is offered, but Bristol, Cardiff and York all offer either BSc's or integrated masters.

    For the BSc, the entry requirements are:
    Bristol - AAB
    Cardiff - AAB/ABB
    York - AAB

    For the Masters, the entry requirements are:Bristol - AAACardiff - AAAYork - AAAFrom the open days I've been to, the admissions tutors have all said it's better to apply for the integrated masters as you can always change your mind afterwards if you want to drop back down to the BSc. However, I'm worried that I'd be less likely to get an offer if I applied for the Masters courses as they have less places available? Also, it could be risky to not have offers below AAA, just in case things went wrong in my A2 exams. Any advice??
    If you apply for the BSc you can "upgrade" to the MSci if you do well enough during the 1st or 2nd year.

    Conversely if you miss an MSci offer but hit the BSc instead it's reasonably likely they would accept you for the BSc.

    In other words, it doesn't usually much matter which you apply for. But check with the universities to be sure.

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