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    Hello everyone,

    I sent off my UCAS application last week before the deadline, but have now realised that it may be possible for me to go to Queen Mary (I had written off the possibility before). I decided not to apply to Queen Mary before because I thought that there would be no way that I would be able to afford to live in London, and because it was ranked as one of the worst universities in the country for teaching quality in the Sunday Times university guide.

    However, I was talking to someone the other day about their Drama course (I want to do a joint honours degree in French and Drama), and have realised that Queen Mary's French and Drama course might be the course for me. I am now kicking myself for writing off the uni so early.

    So, I have a few questions for those who go there (especially if they study French or Drama):

    1) Do you think that The Sunday Times University Guide is correct? Is the teaching quality really that awful? What is the teaching like for Drama and languages (especially French)?

    2) Is it really as hard financially as people day it is to live in London while studying for your degree? How do you afford it? Do you have to work a ridiculous amount of hours during your degree just to be financially comfortable? Can you ever afford not to work for a period of time so that you can focus on university work, especially during exam time? How do you afford to live in London during the second year when you do not get university accommodation?

    3) How competitive is the drama course? Is there any point in me sending them my UCAS application 3/4 days after the deadline?

    If it helps, I already have my A level grades (I decided to apply during my gap year) and they exceed the entry requirements.

    Any advice would be very much appreciated. The website said that the university would still consider applications that arrive after the deadline, but that there might be some departments that would not. I tried to see if this was the case with the languages and Drama departments (especially Drama, as more people apply for that whereas there is almost always a lack of people applying to study languages, as far as I know), but I couldn't find any more information about it on the website.

    Thank you for your time
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    I didn't think you could swap unis after you've applied...PQ?

    Wrt your other questions:
    QMUL is a russell group uni and while that doesn't mean much to an undergrad it means that certain standards have to be maintained including with teaching so that should put your mind to rest. But yes London is expensive and you may have to work to support yourself during your studies. Equally it's a large city with lots of work available and there's lost going on that's relevant to your area of interest. Living in private accommodation is also probably cheaper than living in uni accommodation.
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    (Original post by Garno45)
    Hello everyone,

    I sent off my UCAS application last week before the deadline, but have now realised that it may be possible for me to go to Queen Mary (I had written off the possibility before). I decided not to apply to Queen Mary before because I thought that there would be no way that I would be able to afford to live in London, and because it was ranked as one of the worst universities in the country for teaching quality in the Sunday Times university guide.

    However, I was talking to someone the other day about their Drama course (I want to do a joint honours degree in French and Drama), and have realised that Queen Mary's French and Drama course might be the course for me. I am now kicking myself for writing off the uni so early.

    So, I have a few questions for those who go there (especially if they study French or Drama):

    1) Do you think that The Sunday Times University Guide is correct? Is the teaching quality really that awful? What is the teaching like for Drama and languages (especially French)?

    2) Is it really as hard financially as people day it is to live in London while studying for your degree? How do you afford it? Do you have to work a ridiculous amount of hours during your degree just to be financially comfortable? Can you ever afford not to work for a period of time so that you can focus on university work, especially during exam time? How do you afford to live in London during the second year when you do not get university accommodation?

    3) How competitive is the drama course? Is there any point in me sending them my UCAS application 3/4 days after the deadline?

    If it helps, I already have my A level grades (I decided to apply during my gap year) and they exceed the entry requirements.

    Any advice would be very much appreciated. The website said that the university would still consider applications that arrive after the deadline, but that there might be some departments that would not. I tried to see if this was the case with the languages and Drama departments (especially Drama, as more people apply for that whereas there is almost always a lack of people applying to study languages, as far as I know), but I couldn't find any more information about it on the website.

    Thank you for your time
    UCAS shows the course as still open for applications - ring them up this morning to see if they're still open (and to check that the UCAS listing is correct) http://search.ucas.com/course/summar...&ret=providers

    If you're still open ring UCAS and substitute a choice - you can do this up to 14 days after the date on your welcome email from UCAS.

    The QMUL application will be flagged as "late" but that should be fine if they've confirmed they're taking late applicants to you directly. Your other choices will not be flagged as late.

    As for competitiveness - 100% of applicants last year got offers: http://university.which.co.uk/queen-...ears-9000-wr41 so if they're open for late applications then your chances of an offer are pretty good.

    You definitely need to take up visit day invitations and research into costs/budgets for QMUL. QMUL is in a cheaper part of london - but speaking to current students in person is going to be the best way to find out how affordable it is.
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    UCAS shows the course as still open for applications - ring them up this morning to see if they're still open (and to check that the UCAS listing is correct) http://search.ucas.com/course/summar...&ret=providers

    If you're still open ring UCAS and substitute a choice - you can do this up to 14 days after the date on your welcome email from UCAS.

    The QMUL application will be flagged as "late" but that should be fine if they've confirmed they're taking late applicants to you directly. Your other choices will not be flagged as late.

    As for competitiveness - 100% of applicants last year got offers: http://university.which.co.uk/queen-...ears-9000-wr41 so if they're open for late applications then your chances of an offer are pretty good.

    You definitely need to take up visit day invitations and research into costs/budgets for QMUL. QMUL is in a cheaper part of london - but speaking to current students in person is going to be the best way to find out how affordable it is.
    Thank you for all the advice everyone! It's really helpful!

    I'm confused about one thing though. It says on UCAS that you can change your options on track within 7 days of receiving your welcome letter. Does that include or exclude the 7th day? Also, it says that you can still change options after the 7 days and up to 14 days after receiving your welcome letter, but it says that you will not be able to do this through track and that you will have to call.

    I've applied through my old school. Will I have to get them to call, or can I call myself? Can I only change under exceptional circumstances after the 7 days are up? For example, would I only be able to change if say the reason was as serious as a family member being seriously ill (ie having cancer or another serious illness), which would mean that I would prefer to apply to unis that were closer to home?
 
 
 
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