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Yeah even if I take a gap year I still have to apply this year.
u dnt HAVE to apply this year - you can apply during your gap year.

if you honestly don't have a clue, may I suggest you either do some background reading for your subjects so you can perhaps find something interesting, or you speak to a teacher/careers advisor.

We can't tell you what to do, you have to decide that for yourself. We CAN however give you ideas about which unis are good for which course, how to write a gd PS and what admissions tutors are looking for. The rest is up to you to decide...
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u dnt HAVE to apply this year - you can apply during your gap year.
Not if you want to avoid top up fees
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Yeah I am applying this year, full stop. No question at all.
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Help me PLEASE PLEASE
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Okey dokie.... what subjects do you study currently? Why do you study them, what made you choose to? Regardless of grades, what do you enjoy most, which of the lessons are most bareable?

Also, what do you really enjoy doing (other than socialising...)? You must have something that really interests you, art, cinema, music etc? A particular era? There are so many courses out there that I'm sure you could really enjoy doing.

Don't worry so much about open days - there are tonnes around over September/October which peopel will be going to - I was too broke to be able to get to the ones in June/July so am going to those ones. Also, don't worry about PS, once you've figured out what you want to do, you'll be fine with a bit of background reading.
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You don't have to carry on with a subject you do now. Browse the UCAS course search for new and/or unusual subjects.
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what kind of work do you do?
would you want to do an art/design type course?
what would you like to be doing career-wise in 10/15 years?
are u continuing your 3 subjects to a level? are u taking up any new AS levels?
look up the list of courses below and pick a subject you are interested in. then start going through each one and look at the unis' which offer it, remember to also look at the course/subject requirements as some require certain a level subjects.

http://search.ucas.co.uk/cgi-bin/hsr...rch.run?y=2005

another site which you may find useful is:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/section/0,,6734,00.html

^ sorry about the links ^
it's the times subject tables - gives you a list of subjects which you can choose from and also the best unis' to study that subject at.

hope this helps & best of luck with your AS levels

Super_Woman

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There's no need to get quite so stressed about it all - you've got plenty of time yet - and I know you said you're definately applying this year, but really - what's wrong with applying in a possible gap year.

Apart from anything else - it is downright stupid to end up picking degree subjects out of blind panic to get everything out the way - even if you do want to avoid top up fees. Personally I think it's worth taking the time to work things out properly - and a gap year might allow you to experience things which shed a whole new light on life. especially considering you say you don't really have any interests in terms of study - a gap year might give you the experiences which spark off a specific interest.

BUT - if you are determined to apply now start thinking about the sort of person you are.

Are you a practical person - can you see yourself working outdoors/in a hands on job in the future?

Are you particularly academic?

Are you good at languages/maths/humanities or any other specific subject?

Do you get the feeling that once you are done with your A-levels you will just want to try something completely different - or do you like a specific area of your subjects so much you would love to carry it on?

Do you like the idea of working with people in some way - eg. social services/teaching etc? Or can you see yourself as some sort of enviromentalist/zoologist etc? Or maybe in business or similar?

Ask yourself these kinds of questions and then think about the sort of jobs that go with your answers (if you know what I mean). I say this - not so you can plan your future career - but because it would then be a good idea to go out and get some work experience in the areas you identify yourself having an interest in - to see if you really DO like working outside, or if actually - the reality is you're a bit of a wuss when it comes to mud and rain!

At the same time - just browse through ucas - from A-Z - any course name that makes you think - whats that? or - that sounds interesting? have a look at it in more detail - if it grabs your attention more then do some further research and do as I mentioned above - try to get some experience in it.

If you do all that then you are likely to find something for you (I know - it's what I did - so it works )

Rant over :rolleyes:
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OK, I am on the verge of a breakdown.

I am a few weeks away from ucas allowing applications for 2005 entries. My mind is all over the place.

I simply have no clue what the hell i want to apply for. I get my AS results on thursday and I fear I wont achieve anything impressive. I havent been to any open days. My personal statement is dire (see personal statement forum). I have been looking at websites non stop, reading prospectuses but I just do not know what to do.

Help!
You've started your Statemnt??? :eek:

Damn, makes me feel scared and nervous.
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Ok then, based on your interests/skills - go for a Multimedia course - combines photography etc with computing.
i do a btec national diploma in multimedia atm, its brilliant n doin a degree in it next year.

i did AS levels last yr at 6th form, didnt work out gr8 so i moved 2 college to start sumthin different and love it now.
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Do you know you don't HAVE to go to uni?

I'm being serious there are jobs open to you without a degree. There are also jobs open to you where you work and study part time.

Here's another way of looking at things (the advice given about subjecs is excellent, this is just an alternative)

Do you like people? Can you see yourself working with people or not? Would you prefer to be working alone?

Are you more a practical person or an ideas person? Are you a bit of both?

If you are sure you want to go to uni but are just unsure of your course I'd suggest the following.

Look for unis that do a wide range of courses and do wholey modular courses. This may mean looking at the new universities rather than the old ones.

The reason for this is that you can pick modules from 3 subjects in your first year, you can then drop the ones that don't interest you and possibly pick up a forth subject in your second year.

You can also swap uni in your second year and you could actually start a different degree at the same uni.

I'm taking Wolverhampton as an example because I know quite a few people there/ or have graduated from there and I don't know anyone who did exactly the course they intended to do at the start.

Now I know someone is going to have a go at me because it is a crap uni in terms of league tables but for someone as unsure as you are it might just be a good choice. Anyway I am sure other modular uni's are similar.

OK in the first year you have to sign up for a particular title but the title doesn't matter that mmuch and you can sign up for "combined studies"

In your first year yo can take modules from upto 3 different subjects plus you can also do a language. You can pick subjects from any area as long as you have the prerequisite for thet module, and many first year modules have no prerequisites.

So you could pick Photography, English and Biomedical Sciences and in addition you could do a language say Japanese. In the second semmester you can carry on with these or maybe drop one and pick up a computing module or a module in drama, linguistics or sport.

After your first year you decide where you want to specialise, but you can still do 3 subjects up to level 3.

The subjects I picked are just ramdom, you mentioned English and photography, the others I tried to pick very different subjects.

good luck with whatever you decide.
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Maybe you should think about doing a degree that will open a number of careers, like english.
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You could always send your UCAS form with say just 2 or 3 unis on (ie one course) and then later when you have sorted yourself out you could always apply for the remainder - but then email the colleges admissions people (obviously with your UCAS number etc) telling them what you NOW want to do and why this is NOW the course for you. (allowing you extra PS space!!!)
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You've started your Statemnt??? :eek:

Damn, makes me feel scared and nervous.

What I want to know is, how is it possible to start writing a personal statement when you don't even know what course to apply for????









Maybe you should think about doing a degree that will open a number of careers, like english.

^^^ Try finding an English degree course that doesn't require having done the A-level first.
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What I want to know is, how is it possible to start writing a personal statement when you don't even know what course to apply for????

Umm, our school made us write a first draft about 4 months ago.
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Why? What's the point? 75% of your statement is supposed to be a detailed explanation of why you want to do the course you've applied for, why you think you would be good at it, which aspects of it particularly interest you etc etc.

It's impossible to start writing that when you haven't chosen a course.
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Try telling that to my head of sixth form.
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Try telling that to my head of sixth form.
Just tell them you are not going to uni, then you gain some breathing room. You can then make them feel like they has achieved something when you turn around and say they have convinced you of the benefits of uni, any chance of a reference.
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Try telling that to my head of sixth form.
Ok, what's a realistic profession you would like to go into...
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Try telling that to my head of sixth form.


Try telling him/her to piss off?


But rephrase it.
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