Turn on thread page Beta
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    What courses/experience can I do to BOOST my chances of getting into a top BIOLOGY UNIVERSITY?
    • Community Assistant
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    Community Assistant
    (Original post by Chalky2000)
    What courses/experience can I do to BOOST my chances of getting into a top BIOLOGY UNIVERSITY?
    Some universities do offer summer schools for biological sciences I think. However, most universities will just want to see an interest in the subject- so reading extra biology books or magazines, listening to podcasts etc. Your local university might offer open lectures as well. You could get involved in some citizen science projects. It's better to discuss a few things in depth than just list all the things you've done.

    Work experience is always good for your future career, but doesn't matter much for a non-vocational course at uni. It might be hard to get meaningful work experience (e.g. in a lab) when you're under 18 as well.

    To be honest, the best thing you can do to increase your chances is to get the best grades you can.

    What universities did you have in mind?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SarcAndSpark)
    Some universities do offer summer schools for biological sciences I think. However, most universities will just want to see an interest in the subject- so reading extra biology books or magazines, listening to podcasts etc. Your local university might offer open lectures as well. You could get involved in some citizen science projects. It's better to discuss a few things in depth than just list all the things you've done.

    Work experience is always good for your future career, but doesn't matter much for a non-vocational course at uni. It might be hard to get meaningful work experience (e.g. in a lab) when you're under 18 as well.

    To be honest, the best thing you can do to increase your chances is to get the best grades you can.

    What universities did you have in mind?
    I’m hoping for Cambridge or somewhere similar to study natural sciences!
    Could you reccomend any books to read and any summer schools??
    • Community Assistant
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    Community Assistant
    (Original post by Chalky2000)
    I’m hoping for Cambridge or somewhere similar to study natural sciences!
    Could you reccomend any books to read and any summer schools??
    It seems like you've missed Cambridge summer schools for 2018 unfortunately- but they do offer one day master classes with a few biological sciences options which could be a good starting points https://www.undergraduate.study.cam..../masterclasses

    There's a lot about admissions requirements for the course here: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....tural-sciences

    With books, I would pick an area that interests you, and read a few pop-science books in that area. What you're trying to show is biology interests you outside the classroom. Or the New Scientist is good- but don't just say you read it- pick 1/2 articles to discuss in your PS.

    But really I think Cambridge is mainly interested in your academic ability, probably more than any other uni.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SarcAndSpark)
    It seems like you've missed Cambridge summer schools for 2018 unfortunately- but they do offer one day master classes with a few biological sciences options which could be a good starting points https://www.undergraduate.study.cam..../masterclasses

    There's a lot about admissions requirements for the course here: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....tural-sciences

    With books, I would pick an area that interests you, and read a few pop-science books in that area. What you're trying to show is biology interests you outside the classroom. Or the New Scientist is good- but don't just say you read it- pick 1/2 articles to discuss in your PS.

    But really I think Cambridge is mainly interested in your academic ability, probably more than any other uni.
    Okay, thanks so much.
    Do you know of any other science summer schools or other masterclasses which may compensate for me not going to a Cambridge one??
    And what are your tips for writing a good personal statement??
    Thanks
    • Community Assistant
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    Community Assistant
    (Original post by Chalky2000)
    Okay, thanks so much.
    Do you know of any other science summer schools or other masterclasses which may compensate for me not going to a Cambridge one??
    And what are your tips for writing a good personal statement??
    Thanks
    I don't off the top of my head, but if you google something like "summer schools my area" you should get some suggestions. It's partly about showing an interest, so it doesn't matter too much where you do the summer school, more that you've spent a week of your summer studying your subject. You could also try looking at other unis that you might consider as back ups to see if they offer summer schools etc.

    Do bear in mind that your academic profile is way more important than your personal statement in many cases. However, TSR does have some good tools/tips to help you build a good one.

    I guess my best tips would be:

    I'd say make sure at least 75%, ideally more, is directly relevant to your subject.

    Don't repeat things that are elsewhere on your application (e.g. describing what you've learned from your A-levels as this is a bit of a waste of characters).

    Make sure your standard of written English is very good- keep things formal, so no abbreviations etc.

    Explain how you benefited from/why you enjoyed extra curriculars relating to the subject, rather than just listing what you've done.

    Make sure you answer the question "Why do I want to study this subject at uni?"

    I hope that helps a bit.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SarcAndSpark)
    I don't off the top of my head, but if you google something like "summer schools my area" you should get some suggestions. It's partly about showing an interest, so it doesn't matter too much where you do the summer school, more that you've spent a week of your summer studying your subject. You could also try looking at other unis that you might consider as back ups to see if they offer summer schools etc.

    Do bear in mind that your academic profile is way more important than your personal statement in many cases. However, TSR does have some good tools/tips to help you build a good one.

    I guess my best tips would be:

    I'd say make sure at least 75%, ideally more, is directly relevant to your subject.

    Don't repeat things that are elsewhere on your application (e.g. describing what you've learned from your A-levels as this is a bit of a waste of characters).

    Make sure your standard of written English is very good- keep things formal, so no abbreviations etc.

    Explain how you benefited from/why you enjoyed extra curriculars relating to the subject, rather than just listing what you've done.

    Make sure you answer the question "Why do I want to study this subject at uni?"

    I hope that helps a bit.
    Thank you!
    So would you stress ‘grades first, extra curricular second’ ??
    • Community Assistant
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    Community Assistant
    (Original post by Chalky2000)
    Thank you!
    So would you stress ‘grades first, extra curricular second’ ??
    100%
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by SarcAndSpark)
    100%
    Okay! Thanks so much, you’ve been so helpful
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
Turn on thread page Beta
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Updated: March 10, 2018

2,166

students online now

800,000+

Exam discussions

Find your exam discussion here

Poll
Should predicted grades be removed from the uni application process
Applying to uni

All the essentials

The adventure begins mug

Student life: what to expect

What it's really like going to uni

Graduates celebrate

How to write a good personal statement

Expert PS advice from the people who will read it

Uni match

Uni match

Can't decide where to apply? Our tool will help you find the perfect course

Two students working together

A-Z of universities

Read our guides to unis and colleges from around the UK

A student working on a computer

Personal statement help

Use our tool to get your ideal PS quickly!

Hands typing

Degrees without fees

Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

A student looking down a microscope

Planning open days

Find upcoming open days and get advice on preparing.

Help out other students

These questions still need an answer

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.