Applying for 2 different courses on my UCAS?

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I'm currently on a gap year and will apply for 2020 entry on UCAS. I got A*A*AA in my A-Levels for Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry respectively. Last year I applied for mechanical engineering but this year I feel like Earth Science / Geology suits my interests more. I'd apply for Earth Sciences at Oxford and maybe Imperial but apply for some form of engineering at other unis as I feel like graduate prospects would be better for Engineering than Geology. Would this be a good idea?
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I successfully applied for Psychology as a separate subject, Psychology with Digital Media , and Digital Media as three distinctive courses at four different universities. getting just one offer , which I took. Does need a carefully written PS, and a bit of nerve (I also applied to three courses at TCD.ie as a backup and did also get a nice offer from the Irish system)

Alternative ideas to Oxford Earth Sciences UCAS Code: F644:- Oxford Geology UCAS Code: F642, Computer science, Natural Science, Physics, General Engineering (integrated Engineering) discover as you study - what stream you wish to learn next, Medicine, Politics, your grades can certainly allow you to choose between Durham, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of St Andrews, UoEdinburgh does a generic "Engineering" which is great VFM, and they further offer a Geography with Environmental Studies, Oxford, or basically - wherever you wish!

You might not even need the full "UCAS" approach, I think some places will let you in with just a telephone call, rather than the overlong UCAS system (there is a particular UCAS bypass letter, called a "Record of Prior acceptance" (RPA) or some such system, rarely mentioned - almost a direct contract between you and a single nominated college, completely bypasses the long slog, but can only be used once - with your favourite college.
I strongly suggest if you have any time free in your gap year, then visit the top half-dozen campuses that interest you, and quiz them thouroughly! I managed four universities in one day, perhaps take it a bit slower than that...

My friend did "engineering' at EPFL, and as the first year was common to all forms of engineering it was fairly simple to then branch out into renewables etc. Another friend did Geology at St. Andrews and she's now working (nominally) in cambridge at the British Antarctic Survey, spending polar summers being chased by penguins
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(Original post by earlybird93)
I'm currently on a gap year and will apply for 2020 entry on UCAS. I got A*A*AA in my A-Levels for Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry respectively. Last year I applied for mechanical engineering but this year I feel like Earth Science / Geology suits my interests more. I'd apply for Earth Sciences at Oxford and maybe Imperial but apply for some form of engineering at other unis as I feel like graduate prospects would be better for Engineering than Geology. Would this be a good idea?
It's not really a good idea because your UCAS form would need to be geared heavily towards Earth Sciences if you wanted to have a realistic chance of getting an offer from Oxford and Imperial and then the other unis would probably reject since you demonstrated insufficient interest in Engineering. The only exceptions could be engineering courses that combine Geology with Engineering like this one at Exeter

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduat...y/engineering/

Another option would be to do an Earth Sciences degree at undergraduate level and specialise in Geotechnical Engineering at a later date. MScs are available at Exeter or Birmingham, for example

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduat...y-requirements

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgra...gineering.aspx
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There are a few unis who allow to you write a second personal statement - Durham is one of them

https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply...nt/substitute/

You could them write a personal statement for your first choice course and a substitute one for a different course. I have seen other unis who also accept substitute PS, but unfortunately can't remember which. You could always contact some you are interested in and ask!
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There are a few unis who allow to you write a second personal statement - Durham is one of them

https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply...nt/substitute/

You could them write a personal statement for your first choice course and a substitute one for a different course. I have seen other unis who also accept substitute PS, but unfortunately can't remember which. You could always contact some you are interested in and ask!
I think it's only Durham who allow this but please let us know if you do find any others
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repeating, as you already have your results (if I understand correctly) then simply apply to Oxford via UCAS with the PS required for that course.
Oxford is great as you will likely have to take their own mini test, [though is geo one of the Oxbridge 'illionaire back-doors? - Yep, confirmed , no geo test - similar, when I applied for Japanese at Oriental Institute/The Queen's, there was no MLAT, many interesting co-applicants!]

So that UCAS application will get you into Oxford, or not. Depends on interview, if you demonstrate a real passion for the subject that you are applying for, and have read at least a couple of intersting books that can be discussed in the interviews.

The rest of the colleges that should appear on your own personalised "DIY not-UCAS" spreadsheet should be compiled from your areas of further interest, areas where you can similarly demonstrate a real passion, or simulate a real passion, for that subject at that place. You can apply individually D I R E C T L Y to these other colleges, outwith of the standard UCAS system, (which was tailored to the Oxford application - Oxford is currently extremely good value for money)

Certainly you can refer them to your actual Oxford UCAS application, this after-all, usually has verified scholarly results, comments from your last school etc in the hidden parts of the UCAS track system. A UCAS bypass letter, sometimes erroneously called a "Record of Prior acceptance" (RPA) can be used for the colleges who are not Oxford, check first, as this is gaming the system - a bit.

see https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...&highlight=RPA
(UoSwansea "You can also submit the RPA form without a personal statement or reference – the admissions tutor may ask for one at a later stage, but we don’t want to delay your application at this point. The data you input into the RPA Form is the data that we base your student record upon – as well as formally confirming your personal details, you’ll sign the applicant declaration and the privacy declaration which are both required" )

see https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...&highlight=RPA
("There were 34,295 Record of Prior Acceptance admissions last year.....Foreigners who apply through recruiting agents are very often admitted on a Record of Prior Acceptance")

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