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Official Year 13 Chat 2023-24

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Original post by oliviapope1
Woo-hoo!!
We've finally reached the final year of our further education!

How are you all feeling? Scared, nervous, excited?

Year 13 can truly be a nerve-racking experience but this thread has been created to encourage each other to get through the lows and celebrate the highs.

Here are some questions to introduce ourselves:
-What A-Level subjects are you studying?
-What course are you thinking of applying for?
-Do you have to take any entrance exams?
-Favourite food?
-What are you looking forward to doing after year 13?
-Hobbies and interests?

Here's to a successful year ahead of us!
Work hard and look after yourselves, we can do this!!!

Bit late to this but year 13 is so nerve wrecking I thought I'd join in lol.

I'm studying English literature, psychology and religious studies.
I'm thinking of applying for English literature and classics.
I'm hoping of applying to Oxford, so I'd have to sit the ELAT and the CLAT. :')
My favourite food would probably be cinnamon rolls.
I'm looking forward to moving away from my home town!
I love to read and listen to music, I'm interested in learning more languages.
Original post by its.scphie
i’m applying to newcastle, manchester, bristol, UEA :smile:


Oh wow you must have a really high UCAT if you're going for Bristol - well done!
Original post by Rhiannon29
Oh wow you must have a really high UCAT if you're going for Bristol - well done!


aaa thanks!! i was really happy with my score but it’s only 50 points above bristol’s cutoff for last year so possibly a bit risky😭
Hi all, im new here, Im Jess.
Im just starting my online a levels soon so nervous but definitely excited. I took a year off between year 11 and year 13 but i am still due to finish my a levels next summer, they only take 8 months, which is nice. im going to study history, psychology and an NCFE fiction writing course.
I have no intention of going to uni, looking to get into an apprenticeship surrounding writing and then join the police. Would love to do some travelling after a levels, japan and Canada definitely.
My favourite food has gotta be chicken and pasta.
My hobbies are art, photography, football and sleeping lots.
Original post by Rhiannon29
I know right! I had a lesson back on Friday and already have a write up due this coming week 😭

Which core practical is it? I have to do research for the brine shrimp one and I think we are starting the actual practical this week
Original post by HighlightOfUrDay
heyy,

I'm focusing on the essay for the most part right now since I haven't written one in forever. I had a look at section one earlier this week and wanted to cry, and haven't looked at section 2 at all yet so I would say it's going swell!

I'm not stressing or anything because I have a lot of time and I spoke to my teachers to let them know I'm focusing on the BMAT (do do this especially if you have any trials in the time between now and the BMAT).

I don't really have a revision plan since I just do what I struggle with but I'm planning to finish all the official past papers by the exam date. Also, one thing someone else told me is to do all the papers from 2018 onwards since they changed the format of it after 2017.

But definitely reflect on your weaker sections (I'm basically just doing what I did for my UCAT just on paper if that makes sense).

There's also this document which I found super useful (I hope it attached below). It's either in this document or somewhere else where I read that people tend to make the mistake of researching the BMAT too much and not actually prepare for it... which I definitely did for the UCAT.

I wrote a whole lot (i hope it's helpful and not just waffle) but I mean I still have a lot of stuff to improve so I don't know if I'm even the right person to answer your question on how to prepare lol


thank you, that’s really helpful. feel free to dm me if you want and we can go through some things together. i’m going to start my prep properly in the next few days
Reply 186
Original post by amel.z0
just want to pop in and reply and say i do un secret for my book and un long dimanches de fiancialles for the movie <3

oh cool! I'm doing un sac de billes for the book and l'auberge espagnole for the film, how are you finding the course so far??
Reply 187
Original post by máni
oh cool! I'm doing un sac de billes for the book and l'auberge espagnole for the film, how are you finding the course so far??

year 12 was not enjoyable in terms of the course haha
i want to study modern languages at university though, i also speak french and probably took it very easy last year.
but the year 13 content is actually really fun, especially learning about culture
i just think A level French is probably very limited, but idk i definitely want to study it further. wbu?!
Reply 188
Original post by morteamie
honestly i though i was doing really well with getting 650 in each sections and constant band 2's, but i just did 2 mocks and i got 2330 with band 2 which is a big fall. kinda scared on whether ive burnt out. also QR and DM are killing me :smile:.

how are you finding it?


a bit shaky to be honest, i had to move my date back. I am getting like 540 and 600 for VR but hopefully I can cover up with AR(averaging around 750-800). Focusing on DM and QR for now...then in my last days, I do some SJT questions. Also, overall I was getting around 2300 because i would guess and skip all the QR section when i do full mocks and get like 470-570 in that section....lol. I found it boring solving all those questions thinking I would solve it in the actual UCAT but I realised that was not a good idea. So right now, I am building up on that. (now getting around 600-650 in mini mocks, trying to move it to 700-750). DM is fine! What are the 2 mocks you did tho?
Hey,
My A-Levels: Maths, Chemistry and Physics + EPQ (will be done by end of October, hopefully)
Thinking of doing Aerospace engineering at Uni. Not sure if I am gonna get there.
Hobbies: reading books, listening to music or just chilling :smile:
Working on my personal statement

Anyone have any reading suggestions, related to my subjects or any books in general?

And good luck to all the fellow year 13s out here. Hope you guys have a fab year!
hi everyone! currently studying maths, chem and geo and im applying to medicine!
i pretty much enjoy playing games and listening to music + watching extremely long youtube videos :tongue:
Original post by il0vereigen
hi everyone! currently studying maths, chem and geo and im applying to medicine!
i pretty much enjoy playing games and listening to music + watching extremely long youtube videos :tongue:


What exam board are you for chem? Also, where are you looking to apply to medicine? (I'm also applying to medicine) :smile:
Original post by Jacintha
What exam board are you for chem? Also, where are you looking to apply to medicine? (I'm also applying to medicine) :smile:

our school does aqa! what about u?

im thinking of applying to UEA, ARU, Manchester and Liverpool! what about you! have u sat ur ucat?
Original post by il0vereigen
our school does aqa! what about u?

im thinking of applying to UEA, ARU, Manchester and Liverpool! what about you! have u sat ur ucat?


my school does ocr b (its an absolute nightmare to find any resources lol)
I sat my ucat end of august and I'm thinking of applying to Newcastle, uea, aru, Liverpool, leeds(maybe? a bit risky but), and manchester!! i need to narrow it down but idk how
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Reply 194
Original post by amel.z0
year 12 was not enjoyable in terms of the course haha
i want to study modern languages at university though, i also speak french and probably took it very easy last year.
but the year 13 content is actually really fun, especially learning about culture
i just think A level French is probably very limited, but idk i definitely want to study it further. wbu?!

wow modern languages at uni sounds nice!
I quite liked the course in yr12 in comparison to gcse, as I thought that the step up was quite good as some of the topics were more detailed. I have to say though I'm very quiet in lessons so I always get a bit nervous for french lessons because speaking is obviously quite a big part of lessons 😅
I bet it's very helpful that you already speak french too!
Reply 195
Original post by oliviapope1
Woo-hoo!!
We've finally reached the final year of our further education!

How are you all feeling? Scared, nervous, excited?

Year 13 can truly be a nerve-racking experience but this thread has been created to encourage each other to get through the lows and celebrate the highs.

Here are some questions to introduce ourselves:
-What A-Level subjects are you studying?
-What course are you thinking of applying for?
-Do you have to take any entrance exams?
-Favourite food?
-What are you looking forward to doing after year 13?
-Hobbies and interests?

Here's to a successful year ahead of us!
Work hard and look after yourselves, we can do this!!!


back again, i'm currently studying criminology and photography only this year, as i got my History a level last year. i'm debating on applying for either photography related courses or criminology as i still dont actually kow if i want to attebd uni but will be aplying regardless just to have the option. so far i'm looking at birmingham city, manchester uni and west london.
Reply 196
Original post by máni
wow modern languages at uni sounds nice!
I quite liked the course in yr12 in comparison to gcse, as I thought that the step up was quite good as some of the topics were more detailed. I have to say though I'm very quiet in lessons so I always get a bit nervous for french lessons because speaking is obviously quite a big part of lessons 😅
I bet it's very helpful that you already speak french too!

that's very fair! speaking in another language can be quite daunting.
gcse was the most boring for sure, but even if your a french speaker, A levels still humble you haha
do you want to go university? what do you want to study?
Reply 197
Original post by amel.z0
that's very fair! speaking in another language can be quite daunting.
gcse was the most boring for sure, but even if your a french speaker, A levels still humble you haha
do you want to go university? what do you want to study?

I'd like to go to uni to study english literature, but quite a few courses that I've looked at give the option of taking a module from another course, so I might try and keep doing little bits of french as well!
I was considering doing a joint honours with french but I think I might find it a bit too much lol
Original post by flowersinmyhair
Which core practical is it? I have to do research for the brine shrimp one and I think we are starting the actual practical this week


gel electrophoresis, it was actually really cool, and very happy we were able to do it as i think it's one of the ones that is often just a 'watch the video'. managed to grind through the whole write up this afternoon (including a million references lmao).
how do you usually revise for bio?
Original post by acl33
back again, i'm currently studying criminology and photography only this year, as i got my History a level last year. i'm debating on applying for either photography related courses or criminology as i still dont actually kow if i want to attebd uni but will be aplying regardless just to have the option. so far i'm looking at birmingham city, manchester uni and west london.


could be worth taking a look at photography apprenticeships!

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