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Official University of Reading 2024 Applicants Thread

Hi everyone :smile:

We thought we'd kick things off with a new thread for people applying or thinking of applying for 2024 entry! Here, you can meet other applicants, chat during the whole application process, and ask our lovely reps any questions you may have.

Icebreaker questions

What course are you applying for/thinking of applying for?
What universities are you thinking of applying to?
Why Reading?
What are you currently studying and what are your predicted grades?
What extracurriculars are you involved with?
(Share as much detail as you're comfortable with!)

Lottie :smile:
GRTUK and Reading Alumna (History)

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Reply 1
Hi everyone,
Im Charlotte, I’m going to apply for primary teaching with English (QTS). At the minute im still weighing up other unis, but im planning on Cardiff Met, York St John, UWE, BCU, then I’ve got one spare space haha. Im wanting to apply to Reading as its the only uni with a primary teaching course that specialises in English, and I’ve always found reading and writing super interesting, so I really want to have a focus in it. I also absolutely love the campus (teaching is on a smaller, old fashioned campus which is beaut), and the unis focus on sustainability. Im currently studying English Language, History and Drama and im predicted ABB. At the moment I’m cutting down on extra curriculars, since I did far too many in year 12 😂. I’ve volunteered at a Brownies unit for a few years, helped with my schools musical, taught year 9 drama classes, taken part in debate soc and my schools like school council (it’s got a diff name). In terms of hobbies I like reading, knitting, sewing and watching musicals/ plays. A fun fact about me is that I’ve got pet rats, they’re my favourite animals ever.
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Original post by charves14
Hi everyone,
Im Charlotte, I’m going to apply for primary teaching with English (QTS). At the minute im still weighing up other unis, but im planning on Cardiff Met, York St John, UWE, BCU, then I’ve got one spare space haha. Im wanting to apply to Reading as its the only uni with a primary teaching course that specialises in English, and I’ve always found reading and writing super interesting, so I really want to have a focus in it. I also absolutely love the campus (teaching is on a smaller, old fashioned campus which is beaut), and the unis focus on sustainability. Im currently studying English Language, History and Drama and im predicted ABB. At the moment I’m cutting down on extra curriculars, since I did far too many in year 12 😂. I’ve volunteered at a Brownies unit for a few years, helped with my schools musical, taught year 9 drama classes, taken part in debate soc and my schools like school council (it’s got a diff name). In terms of hobbies I like reading, knitting, sewing and watching musicals/ plays. A fun fact about me is that I’ve got pet rats, they’re my favourite animals ever.

Welcome @charves14!

Congrats on deciding to go into education, it's a great area and London Road Campus is lovely (I'm only slightly biased)!
It sounds like you've done a great job reseraching different universities, but we're here if you have any more questions at any point during your decision making/application process :smile:

P.S. I'm so jealous that you have pet rats, they're so cute and misunderstood!

Eliza :smile:
2nd Year Education Studies Student
Reply 3
Original post by UniofReading
Hi everyone :smile:

We thought we'd kick things off with a new thread for people applying or thinking of applying for 2024 entry! Here, you can meet other applicants, chat during the whole application process, and ask our lovely reps any questions you may have.

Icebreaker questions

What course are you applying for/thinking of applying for?
What universities are you thinking of applying to?
Why Reading?
What are you currently studying and what are your predicted grades?
What extracurriculars are you involved with?
(Share as much detail as you're comfortable with!)

Lottie :smile:
GRTUK and Reading Alumna (History)


Hello everyone,
I’m thinking of applying for Psychology and neuroscience at Kings College London, University of Manchester, University of Reading, and I’m not sure where else yet. I’m choosing Reading honestly because there are not many universities that do Psychology and neuroscience, and I love the area that Reading is in with many grassy areas, and just being close to London. I’m currently studying Psychology, Chemistry and Biology A-Levels and i am roughly predicted ABA. I used to be involved with Medical society at my school but currently I’m in psychology society, I used to tutor maths to younger students as well as learning the guitar, and learning different languages.
Hi there,

Welcome to the official University of Reading Applicant Thread for 2024! Here, you have the opportunity to meet and chat with fellow applicants and ask any questions you want regarding applying to University of Reading.

Below are some icebreaker questions to help you get started:

“What course are you applying for?”
“Will you be attending any Open Days?”
“How are you feeling about starting University?”


Get involved in more conversations by visiting our directory here and join in with the Yr 13 Chat thread here.

Good luck and happy posting!
Original post by Fice
Hello everyone,
I’m thinking of applying for Psychology and neuroscience at Kings College London, University of Manchester, University of Reading, and I’m not sure where else yet. I’m choosing Reading honestly because there are not many universities that do Psychology and neuroscience, and I love the area that Reading is in with many grassy areas, and just being close to London. I’m currently studying Psychology, Chemistry and Biology A-Levels and i am roughly predicted ABA. I used to be involved with Medical society at my school but currently I’m in psychology society, I used to tutor maths to younger students as well as learning the guitar, and learning different languages.

Hi @Fice,
Amazing to hear you're hopefully choosing Reading! :smile: A few of my friends are doing or have done our Psychology course, and they absolutely loved it - from what I hear the modules and staff are great! If you have any questions about coming to study here - from campus, course, accommodation to student activities, please let us know :smile:
Kat
MA Diplomacy Student
Reply 6
hey! i'm applying to biomedical science with a placement year at reading :smile: i'm also applying to cardiff, warwick, sheffield, and one other uni (i'm still undecided lol)
Reply 7
My DD is not sure whether to apply to Reading/Henly Business School as we hear good things about the school.
DD is studying BTEC Extended Diploma in Business and is on target for grades (DDM). As a nervous parent, I want to ensure that she fits in and we choose the right uni to excel and bring the best out of her.

Other options being looked at MMU, Aston, UWE , Oxford Brookes and Uni of Leicester ( as she doesn’t want to go to London)

Any thoughts/ advice ?

TIA
(edited 5 months ago)
Reply 8
My son was interested in applying for BSc Zoology with Professional Experience, for 24 entry. I say 'was', because according to the website the number of modules has been reduced significantly from last year. For example, in 23 entry year 2 there are 6 compulsory modules and 13 optional modules, while for 24 entry same year there are only 7 modules in total. Can anyone please tell me if the number of modules will be increased, or if that is it? I have emailed the department but they are yet to reply. Thank you.
(edited 4 months ago)
Original post by mai0may
hey! i'm applying to biomedical science with a placement year at reading :smile: i'm also applying to cardiff, warwick, sheffield, and one other uni (i'm still undecided lol)


Hey @mai0may

So good to hear you're applying to Reading!
If you have any questions about the university or life in Reading in general, do let us know.

Best of luck with your application!

Skye :smile:
4th Year Speech and Language Therapy Student
Original post by N2TSR
My DD is not sure whether to apply to Reading/Henly Business School as we hear good things about the school.
DD is studying BTEC Extended Diploma in Business and is on target for grades (DDM). As a nervous parent, I want to ensure that she fits in and we choose the right uni to excel and bring the best out of her.

Other options being looked at MMU, Aston, UWE , Oxford Brookes and Uni of Leicester ( as she doesn’t want to go to London)

Any thoughts/ advice ?

TIA

Hey @N2TSR

That is totally okay that she is not sure about where she wants to be yet and totally get that you want to make sure she makes the right decision as a parent!
I think for a decision like this, you really need to focus on the individual and what is important to them, as I could tell you all the fantastic things about Reading/Henley Business School (and there is lots I can tell you about if you'd like to know - but I also know you've likely looked into things a lot too), I think the more important thing to think about is the things that mean the most to her - which hopefully Reading can offer! I do find that Reading is a really good place for all personalities and lifestyles, and you can really find your place and make the most of your experience no matter what you like, as it's really diverse and has something for everyone. I also find that it's a really welcoming and homely place - which is one of the reasons I chose to come here in the end, as everyone was so welcoming when I looked around on the open day and I instantly felt at home. What kind of things are most important in a university for her and maybe I can help? If you do want to know anything specific about the school though, please do ask and I can try my best to help!

Also, have you been able to come to an open day yet? If not, we have an open day on 14th October which you can register for here - I'd really recommend coming along to an open day if you can, as this is a great opportunity to get a feel for the campus and you can also ask the department and students questions along the way. If not, there are a lot of business students you can chat to directly about the course/department and life at Reading here, which may help as they will be able to give you the best insight of their experiences.

Hope this helps. I totally understand that it's a huge decision so it's important to have all the information and make sure it's right for her. Let us know if there's anything we can answer to help in particular!

Skye :smile:
4th Year Speech and Language Therapy Student
Original post by hturb
My son was interested in applying for BSc Zoology with Professional Experience, for 24 entry. I say 'was', because according to the website the number of modules has been reduced significantly from last year. For example, in 23 entry year 2 there are 6 compulsory modules and 13 optional modules, while for 24 entry same year there are only 7 modules in total. Can anyone please tell me if the number of modules will be increased, or if that is it? I have emailed the department but they are yet to reply. Thank you.

Hey @hturb,

So sorry this has changed your mind about Reading. I am not 100% sure if that is something that is final or not, but your best bet is to speak to the admissions team, who will be able to give you a lot more up to date information than I have knowledge of at this point! You can call them on +44 (0) 118 378 8372 or email [email protected].

Sorry I can't give you a more helpful answer - but I don't want to give you inaccurate information. Please do ask if you have any other questions about the university though and I will do my best to help or try to point you in the right direction. Hope you get the answers you need soon!

Best of luck with his applications!
Skye :smile:
4th Year Speech and Language Therapy Student
Reply 12
I'm interested in applying for BSc Computer Science 2024. I've had some questions regarding the course.
1. Have the students in the uni found BSc Computer Science tough? If so which modules are they.
2. What are the additional prerequisites required to be ready for what is to come?
Original post by hturb
My son was interested in applying for BSc Zoology with Professional Experience, for 24 entry. I say 'was', because according to the website the number of modules has been reduced significantly from last year. For example, in 23 entry year 2 there are 6 compulsory modules and 13 optional modules, while for 24 entry same year there are only 7 modules in total. Can anyone please tell me if the number of modules will be increased, or if that is it? I have emailed the department but they are yet to reply. Thank you.


Hi @hturb

I've had a more official response direct from the university which can hopefully help you a bit more than I could! Please see below:
We are really sorry that the website wasn’t showing all of our optional modules it is now correct and shows 9 optional modules available in part two. This is slightly less than the previous year and is due to a change in the number of credits each module awards, each module is now worth 20 credits rather than 10. It will also grow as new modules are added and it does not include all the modules available to you in from other academic schools such as the institution wide language programme. We have changed this to ease the assessment burden on our students; our students told us they loved our optional modules but that assessment load was too high and ten credits didn’t allow them the depth they were looking for. We believe that the optional modules now offered cover the best of what we offered previously adding in new and exciting content but with greater depth and clearer expectations on assessment. We strongly encourage you to come along to our Open Day on Saturday 14th or our Offer Holder days if your son makes Reading one of his choices on his application.

I hope this helps and gives you a better understanding of the course/reasons behind the decisions made. Let us know if you have any other questions that we can help with!

Skye :smile:
4th Year Speech and Language Therapy Student
Original post by gc04
I'm interested in applying for BSc Computer Science 2024. I've had some questions regarding the course.
1. Have the students in the uni found BSc Computer Science tough? If so which modules are they.
2. What are the additional prerequisites required to be ready for what is to come?


Hi @gc04,
Great to hear you're hoping to apply to Reading! 😊 For your first question, I'd say it depends on the person - those with a background and extracurriculars will be very confident, but others with less experience still have plenty of room and support to succeed. Typical offers are ABB, but we also offer contextual grades to some applicants who fit the criteria, and you can find out more about prerequisites here - essentially you don't need to have studied Computer Science before, but it would come in handy!

My friends doing the course find it enjoyable yet challenging, which I think to be the perfect balance for University level study - he treats it like a 9-5 and has an 85% average! You can use this link to our form for asking the university a question and get some more tailored responses as unfortunately we don't have any student ambassadors studying Computer Science at the moment, but I'd say you can use the computer science page here to answer most of your questions, and explore modules here, those with a CS1 code will be ones you take in your first year.

If you have any other questions, please let us know!
Kat :smile:
MA Diplomacy Student
Reply 15
Original post by UniofReading
Hi @hturb

I've had a more official response direct from the university which can hopefully help you a bit more than I could! Please see below:
We are really sorry that the website wasn’t showing all of our optional modules it is now correct and shows 9 optional modules available in part two. This is slightly less than the previous year and is due to a change in the number of credits each module awards, each module is now worth 20 credits rather than 10. It will also grow as new modules are added and it does not include all the modules available to you in from other academic schools such as the institution wide language programme. We have changed this to ease the assessment burden on our students; our students told us they loved our optional modules but that assessment load was too high and ten credits didn’t allow them the depth they were looking for. We believe that the optional modules now offered cover the best of what we offered previously adding in new and exciting content but with greater depth and clearer expectations on assessment. We strongly encourage you to come along to our Open Day on Saturday 14th or our Offer Holder days if your son makes Reading one of his choices on his application.

I hope this helps and gives you a better understanding of the course/reasons behind the decisions made. Let us know if you have any other questions that we can help with!

Skye :smile:
4th Year Speech and Language Therapy Student

Thank you for this information, which clarifies things for me. You mention the modules available from other academic schools such as the institution wide language programme, can you tell me more about that? Does that mean that it is possible to study a modern language as part of the Zoology course?
Hi everyone!
I'm applying to the MSci Meteorology and Climate with one year in Oklahoma. It has literally the coolest course setting I've seen! I'm also applying to Cam, Imperial, Edin, and Durham. A teacher I like very much in my college graduated from Reading Meteorology, and he told me it's the best university to do meteorology in Europe. Also, I like how close Reading is to London. I've taken Mathsin Y12 and got A*. Currently doing FM, Physics, and Geography, predicted AA*A*
Original post by hturb
Thank you for this information, which clarifies things for me. You mention the modules available from other academic schools such as the institution wide language programme, can you tell me more about that? Does that mean that it is possible to study a modern language as part of the Zoology course?


Hi @hturb,
That's great! You can find out more about our IWLP programme here, and in my experience any student can take a module within this department. We offer 10 different languages from beginner to intermediate level, and you have to undergo a placement test to assign you to the correct learning group. The module usually spans across both the autumn and spring terms and, as with learning any language, can be a little challenging - all classes are taught in the language and end with an exam, but it's well worth giving it a go :smile:
Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any other questions :smile:
Kat
MA Diplomacy Student
Original post by Westerlies73
Hi everyone!
I'm applying to the MSci Meteorology and Climate with one year in Oklahoma. It has literally the coolest course setting I've seen! I'm also applying to Cam, Imperial, Edin, and Durham. A teacher I like very much in my college graduated from Reading Meteorology, and he told me it's the best university to do meteorology in Europe. Also, I like how close Reading is to London. I've taken Mathsin Y12 and got A*. Currently doing FM, Physics, and Geography, predicted AA*A*


Hey @Westerlies,
So great to hear you're applying to Reading (and the glowing reviews from your teacher)!! :smile: If you have any questions about the course, year abroad or coming to study here, please give us a shout!
Kat :smile:
MA Diplomacy Student
(edited 4 months ago)
Original post by UniofReading
Hi everyone :smile:

We thought we'd kick things off with a new thread for people applying or thinking of applying for 2024 entry! Here, you can meet other applicants, chat during the whole application process, and ask our lovely reps any questions you may have.

Icebreaker questions

What course are you applying for/thinking of applying for?
What universities are you thinking of applying to?
Why Reading?
What are you currently studying and what are your predicted grades?
What extracurriculars are you involved with?
(Share as much detail as you're comfortable with!)

Lottie :smile:
GRTUK and Reading Alumna (History)

Hey!
I'm Lara, I'm applying for classics at UCL, KCL, Royal Holloway and Reading! Reading is the one of the best unis in the country with classics and museum studies and although I'm a London girl, I would also love a campus with green spaces. Im currently studying classics, history and drama predicted A*AA. I play lacrosse and i love debating and musical theatre!

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