#1
just about to send off my ucas application anyone know when the earliest date of an interview (if i have one) will be? Also what sort of loans will i get and how often are they paid?

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Depends on the university. Talk to banks for loan info, they usually get paid in once a term.

I'm hoping to go to University of Surrey
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Didn't think most unis interviewed these days, unless you're a med student or applying to Oxbridge.
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Depends on the university. Talk to banks for loan info, they usually get paid in once a term.

I'm hoping to go to University of Surrey


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Didn't think most unis interviewed these days, unless you're a med student or applying to Oxbridge.


Yeah, Oxbridge are the only universities now that interview; to be honest, I think more universities should interview possible students.
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Cambridge interview about 90-95% of all applicants, and Oxford about 80-85%. As for other universities, there's a chance you'll get an interview for Medicine or a comparably competitive course. Some unis interview border-line candidates to decide their final intake, but it always depends and varies on different factors and the like.

As for earliest interview, I'm afraid I don't honestly know. Cambridge/Oxford interview in December (sometimes late November), but since other unis recieve applications mid Jan rather than mid October, they'll obviously be later unless you applied for an early application subject like Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry .etc
So, I imagine it won't be any earlier than very late November.

For info about loans and grants, go here:

http://www.studentfinancedirect.co.uk/portal/page?_pageid=53,1262207&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

I've just sent mine off too. Going for Geography (L700) at Cambridge and Geography (F800) at Durham, St. Andrews, Edinburgh and Bristol.
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cheers for replys been great help
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you won't get interviewed unless you're doing medicine, vetinary medicine or goijng to oxford or cambridge
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go on ucas they will tell you everything on there
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#14
Hey UK uni savvy guys, I have been wanting to ask this for a while but didn't think it was thread worthy. I know how famous/prestigious Oxford University is (I've also visited it before ), but how hard is it to get into?
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you won't get interviewed unless you're doing medicine, vetinary medicine or goijng to oxford or cambridge


incorrect. some london universities also interview for certain courses. however, some people do (i believe) get offers without having interviews at those places. at oxbridge everyone who gets an offer has been interviewed.
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Hey UK uni savvy guys, I have been wanting to ask this for a while but didn't think it was thread worthy. I know how famous/prestigious Oxford University is (I've also visited it before ), but how hard is it to get into?


Very.

I'm doing mechanical engineering at Nottingham and when I was applying I was asked to interview at 3 of the 6 choices. I told Bristol to go away and went to Southampton and Nottingham interviews.
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Hey UK uni savvy guys, I have been wanting to ask this for a while but didn't think it was thread worthy. I know how famous/prestigious Oxford University is (I've also visited it before ), but how hard is it to get into?


it isn't easy, but its not impossible. if you are going to be predicted 3As for a level, you should apply. worst comes to the worst, you don't get in. its worth taking the risk because (and i'm sure this will offend pretty much everyone) the quality of teaching you receive is almost certainly the best in the country, if not the world. one on one tutorials with leading academics are pretty great.
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Very.

So you need to have super good results? Judging from this thread, pass an interview as well? For the record I wasn't interested in going there myself, just wanting to know. Here in Perth you leave high school with a TER (tertiary entrance rank) which corresponds to percentage of the state you are better than or equal to. The highest entrance requirement for here is around 97, but you're more likely to get in with a higher TER. Also, you apply for all Unis in the state via the same body. How similar is this to the UK?
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#19
In the UK we do High school up to age 16. Then you can go get a job or do whatever you like.
Whilst Americans do their last 2 years of high school, UK can do sixth form/college, where you typically take A levels.

You do 3 subjects, and Oxford/Cambridge definitely require 3 A grades. And seeing as everyone who applies to those universities will have three A grades, it is a good idea to have something on your application to stand out, extra curricular activity and the like.
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incorrect. some london universities also interview for certain courses. however, some people do (i believe) get offers without having interviews at those places. at oxbridge everyone who gets an offer has been interviewed.



Oh right. Interviews are silly, they should just stop people who's names beginning with.... 'D' going. Sorted.
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In the UK we do High school up to age 16. Then you can go get a job or do whatever you like.
Whilst Americans do their last 2 years of high school, UK can do sixth form/college, where you typically take A levels.

You do 3 subjects, and Oxford/Cambridge definitely require 3 A grades. And seeing as everyone who applies to those universities will have three A grades, it is a good idea to have something on your application to stand out, extra curricular activity and the like.


not especially. i mean, extracurriculars are useful but not essential. the most important thing is being really good at your subject and being very interested in it. if thats you, try it.
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#23
Bout interviews:

Just like most people said they will be around november/january. I got asked to an interview at cambridge, imperial and manchester, but other than oxbridge the interviews are just a sneaky way of getting students to come visit the uni (i got an offer from manchester even though i didn't go to their interview).

As to the loans you will have to fill a out a great big form and then everything taken care for you. In my case they have already stated that they will pay, but the payment dates are given as beginning of february and the 2nd at the beginning of june.

As to getting into oxbridge it actually depends on your course as well. Other than having to be top in your subject area (and in general as well) you might sometimes be asked for additional exams (ie STEP papers for maths). My friend had the highest grade average from our school in the year (94.6%, which is extremely high considering that in our school everybody has 2 languages, hist, geo, philosophy and loads of other compulsory subjects along with their subjects of choice), he had an offer from cambridge, but he messed up the STEP papers and was rejected in the end. But on other courses people from my school get in with averages slightly above 85% so it is hard, but it can be extremely hard especially for those applying to courses like medicine, law or maths (even though not a popular choice cambridge is one of the leading unis in the world for maths and thats why its so hard) etc.
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I am starting Computer Science at Durham next week, and I was interviewd by 3 of my 5 choices. Quite a few subjects will involve an interview.

Regarding loans, you get a loan for the exact amount of your tuition fees, then a maximum of 6,200 in combined loans (must be paid back) and grants (free monies).
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Quote by Gurgle!Argh!
it isn't easy, but its not impossible. if you are going to be predicted 3As for a level, you should apply. worst comes to the worst, you don't get in. its worth taking the risk because (and i'm sure this will offend pretty much everyone) the quality of teaching you receive is almost certainly the best in the country, if not the world. one on one tutorials with leading academics are pretty great.


3 A's?
Would that be the same as 3 Distinctions? Becuase the grades in my College are Pass, Merit, Distinction.

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3 A's?
Would that be the same as 3 Distinctions? Becuase the grades in my College are Pass, Merit, Distinction.

xx


i couldn't say for sure what the equivalent of an A is, or if there is one; the qualifications you're studying for might not even be accepted by oxford or cambridge. if you're in the uk and you aren't doing a levels, ib or scottish highers, you probably aren't on the right track to go oxbridge. can't say for certain though. although that said, if you're in wales you might be doing the welsh bac, but i don't know anything about that. i assumed it works like the ib but i might be wrong.
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