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mumblechum1 Fri 12-Oct-12 09:24:31

When are people's DCs planning on finalising their personal statements, with a view to getting the UCAS applns sent off?

DS's school have done the grade predictions but as far as I know haven't done the reference bit yet.

DS has done the first draft of his PS, has feedback from his tutor and is aiming to polish it up this weekend.

<<prays everyone isn't going to post that their DCs applicacations were submitted to UCAS last month and have already got their offers>> wink

FrankensteinWippery Sat 13-Oct-12 18:25:17

DD2 did hers a couple of weeks ago. She has said since she was bloody 7 what she wants to do and it would appear that she's going to do it! She's 18 today and her mind has never changed since the day she announced she wants to be a lawyer. She'll bloody do it too. Hoping for Oxford, back up choices are LSE, Bristol (where DD1 has just started) and Exeter.

FrankensteinWippery Sat 13-Oct-12 18:25:47

And, yes, she did put her grades in.

TessCowDirect Sat 13-Oct-12 18:31:20

DS2 hopes to get into Film Production.

He is a budding Steven Spielberg grin

ISingSoprano Sat 13-Oct-12 19:09:55

Ds just told me they have the choice of putting either AS module scores or overall grades. Disclaimer - the information source may not be entirely reliable.... grin

Chopchopbusybusy Sat 13-Oct-12 19:29:40

DDs college recommends that they submit their forms this Friday. DD was dreading doing her personal statement but it is now complete. She is still considering her five choices.
I'll be pleased once it's done then she can forget about it for the moment.

senua Sat 13-Oct-12 20:00:08

so do you mean he's decided not to bother going to Uni as he doesnt think the salary difference will be worth the cost of going?

Pretty much. He was going to do a second-tier subject at a second-tier University, with no idea of what he would do for a living after that.
He is now going to do a Gap Year, to give himself time to think. I've told him that there is no hurry - he can go/not-go for several years yet. It will be better to get some RL experience under his belt to find what floats his boat.

I was discussing it with DS today and he sort-of agrees but he realises that it's very difficult to go back to studying once you've tasted paid employment.

mumblechum1 Sun 14-Oct-12 09:06:56

A lot of DS's friends are taking Gap years, even though they're at GS so are aiming pretty high in terms of RG Unis and high-ranking courses. Not really sure why.

DS messed up his ASs so will be looking at 2nd tier Unis, plus one RG, but he doesn't want to do a Gap Year, he knows he wants to go in the Army as an officer after Uni so just wants to get on with it.

3boys1cat Sun 14-Oct-12 12:19:18

DS1's UCAS form was completed by him on Friday. Not sure if the school have done their bit yet, but he's put Cambridge as one of his choices so they know it has to be done by tomorrow. Just have to sit back and wait for the offers to roll in.....

Can't believe they haven't come up with a way to modernise the system so that you can apply once you have your results rather than spend Year 13 biting your fingernails and making decisions based on what MIGHT happen rather than what actually HAS happened. UCAS applications might be online now, but they aren't making use of the power of the internet to speed up the process at all IYKWIM.

Ponders Sun 14-Oct-12 12:41:25

It used to be done like that in the bad old days, didn't it? Or just sometimes, maybe...I was at grammar school in the 1960s & there was a 3rd year of 6th form when they did Oxford entry exams & university interviews, after A levels.

OneHandFlapping Sun 14-Oct-12 12:55:08

Ponders, it was only Oxbrodge that did the 7th term in the 6th form when I was that age (ie mid seventies), in order to study for the entrance exam. Even then, there was beginning to be a move to do the entrance exam in the 4th term, especially for sciences for some reason.

OneHandFlapping Sun 14-Oct-12 12:55:52

Oxbrodge!!! <rolls eyes at self>

Ponders Sun 14-Oct-12 13:25:49

grin at Oxbrodge

I was reading Gyles Brandreth's diaries recently - he went to Bedales, did Oxford exams & interview & had an interview at Reading in Nov/Dec of his 7th term (1966). He thought he'd done disastrously at the Oxford exams & interview & would have to go to Reading. What luck that he was wrong, eh? wink

It's a marvellous book btw - Something Sensational to read in the train - masses of intriguing revelations about household names, he knows everybody & got some of them exactly right on first meeting (Not J Savile though - "He's weird, but I think he means well" hmm)

noddyholder Sun 14-Oct-12 13:29:35

My ds has only chosen one which we will visit next month. Not many of his friends are going a lot have opted to have a gap year and try and find work/apprenticeships.About 4 yrs ago they all planned to go! Ds is already quite proficient at film has had a few films in shows etc and his teachers think the first year of a degree will bore him so we are prepared for him to leave.

noddyholder Sun 14-Oct-12 13:30:59

The personal statement will cause huge rows here as ds is the king of putting off

jessabell Sun 14-Oct-12 13:50:12

Daughter sent hers off last week. Her personal statement was done over the summer holidays. College read it a said it was fine. some of her friends were stuggling what to say. Now got a uni asking for art portfolio with a deadline in a fortnights time. She still going to open days for some of her choices. Was able to narrow them down to 5 in the end.

JustGettingByMum Sun 14-Oct-12 15:44:24

Form finally completed, and unis chosen. Exciting times!

DS has put in his AS grades (thanks for the reassurance)

mumblechum1 Sun 14-Oct-12 19:49:40

justgettingby did you actually see the physical form? I thought the students filled it all online and the teachers attached the reference? Also did you see your ds's reference before it went off?

mumblechum1 Sun 14-Oct-12 19:50:22

noddy I feel your pain. DS has just finally re-drafted his and sent it to his tutor.

JustGettingByMum Sun 14-Oct-12 20:14:41

DS accessed it from home to show me. Once we hit the send button, it goes to the school to attach their ref. school have said they will show the ref to students, DS will ask tomorrow

He is not sending it off for a couple of days, partly, in case he changes his mind again and partly because he wants it to be recorded as being sent after the Oxbridge deadline

Milliways Sun 14-Oct-12 20:54:38

DS gets to review his references this week and to check the factual information is correct. He is hoping to do Philosophy with Maths.

Milliways Wed 17-Oct-12 22:32:09

Well, everything is now marked as complete and I have just paid the £23 for him.

eatyourveg Sat 20-Oct-12 19:37:35

mumblechum we printed off ds1's application - one of the tabs shows you your application in full (minus the reference but school gave everyone a copy of what they had sent) From memory I think its under track which you won't be able to access until the application has gone in.

Milliways Thu 25-Oct-12 19:30:25

DS has been invited for an interview (Manchester), and begun to receive acknowledgements from the others. Some of his friends have had some offers already!

cinnamonnut Thu 25-Oct-12 22:22:52

I got an offer today wine

Pleaseandthankyou Thu 25-Oct-12 23:13:11


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