another mother wrote:
She has three definitely in mind - all hideously over subscribed - but also wants to put down an English only course at Bristol (can't do Eng with French, though can do either with all sorts of other subjects!) -again it will be massively competitve. This is partly because she likes the city but mostly because she likes the course. Is it entirely pointless to apply and is there a way that she can send a covering note explaining why she is doing this and how much she likes the course? Or will they just think she is flakey?! Durham have a great system where you can do a personalised statement which does at least allow you to respond to exactly what is in the course there. Any tips on how to cover this in a P S.?
Many universities have excellent language centres http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sml/afl/french/
and encourage all undergraduates to either continue a language they have studies or start a new one - maybe can write the PS enthusing enough about French to cover both it being part of the degree (elsewhere) or private learning (Bristol) . Agree re the PS.... silly that they have to cover all bases, like a sausage factory...
Medics can only apply to 4 unis so what do they do for the fifth??? Durham as you say do separate PS if appropriate and I think Cambridge too.
She is also very keen on Scotland - where of course she'd be able to do two years of both subjects plus a n other and then either continue both or specialise without it being double the workload - but then she'll have double the debt of the majority of students so that's not ideal either.. not sure it will be fun to be with a whole bunch of non paying students. And it makes a very long course if you have a year abroad in the middle.
I think the best unis in scotland will be full of english students!! so don't worry - also any language course at Edinburgh is still four years like in England.. they rely on some academic work being done on the year abroad. St Andrews is 4 or 5 depending on what you decide to do on year abroad - if it is academic then that year counts and the course becomes 4 years.
re the fees - don't think they have announced amount yet - even if more than 7k may be better on a course there.