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  • Upload your UCAS Personal Statement to a StudyZones UCAS expert who will provide detailed feedback and editing where needed.

  • After spending time revising and enhancing your essay with your editors suggestions in mind, you can upload a new draft for a second round of editing and critique. All subsequent drafts to this revised draft are priced at £4.99 per uploaded draft.

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  • Access to over 300 example UCAS Personal Statements critiqued and edited by a UCAS expert

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For example, one StudyZones UCAS expert was Head of Economics and Politics at Tonbridge School (one of the leading boys' boarding schools in the country and is highly respected internationally) between 1981 and 2001, as well as Head of Sixth Form. In the latter capacity he was responsible for the administration of applications to university through UCAS, and has advised generations of students on course and university choices, on the completion of their application forms, on their gap year plans, and on their preparation for interviews, including those at Oxford and Cambridge colleges.

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What about Oxbridge applications?

We do accept Oxbridge Personal Statements and uploads will be allocated to a Oxbridge UCAS expert.

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StudyZones UCAS Services

Access to over 300 UCAS Personal statements editing and critiqued by the experts

Examples

Gain access to over 370 example UCAS Personal Statements covering a diverse range of subject areas. Every UCAS Personal Statement has been critiqued and edited by a UCAS expert, with every draft uploaded being improved upon until the final draft is ready for submission to UCAS.
You will also gain access to a comprehensive 100 page 'E-Guide to Application to British Universities' written by a StudyZones UCAS expert who has advised generations of students on the UCAS application process.

Editing

Upload your UCAS Personal Statement to a StudyZones UCAS expert who will provide detailed feedback and editing where needed.
StudyZones UCAS Personal Statement Editing and Feedback upload service
Our UCAS experts have over 20 years experience with university applications within academic institutions as full time teachers where they have been responsible for the administration of applications to university through UCAS, advising generations of students on course and university choices, on the completion of their application forms, personal statement, on their gap year plans, and on their preparation for interviews, including those at Oxford and Cambridge colleges.
After spending time revising and enhancing your essay with your editors suggestions in mind, you can upload a new draft for a second round of editing and critique for as little as £9.99 per uploaded draft. During this time you can ask your UCAS expert any questions you may have, and your Personal Statements will never be made public. This service is also packaged with over 300 example UCAS Personal Statements. Every UCAS Personal Statement has been critiqued and edited by a UCAS expert, with every draft uploaded being improved upon until the final draft is ready for submission to UCAS. As a a bonus, you will also receive a comprehensive 100 page 'E-Guide to Application to British Universities'.

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Economics at top Universities

Asked by mary26 | Aug 27, 2008
mary26
Q: Hi, I recieved very disappointing AS results: A-Maths B-Economics C-Chemistry C-Physics I want to apply to top unis such as Warwick, UCL for economics. I am planning to decline my grades for Physics (not certificated yet) and do some retakes. Will unis see this and think the worst automatically? Also, what are my chances? Thanks
Answer:

The relevant issues are:

1. Your GCSE results. Given that all the top universities tend to expect a minimum of six A or A star grades; if you have these, then you may still be in with a chance. If not, rejection in a subject as competitive as Economics is virtually automatic.

2. The type of school you attend. If it is an independent school, the odds are stacked against you.

3. What your referee wrires. He/she will need to be able to predict A grades in ALL subjects.

There might be something to be said for ducking the issue this year and applying after A level. If all goes to plan, you would then have three A grades, and the AS results would become irrelevant.

If you are going to apply this autumn for 2009, bear in mind that many of the top universities are nowadays insisting on being told your scores on individual modules. You would be very sensible to confine your choices of top universities to no more than two, and then to go for less illustrious universities with your other choices - essentially those offering BBB or equivalent. The alternative is to combine Economics with another subject, and look for courses with lower grade offers. Some Business Studies/Management courses also fit into this category. If you do go down the pure Economics route, you will certainly need a brilliant Personal Statement, focusing largely upon your interest in and aptitude for the more mathematical aspects of Economics. I can look at a draft in due course. Wanting a Gap Year would place you at a disadvantage - so if this is your plan, very definitely wait to apply next year.

I hope this is helpful. You need to be realistic and review carefully the various options.

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