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Year 12 students had a sample of life at Bristol University thanks to a taster day.

 "As one of the Russell Group of universities, Bristol is oversubscribed and selective in its choice of students," explained Careers co-ordinator Mrs Parker.

"That's why it was so useful to have a clear explanation as to the skills and qualities that the university looks for in its applicants."

Commitment to a subject, enthusiasm and an appreciation of what the course entails and why you want to study it emerged as a top priority said Mrs Parker.

"So too were reading and research beyond the syllabus, intellectual curiosity and analytical skills.

"As well as academic skills, admissions tutors look for other interests such as hobbies, volunteering, mentoring and work experience."

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The second session of the day on 26 June 2015 looked at the UCAS application process and the all-important personal statement.

"Different elements of the application are scored including the personal statement and tutor reference and if invited for interview that too attracts a score. 

"Students were advised to include recent evidence and examples to back up discussion of their skills.

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"The third session was a choice of mini-lecture from a range of subjects including Maths, Engineering, Drugs Policy and a Physics lecture which involved ice cream!"

Students finished the day with a guided tour of some of the University buildings and facilities from current undergraduates.

"It was a very valuable experience for our students," said Mrs Parker. "A good day was had by all."

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