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My Warwick Film and TV Admissions Experience

Ellie Upton United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Film and TV Studies, Disability
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Hi everyone!

Today I want to talk about my personal experience of the Warwick Film and TV admissions process- specifically the essay writing and interview parts. Excuse me if my memory is a little hazy in regard to some of the details, it all happened quite a while ago now!

Some time after I submitted my application on UCAS, I received an email letting me know that it had passed the first part of the selection process. This was a really exciting email to receive but what came next was slightly unnerving. The email told me that I needed to submit a 1500 word essay on a film related topic of my choice, in order to give the university a sample of my writing. This seems like such a small amount of words to me now but at the time the prospect was quite scary! Since I received the email around Christmas time 2017 (on my birthday to be exact), I decided to write on It’s A Wonderful Life (1946). I can’t remember exactly what I wrote, but I bet it wasn’t that great! Although it my have been daunting, I really think that having to write an admission essay helped to prepare me for the essays to come.

The essay I wrote also played a somewhat crucial role on my interview day, as it acted as a basis for some of the conversation. Speaking of the interview, this was the less daunting of the two tasks. I’m only speaking for myself, but since I like to talk I had no problem with having a discussion about why I wanted to study at Warwick. From what I can remember, the interview was very informal and gave me a chance to have a chat to one of the people who would actually go on to teach me this year! At no point did I feel pressured or nervous, it was a very positive experience. The interview lasted around 20 minutes, but it actually felt much shorter than that!

I think that the whole process really helped to open my eyes to some of the differences between school and university. Not that this was a negative thing! The fact that I had to work that bit harder to be accepted onto the course demonstrates what high standards the university has.

I hope that my musings on the Warwick Film and TV admissions process has made for an interesting read. I’m not sure if what I experienced is still the admissions procedure, but good luck to those attending offer holder days in the near future. I look forward to seeing you around the department!

Ellie Upton United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Film and TV Studies, Disability
Find out more about me Contact Ellie
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    Jackie

    Hi Ellie! My interview is coming up soon and I’m pretty nervous about it as I don’t really know what to expect. Do you have any tips for the process?

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    • Ellie Upton
      Ellie Upton Film & TV

      Hi Jackie!

      Thanks for reading my post, I hope that it was useful! My tips for the process would be:

      1. Be yourself- the tutors really just want to have an informal chat with you. Don’t try to be something you’re not, that’s not what they’re looking for!

      2. Listen to what they ask you- don’t try and rush through the process. Take your time with your answers and don’t answer the question that you want to be asked, listen to what they say.

      3. Think about the Films/TV that you’ve been enjoying recently- they might want to discuss this with you.

      I hope these tips are useful and good luck- you’ll be fine!

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      Jackie

      Thank you for your advice! I hope you don’t mind me asking what offer you received? Btw, this was really helpful as I didn’t really know what to expect. 🙂

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    • Ellie Upton
      Ellie Upton Film & TV

      Hi Jackie,

      You’re welcome! My offer was Distinction, B, B.

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    Kirspyblast

    This was very helpful , i have my interview coming up tomorrow could you just tell me what to expect as in what type of questions did they ask you ??

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