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    Hi,I just received my AS results ofA- GeographyA- SociologyB- English LanguageB- Government and Politics I'm hoping to apply for a BA Geography course for 2017/18 entry. I have my sights set on either Newcastle or Durham however I will also be applying to Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.I would need A*AA for Durham and AAB for Newcastle. Having been to open days I really enjoyed both Newcastle and Durham for completely different reasons. I absolutely love the traditional vibe of Durham and I think the college system is a really good idea (I would be applying to Hatfield). However, I am worried about the ability for me to get a job as I was hoping I would be able to get a job within the SU or local bars but these seemed slightly disappointing in Durham. On the other hand, I love the social side of Newcastle and the accommodation as well. To be honest, I completely fell in love with the he city. I feel as though it would be easier for me to get a job in somewhere like Newcastle as opposed to Durham. I love both courses equally which makes my decision even harder, even though clearly the Durham course if more highly rated. This does matter to me in a way as I hope to eventually apply for a graduate GDL scheme which is extremely competitive with graduates of all disciplines.So, I have a few questions for whoever may be able to give me some answers?1. Is it possible to get in/is it even worth me applying to Durham with these AS grades?2. Is it hard to find a job in Durham?3. Is Newcastle still a highly rated uni among employers?4. Where should I go?!?!?🤔Thanks in Advance

    First of all, I'd suggest leaving the decisions of which uni you'll choose as firm/insurance until you get your offers! You seem to have decided on the five to put on your UCAS form, so that's great for now.

    1) I'd definitely recommend having one 'reach' choice where you'd almost be surprised if you did get in, but would love to go to. Durham sounds a little like this from what you'd said. Then the others you'd probably expect to get into given your grades; it makes for a good balance.

    If you only apply to places you know you'll get into, you could underestimate yourself. You never know what the admissions tutors will see in you.

    2) I'm at Durham at the moment. Of my friends, several of us work in college bars (though it is competitive), a couple work in shops in Durham and a couple more work in shops in Newcastle. Just looking at the uni jobs portal I can see a few customer service jobs open.

    That being said, it is a relatively small city. There are fewer jobs around, but also a smaller population.

    3) Yes, it's a very good uni.

    4) Decide once you actually have offers and, preferably, have visited your top choices.
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