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    Classics is offered at Oxford, why would someone with that capability choose a barely top-35 university?
    OP doesn't want to do classics.
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    (Original post by senpaipoppy)
    I don't want to take a gap year and I don't want to change what course I'm studying. I'm genuinely really excited to have chosen Nutrition and food science, it's exactly what I want to study and I don't like the look of anything else. I don't want to spend 3 years studying something I don't want to do, accumulating debt and then have to go and do a masters when I already know what I want to do as an undergrad. Also, the career prospects as a food science graduate are actually really good.
    speaking from experience a highly specially bachelors is not worth it even if you think you know what you want to do right now that may be different in 3 years. If you're deadset on food science however, neither university will hurt you much so choose whichever you prefer.
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    speaking from experience a highly specially bachelors is not worth it even if you think you know what you want to do right now that may be different in 3 years. If you're deadset on food science however, neither university will hurt you much so choose whichever you prefer.
    I do understand what you are saying, it's just as a food science graduate there are quite a lot of jobs that you can do and though it is specialised it doesn't restrict you in terms of employment prospects. It's also considered to be a life science as it involves the study of living organisms so I would still have a lot of postgrad opportunities open to me if I realised later on it wasn't something I wanted to pursue a career in
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    (Original post by senpaipoppy)
    I do understand what you are saying, it's just as a food science graduate thenre are quite a lot of jobs that you can do and though it is specialised it doesn't restrict you in terms of employment prospects. It's also considered to be a life science as it involves the study of living organisms so I would still have a lot of postgrad opportunities open to me if I realised later on it wasn't something I wanted to pursue a career in
    Yeah I understand you I did a specialised degre myself (though much broader than food sci) and having been through the system always advise against such specialism.

    That being said you seem passionate and well informed about the subject area so go for it. Regarding which university to choose, both are on par with each other go with the one that best fits you.
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    (Original post by Oilfreak1)
    Yeah I understand you I did a specialised degre myself (though much broader than food sci) and having been through the system always advise against such specialism.

    That being said you seem passionate and well informed about the subject area so go for it. Regarding which university to choose, both are on par with each other go with the one that best fits you.
    Thank you. I spent years trying to find something that interested me and when I found this I knew it was exactly what I was looking for and there is nothing else I would rather do. Can I ask what degree did you do?
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    (Original post by senpaipoppy)
    Thank you. I spent years trying to find something that interested me and when I found this I knew it was exactly what I was looking for and there is nothing else I would rather do. Can I ask what degree did you do?
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    (Original post by Trapz99)
    OP doesn't want to do classics.
    Was speaking about an earlier story given about another student.
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    (Original post by Oilfreak1)
    Petroleum Engineering
    Oh, interesting. My brother was considering doing that but in the end he decided to just go with chemical engineering
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    (Original post by senpaipoppy)
    Oh, interesting. My brother was considering doing that but in the end he decided to just go with chemical engineering
    That's what I recommend to anyone considering petroleum engineering.
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    Good uni, terrible town.
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    (Original post by Reue)
    Good uni, terrible town.
    Is the town really that bad? I went to the town centre a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was pretty good but tbf I live in a pretty awful town so I don't have much to compare it with
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    Literally think I've just found a twin I'm also predicted a*aa and want to do nutrition and food science (like you as soon as I found out this was a thing I wanted to do it). I was between reading and Surrey and like you thought that reading facility's were really good I also loved the campus but Surrey is higher on the league table. I felt like reading may be a little below my potential but in the end decided to firm reading because I love the uni and feel I'll be happier here. Also reading has a accredited food and nutrition course most the other units don't. Let me know if you chose to firm reading as we may end up on the same course


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    (Original post by Hollyht)
    Literally think I've just found a twin I'm also predicted a*aa and want to do nutrition and food science (like you as soon as I found out this was a thing I wanted to do it). I was between reading and Surrey and like you thought that reading facility's were really good I also loved the campus but Surrey is higher on the league table. I felt like reading may be a little below my potential but in the end decided to firm reading because I love the uni and feel I'll be happier here. Also reading has a accredited food and nutrition course most the other units don't. Let me know if you chose to firm reading as we may end up on the same course


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    That's amazing! Yeah I have decided to firm Reading because it's still seems like a relatively good uni and the facilities were really good. Also they have been recently accredited by the IFST as well so I think their nutrition and food science course might be the only course in the country that is accredited by both the AfN and the IFST which is amazing and means there is good knowledge of both nutrition and food science in the course which I'm really keen about!
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    Yay course buddy's 😎haha do you know what accommodation your going for ?


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    Yay course buddy's 😎haha do you know what accommodation your going for ?


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    Not sure yet, was thinking somewhere like Bridges shared bathroom. I saw complete university guide have published their results for 2017 and for food science Reading has gone from 6th place to 8th place and that has gotten me worried that I have made the wrong decision?
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    I saw that too today but tbh I feel like if you're a hard worker you'll do well wherever you go and I've spoken to quite a few people who study nutrition and food science there and they all seem to love it.Also bear in mind the intake each year for this course is low so if they have a few students that didn't do as well it would make a significant difference to the stats.


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    I saw that too today but tbh I feel like if you're a hard worker you'll do well wherever you go and I've spoken to quite a few people who study nutrition and food science there and they all seem to love it.Also bear in mind the intake each year for this course is low so if they have a few students that didn't do as well it would make a significant difference to the stats.


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    Thank you so much, you really helped reassure me. I had a proper look at the league tables and tbh for most categories like research intensity and quality, they are actually one of the best. The only thing that seemed to put them down was the graduate prospects but the issue with that is that most of the unis it is being compared to offer dietetics, which has a really high employment rate I think, so it makes sense that Reading will look bad compared to them I guess
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    Yeah and when you compare the percentage of people getting at least a 2:1at reading its 90% but at Surrey (top of the table ) it's 78% ish


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    You really need to forget everything the league tables are telling you to be honest. They're made up of opinions from people who've probably never actually been to the universities anyway. What you want to be looking at is the results from the National Student Survey, which is done every year by final year students and evaluates how they feel about their course, the staff, the halls, the town itself, the campus, and the career prospects.
    Reading is one of the top universities in the country for Food Science, so I really don't think you're punching below your weight here. Also, most of the people I know here got three A's at A level or higher - I don't really know many people with any grades below a B. You should maybe think about adjusting your attitude if you think that you're "too good" for Reading, because the difficulty of a course is not impacted by the university's reputation - you will have to work hard wherever you go. Plus, a Food Science degree from Reading, who have a great reputation for it, will be a lot more attractive to employers than a Food Science degree from a uni with a higher overall position on a league table but a more average reputation for your particular course.
    The percentage of people gaining 2:1 degrees is not the university's fault, by the way. It's entirely up to the student how they do, because it's so independent. That means 90% of Reading students work hard enough to get a 2:1. which is pretty impressive when you think about it.
    One last thing - I'm in St George's halls, standard en suite, and I love it! There are hardly any mature students and all the international students are in the same block, so everyone else is really sociable, and the JCR who run events and organise Freshers are amazing (I should know, 3 of them are my flatmates ), and there's always something going on. Plus the rooms are the newest standard en suite rooms at the uni.
    Good luck in your exams!
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    One last thing - I'm in St George's halls, standard en suite, and I love it! There are hardly any mature students and all the international students are in the same block, so everyone else is really sociable.
    Yo, this might be a strange question but, are international students always placed together? I'm going to be one next year and I'm totally not interested to be put with all the other internationals. one of the main reasons I'm coming to the UK is to integrate myself with the English community. Not stick with the other foreigners :P

    Do I have a choice?
 
 
 
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