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    OK so I really want to decide what university to go to. I am stuck between two. Tbh it would of been three, Bristol UWE, but I was on a run down campus (St Matthias) that was due to be knocked down the following year and I wanted to be on the main campus for the accommodation.

    So I'll give a bit of background. Basically I got 4-Alevels at ABBC and one AS Level, I did go to the University of Birmingham this year to study History but I got ill and had to leave for medical reasons (also I found it near to impossible since I didn't study History at A-Level, only to GCSE level) so I REALLY WANT to pick the right course and the right university this time. Don't get me wrong I loved Birmingham and the uni but the courses that are available there don't suit my interests.

    Now this time around I've gotta pick between two universities - Red Brick Russell Group University of Liverpool vs Ex-Polytechnic Birmingham City. However the Ex-Poly is better for the course on league tables and it's also a 'Media Skillset Academy' (whatever that means) and obviously the RG is a better uni overall.

    Birmingham City University - 'Media and Communications (Broad Course)'
    Entry requirements BBC.


    Pros:
    - Practical and theory based so both skills are practised, makes me more skilled?
    - Entry requirements lower so shows that I might excel on the course and have more chance of a 2:1 or 1:1
    - Out of 1200 applications for 110 places, I got an unconditional without being interviewed or bringing in a piece of my work which the majority of people had to do even to get a conditional place.
    - Professional Studies modules that are compulsory to teach you life skills on how to write a CV/act at an interview for a Media-related job.
    - Compulsory work experience - great for my CV and for general media experience.
    - I loved the city and I know my way around it from being at the other University.
    - Two of my best friends happen to go here (however this will NOT sway my choice in any shape or form)
    - Accommodation is 3-5 minute walk from lectures.

    Cons:
    - Ex-Poly and being accepted and attending such a world-leading RG, I'd feel a bit like I've let my standards slip maybe?
    - If I don't want to do practical modules, I don't have a choice as it is 50 percent practical and 50 percent theory.
    - More time consuming work load because of the practical modules.
    - Campus is in not the nicest part of Birmingham.
    - Grades are lower than I received.
    - The Uni doesn't really have a good reputation.
    - Other people that I know that have gone to the uni (although to do another course) haven't done A-Levels and quite often are mature and got through via HND or foundation courses.
    - Always seen as the worse one out of the three main Unis in Birmingham.


    University of Liverpool - 'Communications, Media and Popular Music'
    Entry requirements ABB.


    Pros:
    - Russell Group and Red Brick Uni like before, would feel quite homely.
    - I earnt those A-Level Grades and will be amongst others that have.
    - Course can be applied to many other jobs other than media due to the 'communications' side which is greatly like English Language.
    - Have the feeling of studying three disciplines rather than one.
    - Good reputation in the country and globally.
    - In a hussling and bussling city.
    - New city to explore.
    - Family would be proud again if I went here and could say "My daughter goes here"
    - High-earning next door neighbours went here.

    Cons:
    - 4.5-5 hours journey from my house.
    - Course offers NO practical elements.
    - Course doesn't feel like a media course, more like an English Language-focused one.
    - Involves elements of A-Level English which I HATED and scored very badly on - so will history repeat itself?
    - Looks a bit more boring.
    - People may be far more intelligent than me.
    - Accommodation is far away from campus meaning I'd have to bus EVERY DAY and get up earlier.



    I know this is long-winded but if you have the time and/or chance, or even if you're in a similar situation to me. Help me?

    THANKS!
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    Before you completely disregard UWE, I am there right now. My subject is situtated on St Matts, yet I live on Frenchay. Its about a 10 minute bus journey and alot of first years who's subject is on st matts, live on frenchay.
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    I would pick Liverpool.
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    I would pick Liverpool.
    Thanks Tbh it most probably will but what are your reasons why I should go there?
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    (Original post by my9rides)
    Before you completely disregard UWE, I am there right now. My subject is situtated on St Matts, yet I live on Frenchay. Its about a 10 minute bus journey and alot of first years who's subject is on st matts, live on frenchay.
    See that's not too bad, that's what REALLY put me off but now thinking about it, halls at Liverpool are a 20+ minute bus ride so yeah! Do you like UWE? I loved it when I was there...
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    (Original post by sophiekatina)
    See that's not too bad, that's what REALLY put me off but now thinking about it, halls at Liverpool are a 20+ minute bus ride so yeah! Do you like UWE? I loved it when I was there...
    Yeh I do like it and if thats the only thing putting you off, then I genuinely think you should reconsider. Most live on Frenchay anyway, and besides having to get up a bit earlier in the mornings to catch the bus, it really isnt a big deal as it is literally 10 minutes away. I also saw in the 2011 prospectus, that theyre moving nearly all the St Matts subjects to Frenchay this September. Do you mind me asking what you want to study?
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    Definitely Liverpool. Not only does BCU have a pretty dire reputation, after first year you'd end up living in a really unsavoury part of Birmingham. I've heard the teaching's not great either.
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    (Original post by sophiekatina)
    OK so I really want to decide what university to go to. I am stuck between two. Tbh it would of been three, Bristol UWE, but I was on a run down campus (St Matthias) that was due to be knocked down the following year and I wanted to be on the main campus for the accommodation.

    So I'll give a bit of background. Basically I got 4-Alevels at ABBC and one AS Level, I did go to the University of Birmingham this year to study History but I got ill and had to leave for medical reasons (also I found it near to impossible since I didn't study History at A-Level, only to GCSE level) so I REALLY WANT to pick the right course and the right university this time. Don't get me wrong I loved Birmingham and the uni but the courses that are available there don't suit my interests.

    Now this time around I've gotta pick between two universities - Red Brick Russell Group University of Liverpool vs Ex-Polytechnic Birmingham City. However the Ex-Poly is better for the course on league tables and it's also a 'Media Skillset Academy' (whatever that means) and obviously the RG is a better uni overall.

    Birmingham City University - 'Media and Communications (Broad Course)'
    Entry requirements BBC.


    Pros:
    - Practical and theory based so both skills are practised, makes me more skilled?
    - Entry requirements lower so shows that I might excel on the course and have more chance of a 2:1 or 1:1
    - Out of 1200 applications for 110 places, I got an unconditional without being interviewed or bringing in a piece of my work which the majority of people had to do even to get a conditional place.
    - Professional Studies modules that are compulsory to teach you life skills on how to write a CV/act at an interview for a Media-related job.
    - Compulsory work experience - great for my CV and for general media experience.
    - I loved the city and I know my way around it from being at the other University.
    - Two of my best friends happen to go here (however this will NOT sway my choice in any shape or form)
    - Accommodation is 3-5 minute walk from lectures.

    Cons:
    - Ex-Poly and being accepted and attending such a world-leading RG, I'd feel a bit like I've let my standards slip maybe?
    - If I don't want to do practical modules, I don't have a choice as it is 50 percent practical and 50 percent theory.
    - More time consuming work load because of the practical modules.
    - Campus is in not the nicest part of Birmingham.
    - Grades are lower than I received.
    - The Uni doesn't really have a good reputation.
    - Other people that I know that have gone to the uni (although to do another course) haven't done A-Levels and quite often are mature and got through via HND or foundation courses.
    - Always seen as the worse one out of the three main Unis in Birmingham.


    University of Liverpool - 'Communications, Media and Popular Music'
    Entry requirements ABB.


    Pros:
    - Russell Group and Red Brick Uni like before, would feel quite homely.
    - I earnt those A-Level Grades and will be amongst others that have.
    - Course can be applied to many other jobs other than media due to the 'communications' side which is greatly like English Language.
    - Have the feeling of studying three disciplines rather than one.
    - Good reputation in the country and globally.
    - In a hussling and bussling city.
    - New city to explore.
    - Family would be proud again if I went here and could say "My daughter goes here"
    - High-earning next door neighbours went here.

    Cons:
    - 4.5-5 hours journey from my house.
    - Course offers NO practical elements.
    - Course doesn't feel like a media course, more like an English Language-focused one.
    - Involves elements of A-Level English which I HATED and scored very badly on - so will history repeat itself?
    - Looks a bit more boring.
    - People may be far more intelligent than me.
    - Accommodation is far away from campus meaning I'd have to bus EVERY DAY and get up earlier.



    I know this is long-winded but if you have the time and/or chance, or even if you're in a similar situation to me. Help me?

    THANKS!
    ok, by the sounds of things, the only reason you would go to Liverpool would be due to it's prestige & the fact that you feel your parents will appreciate you more if you go there. It sounds like you really love the course content at Birmingham city uni. Would you say you love the sound of the course at Liverpool? To me it doesn't sound that way, but you're a better judge of that. If you go to Liverpool and realise you hate the course, what will you do then?. Go for the place which suits you best, prestige can only bring you so much happiness.
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    Liverpool > Birmingham all day long.
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    I'd go with Liverpool as the university itself is better ranked and it is a campus university where you are all on one campus which is great for socialising - BCU is multi campus.

    I appreciate your comments about the BCU course being more practical but you can often get this practical experience yourself through student societies (campus TV, radio etc), part-time jobs, placements and internships. The more academic course together with the practical experience that you secure for yourself would seem to be a great combination.
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    I would pick Birmingham city university because they are more practical applications to the working world, and as yopu stated you have a better chance of getting a 2:1 or 1. At the end of the day if you got an unconditional offer from Birmingham city, then that is really good, there must be something about you that made then pick you. I say pick happiness over these prestige universities, because it is all about doing what you want to do
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    Probably meet a wider cross section of people at L'pool - the post 92's tend to have more locals.

    IMO being housed 5 mins from the lecture theatre is overrated - unless you've got a disability or something.

    - Involves elements of A-Level English
    beg pardon
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    (Original post by my9rides)
    Yeh I do like it and if thats the only thing putting you off, then I genuinely think you should reconsider. Most live on Frenchay anyway, and besides having to get up a bit earlier in the mornings to catch the bus, it really isnt a big deal as it is literally 10 minutes away. I also saw in the 2011 prospectus, that theyre moving nearly all the St Matts subjects to Frenchay this September. Do you mind me asking what you want to study?
    Yeah I'd want to live on Frenchay so I'd get used to it you know and plus St Matts was nice self-contained campus but if it was being knocked down I don't wanna live there! I'd be at St Matts in the first year then I'd be relocated to the big media building in the second year. I would want to study 'Media and Cultural Studies' and the entry requirements are 320 UCAS points which is quite good and high I suppose
    No if it's 10 minutes that doesn't bother me thinking about it. Also is the bus pass free with the accommodation? Are you living there currently and if so where?
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    (Original post by ConorMC)
    ok, by the sounds of things, the only reason you would go to Liverpool would be due to it's prestige & the fact that you feel your parents will appreciate you more if you go there. It sounds like you really love the course content at Birmingham city uni. Would you say you love the sound of the course at Liverpool? To me it doesn't sound that way, but you're a better judge of that. If you go to Liverpool and realise you hate the course, what will you do then?. Go for the place which suits you best, prestige can only bring you so much happiness.
    I think I can only truly judge when I get there. I went to a redbrick before and you know I find it hard to sort of 'lower my standards' (please don't take offence, it isn't supposed to be an offensive claim) to a lesser well-known, ex-poly.

    The course at Liverpool is ok, I suppose it's manageable but I don't think I'd enjoy some of the modules and there's no practical element to it like BCU's. Although I am quite an academic person, to do a bit of practical work will give me a 'diversity' than doing purely academic studies and may turn out to be more employable to media companies.

    However I think if I went to Uni of Liverpool I'd have a much better chance of getting a job than if I went to BCU that's really what I think. I'd probably enjoy BCU's course more but I think I've gotta think of the future.
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    (Original post by SemperVivum)
    I'd go with Liverpool as the university itself is better ranked and it is a campus university where you are all on one campus which is great for socialising - BCU is multi campus.

    I appreciate your comments about the BCU course being more practical but you can often get this practical experience yourself through student societies (campus TV, radio etc), part-time jobs, placements and internships. The more academic course together with the practical experience that you secure for yourself would seem to be a great combination.
    Agreed nearly sole heartedly however there's still that inkling feeling about liking BCU and whatever. I suppose I just want to make the right choice...
 
 
 
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