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After a late rejection from my top choice (Nottingham) I am left with the rather unfortunate dilema of chosing between Cardiff and York.
I went to the York open day and thought it was great, but missed the Cardiff one.

Did anyone here go to the Cardiff open day? if so, what sort of impression did it make on you?

I would appreciate any input from anyone who is studying at either uni, or who has been to the open days!

Please help!!!!!
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my friend went to cardiff last week n sed she wont be choosing it because the accomodation isnt good!! so i'd go for york!
im doing psychology aswell, havent heard anything from notts yet, when did u hear n what are ure predicted grades?
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my friend went to cardiff last week n sed she wont be choosing it because the accomodation isnt good!! so i'd go for york!
im doing psychology aswell, havent heard anything from notts yet, when did u hear n what are ure predicted grades?
I found out by looking on the UCAS site, I was predicted all A's, but I think my GCSE results must have been what let me down. Where are you applying?

My sister goes to Cardiff, and the Talybont accomodation was small, but all new so it was acceptable. With York theres a gamble (you could have either excellent or poor accom.) from what I saw.


edit: Sorry, I found out about Notts last week (16th)
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My friends seem to like York a lot.
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My friends seem to like York a lot.
I have to admit, it was a brilliant Psych dept, but the main negative factors are the distance and its not as nice a city as Cardiff (and also the fact you have to do a whole bunch of <groan> cognitive developmental psych in the 1st yr).

But How brilliant is the Cardiff dept? anyone? scale of 1-10???? :confused:
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I have to admit, it was a brilliant Psych dept, but the main negative factors are the distance and its not as nice a city as Cardiff (and also the fact you have to do a whole bunch of <groan> cognitive developmental psych in the 1st yr).

But How brilliant is the Cardiff dept? anyone? scale of 1-10???? :confused:
I wouldn't know
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After a late rejection from my top choice (Nottingham) I am left with the rather unfortunate dilema of chosing between Cardiff and York.
I went to the York open day and thought it was great, but missed the Cardiff one.

Did anyone here go to the Cardiff open day? if so, what sort of impression did it make on you?

I would appreciate any input from anyone who is studying at either uni, or who has been to the open days!

Please help!!!!!
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The Cardiff psychology department was brilliant, and it is one of the biggest in the country. The guy who did the presentation was really nice! It's going to be my first choice... Though I didn't realise the accomodation was bad (?!?!). I like the idea that Cardiff's psychology department tries to 'attract students with both science and humanity backgrounds' - so basically the course at Cardiff is less science-based than the one at York, so it may be down to which type of course you'd prefer.
I'd reccomend going to visit Cardiff even if it isn't an official open day before you make a decision as well.

Oh and incidently I also applied to York but am yet to hear a decision from them... I think I personally prefer Cardiff, even though York was gorgeous.
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The Cardiff psychology department was brilliant, and it is one of the biggest in the country. The guy who did the presentation was really nice! It's going to be my first choice... Though I didn't realise the accomodation was bad (?!?!). I like the idea that Cardiff's psychology department tries to 'attract students with both science and humanity backgrounds' - so basically the course at Cardiff is less science-based than the one at York, so it may be down to which type of course you'd prefer.
I'd reccomend going to visit Cardiff even if it isn't an official open day before you make a decision as well.

Oh and incidently I also applied to York but am yet to hear a decision from them... I think I personally prefer Cardiff, even though York was gorgeous.
Cheers Leaby, thats v helpful!

What sort of facilities where there at the dept? did you hear any testimonials from current students?

I wouldnt worry about the accom. Talybont halls are modern and so arent a problem. The rooms are a little on the small side, but are cozy enough (and are 200% better than the bad accom at york!)

I'm still in 2 minds tho. York is nice and quiet (i'm not much of a socialite!) and Cardiff does have the stadium (perfect for a Wales fan!). However, theyre both quite evenly balanced.
Does anyone know the sylabus for the cardiff course?
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Cheers Leaby, thats v helpful!

Was the department big? What sort of facilities where there?
I wouldnt worry about the accom. Talybont halls are modern and so arent a problem. The rooms are a little on the small side, but are cozy enough (and are 200% better than the bad accom at york!)

I'm still in 2 minds tho. York is nice and quiet (i'm not much of a socialite!) and Cardiff does have the stadium (perfect for a Wales fan!). However, theyre both quite evenly balanced.
Does anyone know the sylabus for the cardiff course?
The facilities were of very good standard - the department has its own cyber cafe and the building was very impressive - it looked nice on the outside but was modern on the inside. The student's union was also really good.
I'm probably going to apply to University Hall - I know it's about a million miles away from the campus but it looks really nice, plus it seems to have the best facilities. I'm not bothered about the room's being small as ANYTHING is bigger than my bedroom at the moment! As for York's accomodation I only saw the good stuff!!
Ha you sound just like me - I enjoy socialising but not in a 'wild' sort of way, and so don't want to go anywhere where there is loads of emphasis on nightlife. I don't think you'll find that in either Cardiff or York!
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After a late rejection from my top choice (Nottingham) I am left with the rather unfortunate dilema of chosing between Cardiff and York.
I went to the York open day and thought it was great, but missed the Cardiff one.

Did anyone here go to the Cardiff open day? if so, what sort of impression did it make on you?

I would appreciate any input from anyone who is studying at either uni, or who has been to the open days!

Please help!!!!!
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Hey fishcat. I was rejected from Nottingham for Psychology too I didn't apply to Cardiff but from what I've hears about it, it sounds like a really great city - did you apply for the psych course with the work placement year? Cus if you did then that would be really valuable.. I also considered applying to York - not quite sure why I didn't in the end but you're right it probably would be a lot quieter.
I agree with Leaby, you should go to Cardiff even if it's not an open day and have a look around the city/uni on your own or phone up and ask if there is another open day you could go to (they often have more than 1) as you missed the last one or failing that if they could arrange for someone to give you a campus tour. You might find you'll get a better picture of the uni/city by looking round yourself anyway. That way you can see everything and not just what they want u 2 see!
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the psychology department at york is fantastic, i went on an open day in october and i loved it. but the campus itself was ugly and quite a distance from the city center so in the end i didn't put it down as as a choice as i just didn't think the lifestyle would suit me.

i don't know about cardiff although i've heard the city is a fun place to live and the people are really friendly. like others have said i think its best to go and look around the city for a day and maybe phone the department to see if they can organise anything for you. they might be able to arrange for you to talk with some current students or something which would probably help you to decide.
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hey everyone. Im at cardiff though Im not studying Pysch (did in my first year though) I can tell you the pysch dept at Cardiff is pretty damn good, its also huge. I think it was rated very highly in the last RAE tables. (not sure how much people take notice of them mind you). Anyway I do know that you need quite high grades to get in, AAB-AAA so it must be quite respectable. I have a flatmate studying pysch if you want to know anything else.Eitherway, Cardiff is a great city.

Also may I offer one word of advice? Dont go for Uni hall, from what Ive heard its a dump and is miles away from the campus. In my opinion Talybont South or sengeddyth hall (sp) are your best bet.
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Thanks for all the help! please, keep it coming!

I think I will e-mail them to see if theres any chance that i could visit the dept (it'd help a lot in deciding).

I have to agree York's campus was nasty-looking (very 60s/70s!) though the psych dept and the James' Halls (3 metres away!) were brand new.

Apparently Talybont S. at Cardiff is the best (nice short walk from Tesco) but it hasn't got any parking (there is P at north tho)

I went on the cardiff psych dept website but couldnt get the .pdf about the Undergrad. course to work- I really could do with finding out the sylabus for the course (i'd like to do as little developmental as possible- i think i'm allergic!). Anybody any idea?

Its really quite difficult to decide between the two unis, I know Cardiff is lower in the rankings (but not by much- times guide places York 4th and Cardiff 7th so there it shouldnt matter too much) but i dont know how important this should be to me.
I've not applied to do the years work exp- i dont really want to tie myself down so early.

One big thing i just remembered- york's exams are at the end of terms (i.e december not january) so there isnt any revising over holidays. Thats quite an attractive factor to me.
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hey everyone. Im at cardiff though Im not studying Pysch (did in my first year though) I can tell you the pysch dept at Cardiff is pretty damn good, its also huge. I think it was rated very highly in the last RAE tables. (not sure how much people take notice of them mind you). Anyway I do know that you need quite high grades to get in, AAB-AAA so it must be quite respectable. I have a flatmate studying pysch if you want to know anything else.Eitherway, Cardiff is a great city.

Also may I offer one word of advice? Dont go for Uni hall, from what Ive heard its a dump and is miles away from the campus. In my opinion Talybont South or sengeddyth hall (sp) are your best bet.
OK, thanks for the advice on University Hall! I guess I need a decision from York soon then, so I can select Cardiff as my first choice and try and get the most popular halls as soon as possible!
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Well York is an extremely good uni academically so personally I'd go for that one becuase of job prospects and York really is a lovely place.

BUT I didn't like the look of their third year.

(I'm not just saying that cos they rejected me!)

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A good point!

When it comes to jobs (esp psych) it doesnt really matter which of the unis u go to (as long as its a decent course and is BPS accredited---is Cardiff btw??) as its how good your degree is that counts (as in a first, a II1 or a !!2 etc).

But I think I want to go on to do further study anyway.

How big is the gulf in class between cardiff/york? is there any real way of telling?
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A good point!

When it comes to jobs (esp psych) it doesnt really matter which of the unis u go to (as long as its a decent course and is BPS accredited---is Cardiff btw??) as its how good your degree is that counts (as in a first, a II1 or a !!2 etc).

But I think I want to go on to do further study anyway.

How big is the gulf in class between cardiff/york? is there any real way of telling?
No not really as league tables aren't that eliable but just by the way it sounds, I'd be more impressed with someone going to York. I can't say exactly why though, sorry! It just seems superior.

But I'd try and visit cardiff and go where you like, that's the most important thing.
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But its so far away!

AAAARGH!

I JUST CAN'T DECIDE!!!
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I'm going to set up a poll (if i can figure out how) to see what people think.
Anything to help me decide!
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Ok, heres the address of the poll:

http://www.uk-learning.net/t28546.html

Help me out here, the indecision is driving me nuts!

(Btw: i know its not the ideal way to sort these things out, but it'll only be a single factor in my decision: i do intend to visit Cardiff, maybe that'll clear thing up for me!)
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