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    I am applying for Mechanical Engineering and have received all 5 answers. I have offers from: Bath, Surrey, Cardiff and Brighton, and I would like some advice on which of them to put as my insurance choice. I am almost determined to put Bath as my firm since I consider it by far the best of the 4 academically. The offers I have (in IB points) are:
    - Bath: 36 total points with 6-6 in Higher Level Mathematics-Physics and 5 in Standard Level English
    - Surrey: 35 total points with 6-6 in Higher Level Mathematics-Physics and 4 in Standard Level English
    - Cardiff: 36 total points with 5-5 in Higher Level Mathematics-Physics and 5 in Standard Level English
    - Brighton: 32 total points with 5-5 in Higher Level Mathematics-Physics

    I really do not which to put as an insurance choice and any advice, especially from British students (I am not British), would be proved quite helpful.
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    I would suggest Cardiff as it is at least on par with Bath academically, and is in the Russell group. Plus it is the best place to live out of the 4 in terms of variety and value.
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    (Original post by Beowulf)
    I would suggest Cardiff as it is at least on par with Bath academically, and is in the Russell group. Plus it is the best place to live out of the 4 in terms of variety and value.
    Is it really the best place to live? Most opinions I have heard oppose that... In any case, isn't it a less secure choice? Obviously, Cardiff is better than e.g. Brighton academically but "insurance" in terms of grades is what concerns me the most...
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    It partly depends on how likely you are to get the required grades. If you are on target to meet the Bath conditions quite easily, then there is less risk in putting Cardiff or Surrey as your insurance. But if you think you might have trouble getting the 35/36 (plus specific grades) then you might want to choose Brighton.

    However, don't select a university you don't want to go to.
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    We can't really make an accurate suggestion for you unless you have researched the unis and picked out what you like/dislike about them, the way the courses are run, their locations etc. In most cases this makes you realise where you should choose but if not post your views and at least then a suggestion can be made based on more than a bias for a particular uni or league table.
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    You need to look at the detail of each course. Not all Mech Eng courses are the same.

    Read the detailed unit/options description for each of the three years and for all three years of the course. Are there any extras like work placements, visits to industry or a Year Abroad? Which one will interest you the most, and hold your interest and enthusiasm for three years?

    Dont get hung up on 'academic prestige'. All of the Unis you have named are 'good' Unis for Engineering. What matters now is making sure you will enjoy a course that you are going to spend three years studying. This is also why for an insurance choice you need to choose a Uni that you would still be happy to go to, so choose wisely.
 
 
 
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