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I'm debating whether to accept my offer for Manchester to study BA Economics.

I have 5xA*, 1xA and 3XB at GCSE, AAAA at AS and was predicted 3 A's at A'level. My applications didn't go brilliantly - 3 rejections (Oxford, Bath and York) - Manchester is the only one I’m considering from my 3 offers.

Some people seem to think it makes the 'top tier' and others don't. After all my hard work in school to get my grades i feel somewhat disappointed not to have the option of going to a better university. I'm considering a gap year and reapplying in 2005. Will Manchester give me the same job prospects as Warwick, Bristol, Bath etc...or am i letting myself down by accepting the offer?

I know this sounds a bit snobby - but think about it for a second - would everyone else with good grades feel happy taking a place at Manchester or would you all feel you should be going somewhere better after the years of hard work?
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(Original post by need_help)
I'm debating whether to accept my offer for Manchester to study BA Economics.

I have 5xA*, 1xA and 3XB at GCSE, AAAA at AS and was predicted 3 A's at A'level. My applications didn't go brilliantly - 3 rejections (Oxford, Bath and York) - Manchester is the only one I’m considering from my 3 offers.

Some people seem to think it makes the 'top tier' and others don't. After all my hard work in school to get my grades i feel somewhat disappointed not to have the option of going to a better university. I'm considering a gap year and reapplying in 2005. Will Manchester give me the same job prospects as Warwick, Bristol, Bath etc...or am i letting myself down by accepting the offer?

I know this sounds a bit snobby - but think about it for a second - would everyone else with good grades feel happy taking a place at Manchester or would you all feel you should be going somewhere better after the years of hard work?
yes i woulld be happy with manchester, which is as good as bristol and bath imo, warwick is probably better, but then it is incredibly competitive
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I'm debating whether to accept my offer for Manchester to study BA Economics.

I have 5xA*, 1xA and 3XB at GCSE, AAAA at AS and was predicted 3 A's at A'level. My applications didn't go brilliantly - 3 rejections (Oxford, Bath and York) - Manchester is the only one I’m considering from my 3 offers.

Some people seem to think it makes the 'top tier' and others don't. After all my hard work in school to get my grades i feel somewhat disappointed not to have the option of going to a better university. I'm considering a gap year and reapplying in 2005. Will Manchester give me the same job prospects as Warwick, Bristol, Bath etc...or am i letting myself down by accepting the offer?

I know this sounds a bit snobby - but think about it for a second - would everyone else with good grades feel happy taking a place at Manchester or would you all feel you should be going somewhere better after the years of hard work?
Oh dear... Another one with a superiority complex. In my opinion you should gap year and reapply, one of the other posh universities will suit you down to the ground.
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Why are people so fussed with what uni they go to when it is clear that the uni is of excellent stature.

Most unis other than the polys are ok and I am unsure why people are sooooo fussed as to the exact reputation of the institution.

I am hopefully going to Hull to do Law, it is a good uni although not one of the top 10 but who cares because I know that aslong as I am good enough to get a good degree the unis reputation is fairly decent.
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It's quite surprising that you got rejected from the others, I wonder why that is. In Manchester's favour, they are particularly renowned for giving good job prospects. For particular courses their academic standards are exceptionally high so there's alot of gifted students around the university, and I think economics is supposed to be one of these courses. There's also a huge push to move up the league tables with this merge with UMIST. Their new principle as of October has a history of increasing the prestige of universities, I hear.
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You know, when I read the title of this thread, it reminded me of these stupid posters they have up around my school:

"Are you good enough for Cambridge?"

Without being offensive, I'd say Manchester is good enough for anybody.
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Sorry if my last post sounds harsh.. wasn't meant to be like that.

Hmm.. I got really upset when I got rejected by Cambridge despite achieving 6As for AS. However... now I've decided upon Durham and I now ask myself the question:

"Am I good enough for Durham?"

.... so maybe that's the way to look at it?

All the best in whatever you do. I'm sure you'll make the most of uni life.

xoxo
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(Original post by lilsunflower)
You know, when I read the title of this thread, it reminded me of these stupid posters they have up around my school:

"Are you good enough for Cambridge?"

Without being offensive, I'd say Manchester is good enough for anybody.
You're right....ppl see oxbridge as the only place to go if you have good grades..but that's not true at all!!!! There are loads of unis in the UK (manchester one of them) that are great unis...not only academically....but socially too!! You'll have a great time wherever you go.

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First of all, let me say unlucky about those rejections. You've got really good GCSE and AS grades, so i'm a bit surprised to hear you get rejected from york and bath.

I too got an offer for Economics from manchester, and from what others in this thread are saying, Manchester seems a really good uni. However, without sounding snobbish, Manchester does have a pretty good economics department, but it's not among the best. On the other hand, just because it's not the best, this does not mean it's not good - I see from the times rankings that Manchester scored 24/24 for teaching, so it's obviously good.

Have you been to the uni, I think you shud visit it first and get a feel of the place. After all, you'll be living there for 3 years - and not all that time will be spent doing economics.
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It's quite surprising that you got rejected from the others, I wonder why that is.
I had a letter from York - I only have Maths at AS - this year they were so oversubscribed that they used Maths A'level as a filtering factor. I presume it was the same with Bath. Rejected after interview at Oxford - no surprise.
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Go for Manchester! It's good... Don't let your ears be swayed easily by what others said...

If you are able to work hard and in turn get a 1st class honours in Manchester, I certainly don't see why your hard work will be in vain!
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(Original post by need_help)
I'm debating whether to accept my offer for Manchester to study BA Economics.

I have 5xA*, 1xA and 3XB at GCSE, AAAA at AS and was predicted 3 A's at A'level. My applications didn't go brilliantly - 3 rejections (Oxford, Bath and York) - Manchester is the only one I’m considering from my 3 offers.

Some people seem to think it makes the 'top tier' and others don't. After all my hard work in school to get my grades i feel somewhat disappointed not to have the option of going to a better university. I'm considering a gap year and reapplying in 2005. Will Manchester give me the same job prospects as Warwick, Bristol, Bath etc...or am i letting myself down by accepting the offer?

I know this sounds a bit snobby - but think about it for a second - would everyone else with good grades feel happy taking a place at Manchester or would you all feel you should be going somewhere better after the years of hard work?
Manchester is a good uni but u deserve better. Re-apply next yr and improve ur personal statement and etc...coz it obviously wasn't as good as ur grades..
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(Original post by HamaL)
Manchester is a good uni but u deserve better. Re-apply next yr and improve ur personal statement and etc...coz it obviously wasn't as good as ur grades..
Perhaps the person might be willing to post their personal statement.
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Of course Manchester is "good enough" - it is one of the top uni's in the country!
Go where you would feel happiest - I've turned down places at "Prestigious" uni's Bath and Bristol in favour of Bham and Manchester. Prestige is only a small factor - the more importanst things are the course and the uni itself
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I think I have worked hard throughtout my academic career and I feel honoured that Manchester consider me to be good enough to study there. Irrespective of the fact that I am expected to acheive higher grades than they ask for (may struggle to meet the A prediction in maths), I would happily go there knowing that there is more to picking a university than simply trying to summount the league tables. In my opinion it is sad that any individual considers themselves "above" the level of any academic institution. I can honsetly say that I do hope that this person takes a gap year and with any luck they will gain some perspective and understand that working hard is its own reward. I personaly would not want to study alongside someone with a serious superiority complex so I would reccommend a gap year in this case.
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If you like Manchester go for it, if you don't then don't.

I'm in a pretty similar situation to you. I got 5 A*s, 3As and 1B for my GCSEs and four very high A ASs and predicted 3 As, and am planning to go to Leeds for economics next year (rejecting Bristol and Durham). The reason being that I really liked Leeds and I didn't particularly like Bristol or Durham. Leeds may be my lowest offer (BBB) and perhaps not quite as highly regarded as other universities I applied to but it was the one which I liked the best which I think is a far better reason for going somewhere than what some employer will think in the future. I'm planning to leave with a high class of degree from a respected university with a lot of additional work experience. I don't think that going to Leeds rather than say Bristol will hinder me with future employers. I really wouldn't bother reapplying - Oxford isn't all that. I got rejected too - and the reason i'm saying that isn't because I was rejected - i might have actually chosen Leeds over Oxford if I had got in - I just couldn't really see myself there.

Manchester is a nice place. I know a lot of people with very high grades going there so don't worry! Enjoy yourself at Manchester!
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the fact you got into one of the top 10-15 universities in the UK when 4 A's means nothing now, is an honour

manchester is an excellent uni and an amazing place. go for there. i guarantee you won't be disappointed. it has one of the best reputation's in the country and its merger with UMIST will make it even better considering what both uni's specialise in
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Mate, deflate your head or you won't leave Manchester alive!
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(Original post by need_help)
I'm debating whether to accept my offer for Manchester to study BA Economics.

I have 5xA*, 1xA and 3XB at GCSE, AAAA at AS and was predicted 3 A's at A'level. My applications didn't go brilliantly - 3 rejections (Oxford, Bath and York) - Manchester is the only one I’m considering from my 3 offers.

Some people seem to think it makes the 'top tier' and others don't. After all my hard work in school to get my grades i feel somewhat disappointed not to have the option of going to a better university. I'm considering a gap year and reapplying in 2005. Will Manchester give me the same job prospects as Warwick, Bristol, Bath etc...or am i letting myself down by accepting the offer?

I know this sounds a bit snobby - but think about it for a second - would everyone else with good grades feel happy taking a place at Manchester or would you all feel you should be going somewhere better after the years of hard work?
the problem is everyone has AAA these days.
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the problem is everyone has AAA these days.
thats true. getting the predicted grades doesn't mean that you automatically get an offer anymore, unis look at lots of other things like your personal statement and extra-curricular activities.

i certainly wouldn't look down on going to manchester. it's a really good uni, league tables aren't everything, i prefered the uni to york and warwick when i went to visit. if you're really that gutted i'd take a gap year and re-apply, but tbh if you go to manchester i doubt you'd regret it. and can i ask why you even bothered putting it as a choice if you saw yourself so vastly superior?
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