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I need some advice about which unis to put as firm/insurance choice.
I have received offers from:
-Brunel (Mech Eng) AAB
-Queen Mary's (Mech Eng) AAB/ABB
-Warwick (Mech Eng) AAB
-Imperial (Materials science +eng) AAA

Still waiting for:
-UCL (Mech Eng)

I've looked at uni websites, opinions on tsr (lol) and have visited Brunel, Queen Mary's and Imperial.

In terms of nightlife/clubbing, I don't really care if it's a bit dull - but obviously a decent social scene with active societies and unions would be nice. Obviously job prospects and the prestige of the uni is quite important (to me anyway!).

If anyone's applying to any of the same unis as me, please feel free to talk about why you made your choice!
Good luck to everyone applying to uni
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I've just come back from a UCAS visit day to UCL where I was told by a number of people that although Imperial is slightly more prestigious you'd have a much better time at UCL. I also applied for mechanical engineering and your offer for UCL is most likely going to be AAA however at the visit day today some people successfully negotiated an AAB offer instead.
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Firm = the one you really want to go to
Insurance = one with slightly lower grades that you'd still be happy to go to

Beyond that, Brunel is by far the worst uni on your list, so drop that.

I'll move this to the engineering forum
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I've just come back from a UCAS visit day to UCL where I was told by a number of people that although Imperial is slightly more prestigious you'd have a much better time at UCL. I also applied for mechanical engineering and your offer for UCL is most likely going to be AAA however at the visit day today some people successfully negotiated an AAB offer instead.
The trouble I'm having is that:

a) Imperial is too work-orientated and you basically have no social life (apparently), but their courses are well respected. Oh, and the boy:girl ratio or whatever, but seeing as I'm a girl, I guess it doesn't bother me as much. Plus, mechanical engineering is pretty male-orientated anyway.

b) UCL has lots going on, but I haven't heard much about their mech eng course - I read on here that someone said it wasn't very good, but considering what the entry requirements are and how good the overall uni is, I'm sort of surprised they'd let their engineering department to be terrible?

I wish someone could make a decision for me...it's so stressful!
Where else have you applied to?
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Do you want to do mechanical engineering or materials? Your choices suggest mechanical, but you also have a materials application tucked in there.
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The trouble I'm having is that:

a) Imperial is too work-orientated and you basically have no social life (apparently), but their courses are well respected. Oh, and the boy:girl ratio or whatever, but seeing as I'm a girl, I guess it doesn't bother me as much. Plus, mechanical engineering is pretty male-orientated anyway.

b) UCL has lots going on, but I haven't heard much about their mech eng course - I read on here that someone said it wasn't very good, but considering what the entry requirements are and how good the overall uni is, I'm sort of surprised they'd let their engineering department to be terrible?

I wish someone could make a decision for me...it's so stressful!
Where else have you applied to?
I've applied to Bath, Cambridge, Nottingham, UCL and Southampton. Offers from all but Cambridge. Nottingham is unconditional but it's unlikely I'll go there.

Have you visited all of the universities? That'll help in your decision making even though it's quite a hassle to visit them all.
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Does anyone know if you can select a UNI as your firm which has less entry requirements than your insurance? And if you get high enough grades, could you go to ur insurance choice rather than ur firm even if you get into both
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Does anyone know if you can select a UNI as your firm which has less entry requirements than your insurance? And if you get high enough grades, could you go to ur insurance choice rather than ur firm even if you get into both
Yes you can put a firm with lower grades than your insurance but in that case you will either go to your firm or go nowhere.

I don't understand why you would do that though, if you prefer the one with higher grades, put it as your firm! If you miss the grades you can go to the insurance.


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Does anyone know if you can select a UNI as your firm which has less entry requirements than your insurance? And if you get high enough grades, could you go to ur insurance choice rather than ur firm even if you get into both
You can put a firm choice with lower entry requirements as your firm choice. However, if you get the grades for your firm choice then your insurance disappears - you can't pick and choose on results day.

So, you can, but there's very little point
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(Original post by vianli)
I need some advice about which unis to put as firm/insurance choice.
I have received offers from:
-Brunel (Mech Eng) AAB
-Queen Mary's (Mech Eng) AAB/ABB
-Warwick (Mech Eng) AAB
-Imperial (Materials science +eng) AAA

Still waiting for:
-UCL (Mech Eng)

I've looked at uni websites, opinions on tsr (lol) and have visited Brunel, Queen Mary's and Imperial.

In terms of nightlife/clubbing, I don't really care if it's a bit dull - but obviously a decent social scene with active societies and unions would be nice. Obviously job prospects and the prestige of the uni is quite important (to me anyway!).

If anyone's applying to any of the same unis as me, please feel free to talk about why you made your choice!
Good luck to everyone applying to uni
I would say you should firm Warwick as I think you will have the best university experience there. Imperial is great for engineering, but your offer is for materials, and I'm guessing you dont want to study that? So I would reject that. UCL is quite good, but I've never heard good things about their engineering departments tbh. I'd have them as an insurance maybe. I should also add I've not heard much about engineering at Warwick but I haven't heard anything bad and they have accreditation anyway. In any case you should visit before you make your choice
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if i were you i would choose wawrick as firm and QM as insurance.
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Do you want to do mechanical engineering or materials? Your choices suggest mechanical, but you also have a materials application tucked in there.
I went to the applicant day for materials at imperial, and I can see myself doing either to be honest. But obviously materials is more specific than mech eng, and there's more chemistry to it.

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if i were you i would choose wawrick as firm and QM as insurance.
reasons being...?
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I went to the applicant day for materials at imperial, and I can see myself doing either to be honest. But obviously materials is more specific than mech eng, and there's more chemistry to it.



reasons being...?
london unis are **** for the 'uni experience' and it's an expensive city also warwicks a great uni for mecheng
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Firm Imperial
Insure Warwick tbh
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I went to the applicant day for materials at imperial, and I can see myself doing either to be honest. But obviously materials is more specific than mech eng, and there's more chemistry to it.
Okay, but as well as what you'd enjoy studying you've also got to consider your future. Mechanical opens a lot more doors but materials is a solid discipline with applications in every industry. It's a good area to specialise in if you're interested in it but if you were to find yourself not enjoying it then you'd definitely regret choosing it over mechanical.
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