Birmingham vs Bristol for economics

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Poll: Bristol or Birmingham for economics
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Firm Birmingham (5)
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Hi, I'm currently in a very difficult situation in deciding on which university I should firm. I'm currently torn between studying economics at the university of Birmingham, which is unconditional if i firm it, and economics at the university of Bristol (AAB with A's in C3 and C4, Manchester would be my insurance in this case also AAB)

I have no idea what to do. Bristol is probably better than Birmignham in terms of prestige/reputation but my place at Birmingham is definite, irrespective of my final results if i firm it.

I just wanted to hear the opinions of others before I make my choice. What would you do if you were in my position?
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(Original post by JackersAFC)
Hi, I'm currently in a very difficult situation in deciding on which university I should firm. I'm currently torn between studying economics at the university of Birmingham, which is unconditional if i firm it, and economics at the university of Bristol (AAB with A's in C3 and C4, Manchester would be my insurance in this case also AAB)

I have no idea what to do. Bristol is probably better than Birmignham in terms of prestige/reputation but my place at Birmingham is definite, irrespective of my final results if i firm it.

I just wanted to hear the opinions of others before I make my choice. What would you do if you were in my position?
All I would say is definitely go for the course/uni you prefer, irrespective of the conditions etc. you must be able to achieve AAB for you to consider it so ignore the unconditional as an unconditional doesn't mean you'll enjoy your time there more, you might end up hating it. I can't say anything about the course other than Bristol's has the better reputation, but you should ignore that if you prefer Birmingham's. I got offers from both, for this year, but chose Bristol but I think it really depends on each person and their preferences.

Hopefully this will bump this up so you can get more replies.


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(Original post by JackersAFC)
Hi, I'm currently in a very difficult situation in deciding on which university I should firm. I'm currently torn between studying economics at the university of Birmingham, which is unconditional if i firm it, and economics at the university of Bristol (AAB with A's in C3 and C4, Manchester would be my insurance in this case also AAB)

I have no idea what to do. Bristol is probably better than Birmignham in terms of prestige/reputation but my place at Birmingham is definite, irrespective of my final results if i firm it.

I just wanted to hear the opinions of others before I make my choice. What would you do if you were in my position?
As a budding economist, how would you view your chances of meeting Bristol's conditions given your AS results, any recent coursework/exams, and overall performance in this year's modules?

Tip - assess yourself in the same light as you would a third party.
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Bristol is better than Birmingham.
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Bristol is better than Birmingham.
Not by much. An unconditional is very tempting, especially if you're worried about exams and getting the grades.
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Thanks for all your input. I think I probably would be able to get the grades since I achieved AAB at as but part of me just really liked birmingham. I tempted to go for Birmingham but I just like one day I may regret rejecting bristol.
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Thanks for all your input. I think I probably would be able to get the grades since I achieved AAB at as but part of me just really liked birmingham. I tempted to go for Birmingham but I just like one day I may regret rejecting bristol.
I'm off to Birmingham myself in September. I know lots of current students and not a single one of them regrets firming Birmingham.
I rejected Leeds, Liverpool and Nottingham to go to Birmingham amd not because it was unconditional, but because I really liked it there and have had lots of persnal recommendation.
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Thanks for all your input. I think I probably would be able to get the grades since I achieved AAB at as but part of me just really liked birmingham. I tempted to go for Birmingham but I just like one day I may regret rejecting bristol.
If you prefer Birmingham, whether it be the atmosphere, location, course, etc., then go there, hands down.

The career prospects from both universities are equal. As long as you choose the right modules, get as involved as you can in extra curricula activities etc., do internships, etc. etc. and most of all are able to write good applications for graduate jobs, you'll do equally well from Birmingham as you would from Bristol.

Students have this fear that the university they go to decides the rest of their life. This could not be further from the truth. Ultimately, if you're at a good university, the textbooks used are the same and the courses cover the same content. There'll be a bit of specialisation here or there, but 80% of both courses is pretty much identical.

The more you enjoy where you are, however, the better you will be able to do on your course since you'll be enjoying yourself, and also the more you will want to get involved in university life which really does make a difference on your application form.

Also, in terms of the academics themselves, the lecturers at Bristol are no better than those at Birmingham.

League tables rank Bristol above Birmingham, but as a budding economist, you should be able to see through the fallacy of league tables easily -- out of date data used, variables considered that don't determine how good a university really is, and most of the variables are qualitative and subjective in nature which have been aggregated into some numerical scale.

Also, I have to emphasise the last bit of my second paragraph. Ultimately, if you cannot write a good application and correctly sell yourself to the employer, it doesn't matter which university you attended, you won't get a job.
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