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Hi, I'm planning on going to university next year and I will be 19 at the time. I am planning on studying computer science and was wondering if it makes a major difference to the degree you receive depending on what university you attend from an employers perspective.

I don't have fantastic grades and I will list my choices below. I currently have DDD in a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (360 UCAS points) and 7 or so GCSE's ranging from C-A.

My university choices so far can be viewed below..

1: Birmingham City University (75th) - [292+ UCAS]
2: Swansea (23rd) - [325+ UCAS]
3: Aston (34th) - [362+ UCAS]
4: Reading (36th) - [340+ UCAS]
5: Bournemouth (46th) - [327+ UCAS]

[] = average UCAS offer accepted.
() = ranking against all UK universities for computer science.

I'm really not sure what university to choose and I have been told that if I wanted to go to Aston I would have to do the foundation year which would mean an extra year for the same degree. I was wondering would it be worth it, would it be a major help in employability?

I like the look of Birmingham City University but it's ranked pretty low I went to the open day and it seemed pretty decent. Do you think it would be a bad idea to go to Birmingham City University with my current grades?

Will a degree from Birmingham City be viewed poorly by employers say compared to a degree from Aston or Swansea universities? And why are some of the lower ranking universities asking for more UCAS points compared with higher ranking universities for example Swansea requires less than Aston? Is this due to the reputation and history of the universities? Nothing to do with the actual degree?

Not sure if this is the correct location for this thread but I didn't notice a university choice forum option.

Edit: I am also planning on doing a sandwich year to either go abroad or work in industry if this makes a difference. Hopefully I'll be able to get some good advice and if you'd recommend other universities please tell me why? Distance is not really an issue as long as the university is within the UK.
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Hi, I'm planning on going to university next year and I will be 19 at the time. I am planning on studying computer science and was wondering if it makes a major difference to the degree you receive depending on what university you attend from an employers perspective.

I don't have fantastic grades and I will list my choices below. I currently have DDD in a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (360 UCAS points) and 7 or so GCSE's ranging from C-A.

My university choices so far can be viewed below..

1: Birmingham City University (75th) - [292+ UCAS]
2: Swansea (23rd) - [325+ UCAS]
3: Aston (34th) - [362+ UCAS]
4: Reading (36th) - [340+ UCAS]
5: Bournemouth (46th) - [327+ UCAS]

[] = average UCAS offer accepted.
() = ranking against all UK universities for computer science.

I'm really not sure what university to choose and I have been told that if I wanted to go to Aston I would have to do the foundation year which would mean an extra year for the same degree. I was wondering would it be worth it, would it be a major help in employability?

I like the look of Birmingham City University but it's ranked pretty low I went to the open day and it seemed pretty decent. Do you think it would be a bad idea to go to Birmingham City University with my current grades?

Will a degree from Birmingham City be viewed poorly by employers say compared to a degree from Aston or Swansea universities? And why are some of the lower ranking universities asking for more UCAS points compared with higher ranking universities for example Swansea requires less than Aston? Is this due to the reputation and history of the universities? Nothing to do with the actual degree?

Not sure if this is the correct location for this thread but I didn't notice a university choice forum option.

Edit: I am also planning on doing a sandwich year to either go abroad or work in industry if this makes a difference. Hopefully I'll be able to get some good advice and if you'd recommend other universities please tell me why? Distance is not really an issue as long as the university is within the UK.
It's NOT the average offer man. That's what people end up ACHIEVING on results day.

The offer should be on the universities' website, it'll be in terms of your BTEC grades.


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Hi, I'm planning on going to university next year and I will be 19 at the time. I am planning on studying computer science and was wondering if it makes a major difference to the degree you receive depending on what university you attend from an employers perspective.

I don't have fantastic grades and I will list my choices below. I currently have DDD in a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (360 UCAS points) and 7 or so GCSE's ranging from C-A.

My university choices so far can be viewed below..

1: Birmingham City University (75th) - [292+ UCAS]
2: Swansea (23rd) - [325+ UCAS]
3: Aston (34th) - [362+ UCAS]
4: Reading (36th) - [340+ UCAS]
5: Bournemouth (46th) - [327+ UCAS]

[] = average UCAS offer accepted.
() = ranking against all UK universities for computer science.

I'm really not sure what university to choose and I have been told that if I wanted to go to Aston I would have to do the foundation year which would mean an extra year for the same degree. I was wondering would it be worth it, would it be a major help in employability?

I like the look of Birmingham City University but it's ranked pretty low I went to the open day and it seemed pretty decent. Do you think it would be a bad idea to go to Birmingham City University with my current grades?

Will a degree from Birmingham City be viewed poorly by employers say compared to a degree from Aston or Swansea universities? And why are some of the lower ranking universities asking for more UCAS points compared with higher ranking universities for example Swansea requires less than Aston? Is this due to the reputation and history of the universities? Nothing to do with the actual degree?

Not sure if this is the correct location for this thread but I didn't notice a university choice forum option.

Edit: I am also planning on doing a sandwich year to either go abroad or work in industry if this makes a difference. Hopefully I'll be able to get some good advice and if you'd recommend other universities please tell me why? Distance is not really an issue as long as the university is within the UK.
Rankings mean nothing.However from your list swansea ,Aston and Reading are pretty good in terms of modules.A sandwich year is a good choice

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Rankings mean nothing.However from your list swansea ,Aston and Reading are pretty good in terms of modules.A sandwich year is a good choice

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I'd disagree that rankings mean nothing, generally there's a weak correlation between rankings and earnings afterwards. Though the difference between say 10th and 20th probably isn't much, but the difference between 100th and 1st would be.
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I'd disagree that rankings mean nothing, generally there's a weak correlation between rankings and earnings afterwards. Though the difference between say 10th and 20th probably isn't much, but the difference between 100th and 1st would be.
That is correct actually. 1st and 100th have a lot of differences but When institutions like KCL,and QMUL are ranked low,you know that the rankings are a sham
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so qmul is a decent option?
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so qmul is a decent option?
Yes, it's 'decent'.

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aston and swansea are the best out of the five you've applied to.
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Ey, thanks for the replies but could someone give me any advice on the foundation year option for Aston? Worth the extra year or not? If I went to Aston it would be 5 years total as I would still want to do the sandwich or would be a better option to drop the sandwich year for the foundation year? I don't think so, but I'm not sure.
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Ey, thanks for the replies but could someone give me any advice on the foundation year option for Aston? Worth the extra year or not? If I went to Aston it would be 5 years total as I would still want to do the sandwich or would be a better option to drop the sandwich year for the foundation year? I don't think so, but I'm not sure.
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I understand five years might seem like a lengthy undertaking, but honestly you'll enjoy every second of it. I would make sure you take our inbuilt placement year, it's invaluable in the graduate market place to have a years experience at an established company.

During my time as an undergraduate here a number of my friends doing Computing Sciences and Electronic Engineering courses went on to do placements with companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Virgin media.

If you have any questions, i'm a 2014 graduate, now working for the university. I should be able to assist with the majority of things.

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You should consider Surrey Uni, a great course with 1 year industry placement.
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Can't you get into places like Notts and Newcastle wth DDD?
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