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    To start with, sorry if this is in the wrong thread, I wasn't really sure where to put it.
    I have a break now over half term between my exams, so I thought I would spend a day or two going through some uni prospectuses and having a look at places that I might like to go. I'm a bit late, I know, but I just felt like exams were more of a priority earlier in the year than looking at uni courses.
    I have about 40 prospectuses to look through, and there is so much info online about what you should look for when choosing a uni, like housing costs, accommodation, league tables, finances and stuff like that, that I don't really know where to begin.
    Can anyone give me tips on how to sort through all this stuff and what really matters when choosing a uni??
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    About 40 :0 Guess the process for me was much simpler because I live in Scotland where there is hardly any unis.

    The top piece of advice I would give you is just pick someone where you will be happy. I'm not happy with my firm choice this year and I'm taking a gap year or giving UCAS extra a try.

    I think it's good to look at your individual course and how a particular uni performs at the course. You could do that by looking at the university league tables (which are sometimes great, sometimes not), look at reviews and statistics. I looked at graduate employability rates, research quality etc. everyone will have different things they want to consider.

    If you have a particular city you want to live in or a certain type of a university you want to go to, that can narrow things down.
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    (Original post by Charlotte.P)
    To start with, sorry if this is in the wrong thread, I wasn't really sure where to put it.
    I have a break now over half term between my exams, so I thought I would spend a day or two going through some uni prospectuses and having a look at places that I might like to go. I'm a bit late, I know, but I just felt like exams were more of a priority earlier in the year than looking at uni courses.
    I have about 40 prospectuses to look through, and there is so much info online about what you should look for when choosing a uni, like housing costs, accommodation, league tables, finances and stuff like that, that I don't really know where to begin.
    Can anyone give me tips on how to sort through all this stuff and what really matters when choosing a uni??
    Different things matter more to different people, but the main things I would say to look at are the modules they offer, the types of assessments as part of the course, the living costs of the university, do they offer something other universities don't for example bursaries, accreditation. Can you meet the entry requirements is an important one, geography can be too.

    Have you made a list of what it is that you definitely want in a university, that might eliminate some for you?
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    (Original post by ashleymacleod)
    About 40 :0 Guess the process for me was much simpler because I live in Scotland where there is hardly any unis.

    The top piece of advice I would give you is just pick someone where you will be happy. I'm not happy with my firm choice this year and I'm taking a gap year or giving UCAS extra a try.

    I think it's good to look at your individual course and how a particular uni performs at the course. You could do that by looking at the university league tables (which are sometimes great, sometimes not), look at reviews and statistics. I looked at graduate employability rates, research quality etc. everyone will have different things they want to consider.

    If you have a particular city you want to live in or a certain type of a university you want to go to, that can narrow things down.
    Thanks for your advice
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    Different things matter more to different people, but the main things I would say to look at are the modules they offer, the types of assessments as part of the course, the living costs of the university, do they offer something other universities don't for example bursaries, accreditation. Can you meet the entry requirements is an important one, geography can be too.

    Have you made a list of what it is that you definitely want in a university, that might eliminate some for you?
    I wasn't really sure about what to do, but that's a really good idea. Thanks a lot
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    My advice would be get enough prospectuses to build a fort. That way you have student accommodation sorted.
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    To try and limit your numbers you could firstly check how many you are actually likely to meet the entry requirments in terms of entry grades and specific subjects. You can then find out how many still offer this course for this years entry. Are they in the kind of environment you want to study such as big or small cities. Will you be happier in big cities like London or Birmingham or in small places like say Lampeter which has a population of only 4000. You can also decide whether you wish to be in a campus based university like Bath or a city based university like Bristol. Another factor will be how close or far away from home you wish to study. Using these and the previously given advice should at least manage to narrow your options. The bottom line is that you are happy wherever you go
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    (Original post by swanseajack1)
    To try and limit your numbers you could firstly check how many you are actually likely to meet the entry requirments in terms of entry grades and specific subjects. You can then find out how many still offer this course for this years entry. Are they in the kind of environment you want to study such as big or small cities. Will you be happier in big cities like London or Birmingham or in small places like say Lampeter which has a population of only 4000. You can also decide whether you wish to be in a campus based university like Bath or a city based university like Bristol. Another factor will be how close or far away from home you wish to study. Using these and the previously given advice should at least manage to narrow your options. The bottom line is that you are happy wherever you go
    This was really helpful, thanks a lot.
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    (Original post by Charlotte.P)
    This was really helpful, thanks a lot.
    When looking at entry requirements it might be worth looking at necessary subjects. This means that for courses such as Economics or Computer Science a set grade at A level Maths is required. Sometimes universities require GCSE English Language or Maths at grade B. This is worth considering if you do not have either at B or above.
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    At GCSE I got 1 A*, 7 As and 1 B. I'm currently doing Biology, Maths, Physics and Religious Studies at AS level. I'm interested in Forensic science and forensic biology, so that narrows things down quite a lot because not that many unis offer those courses. It's still quite confusing trying to sort through different types of accommodation and finance stuff though. Thanks for all your help.
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