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    Okay so after visting some unis and from recommendations on here I have chosen my universities for English Language and Literature (Course Code Q300). They are as follows:-

    Oxford - Oriel

    UCL
    Leeds
    Edinburgh
    Liverpool

    I believe I can have one more choice and its between York/Kings/Newcastle/Exeter? Anyone have any experience of any of these?

    Feel free to criticise and question any of my so called 'definite' choices above.
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    I think this year you have only five choices, sorry. That's a pretty good mix though. Soz, I'm watching a really scary film and can't concentrate, lol.
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    I do English at Newcastle, would highly rate it - seems to be rather a hidden gem of a course. In my year at least, fellow students are really into their subject, and the course covers interesting specialisms - folklore, theory, alongside the essential chronological breadth of literature, medieval etc. I also did Greek literature which is a very useful grounding to have.
    Much better than places like Exeter - the course didn't appear to have any structure and lacked SOUL BROTHER.
    York is all coursework so I hear, don't know about the others. Any other questions PM.
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    The course at Exeter has plenty of structure, thanks, particularly in the first year (even if Exeter's administrative "skills" leave a lot to be desired ). Plus, how would you know about Exeter's course if you haven't been there?
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    They look like good choices.

    York was a very nice department when I looked around, and it does extremely well academically as well. That might be a good one to consider if you change your mind about one of your current choices.

    One point about Edinburgh (you might have picked this up already) - though the entry requirements are BBB, it is very competitive, particularly for those south of the border. In other words, whilst it might appear to be a good 'insurance' option, this isn't the full story.
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    (Original post by Angelil)
    The course at Exeter has plenty of structure, thanks, particularly in the first year (even if Exeter's administrative "skills" leave a lot to be desired ). Plus, how would you know about Exeter's course if you haven't been there?
    I went to a talk about the course there, just seemed like you could choose anything and I just got the impression that it lacked cohesion/was a bit random. I know I don't study there, but this was relative to other talks I had by other institutions. Just put it down to comparison.
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    I'd say Kings/York.
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    chewing_phat: I admit that the first year at Exeter is probably the most structured of the three and that you are pretty much free to do whatever you want after that (though it's compulsory to do one pre-1800 module each year and in your third year you also have to do one compulsory core module each semester). However, I wouldn't say that this really indicates a lack of structure - more a case of Exeter not wanting to tell their students what they "should" be learning. Plus, if you've got any common sense you're old enough to choose modules that complement one another
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    coolio - just noticed your sig, where have you decided to go for your Masters? When does one have to start applying for all of that?
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    I had to apply quite early as Oxford's deadline for my subject was January 12 this year and I wanted to miss the rush associated with the Christmas post.

    As for where I'm going, it's not so much where I've decided to go as who will actually have me. Damn Oxonian bureaucracy :p: They asked me for a high 2.1 (without actually specifying a number, so this could mean 65, 68 or anything they want) but all I know from my transcript is that I have a 2.1 of some kind. Despite ringing my uni I still don't know any more than that; and I can't work out the average from my transcript as a) I'm rubbish at maths, b) my degree marks are not split 50/50 between 2nd and 3rd year, it's more complicated than that, and c) even if I did sit down and work it out, the number I got would be no good to me as Ox haven't specified one. They strike me as being the kind of place that would call a board meeting over whether or not to let me in with 64.999999999% anyway
    So I have sent Oxford and York copies of my transcript and am waiting
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    Your choices look good:
    oxford & ucl very tough
    edinburgh also tough for south of the border applicants
    leeds respected department, good student city, probably good "make sure I get an offer" for AAA english applicants
    liverpool - sorry don't know anything about english or the uni...which makes me wonder if it's a bit too soft a choice for you?

    if you want another toughie, have a look at york, warwick, kcl, maybe nottingham (latter offers AAB from memory, but still very competitive)

    if you want easier one to go with leeds, maybe cardiff or sheffield?

    your choices are also very spread out geographically. course content & place are more important but do think about how far from home you will be - anything over 2-3 hours and you won't be going home for the odd weekend.

    good luck
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    It's actually not so bad with the London unis as there is a 2 hour train that goes to Leeds which is relatively close to me in Harrogate (perhaps 20 minutes by car or train)

    I know Liverpool is probably not the most respected university for English, but I took a fancy to the city and it's makes an okay insurance choice I suppose..
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    (Original post by Andrew_2006)
    It's actually not so bad with the London unis as there is a 2 hour train that goes to Leeds which is relatively close to me in Harrogate (perhaps 20 minutes by car or train)

    I know Liverpool is probably not the most respected university for English, but I took a fancy to the city and it's makes an okay insurance choice I suppose..
    i think liverpool is very well respected for english. even if you're a straight A student, i don't think you could afford to replace liverpool with somewhere tougher like king's or york, as you simply may not get any offers, or only one. i'm always the voice of doom on here, but i have been rejected (in two seperate applications) from UCL, king's, cambridge, edinburgh and exeter, and i have straight A's. so i think the three tough choices of oxford, UCL and edinburgh, balanced out by the easier (but still very well respected, and still tough to get into, as they offer AAB i think) leeds and liverpool is perfect your grades are amazing, but you should always always have a backup (as i found out... )

    p.s. leeds is really lovely and i do urge you to apply there.
 
 
 
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