OP: What do you actually want to do? I mean, are you just having last-minute jangles at the thought of living so far outside of your comfort zone? If so, you're likely to, in a sense, replace your friends (you'll still have your hone friends though!). Ypur parents are only a train ride away and they could always visit you, or you-them.
I would definitely choose Warwick, if only to take the opportunity. Otherwise, I'm of the mind that preference should come first over 'what might attract employers' but that's because I'm aiming for a first which, I hope, should be enough for employers.
a few of my friends moved away to do Dentistry, she is absolutely loving it right now, maybe you will too, but there are some people who get home sick etc and commuting home reguarly is not practical.
I would say go to Warwick - it has a certain pulling power employment-wise as a lot of people have said. It also seems silly to go through school and to get top grades only then to decide at the last minute not to go to the best uni that you can - why bother trying at school at all? If you thought that Warwick itself wasn't right for you and that Essex etc. have more to offer then I would advise differently, but it seems that your main worry has nothing to do with the uni itself, just that you are nervous about being too far from home. A lot of people experience that and as I say, it would be silly to turn down the chance to do English at Warwick out of fear.
If, after a year, you feel like you'd like to change then it should be relatively simple to transfer from Warwick to somewhere closer to home, but I would say definitely give it a go!
Depends on the degree, and what you want to do. I think you have a better chance if you go to a better uni, but it really does depend on the degree. I know that for some of the stuff I want to do, if I have an impressive portfolio which demonstrates my skills and abilities, then people are more likely to hire me.
i think with your academic background warwick would suit you better. Theres alot to be said for being with people on a similar level, you will gain alot of motivation, contacts etc.
Job prospect wise warwick will help, it will make things easier in most jobs and for certain sectors you would need to be from warwick-level unis to even have a chance.
People will say that it does not matter too much, and they have some valid point s. I would say go where you like the most, but you don;t seem to have raised any reason to dislike warwick apart from some normal pre-uni nerves.
I'm sure university prestige does matter to alot of employees but people who are saying alevel grades do are completley out of their minds
Yup, for quite a few jobs I've had a random look at, minumum A level grades are specified, usually in the ABB-BBB range - which is really rather interesting and very much linked to this discussion. Apparently, to weed out candidates who may well have a good degree grade but who went to less reputable unis, they make this stipulation. It's based on the assumption that if you went to a less 'prestigious' uni you are likely to have grades of lower than BBB. It's basically a way of slashing all of the applicants from lower ranked unis without having to hear cries of 'discrimination!' Does that make sense?
Whilst a 1st Class Honours in Maths from Oxford can only be beneficial, many employers are looking for more than just a degree. Relevant work experience in your chosen field and other experiences apart from academic are vital.
A degree from any University is good, it shows you can learn. Mix that with some experience (which many students don't have) and you will be fine.