I'd really appreciate some insight into what the Philosophy department is like, from students studying the subject or otherwise.
Also feel free to address any of these questions, and suggest what you would do in my situation.
Are lectures challenging/engaging enough? What's the Philosophy department like? How do you feel about the choice of modules on offer? What are the tutorials typically like? Is the workload/style of teaching such that you make significant improvements quickly?
My situation: I accepted a Clearing place at Birmingham after missing my offer by two grades and am having a disappointing experience - lecturers aren't especially enthusiastic and seem to act like the students have the minds of hyperactive toddlers ("that would be far too complex to cover, we'll focus on the nice and simple part", "you don't need to spend more than half an hour on next week's seminar preparation"), the level of material covered in lectures is so basic I feel patronized (coming from someone who hasn't done Philosophy in school before), nobody talks in the infrequently-held seminars, and there's only two assessments per semester per module and the refusal to give feedback on drafts makes me feel I'm not improving as much as I'd like to.
Therefore thinking of dropping out and reapplying to Durham (or Bristol/UCL).
Long-term goal is to try and carve out an academic career in Philosophy. Do not feel like I'd be able to put in anywhere as good a Masters application as I'd like to after 3 years at Birmingham at this stage.
And I hate it