UCL vs Birmingham (Psych BSc)Watch
Hi so I've received an offer from both UCL and Birmingham (and Exeter and Cardiff but I'm not longer considering them) for Psychology BSc and I am torn as to which I should place as my firm option. For UCL the entry requirements are A*AA and Bham is AAA with AAB A in EPQ, if I put them as my firm. I have recently attended the applicant day at Birmingham and I fell in love with the campus and course, I have an applicant day for UCL soon but I don't anticipate loving it as much as Bham. UCL is consistently in the top 5 for psychology specifically, and 3rd overall, whereas Bham is 7th (10th on some league tables) for psychology and much lower overall as a university.As I am studying Psychology I am particularly conscious that I need to go to a well-respected university, but I do not particularly want to live in London (mainly because of the high prices but also I've been told it's very fast-paced). I know I want to live in a city, but I've been told Bham and UCL are very different vibes.If anyone could offer any advice it would be greatly appreciated.Overall, should I choose the academically preferred university or a personal preference?
Birmingham is a northern city, pretty much like any other only that it holds students for 5 different universities making it a young town. I can't stress enough how well transport works in Bham, how well connected everything is. It is never crowded and you can easily stay in Selly Oak and have everything you need. UoB has a train station with trains to town every 15mins, journey takes 7mins.
Contact me if you want to ask any specific questions about the course, happy to help! Good luck with your decision!