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Just very curious whether anyone has *officially* replied. I feel like it's an irreversible decision (or difficult to change) so I'm a bit reluctant to reply atm. But by the looks i'm firming bristol, but unsure about insurance - it's either soton, cardiff or swansea
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I firmed Durham for PPE (AAA) and Exeter for PPE with study abroad (BBB)

Good choice for choosing Bristol, its a great Uni.. not sure what to say about who to insure though, have you been to open days for them? Usually if you do, you can just feel which one is right
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I firmed Durham for PPE (AAA) and Exeter for PPE with study abroad (BBB)

Good choice for choosing Bristol, its a great Uni.. not sure what to say about who to insure though, have you been to open days for them? Usually if you do, you can just feel which one is right
the only city i havent visited is Southampton, but the photos, accom, modules all look really suitable for me. I've moved so many times in my life tbh that i can adapt easily so that's not a problem. but parents would prefer me to stay closer to wales so i can go back and forth, really disliked swansea as a city when i went, so less likely to insure them. Cardiff visit day was quite BLAND, some of the staff leading it was rather timid and found it hard to put together a speech that was engaging. the student who done year in industry did such a good job presenting though, she kind of sold cardiff to me with her own speech. what are you looking for when making decision?
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I've firmed Cardiff for Maths (AAA) and put Nottingham (AAB) as my insurance choice, for Maths again.
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the only city i havent visited is Southampton, but the photos, accom, modules all look really suitable for me. I've moved so many times in my life tbh that i can adapt easily so that's not a problem. but parents would prefer me to stay closer to wales so i can go back and forth, really disliked swansea as a city when i went, so less likely to insure them. Cardiff visit day was quite BLAND, some of the staff leading it was rather timid and found it hard to put together a speech that was engaging. the student who done year in industry did such a good job presenting though, she kind of sold cardiff to me with her own speech. what are you looking for when making decision?
Hmm.. thats a bit sticky, I’d cross Swansea off the list so its between Cardiff and Southampton…

For me I was quite lucky because all 5 of my choices were places I’d love to go, luckily it just worked itself out. Durham was supposed to be A*AA but they reduced it to AAA, Exeter was supposed to be AAA but it was reduced to BBB, Warwick increased their grades to A*A*A because I’m retaking so i crossed that off, kings college only gave me an offer for philosophy instead of PPE and Bristol was my planned insurance (ABB for Economics and Politics) but Exeter got back to me with lower grades and with the full course I wanted.

But when applying, reputation mattered to me since I want to go into Politics/Economics/Journalism so how prestigious my education background seems is quite important. I love a city with character, I wouldn’t enjoy a city that lacked history and didnt have a decent art/music scene (although for Durham most of this would mean travelling to Newcastle), I was hesitant about Warwick since it lacked such even in surrounding towns/cities but their reputation would’ve balanced it out. I also looked at modules, its important their flexible with how many modules from each branch I can choose, in the event I didn't enjoy philosophy for example could I supplement it by taking more in economics? For Durham and Exeter thats a yes. Study abroad opportunities were also important, I really want to do a year in Canada since I love canada and have family there who could get me work experience in a bank and public offices.

Had Durham, KCL and Warwick all come back with A*AA, Exeter with AAA and Bristol with ABB I would’ve 100% insured Bristol for grade security and I would’ve weighed things up, London is an amazing city and i had my heart set on it but KCL didnt offer study abroad in canada, Warwick vs Durham would’ve been tough, had Durham given me an offer of A*AA but still at University College (my preferred college) I think I would’ve chosen that. So my preference was KCL > Durham > Warwick > Bristol > Exeter. But it just kind of worked itself out and I’m 100% happy with my choices knowing they have a good reputation, good study aboard opportunities, vibrant cities, module flexibility and are asking for realistic grades. It sounds like you’re focuses are on distance from home, vibrant city and year in industry opportunities? Based on that + reputation I would go for Southampton.
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the only city i havent visited is Southampton, but the photos, accom, modules all look really suitable for me. I've moved so many times in my life tbh that i can adapt easily so that's not a problem. but parents would prefer me to stay closer to wales so i can go back and forth, really disliked swansea as a city when i went, so less likely to insure them. Cardiff visit day was quite BLAND, some of the staff leading it was rather timid and found it hard to put together a speech that was engaging. the student who done year in industry did such a good job presenting though, she kind of sold cardiff to me with her own speech. what are you looking for when making decision?
ALSO for me, insuring Exeter was a ++ because if i dont get into Durham at least I’m guaranteed a year abroad with my course so I can rest in knowing I’ll have a great year in Canada where as at Durham its a bridge I’ll have to cross when I get to the end of my second year
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It's good that you sort of know! I'm struggling to pick between UCL and Nottingham for my firm..
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Hmm.. thats a bit sticky, I’d cross Swansea off the list so its between Cardiff and Southampton…

For me I was quite lucky because all 5 of my choices were places I’d love to go, luckily it just worked itself out. Durham was supposed to be A*AA but they reduced it to AAA, Exeter was supposed to be AAA but it was reduced to BBB, Warwick increased their grades to A*A*A because I’m retaking so i crossed that off, kings college only gave me an offer for philosophy instead of PPE and Bristol was my planned insurance (ABB for Economics and Politics) but Exeter got back to me with lower grades and with the full course I wanted.

But when applying, reputation mattered to me since I want to go into Politics/Economics/Journalism so how prestigious my education background seems is quite important. I love a city with character, I wouldn’t enjoy a city that lacked history and didnt have a decent art/music scene (although for Durham most of this would mean travelling to Newcastle), I was hesitant about Warwick since it lacked such even in surrounding towns/cities but their reputation would’ve balanced it out. I also looked at modules, its important their flexible with how many modules from each branch I can choose, in the event I didn't enjoy philosophy for example could I supplement it by taking more in economics? For Durham and Exeter thats a yes. Study abroad opportunities were also important, I really want to do a year in Canada since I love canada and have family there who could get me work experience in a bank and public offices.

Had Durham, KCL and Warwick all come back with A*AA, Exeter with AAA and Bristol with ABB I would’ve 100% insured Bristol for grade security and I would’ve weighed things up, London is an amazing city and i had my heart set on it but KCL didnt offer study abroad in canada, Warwick vs Durham would’ve been tough, had Durham given me an offer of A*AA but still at University College (my preferred college) I think I would’ve chosen that. So my preference was KCL > Durham > Warwick > Bristol > Exeter. But it just kind of worked itself out and I’m 100% happy with my choices knowing they have a good reputation, good study aboard opportunities, vibrant cities, module flexibility and are asking for realistic grades. It sounds like you’re focuses are on distance from home, vibrant city and year in industry opportunities? Based on that + reputation I would go for Southampton.
We are so similar in thought! Swansea city lacks the vibrancy cos it's literally a section of town centre and they pride theirself on beaches and well, beaches with welsh weather is basically pointless. I also had in mind that swansea had literally 2 optional modules out of the 3 years so there's no felxibility at all in the direction of engineering i wanted, where as soton have LOADS of optional modules. I'm also highly interested in a year in industry or a year abroad in an english speaking country...Canada is also my fav destination to go. Cardiff offers one semester where as bristol offers a whole year and i just think its a bit pointless doing 4 months when youre moving across the freaking ocean. So yeah, all in all i really do think swansea may be out of my choices completely so it's just cardiff vs soton.
I really wished some of my choices got back to me with those reduced offers lmaooo, cos now im stuck in a position where i dont really have an insurance at all. soton - AAB
bristol - AAB
Cardiff - AAA or AAB if firmed
Swansea - AAA
but i am 100% sure i want bristol firmed, everything on the visit day just clicked with me
im just going solely off unis reputation for being slightly lenient come results when i dont get into bristol. But yes soton really do have better engineering department than cardiff and i havent even been! cardiff had the whole visit day to wow me, but i ended up being wowed by soton facilities through their website alone lol do you know why they reduced your offers for you? Bristol reduced it to AAB for contextual reasons, ive yet to hear anyone who got it reduced based on their application so im a bit curious cos it sounds like u did.
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It's good that you sort of know! I'm struggling to pick between UCL and Nottingham for my firm..
we've discussed this before i think, and theyre are two very different places but what factors are important to you i guess?
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we've discussed this before i think, and theyre are two very different places but what factors are important to you i guess?
I think we have, haha. I need a place where:

1) I would enjoy myself - Notts seems the best as I love sports, and has great sports facilities, but UCL's sport facilities are pretty decent also.. I don't party so UCL is arguably a better scene for me, but I'll meet plenty who don't party at both. I haven't been in London for more than 2 days so can't judge UCL negatively for life as I haven't experienced it, and Notts looks lovely with its campus, but UCL looks great too..

2) I would enjoy the course - Both again look great on paper, but UCL seems so hard with all the maths in it - seems like I'm going to be doing a maths degree as opposed to economics! But, both look intellectually stimulating and doable, but more likely going to get a 2.1+ at Notts than at UCL.

3) There's a bit of prestige-ish/great career opportunities - UCL is the best undoubtedly. 7th in world, lots of employer links, but Nottingham is pretty good too with lots of people from there getting into the industry I want to get in, more so at UCL, however. But I don't want to end up getting a 2.2 from UCL where I would be struggling for jobs, but it's rep could help out. Notts rep isn't as prestigious, but still a great uni.

I'm so confused............
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Just very curious whether anyone has *officially* replied. I feel like it's an irreversible decision (or difficult to change) so I'm a bit reluctant to reply atm. But by the looks i'm firming bristol, but unsure about insurance - it's either soton, cardiff or swansea
I’ve firmed Nottingham (ABB) for Psychology and Nottingham Trent (BBC) for Psychology and Criminology. I really wanted to visit Nottingham but I couldn’t make the offer holder days 😭.
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We are so similar in thought! Swansea city lacks the vibrancy cos it's literally a section of town centre and they pride theirself on beaches and well, beaches with welsh weather is basically pointless. I also had in mind that swansea had literally 2 optional modules out of the 3 years so there's no felxibility at all in the direction of engineering i wanted, where as soton have LOADS of optional modules. I'm also highly interested in a year in industry or a year abroad in an english speaking country...Canada is also my fav destination to go. Cardiff offers one semester where as bristol offers a whole year and i just think its a bit pointless doing 4 months when youre moving across the freaking ocean. So yeah, all in all i really do think swansea may be out of my choices completely so it's just cardiff vs soton.
I really wished some of my choices got back to me with those reduced offers lmaooo, cos now im stuck in a position where i dont really have an insurance at all. soton - AAB
bristol - AAB
Cardiff - AAA or AAB if firmed
Swansea - AAA
but i am 100% sure i want bristol firmed, everything on the visit day just clicked with me
im just going solely off unis reputation for being slightly lenient come results when i dont get into bristol. But yes soton really do have better engineering department than cardiff and i havent even been! cardiff had the whole visit day to wow me, but i ended up being wowed by soton facilities through their website alone lol do you know why they reduced your offers for you? Bristol reduced it to AAB for contextual reasons, ive yet to hear anyone who got it reduced based on their application so im a bit curious cos it sounds like u did.
Ahh great minds think alike! A compliment/humble brag

Everything you’ve said about Swansea + the fact they want AAA means i would instantly cross them off. If Bristol want AAB you cant insure one with higher grades. So Swansea is 100% off the list, we’re making progress here!

SOTON have a reputation for letting people in if they miss a grade or 2, its quite popular in clearing for a few courses too.. to me it sounds like you know you want SOTON but you want someone to push you and give you confidence in your decision? In which case I would totally back it! Although you might find it more reassuring and encouraging if you discussed it over with family/friends and heard that but based on what you’ve said and my own research firming Bristol and insuring SOTON sounds like an excellent combination. They’re both AAB but Bristol is contextual so are unlikely to barge on their grade whilst SOTON isnt contextual and its common for them to overlook a missed grade or 2.

Durham reduced their offer for me based on my school performance (they have loads of Public school kids especially for PPE, and my school had poor performance for AS and GCSE so it made mine look good/decent) and Exeter said in their email it was because of my schools performance + personal statement + they said they were pleased in my strong interest by firming them last year
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the only city i havent visited is Southampton, but the photos, accom, modules all look really suitable for me. I've moved so many times in my life tbh that i can adapt easily so that's not a problem. but parents would prefer me to stay closer to wales so i can go back and forth, really disliked swansea as a city when i went, so less likely to insure them. Cardiff visit day was quite BLAND, some of the staff leading it was rather timid and found it hard to put together a speech that was engaging. the student who done year in industry did such a good job presenting though, she kind of sold cardiff to me with her own speech. what are you looking for when making decision?
I’ve been to the open day for Southampton and it wasn’t bad. Personally, I thought that the area around the campus had nothing going on (there was a few shops but that was it). I prefer a big city university
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I think we have, haha. I need a place where:

1) I would enjoy myself - Notts seems the best as I love sports, and has great sports facilities, but UCL's sport facilities are pretty decent also.. I don't party so UCL is arguably a better scene for me, but I'll meet plenty who don't party at both. I haven't been in London for more than 2 days so can't judge UCL negatively for life as I haven't experienced it, and Notts looks lovely with its campus, but UCL looks great too..

2) I would enjoy the course - Both again look great on paper, but UCL seems so hard with all the maths in it - seems like I'm going to be doing a maths degree as opposed to economics! But, both look intellectually stimulating and doable, but more likely going to get a 2.1+ at Notts than at UCL.

3) There's a bit of prestige-ish/great career opportunities - UCL is the best undoubtedly. 7th in world, lots of employer links, but Nottingham is pretty good too with lots of people from there getting into the industry I want to get in, more so at UCL, however. But I don't want to end up getting a 2.2 from UCL where I would be struggling for jobs, but it's rep could help out. Notts rep isn't as prestigious, but still a great uni.

I'm so confused............
that is honestly a tough decision! prestige is definitely something a lot of people want so i cant blame you, and regarding the modules, although ucl has more maths than you would like, dont you think you'd have time to practise and improve on it? maths is definitely one of the important skills to have so i think it would be good to be involved in a few more so you can show off to employers you know a lot. But if you know your capabilities then i think it's better to get good grade at nottingham than UCL tbh, cos at the end of the 3 yrs, the grade is the main thing. though you shouldn't undermine your own abilities yet, i know there will be a lot of physics stuff in my course ( i dont take physics ) but im willing to go into it with open mind


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Ahh great minds think alike! A compliment/humble brag

Everything you’ve said about Swansea + the fact they want AAA means i would instantly cross them off. If Bristol want AAB you cant insure one with higher grades. So Swansea is 100% off the list, we’re making progress here!

SOTON have a reputation for letting people in if they miss a grade or 2, its quite popular in clearing for a few courses too.. to me it sounds like you know you want SOTON but you want someone to push you and give you confidence in your decision? In which case I would totally back it! Although you might find it more reassuring and encouraging if you discussed it over with family/friends and heard that but based on what you’ve said and my own research firming Bristol and insuring SOTON sounds like an excellent combination. They’re both AAB but Bristol is contextual so are unlikely to barge on their grade whilst SOTON isnt contextual and its common for them to overlook a missed grade or 2.

Durham reduced their offer for me based on my school performance (they have loads of Public school kids especially for PPE, and my school had poor performance for AS and GCSE so it made mine look good/decent) and Exeter said in their email it was because of my schools performance + personal statement + they said they were pleased in my strong interest by firming them last year
I emailed soton regarding missed grade and clearing, it's so good to hear my course was in clearing last year despite people saying there's no guess as to whether it will be this year, i think it's good to see that glimpse of hope that not a lot of people chose Soton as their choice so more chance for me unfortunately they didnt have any stats for how many students missed their offer, which i think is probs down to their face value. I really do want some one to push me cos im so indecisive! but after this thread i really do think soton is a worthy insurance
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I think we have, haha. I need a place where:

1) I would enjoy myself - Notts seems the best as I love sports, and has great sports facilities, but UCL's sport facilities are pretty decent also.. I don't party so UCL is arguably a better scene for me, but I'll meet plenty who don't party at both. I haven't been in London for more than 2 days so can't judge UCL negatively for life as I haven't experienced it, and Notts looks lovely with its campus, but UCL looks great too..

2) I would enjoy the course - Both again look great on paper, but UCL seems so hard with all the maths in it - seems like I'm going to be doing a maths degree as opposed to economics! But, both look intellectually stimulating and doable, but more likely going to get a 2.1+ at Notts than at UCL.

3) There's a bit of prestige-ish/great career opportunities - UCL is the best undoubtedly. 7th in world, lots of employer links, but Nottingham is pretty good too with lots of people from there getting into the industry I want to get in, more so at UCL, however. But I don't want to end up getting a 2.2 from UCL where I would be struggling for jobs, but it's rep could help out. Notts rep isn't as prestigious, but still a great uni.

I'm so confused............
The reason why I didn’t apply for UCL (other than my low grades 😅) was because of how the campus was. I didn’t like how the buildings were separated and it wasn’t all together like Nottingham is. Bare in mind that Nottingham still looks good to employers.
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