Is a uni reputation worth not liking the course?

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I applied to uni of York along with my other choices, and unfortunately the course I wanted was full.

But to my surprise, they accepted me anyway, and offered me Linguistic science.

However, I really don't like Linguistics, and have received offers for for the course I really love at other universities.

But I'm just wondering, would going to a Russell group for a course I don't like as much be worth it? I read that graduate prospects from York are exceptionally great, and I really like the campus.

I'm very confused! I don't know what to do.
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If you don't like the course you probably won't do as well as you could. I personally dislike the York campus. It is too reminiscent of 1960s council houses (I will be doing sciences so will not be in the new campus)
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if you don't like the course chances are you won't finish it
its a nice uni so look at the other courses they have space on
maybe there will be something else
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Being a RG uni will have almost no impact whatsoever on your undergraduate eduaction.
Do not do a course for the sake of attending a more 'prestigious' university.
Do a degree that you want to do. You will be the one that will have to study 3-4 years for it and will carry it for life.
Consider job prospects and what you'd like to do in the future.
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Thankyou!
I've had a look at the course they've offered me, and no. I can't find one module I like!

I did ask for them to change it, but they said no, that's the only one they can offer me.
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(Original post by marvelgurl99)
I applied to uni of York along with my other choices, and unfortunately the course I wanted was full.

But to my surprise, they accepted me anyway, and offered me Linguistic science.

However, I really don't like Linguistics, and have received offers for for the course I really love at other universities.

But I'm just wondering, would going to a Russell group for a course I don't like as much be worth it? I read that graduate prospects from York are exceptionally great, and I really like the campus.

I'm very confused! I don't know what to do.
Nope.

Prioritise the course over the uni's brand name.
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(Original post by marvelgurl99)
I applied to uni of York along with my other choices, and unfortunately the course I wanted was full.

But to my surprise, they accepted me anyway, and offered me Linguistic science.

However, I really don't like Linguistics, and have received offers for for the course I really love at other universities.

But I'm just wondering, would going to a Russell group for a course I don't like as much be worth it? I read that graduate prospects from York are exceptionally great, and I really like the campus.

I'm very confused! I don't know what to do.
You shouldn't accept the course at York if you don't like it but equally you don't want to end up at some low ranking Uni. Do you mind saying where else you have had offers from, because there are some non RG Unis that are still considered very good and others that aren't?
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You shouldn't accept the course at York if you don't like it but equally you don't want to end up at some low ranking Uni. Do you mind saying where else you have had offers from, because there are some non RG Unis that are still considered very good and others that aren't?
Beckett, Trinity, York St John.

Beckett is my favourite out of the three.
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Beckett, Trinity, York St John.

Beckett is my favourite out of the three.
the bar on Becketts campus is amazing its I'd honestly consider going there just to try it out
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Beckett, Trinity, York St John.

Beckett is my favourite out of the three.
And what course is it that you're wanting to do?
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And what course is it that you're wanting to do?
English and History
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Oh boy...
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Check the module list for the English side of the course at Beckett versus the linguistic side at York. I know they can be quite similar.

I think you might regret going to Beckett, depending on your academic profile. Top students don't tend to enjoy the ex-poly/new uni life for some reason; guess because it is isolating.
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I'm definitely not a top student! I don't know why Uoy accepted me, hahaha, my a level results weren't great. They said they just really liked my statement etc.

I'm gonna look at Beckett on the applicant day on Wednesday.
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Hi marvelgurl99

It sounds like you're putting some serious thought into your uni choice which is great!

I understand it can be very confusing choosing the uni which is right for you but maybe some impartial careers advice would help?

As a starting point you could consider the kind of careers you could go into from your degree, for example if a linguistics degree would lead to a career that you are just not interested in it may be worthwhile to consider the other universities. You can look at this Prospects website and click on a degree specialism to look at careers your degree could lead to:
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-...with-my-degree

What might also be useful is to talk this through with our advisers who can help you find information such as employment stats after doing a certain course at university which wil hopefully help you to make a well informed decision. You can directly through to a webchat with our advisers here:
https://bit.ly/2qycgeV

I hope this is useful and good luck in hichever course you choose!
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There's just such a massive gap between York Uni and Leeds Beckett ... it's quite rare that someone would put the same choices on their UCAS form! Do you mind saying what your A level grades are? It's just that York are normally quite fussy with their offers, even with alternative courses, so you must be a strong candidate in some ways.

But if you find that you really like Beckett at the Open Day then fine, it's your choice and you need to pick a course and Uni you feel happy with
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I'm really pleased they accepted me, but the way they worded the email made me feel like they were telling me I'm not good enough for the course I want, and should be grateful to them for even considering me.

I really don't like that feeling! I'm sure it's not how they meant it, but it's how it came across.
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Hi marvelgurl99

It sounds like you're putting some serious thought into your uni choice which is great!

I understand it can be very confusing choosing the uni which is right for you but maybe some impartial careers advice would help?

As a starting point you could consider the kind of careers you could go into from your degree, for example if a linguistics degree would lead to a career that you are just not interested in it may be worthwhile to consider the other universities. You can look at this Prospects website and click on a degree specialism to look at careers your degree could lead to:
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-...with-my-degree

What might also be useful is to talk this through with our advisers who can help you find information such as employment stats after doing a certain course at university which wil hopefully help you to make a well informed decision. You can directly through to a webchat with our advisers here:
https://bit.ly/2qycgeV

I hope this is useful and good luck in hichever course you choose!
Rosy
Thankyou Rosy!
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Thankyou Rosy!
That's no problem, feel free to drop me a private message if you need any support in future!
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I applied to uni of York along with my other choices, and unfortunately the course I wanted was full.

But to my surprise, they accepted me anyway, and offered me Linguistic science.

However, I really don't like Linguistics, and have received offers for for the course I really love at other universities.

But I'm just wondering, would going to a Russell group for a course I don't like as much be worth it? I read that graduate prospects from York are exceptionally great, and I really like the campus.

I'm very confused! I don't know what to do.
I don't think it is worth it. You want to pick something you are genuinely interested in studying. If you pick the course because of the university ranking, you run the risk of not enjoying it because you are not passionate about the subject.

Graduate prospects does depend a lot on the individual - what degree grade you get, your extra-curricular activites, your work experience, networking, etc.
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