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Hi all

I'm a mature student - going to do an undergraduate degree in Social Work.

So I thought I knew which uni I wanted to go to during the application
process but I went for an interview at another university to ensure I
was making an informed choice.

I came out confused as I really liked the second uni and I have offers
for both.

On paper the first university is far more superior and I know has the
better reputation but the second university "felt" better.

How do you choose?? By vibe or by facts on paper?? I hope this makes sense?
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(Original post by SDE77)
Hi all

I'm a mature student - going to do an undergraduate degree in Social Work.

So I thought I knew which uni I wanted to go to during the application
process but I went for an interview at another university to ensure I
was making an informed choice.

I came out confused as I really liked the second uni and I have offers
for both.

On paper the first university is far more superior and I know has the
better reputation but the second university "felt" better.

How do you choose?? By vibe or by facts on paper?? I hope this makes sense?
Analysis and consider all factors. Pros and cons. Compare them.

Go to open day.
Talk to students on that course.
Look at how the course is taught.
What subjects are covered?
Go to the open days.
Consider the commute.
Consider facilities.
Accommodation.
Campus.
Student union.
Work placements.
Where students go for employment after graduation.
City it is located in.
Nightlife?
Cost of living?
Talk to the student social work society or class reps.

That enough?

Its ultimately your choice, but I think if you do research as above you can figure out which ones is in your best interests to go to and you want to spend three years at. You can also tell people which two unis and they could provide further info.
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Thank you for your reply! I have done all of those.. I won't be living on campus and they are both literally 5 minutes away from each other.
Being social work they both teach in very similar ways with placements being in the same areas too - which is why it is so tricky to decide.

The Pros and Cons list is definitely a good idea.

Thanks again


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Analysis and consider all factors. Pros and cons. Compare them.

Go to open day.
Talk to students on that course.
Look at how the course is taught.
What subjects are covered?
Go to the open days.
Consider the commute.
Consider facilities.
Accommodation.
Campus.
Student union.
Work placements.
Where students go for employment after graduation.
City it is located in.
Nightlife?
Cost of living?
Talk to the student social work society or class reps.

That enough?

Its ultimately your choice, but I think if you do research as above you can figure out which ones is in your best interests to go to and you want to spend three years at. You can also tell people which two unis and they could provide further info.
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If both are very similar in all but ranking then I would pick the one you prefer. I'm basing that mostly on the assumption that Social Work employment isn't really based upon rankings as things like Law/IB could. I may be wrong though.
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Hi there SDE77

You've had some great responses already, and I would have recommended a pros and cons list too.

From personal experience, I was torn between 2 universities for my undergraduate and went for the university that just "felt" right. However, I'd also checked the facilities were adequate from my course needs and that as a mature student I'd get pastoral support if I required it.

Do both courses offer the same level of practical experience and placements?

Fiona :horse:
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Hi all,

Thank you all so much for the help and advice.

Liverpool Hope; The placements etc are almost identical as being in the same area they are offered within the same statutory settings.

I know one felt better however I am now leaning towards the one that is more campus based as this has more facilities on hand which means if I was to have a "study day" at the uni there is more on hand to access... still a little torn tho..

Pros and Cons list has helped tho and was definitely a great tip!
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(Original post by SDE77)
Hi all,

Thank you all so much for the help and advice.

Liverpool Hope; The placements etc are almost identical as being in the same area they are offered within the same statutory settings.

I know one felt better however I am now leaning towards the one that is more campus based as this has more facilities on hand which means if I was to have a "study day" at the uni there is more on hand to access... still a little torn tho..

Pros and Cons list has helped tho and was definitely a great tip!
Hello, :burnout:

If they are both accredited courses the chances are they may follow the same guidelines, meaning the course content may look similar.

It sounds like you are going to make the best informed decision based on your own personal preference.

Tom :biggrin:
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I assume that you are doing an accredited Social Work degree and in that case it does not matter which one you do, these are run sort of as an apprenticeship to prepare you to a very specific and regulated role, like paramedics or Nursing. Pick one that is the most convenient to you, ideally try to pick one that has a connection to an area/office where you would like to end up working
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Hi all

I'm a mature student - going to do an undergraduate degree in Social Work.

So I thought I knew which uni I wanted to go to during the application
process but I went for an interview at another university to ensure I
was making an informed choice.

I came out confused as I really liked the second uni and I have offers
for both.

On paper the first university is far more superior and I know has the
better reputation but the second university "felt" better.

How do you choose?? By vibe or by facts on paper?? I hope this makes sense?
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Just to say I chose! I chose the one that was better on paper but also just came across as far more organised and I had met quite a few other students who I would be studying with. Head over heart but know it is was the right decision.

Thank you for all the advice and tips.
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Your very welcome

If you have any questions about university life in general feel free to PM us.

Amy.
(Original post by SDE77)
Just to say I chose! I chose the one that was better on paper but also just came across as far more organised and I had met quite a few other students who I would be studying with. Head over heart but know it is was the right decision.

Thank you for all the advice and tips.
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