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I'm applying for psychology 2020 and my first choices are Durham, Exeter, Bristol but i'm struggling to choose a 4th and 5th choice with lower entry requirements as an insurance.
I've visited Royal Holloway and it is gorgeous, it's very homily, I like how the uni represents itself but i'm not sure how vibrant it will be, it has the lowest entry requirements out of all of them but I know it also has a lower reputation? Correct me if i'm wrong?
As for Nottingham, I also visited an open day and loved the campus, it's more vibrant than RH, but I've heard the city can be a bit rough?
St Andrews has the best reputation, I haven't visited as it's quite far from me which is another reason i'm questioning applying, but it is beautiful, it's got the beach, just there doesn't seem like there's a lot to do.
Anyone study psychology at any of these or have any advice or experience? Thank you so much!
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The usual advice is :
1 choice just above your predicted grades
2 or 3 at your predicted grades
1 or 2 below your predicted grades

'A grade' Unis are competitive and not only do they ask for high grades - if you miss your offer, they are less likely to be lenient in August. This means your Insurance choices have to be very realistic and 'cover' you if you should drop by more than two grades.
Royal Holloway is only one grade below Bristol, its a London Uni, it asks for A grades and so its still 'risky'. You might like to look at at least one choice that is much lower - Surrey, UEA, Plymouth, Oxford Brookes etc - lower grade requirements and more likely to be lenient if you 'miss'. Or look at a related subject course at Durham, Exeter, Bristol that has lower grade requirements.

'Reputation' is a nebulous concept and since you can't measure it, its not exactly a reliable way to choose a Uni.
The important thing for Psychology is accreditation by BPS - that is what relevant employers will look for : https://www.bps.org.uk/our-members/accreditation
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(Original post by returnmigrant)
The usual advice is :
1 choice just above your predicted grades
2 or 3 at your predicted grades
1 or 2 below your predicted grades

'A grade' Unis are competitive and not only do they ask for high grades - if you miss your offer, they are less likely to be lenient in August. This means your Insurance choices have to be very realistic and 'cover' you if you should drop by more than two grades.
Royal Holloway is only one grade below Bristol, its a London Uni, it asks for A grades and so its still 'risky'. You might like to look at at least one choice that is much lower - Surrey, UEA, Plymouth, Oxford Brookes etc - lower grade requirements and more likely to be lenient if you 'miss'. Or look at a related subject course at Durham, Exeter, Bristol that has lower grade requirements.

'Reputation' is a nebulous concept and since you can't measure it, its not exactly a reliable way to choose a Uni.
The important thing for Psychology is accreditation by BPS - that is what relevant employers will look for : https://www.bps.org.uk/our-members/accreditation
For royal holloway the entry requirement for me is actually ABB because i do science subjects an an EPQ. My predicted grades are A*A*A, my entry requirements for Bristol would be A*AB or AAA. and For nottingham and st. andrews it’s AAB. Do you think it would be okay with putting either St. andrews or Nottingham as insurance or should i be safer and put Royal Holloway as insurance?
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