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I originally applied to Lancaster and had them as my firm choice, however due to downgrading I missed out and had to go through clearing where I applied to Hull. I recently received an email from Lancaster saying that due to my CAG (centre assessed grades) I now have a place there., however now I’m stuck between Lancaster and Hull.
I have an offer for Geology with Physical Geography at Hull and Environmental Science at Lancaster.
My problems are:
The course at Hull is accredited whilst the course at Lancaster isn’t.
Accommodation at Hull is a lot nicer.
Lancaster ranks better than Hull.
The course at Hull has virtually no exams which like.
Lancaster seems to me more employable as a university than Hull, according to TCUG.
Hull is a bigger city so there a more places for me to get shopping done, however I did feel rather uncomfortable in the city centre when I visited.

I feel like if I pick Hull than I’m stupid for passing up the opportunity to go to a triple top 10 university. On the other hand if I pick Lancaster I feel like I might miss out in the future by my course not being accredited and I might be sacrificing too much for the University’s reputation.
Any help is appreciated.
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I originally applied to Lancaster and had them as my firm choice, however due to downgrading I missed out and had to go through clearing where I applied to Hull. I recently received an email from Lancaster saying that due to my CAG (centre assessed grades) I now have a place there., however now I’m stuck between Lancaster and Hull.
I have an offer for Geology with Physical Geography at Hull and Environmental Science at Lancaster.
My problems are:
The course at Hull is accredited whilst the course at Lancaster isn’t.
Accommodation at Hull is a lot nicer.
Lancaster ranks better than Hull.
The course at Hull has virtually no exams which like.
Lancaster seems to me more employable as a university than Hull, according to TCUG.
Hull is a bigger city so there a more places for me to get shopping done, however I did feel rather uncomfortable in the city centre when I visited.

I feel like if I pick Hull than I’m stupid for passing up the opportunity to go to a triple top 10 university. On the other hand if I pick Lancaster I feel like I might miss out in the future by my course not being accredited and I might be sacrificing too much for the University’s reputation.
Any help is appreciated.
Hi CaribbeanScholar,
I think it's worth double checking what an accredited course means vs a non-accredited? Lots of courses aren't accredited but it doesn't devalue them necessarily, it often makes them more flexible and allows you to specialise and tailor your degree, which can be attractive to employers.
I think also although it's a big decision, try not to over think it. Go with your gut! Where do you think you'll be happiest studying for 3+ years? Where can you imagine living? Where do you feel you'll fit in better? Sometimes it's best to just go with your instinct!
Being employable is about so much more than just a degree, and if at both you feel you'll be learning about stuff that interests you, as well have the opportunity to do work experience and internships which will help your CV stand out, just pick which one you prefer!
I would also add that although Lancaster is small, I don't think anyone has issues with shopping. There's most shops you need, and realistically most people order online or go to Manchester (50 minutes) if they want to do a lot of shopping.
Let me know if you have any questions or anything I can help you with!
Charlotte
3rd year Biological Sciences with Biomedicine
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I originally applied to Lancaster and had them as my firm choice, however due to downgrading I missed out and had to go through clearing where I applied to Hull. I recently received an email from Lancaster saying that due to my CAG (centre assessed grades) I now have a place there., however now I’m stuck between Lancaster and Hull.
I have an offer for Geology with Physical Geography at Hull and Environmental Science at Lancaster.
My problems are:
The course at Hull is accredited whilst the course at Lancaster isn’t.
Accommodation at Hull is a lot nicer.
Lancaster ranks better than Hull.
The course at Hull has virtually no exams which like.
Lancaster seems to me more employable as a university than Hull, according to TCUG.
Hull is a bigger city so there a more places for me to get shopping done, however I did feel rather uncomfortable in the city centre when I visited.

I feel like if I pick Hull than I’m stupid for passing up the opportunity to go to a triple top 10 university. On the other hand if I pick Lancaster I feel like I might miss out in the future by my course not being accredited and I might be sacrificing too much for the University’s reputation.
Any help is appreciated.
Hull. Go Hull.
The degree is not accredited. That's the reason u go to uni. To get a degree. Just go to Hull.
And it's not even that bad. Lancaster isn't even well known anyway. Who cares if it's higher in the league tables.
I personally would go to Hull if in ur place.
And true. Make sure u don't sacrifice too much just for the unis reputation. I mean read over ur list of pros and cons, Hull seems to b just as good as Lancaster. Its literally just its ranking that makes it different. But Hull has the degree u need.
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I believe Lancaster
May I ask why?
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I originally applied to Lancaster and had them as my firm choice, however due to downgrading I missed out and had to go through clearing where I applied to Hull. I recently received an email from Lancaster saying that due to my CAG (centre assessed grades) I now have a place there., however now I’m stuck between Lancaster and Hull.
I have an offer for Geology with Physical Geography at Hull and Environmental Science at Lancaster.
My problems are:
The course at Hull is accredited whilst the course at Lancaster isn’t.
Accommodation at Hull is a lot nicer.
Lancaster ranks better than Hull.
The course at Hull has virtually no exams which like.
Lancaster seems to me more employable as a university than Hull, according to TCUG.
Hull is a bigger city so there a more places for me to get shopping done, however I did feel rather uncomfortable in the city centre when I visited.

I feel like if I pick Hull than I’m stupid for passing up the opportunity to go to a triple top 10 university. On the other hand if I pick Lancaster I feel like I might miss out in the future by my course not being accredited and I might be sacrificing too much for the University’s reputation.
Any help is appreciated.
Hi CaribbeanScholar!

As a relatively new science compared to others, accreditation of Environmental Science programmes has had a much shorter history and development. We would like to think that a good employer would recognise the pedigree associated with Environmental Science at Lancaster (we were the first Environmental Science department in the UK), as well as the overall high standing of the university.

As for our accommodation, we have won the Best Student Halls award 8 times since 2010 in the National Student Housing Awards. We certainly try and do our best for our students!

Good luck with your decision - we'd be very happy to have you at Lancaster.

^Gordon
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I originally applied to Lancaster and had them as my firm choice, however due to downgrading I missed out and had to go through clearing where I applied to Hull. I recently received an email from Lancaster saying that due to my CAG (centre assessed grades) I now have a place there., however now I’m stuck between Lancaster and Hull.
I have an offer for Geology with Physical Geography at Hull and Environmental Science at Lancaster.
My problems are:
The course at Hull is accredited whilst the course at Lancaster isn’t.
Accommodation at Hull is a lot nicer.
Lancaster ranks better than Hull.
The course at Hull has virtually no exams which like.
Lancaster seems to me more employable as a university than Hull, according to TCUG.
Hull is a bigger city so there a more places for me to get shopping done, however I did feel rather uncomfortable in the city centre when I visited.

I feel like if I pick Hull than I’m stupid for passing up the opportunity to go to a triple top 10 university. On the other hand if I pick Lancaster I feel like I might miss out in the future by my course not being accredited and I might be sacrificing too much for the University’s reputation.
Any help is appreciated.
Hi CaribbeanScholar

If it helps, unless you plan on going shopping, you rarely go into the city centre at Hull. Most Students spend a large portion of their time based around Newland and Princes Avenue as there is a whole host of different things to engage in. There is a range of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops down these avenues.

It may also be that based on your results you might be eligible for one of our scholarships -https://www.hull.ac.uk/choose-hull/study-at-hull/scholarships-and-bursaries

Our geology and Physical Geography course has 100% student satisfaction in the UK (2020), and is ranked third in the UK for Research Impact (REF 2014).

In terms of university rankings, the rankings see the University singled out as one of the biggest risers in the UK for the Complete University Guide 2021 rankings. The University of Hull is also the biggest riser in the North of England. But I would only pay attention to these rankings to an extent. Your experience at the university, I would argue is far more important.

In regards to our accommodation, both Westfield Court and The Courtyard are new additions to the university.

But, as stated by the Lancaster Student Representative Go with your gut! Where do you think you'll be happiest studying for 3+ years? Where can you imagine living? Where do you feel you'll fit in better? Sometimes it's best to just go with your instinct!
We can produce stats left right and centre, but at the end of the day it is down to you as an individual and where you think you will be happiest.

I have been at Hull for 5 years completing my BA, MA and now a year into my PhD in History but I have also studied modules within the geography department as part of my programmes. I have loved my experience at the university which is why I decided to stay at Hull for my postgraduate degrees. For me it was the support which we receive as students from both the academic staff but also the Student support services (if you require it) which made a huge amount of difference for me. It was also the opportunities which we have as students to engage in to help build the skills which make up your CV. It is as much about these skills as the degree itself which is important.

I hope it helps, and if you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask

Emily
University of Hull Student Representative.
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