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So I’ve applied to my 5 courses at different universities.
How do I insure and firm them. Any tips as to how to choice??
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So I’ve applied to my 5 courses at different universities.
How do I insure and firm them. Any tips as to how to choice??
If you're in Year 13 now I assume that you haven't been able to go to any in person open days. Which makes the process of selecting a uni a bit more difficult because a key part of the process is being able to feel whether a city/town is right for you.

I am going through a similar process to you right now and I would consider:
-Do you prefer city vs campus unis?
-Are there any optional modules in a course that one of ur unis offers but another does not?
-Would u prefer to go to the uni's that are further away or closer to home?
-What are the recreational activities at each uni like? If a nightlife is important to you then you may want to look into this more.
-What are the career prospects of gradates and what is the unis career service like?
-What is the cost of living in each uni eg. London more expensive.
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If you're in Year 13 now I assume that you haven't been able to go to any in person open days. Which makes the process of selecting a uni a bit more difficult because a key part of the process is being able to feel whether a city/town is right for you.

I am going through a similar process to you right now and I would consider:
-Do you prefer city vs campus unis?
-Are there any optional modules in a course that one of ur unis offers but another does not?
-Would u prefer to go to the uni's that are further away or closer to home?
-What are the recreational activities at each uni like? If a nightlife is important to you then you may want to look into this more.
-What are the career prospects of gradates and what is the unis career service like?
-What is the cost of living in each uni eg. London more expensive.
Hi thanks for that.
But I’ve taken these into consideration when picking my 5 choices and applying to ucas.
I’m talking about how to short list them into 2.
Insurance and my firm choice.
I’ve got 5 choices and I need to end up with 2.
So far I’ve decided I’m doing foundation years and all 5 universities are split into EE or DDD
So I’m going to pick one of the lower grade EE for my firm and one DDD for my insurance so I have a split chance. But I don’t know how to pick from the 5 which one I want to go to do I can firm and put it down as insurance.
Any tips.
I appreciate how long it must have taken you to write that and thank you!!!
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Hi thanks for that.
But I’ve taken these into consideration when picking my 5 choices and applying to ucas.
I’m talking about how to short list them into 2.
Insurance and my firm choice.
I’ve got 5 choices and I need to end up with 2.
So far I’ve decided I’m doing foundation years and all 5 universities are split into EE or DDD
So I’m going to pick one of the lower grade EE for my firm and one DDD for my insurance so I have a split chance. But I don’t know how to pick from the 5 which one I want to go to do I can firm and put it down as insurance.
Any tips.
I appreciate how long it must have taken you to write that and thank you!!!
I'd say that the advice Keir's given still very much factors into choosing your insurance universities.
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You need to wait until all five have made decisions on your applications. You may not get five offers which will help you shortlist

Ordinarily you would go to offer holder open days and suchlike to help you choose. I imagine that type of activity will be virtual for the foreseeable future.
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Hi thanks for that.
But I’ve taken these into consideration when picking my 5 choices and applying to ucas.
I’m talking about how to short list them into 2.
Insurance and my firm choice.
I’ve got 5 choices and I need to end up with 2.
So far I’ve decided I’m doing foundation years and all 5 universities are split into EE or DDD
So I’m going to pick one of the lower grade EE for my firm and one DDD for my insurance so I have a split chance. But I don’t know how to pick from the 5 which one I want to go to do I can firm and put it down as insurance.
Any tips.
I appreciate how long it must have taken you to write that and thank you!!!
I'd say my advice still applies when narrowing down to your firm and insurance. Do able to share the unis you have applied for so i could give you my insight into each of them?
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I'd say that the advice Keir's given still very much factors into choosing your insurance universities.
Thank you
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I'd say my advice still applies when narrowing down to your firm and insurance. Do able to share the unis you have applied for so i could give you my insight into each of them?
Wolverhampton university, Worcester university. I need to pick 1 from these 2 to firm. (Which is better?)

Then, Staffordshire uni, university of west England (Bristol), Brighton university. I need to pick one of them as insurance as these are the grade higher
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You need to wait until all five have made decisions on your applications. You may not get five offers which will help you shortlist

Ordinarily you would go to offer holder open days and suchlike to help you choose. I imagine that type of activity will be virtual for the foreseeable future.
Alright. All 5 have accepted me. I’ve been to all of the open days but I need to pick 2. It’s so hard
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Alright. All 5 have accepted me. I’ve been to all of the open days but I need to pick 2. It’s so hard
In that case Keir’s advice is all solid. There’s no rush, you have months to decide and there’s no benefit to picking early. Wait and see what offer holder events they run.
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In that case Keir’s advice is all solid. There’s no rush, you have months to decide and there’s no benefit to picking early. Wait and see what offer holder events they run.
And for when they do-how do I know what to pick? That’s the purpose of this post.
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Hi thanks for that.
But I’ve taken these into consideration when picking my 5 choices and applying to ucas.
I’m talking about how to short list them into 2.
Insurance and my firm choice.
I’ve got 5 choices and I need to end up with 2.
So far I’ve decided I’m doing foundation years and all 5 universities are split into EE or DDD
So I’m going to pick one of the lower grade EE for my firm and one DDD for my insurance so I have a split chance. But I don’t know how to pick from the 5 which one I want to go to do I can firm and put it down as insurance.
Any tips.
I appreciate how long it must have taken you to write that and thank you!!!
Hey i think youve made the wrong choices for your firm and insurance. Insurance is going to be your back up so it should be the one with lower grades so that youre secure! If you get into your firm, your insurance will automatically get withdrawn by ucas. If you end up getting below EE (your firm) then you cant really use your insurance (due to it requiring higher grades) -it defeats the whole point. So think wisely. I wish you the best of luck!
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Hey i think youve made the wrong choices for your firm and insurance. Insurance is going to be your back up so it should be the one with lower grades so that youre secure! If you get into your firm, your insurance will automatically get withdrawn by ucas. If you end up getting below EE (your firm) then you cant really use your insurance (due to it requiring higher grades) -it defeats the whole point. So think wisely. I wish you the best of luck!
I haven’t made any choices. I’m just explaining what I think I’m going to do. I’d rather use my firm as the lower grades to guarentee I get a place. I came up with this little way of doing it an hour or so ago so it’s probably not the best. Thank you for the advice I’ll consider it
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I haven’t made any choices. I’m just explaining what I think I’m going to do. I’d rather use my firm as the lower grades to guarentee I get a place.
Your Firm should be the place that you most want to go to. You’re always guaranteed a place if you meet either your of your firm or insurance offers, but your firm has the first option to accept you regardless.

I would recommend that you speak to a member of staff at your college who is familiar with how the Firm and Insurance options are used at UCAS.
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And for when they do-how do I know what to pick? That’s the purpose of this post.
None of us can tell you which to pick.

You need to find out as much as you can about each course and university and decide which is the best match for your interests and preferences. Imagine yourself on each course or living in each place for years. What matters is finding the place where you will be happy and motivated to study your course so that you can thrive academically and personally.

University study is so self motivated it’s important to find the course and place that gets you excited about your course and happy with your life so you can take advantage of all the opportunities available outside your course.

You have quite a mix of campus universities that are isolated or near small towns, campuses near big towns/cities and universities that are spread among a city/town so that might be a place to start thinking. Do you want to live just with other students or do you like living around a range of people. Do you like living in a town/city or in the countryside? What do you think are the differences between the course content for the courses and how does that match your academic interests and preferences?
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The really important thing to remember is that ucas gives you until May to decide this for a reason.

Use that time and don’t rush to make your decision on Track. Even if you are sure then you should wait until April at the earliest to make sure you don’t change your mind in the next 5 months.
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Your Firm should be the place that you most want to go to. You’re always guaranteed a place if you meet either your of your firm or insurance offers, but your firm has the first option to accept you regardless.

I would recommend that you speak to a member of staff at your college who is familiar with how the Firm and Insurance options are used at UCAS.
Definitely understand this now. Thank you!!
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None of us can tell you which to pick.

You need to find out as much as you can about each course and university and decide which is the best match for your interests and preferences. Imagine yourself on each course or living in each place for years. What matters is finding the place where you will be happy and motivated to study your course so that you can thrive academically and personally.

University study is so self motivated it’s important to find the course and place that gets you excited about your course and happy with your life so you can take advantage of all the opportunities available outside your course.

You have quite a mix of campus universities that are isolated or near small towns, campuses near big towns/cities and universities that are spread among a city/town so that might be a place to start thinking. Do you want to live just with other students or do you like living around a range of people. Do you like living in a town/city or in the countryside? What do you think are the differences between the course content for the courses and how does that match your academic interests and preferences?
Got it. Thank you!!
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