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Birmingham vs Bristol, Manchester, UCL, or KCL for Computer Science

Hi! I’m an international student who finished gcses with an 1 a* and 5 as, and did Maths, Further Maths, and Physics for my A-Levels obtaining an a*a*b for each of them. Because of the b I got in physics, I went into clearing and got into the uni of birmingham for mechanical engineering.
Right now, I’m on a leave of absence until 2023 due to mandatory military service in my country. While I was here, I figured that I actually want to do computer science instead of mechanical engineering, so contacted the uni for a transfer to computer science. I got accepted, but I have to start from the first year. This got me thinking, with an a*a*b, if I should just re-apply for another uni such as the universities above.
Here’s the question: is it worth re-applying via ucas to go to those unis in the title(as I’m currently in the military, it’s impossible for me to retake my physics a levels, and it’s a huge challenge for me to apply for ucas while being in the military), or is re-applying not worth the money and time, and is birmingham good enough? Also my a-levels are done in 2020, so it’s 3 years old, so I’m also curious if the above unis would consider my a-level grades. Thank you.
Reply 1
all 4 you've mentioned are extremely competitive for computer science. I know people who've been rejected with 5a*s to ucl and one of my mates applying for comp sci told me that Manchester ask for 3a*s or something crazy like that. this year kcl has been super super competitive too. if its going to be a pain reapplying id just recommend sticking with Birmingham.
Reply 2
Thank you for the reply! Just one more question: do you think that birmingham is well known for computer science? And does birmingham have a degree of prestige as a university? I’m just kinda worried cause I’m non-british and probably will go and get a job in other countries. Thanks!
Reply 3
yeah brums a great uni ive only ever heard good things about it and its definitely up there in terms of prestige and reputation
Original post by sk0917
Thank you for the reply! Just one more question: do you think that birmingham is well known for computer science? And does birmingham have a degree of prestige as a university? I’m just kinda worried cause I’m non-british and probably will go and get a job in other countries. Thanks!

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