Hi everyone, I am an International Student studying International Foundation Year (IFY) - Northern Consortium of UK Universities(NCUK) this year. I am interested in physiotherapy and plan to put physiotherapy for all five choices.
1. University of Birmingham
2. University of Southampton/KCL
3. University of East Anglia
4. University of Bradford
5. Keele University/MMU
Right now, I am considering the second choice. Should I put KCL or the University of Southampton? My school counsellor told me to put the University of Southampton instead of KCL because he said KCL is the most prestigious university. Also, physiotherapy is a very competitive subject, and KCL has its foundation year, which makes it more competitive. Although the University of Southampton is not within the NCUK group but is a partner of NCUK, he believes that putting the University of Southampton is a better choice. My counsellor strongly advised me not to put KCL, but I really like KCL. On the other hand, due to the NCUK IFY Qualification's recognisability when applying to non-NCUK universities, I am afraid that my qualification will become a disadvantage when I apply to a prestigious university. I emailed KCL, and they said, "Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis".
I'd appreciate it if you could give me some advice on picking between these two universities