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Ive got accepted to surrey, reading and essex for accounting and finance with a placement year.Im having trouble deciding which one to firm and to insurance.The expectations for the grades are:

reading : BBC (B in maths)
surrey : BBC
essex : CCC

i was thinking to firm either reading or surrey and then insurance essex but im having trouble deciding between the two. I want to consider social life and also which univeristy has better career prospects and which of them offer better placement experience at better companies.

Also, do you think i should take a risk and firm reading and insurance surrey. The only thing thats the problem for me right now is the required B in maths and If the exams go so bad I might get a C.

help please. im open to any suggestions!!
Original post by roses.
Ive got accepted to surrey, reading and essex for accounting and finance with a placement year.Im having trouble deciding which one to firm and to insurance.The expectations for the grades are:

reading : BBC (B in maths)
surrey : BBC
essex : CCC

i was thinking to firm either reading or surrey and then insurance essex but im having trouble deciding between the two. I want to consider social life and also which univeristy has better career prospects and which of them offer better placement experience at better companies.

Also, do you think i should take a risk and firm reading and insurance surrey. The only thing thats the problem for me right now is the required B in maths and If the exams go so bad I might get a C.

help please. im open to any suggestions!!

Hi @roses.

I am in my final year at the University of Essex and I would definitely recommend it!

The campus is stunning and has lots of really lovely outdoor and indoor spaces. We have two huge lakes on campus with BBQs and a fire pit, which is great in the summer. We also have two bars and our own nightclub called SubZero. There are lots of coffee shops (including Starbucks and Costa) and places to eat too. All of these venues are great for socialising!

Essex also has a huge range of societies/clubs/sports teams that you can join which are great for meeting new people. Our SU is always hosting really fun events to ensure that everyone is having a good time!

I would recommend having a look at our social media pages to get a feel for what it is like here!

Instagram: @uniessex @essexsu

TikTok: @uniofessex @essexsu


If you're able to book yourself onto an open day/campus tour, if you haven't done one already, I would definitely recommend this too!

Let me know if you have any questions. 😊

All the best, Essex Student Rep - Aimée
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Original post by EssexStudentRep
Original post by roses.
Ive got accepted to surrey, reading and essex for accounting and finance with a placement year.Im having trouble deciding which one to firm and to insurance.The expectations for the grades are:

reading : BBC (B in maths)
surrey : BBC
essex : CCC

i was thinking to firm either reading or surrey and then insurance essex but im having trouble deciding between the two. I want to consider social life and also which univeristy has better career prospects and which of them offer better placement experience at better companies.

Also, do you think i should take a risk and firm reading and insurance surrey. The only thing thats the problem for me right now is the required B in maths and If the exams go so bad I might get a C.

help please. im open to any suggestions!!

Hi @roses.

I am in my final year at the University of Essex and I would definitely recommend it!

The campus is stunning and has lots of really lovely outdoor and indoor spaces. We have two huge lakes on campus with BBQs and a fire pit, which is great in the summer. We also have two bars and our own nightclub called SubZero. There are lots of coffee shops (including Starbucks and Costa) and places to eat too. All of these venues are great for socialising!

Essex also has a huge range of societies/clubs/sports teams that you can join which are great for meeting new people. Our SU is always hosting really fun events to ensure that everyone is having a good time!

I would recommend having a look at our social media pages to get a feel for what it is like here!

Instagram: @uniessex @essexsu

TikTok: @uniofessex @essexsu


If you're able to book yourself onto an open day/campus tour, if you haven't done one already, I would definitely recommend this too!

Let me know if you have any questions. 😊

All the best, Essex Student Rep - Aimée


I applied study 4 years and do a placement year with my course. I know that If I change my mind I can drop out of it and do a three year course but I really want to do this as experience is said to be valued for an accountant. Would you revommend it or do you know how easy it is to find somewhere to do a placement with?
Hey @roses. 👋

I'm Hayley, also a rep for Essex. I study Applied Biomedical Science and I'm currently on my placement year!

I can't recommend it highly enough as it's such a valuable experience. We've got a fantastic placements team and they're so helpful. Each subject will have a different approach to placement prep but essentially you will start looking for your placement at the beginning of your second year. It's so easy to change your mind if you decide you do or don't want to go ahead with a placement and the course code can be changed no problem.

I'd say relax and just enjoy your first year. Check at the start though if there are any limitations to qualifying for a placement, such as a requirement to hit a certain grade % in your first year.

Take advantage of all the otional support classes on offer like CV writing, interview prep, career guidance, etc. It is up to you to find your placement, but the careers and placements teams as well as your lecturers will be able to help you and point you in the direction of websites you can find positions available for a placement year.

A placement is great as you get the chance to have a year's work experience that your peers won't have when they graduate. Your employability will dramatically increase. It's also a way to experience a potential career and see if it's right for you or give you an idea of what you might prefer to do. Once you're within a company you might see a job role in a different department that you wouldn't have even thought of before. You'll have networking experience and make connections with people.

After 2 years of uni it's nice to have the break of working and earning some money and it really makes you appreciate the degree a bit more. Kind of breaks up the studying and then you can hit the ground running in your final year.

Wishing you all the best!
Essex Student Rep - Hayley
Original post by roses.
Ive got accepted to surrey, reading and essex for accounting and finance with a placement year.Im having trouble deciding which one to firm and to insurance.The expectations for the grades are:

reading : BBC (B in maths)
surrey : BBC
essex : CCC

i was thinking to firm either reading or surrey and then insurance essex but im having trouble deciding between the two. I want to consider social life and also which univeristy has better career prospects and which of them offer better placement experience at better companies.

Also, do you think i should take a risk and firm reading and insurance surrey. The only thing thats the problem for me right now is the required B in maths and If the exams go so bad I might get a C.

help please. im open to any suggestions!!

Hey @roses.

Congratulations on your offers, that's such great news! It is definitely hard to make a decision when you've got so many options, but what a good position to be in at the same time, well done!

Do you have any specific preferences when it comes to universities that you're looking for? Is there any reason why you're currently thinking of the order you have? That may help when it comes to rationalising your final decision.

One piece of advice I would give though, is to think about your overall university experience and lifestyle, not just the course (as you've rightly pointed out) as wherever you choose will be where you live for the next 3-4 years, meaning the most important thing is that you are happy and could see yourself doing every day life there too, so whilst I am obviously going to sing the praises of Reading (because I do love it here!), ultimately we want you to choose wherever is right for you individually and they are all great universities to choose from for different reasons!

I do think Reading is well known for its accounting courses and has good links with top organisations for placement and future job prospects as we are located so close to London (where a lot of the big firms are) but also because this is part of our Henley Business School which has a really good reputation and relationship among businesses proving plenty of opportunity for you to put yourself out there, build your experiences and start to consider building relationships.
You can find out a lot about the reputation of the school and the companies we work with here.

I also think Reading is unique in terms of social life. I think it has the potential to offer whatever kind of lifestyle you are looking for. There are plenty of places to go in town and even on campus if you're looking for some nightlife, but there are also lots of things you can do nearby if you are looking for a quieter lifestyle whilst still having things to do with your friends; for example, there are so many nice places to walk nearby and on campus which is one of my favourite things about Reading.

Have you been to visit any of the universities? If not, I would definitely recommend going to open/visit days if you can as this is what really helped me make up my mind when I was finding it hard to make a decision. I visited Reading on an open day and immediately felt at home and could imagine myself living there; everyone was so welcoming and helpful. Sometimes I think just visiting a place can give you a really good idea of whether or not it's the place for you. If you haven't visited campus yet but would like to, you can find out more about open days, visit days and just coming to visit on your own here.

Hope this helps! if you have any other questions at all about the university or life in Reading that you think may help you, please do ask away!

Wishing you the best of luck!

Skye 🙂
4th Year MSci Speech and Language Therapy Student
Hi @roses

Congratulations on your offer to study accounting and finance with a placement year at Surrey!

In terms of social life, it’s what you make of it really. Surrey Students' Union is nationally ranked top 10 with a whole range of societies and clubs to choose from. Students regularly attend these so it’s a great way to make new friends and find something you enjoy outside of your studies. You can even start your own too! Generally, there’s always something to do and more information can be found here (including our social media channels): https://surreyunion.org/activity/clubs-societies/

Additionally, as a campus university there is a nice community vibe with lots of places to catch-up and socialise with friends - so much so, we’ve ranked 5 for Student Experience by The Sunday Times! Popular places include the common rooms dotted around campus, called ‘The Dots’, as well as our range of restaurants and cafés with different price ranges and cuisines from around the world. Our campus has an attractive large greenery space with a lake that overlooks Guildford. During the warmer months, we host movies and events there. It’s also the perfect place to have a picnic and BBQ! We have two of our very own nightclubs on campus, called The Rubix and The Basement. They’re well liked amongst our students and are also reasonably priced. However, if you’d like to pop into town, which is also lively and vibrant, it’s only 10-15 minutes walk away.

You can check out our campus via booking a campus tour here: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/visit-university/campus-tours

In terms of career prospects, Surrey has an award-winning Careers and Employability Service. It’s completely free and they do CV checks, mock interviews, placement advice including much more. So, if you’re ever stuck and need more support, they are here to help. There are also top companies that host skills sessions and application talks for Surrey students. The Surrey Accounting and Finance Degree has multiple professional recognitions such as:

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS)


So, many students secure graduate jobs and placement opportunities at top companies. If you’d like to study or work abroad during your degree, the university is well linked with numerous partner institutions. Additionally, the campus is only 30-40 minutes away from London.

Overall, choosing the university that best suits you and your goals is probably the wisest choice. So, wishing you the best of luck!

Best Regards,
Britina
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons)
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Do you prefer Surrey or Reading? Have you been able to visit them both? What grades do you expect?
Hi @roses.

Congratulations on your offers to study Accounting and Finance! I understand Britina has replied to you regarding your questions about Surrey. I would like to provide further insight into the University, given that I am currently in my second year studying the course, with a placement offer from BDO in London.

I wanted to delve deeper into the course on how we ensure students are prepared in the best way they can be in the workforce. One of the unique aspects of studying Accounting and Finance at Surrey is that, on top of the fantastic support you will receive from our award-winning Careers and Employability team, you will also have a compulsory Professional Development module in your first year. This will equip you with the necessary skills to apply for various roles, including internships, placements, and graduate positions. The program covers everything from drafting CVs, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles to preparing for interviews. You will also have the opportunity to network with professionals in your sector of interest, providing a fantastic way to gain exposure and insights into various fields within that sector.

Drawing from my experience, this has given me a solid foundation to navigate the competitive job market. It emphasised not only the technical skills essential for the field but also placed a strong focus on developing my soft skills. You can find out more about this module here: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ACCOUNTING & FINANCE - 2024/5 - University of Surrey or more about the course in general here: Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons) degree course 2024 entry | University of Surrey.

To add to the comments by Britina on professional recognition, many of our modules are accredited with professional boards and charterships. For instance, with ICAEW and ACCA, you can apply for up to 8 and 9 exam exemptions, respectively based on the modules you choose, which can be a huge plus when it comes to finding employment afterwards as many public accounting firms require graduates to sit these exams as part of their programme.

I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have other questions I could help with.

All the best,
Daniel
BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance
University of Surrey
(edited 2 months ago)
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Original post by roses.
Ive got accepted to surrey, reading and essex for accounting and finance with a placement year.Im having trouble deciding which one to firm and to insurance.The expectations for the grades are:

reading : BBC (B in maths)
surrey : BBC
essex : CCC

i was thinking to firm either reading or surrey and then insurance essex but im having trouble deciding between the two. I want to consider social life and also which univeristy has better career prospects and which of them offer better placement experience at better companies.

Also, do you think i should take a risk and firm reading and insurance surrey. The only thing thats the problem for me right now is the required B in maths and If the exams go so bad I might get a C.

help please. im open to any suggestions!!

when did you apply to essex? and is there a way to track applicatin?
Reply 9
Original post by 231Joeee
Original post by roses.
Ive got accepted to surrey, reading and essex for accounting and finance with a placement year.Im having trouble deciding which one to firm and to insurance.The expectations for the grades are:

reading : BBC (B in maths)
surrey : BBC
essex : CCC

i was thinking to firm either reading or surrey and then insurance essex but im having trouble deciding between the two. I want to consider social life and also which univeristy has better career prospects and which of them offer better placement experience at better companies.

Also, do you think i should take a risk and firm reading and insurance surrey. The only thing thats the problem for me right now is the required B in maths and If the exams go so bad I might get a C.

help please. im open to any suggestions!!

when did you apply to essex? and is there a way to track applicatin?


i applied in december. you have a application portal but ucas tells you if you have got the offer or not. personally i havent been on it at all
Reply 10
Original post by roses.
Ive got accepted to surrey, reading and essex for accounting and finance with a placement year.Im having trouble deciding which one to firm and to insurance.The expectations for the grades are:

reading : BBC (B in maths)
surrey : BBC
essex : CCC

i was thinking to firm either reading or surrey and then insurance essex but im having trouble deciding between the two. I want to consider social life and also which univeristy has better career prospects and which of them offer better placement experience at better companies.

Also, do you think i should take a risk and firm reading and insurance surrey. The only thing thats the problem for me right now is the required B in maths and If the exams go so bad I might get a C.

help please. im open to any suggestions!!

Hey. Im also in the same situation. I have applied to Surrey and reading for business management and marketing with a placement year with the same grades, and I have no idea for which one to choose. If you decide as to which one you prefer i would be glad for you to lmk!
Reply 11
Original post by bbb1618
Original post by roses.
Ive got accepted to surrey, reading and essex for accounting and finance with a placement year.Im having trouble deciding which one to firm and to insurance.The expectations for the grades are:

reading : BBC (B in maths)
surrey : BBC
essex : CCC

i was thinking to firm either reading or surrey and then insurance essex but im having trouble deciding between the two. I want to consider social life and also which univeristy has better career prospects and which of them offer better placement experience at better companies.

Also, do you think i should take a risk and firm reading and insurance surrey. The only thing thats the problem for me right now is the required B in maths and If the exams go so bad I might get a C.

help please. im open to any suggestions!!

Hey. Im also in the same situation. I have applied to Surrey and reading for business management and marketing with a placement year with the same grades, and I have no idea for which one to choose. If you decide as to which one you prefer i would be glad for you to lmk!


i still have no idea😭 im going to go to the offer holder days and see if that makes up my mind
Reply 12
Original post by roses.
Hey. Im also in the same situation. I have applied to Surrey and reading for business management and marketing with a placement year with the same grades, and I have no idea for which one to choose. If you decide as to which one you prefer i would be glad for you to lmk!


i still have no idea😭 im going to go to the offer holder days and see if that makes up my mind
ill probablyy do the same.
Original post by roses.
I still have no idea😭 im going to go to the offer holder days and see if that makes up my mind


Hey @roses.

The offer holder days are a great opportunity to speak to some academics and see the campus first hand if you haven't visited for an open day before.

We had one here last weekend and the next one in Colchester is the 9th March. Check out your other choices to see when their offer holder days are.

Don't forget you're also choosing where you'll be living for the next few years and nothing beats visiting a place to gague the vibe

Best of luck making your choices🍀

Essex Student Rep - Hayley
(edited 1 month ago)
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Original post by roses.
Ive got accepted to surrey, reading and essex for accounting and finance with a placement year.Im having trouble deciding which one to firm and to insurance.The expectations for the grades are:

reading : BBC (B in maths)
surrey : BBC
essex : CCC

i was thinking to firm either reading or surrey and then insurance essex but im having trouble deciding between the two. I want to consider social life and also which univeristy has better career prospects and which of them offer better placement experience at better companies.

Also, do you think i should take a risk and firm reading and insurance surrey. The only thing thats the problem for me right now is the required B in maths and If the exams go so bad I might get a C.

help please. im open to any suggestions!!
We had similar dilemma. It can make a huge difference going to the open days etc. We were really impressed with Surrey's open day and communication with them has always been spot on. When we visited Reading the place was almost completely deserted. The staff we did meet some were quite rude to us. Didn't get a good feel for the place at all. When we visited Surrey it was completely different. Surrey have quite a good reputation for their placements and courses too.
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Original post by Snowwh
Original post by roses.
Ive got accepted to surrey, reading and essex for accounting and finance with a placement year.Im having trouble deciding which one to firm and to insurance.The expectations for the grades are:

reading : BBC (B in maths)
surrey : BBC
essex : CCC

i was thinking to firm either reading or surrey and then insurance essex but im having trouble deciding between the two. I want to consider social life and also which univeristy has better career prospects and which of them offer better placement experience at better companies.

Also, do you think i should take a risk and firm reading and insurance surrey. The only thing thats the problem for me right now is the required B in maths and If the exams go so bad I might get a C.

help please. im open to any suggestions!!
We had similar dilemma. It can make a huge difference going to the open days etc. We were really impressed with Surrey's open day and communication with them has always been spot on. When we visited Reading the place was almost completely deserted. The staff we did meet some were quite rude to us. Didn't get a good feel for the place at all. When we visited Surrey it was completely different. Surrey have quite a good reputation for their placements and courses too.


thats good to know!!
Original post by roses.
Hey. Im also in the same situation. I have applied to Surrey and reading for business management and marketing with a placement year with the same grades, and I have no idea for which one to choose. If you decide as to which one you prefer i would be glad for you to lmk!


i still have no idea😭 im going to go to the offer holder days and see if that makes up my mindHey @roses.

This is a great idea and definitely what I would advise to make up your mind as different people feel differently about every place, and I didn't make up my mind about Reading until I came to an open day! Reading wasn't actually my top choice until I came to the open day and realised this was where I felt most at home and could imagine myself living! Everyone was so encouraging and welcoming and I really felt like I would be comfortable there (which was something I had been super worried about prior to choosing a university). And obviously everyone has different requirements and preferences so I know this isn't the same experience everyone has had as experiences differ from person to person, uni to uni, but it was definitely the case for me! Open days/ offer holder days are the best way to get a feel for the campus, facilities and atmosphere on campus and you can figure out if it's somewhere you feel would be right for you, even ask all the questions you have.
It's a big decision and has to be right for you individually so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Good luck!!

Skye 🙂
4th Year Speech and Language Therapy Student

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