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Durham vs Edinburgh Vs York

CS or CS And Maths for all, curious on which to firm not scottish,and AAB-ABB offer grades, or gap year for better unis. Opinons?
Reply 1
Define "better" as in better unis and why do you think it is important to go to a "better" university?

If the answer is job prospects then that is the wrong reason. If you know that the teaching / support / extras / employability at one university is better than another then absolutely go for that.

For me, if I had my time again, I would definitely take a gap year and use that time to work a little and travel and most importantly discover a little bit about who I am, what I like and then I can use that information to take my next step. I can't help but feel too many people do what I did and jump onto the conveyor belt of life because that is what is expected despite it bringing little personal reward or satisfaction.

Good luck!
Reply 2
Original post by hotpud
Define "better" as in better unis and why do you think it is important to go to a "better" university?

If the answer is job prospects then that is the wrong reason. If you know that the teaching / support / extras / employability at one university is better than another then absolutely go for that.

For me, if I had my time again, I would definitely take a gap year and use that time to work a little and travel and most importantly discover a little bit about who I am, what I like and then I can use that information to take my next step. I can't help but feel too many people do what I did and jump onto the conveyor belt of life because that is what is expected despite it bringing little personal reward or satisfaction.

Good luck!
More just curious for opinions and reasons as im very stuck atm :/
Reply 3
Original post by tcrain957
More just curious for opinions and reasons as im very stuck atm :/

What are you stuck on?
Which course looks most interesting?
Which university is located in the place you find most pleasing?
Which course is likely to lead to a job you will enjoy?

If you are struggling to answer these questions, maybe taking a year or two out might be a better option?
Reply 4
Original post by tcrain957
CS or CS And Maths for all, curious on which to firm not scottish,and AAB-ABB offer grades, or gap year for better unis. Opinons?
Between the three, hand on heart, I would go for Edinburgh. I'm not a Scottish student and I have absolutely no bias towards it. All three are great places to study CS but in my opinion, I reckon Edinburgh should come top of your list of three, Durham second and York last.

Now with a gap year, where would you be looking to apply for "better" unis? I'm guessing you're looking at the likes of Imperial and Oxbridge, right?

For this to happen, you need to achieve 2 A*s A as a minimum to be in with a decent chance of getting in (minimum entry to Cambridge but I think Oxford is 1 less A star). So focus on your A levels! You should decide on firm and insurance based on your personal preferences. Rankings will say some things about each of the universities but at the end of the day, it's what you feel about the place.

Now, I got into Imperial this year to study Computer Science (Cambridge rejection). The admissions process at both is SUPER competitive with Imperial being more competitive between the two (1 in 17 vs 1 in 13 at Cambridge. Oxford has similar numbers to Imperial but the department is way smaller because it's sort of split between the joint honours courses with Philosophy and Maths so a massive department isn't really needed). Cambridge and Imperial now both require the TMUA for 2025 entry so if you plan on applying to both, you NEED to smash that admissions test.

Also, if you plan to take a gap year, you need to show them that you haven't just fallen off and have put your gap year to good use.

I would advise against a gap year (after briefly considering it myself) because I'm sure you would still be as happy at Edinburgh, Durham, York and the other places you applied to and you not only risk losing out on these offers but also, you might not get into these competitive courses at the likes of Oxbridge, Imperial, UCL, KCL etc. However, if you think that you can prove that the gap year was for improvement purposes, you should be OK. Also, if you do get an offer from Cambridge, they make you sit the STEP to check that your Maths hasn't fallen off.

I loved the facility at Durham and it was a nice and quiet town but there isn't really that much to do. I mean, on the Open Day, you don't get that vibe because of the crowds of people but I went to Durham in Year 11 just before exams to visit some family friends and the town centre was really quiet but it was a nice atmosphere.

I haven't seen York Uni but it ranks a decent bit lower than the other two for CS so may be worth considering.

Edinburgh in my opinion has everything - city vibe, quiet vibes, green spaces, architecture and many other things.

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