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Which insurance universities for Computer Science?

For context, I take Maths, Further Maths and Computer Science A Level and I am yet to sit my mocks to get predicted grades, but I am aiming for A*A*A, I am not eligible for contextual offers and the lowest I think I would get is A*AA-AAA.

The universities I am looking at so far are:
- Cambridge
- Imperial
- UCL/Warwick (probably UCL as it doesn't look at my TMUA score)
- Bath/Bristol (probably Bath as I like the course better but the entry requirements are higher)
- Birmingham

I know all of these choices are extremely competitive, so I would like to ask if Birmingham University is a good insurance option? Although the requirements are A*AA, I don't think that they are as competitive as the other universities?

I would also like to ask for any other good universities which are mostly based in the South of the UK, have good graduate prospects and are practical-heavy in their course.
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Southampton perhaps?
Royal Holloway is a good one to have a backup, I know the grades to get into it for Computer Science are not too high. Likewise, the University of Surrey is a good one for a backup choice. To be quite honest, Birmingham has some quite high A-level grade requirements, so I personally do not think it would be good to put as an emergency university choice. However, you can always go into clearing and probably still get into a decent university.
Original post by Cke28
For context, I take Maths, Further Maths and Computer Science A Level and I am yet to sit my mocks to get predicted grades, but I am aiming for A*A*A, I am not eligible for contextual offers and the lowest I think I would get is A*AA-AAA.
The universities I am looking at so far are:
- Cambridge
- Imperial
- UCL/Warwick (probably UCL as it doesn't look at my TMUA score)
- Bath/Bristol (probably Bath as I like the course better but the entry requirements are higher)
- Birmingham
I know all of these choices are extremely competitive, so I would like to ask if Birmingham University is a good insurance option? Although the requirements are A*AA, I don't think that they are as competitive as the other universities?
I would also like to ask for any other good universities which are mostly based in the South of the UK, have good graduate prospects and are practical-heavy in their course.

Hi. My daughter has got 3A*1A (same subjects as you + Physics) but rejected by Imperial and UCL. Got offer from Warwick, Southampton and Birmingham. I would suggest Lancaster but really not at the South.
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Southampton

CS is extemely competitive. Students with higher predictions than yours frequently get rejected by Imperial/UCL/Bath/ Bristol
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Birmingham (A*AA). 3rd for research quality for this subject.

Southampton. (A*AA). Joint 13th for research quality for this subject (joint with Cambridge). I'm not sure about the city for a student experience compared to some though.

There's Nottingham (A*AA or AAA) too as the Midlands isn't far from the 'South'. (Joint 17th for research quality for this subject with Royal Holloway (AAB or ABB).

There's Queen Mary University of London (AAA) (8th for research quality for this subject).

For general graduate prospects for this subject, Surrey (AAA-AAB. Joint 30th for research quality in this subject) is currently deemed first on 100%. Birmingham is joint 6th on 96%. University of East Anglia (ABB. Contextual BBC. Joint 37th for research quality in this subject) and Exeter (AAA-AAB. Contextual ABB-BBB. 50th for research quality in this subject) are joint 9th on 94%. However, of the universities I've already mentioned, Royal Holloway (AAB-ABB. Contextual BBB-BBC) isn't far away on general prospects (joint 16th on 93%, joint with UCL, Warwick, Edinburgh and others) and Southampton is on 91%. (n.b. Nottingham is on 32nd on 89%, Queen Mary University of London is on joint 52nd on 83%, Leicester is on joint 28th on 90%, Loughborough is on joint 23rd with Bristol on 92%).

For graduate prospects for this subject currently doing something related to what they wanted to do, University of East Anglia is currently joint first with Oxford on 93%, Birmingham is third on 90%. (joint with Leicester (ABB. 46th for research quality in this subject), Cambridge, Imperial, Surrey), Nottingham is 16th (joint with Exeter, York, Warwick, Loughborough (AAA. Contextual AAA-ABB. 32nd for research quality in this subject), Bristol, Worcester (CCC. 98th for research quality), Sheffield). (n.b. Royal Holloway is joint 24th on 85%, Southampton is on joint 32nd on 84%, Queen Mary University of London is joint 38th).

As universities as a whole (not just for this subject):
Birmingham. Research quality 86%. Entry standards 74%.
Southampton. Research quality 85%. Entry standards 73%.
Queen Mary University of London. Research quality 85%. Entry standards 71%.
Exeter. Research quality 84%. Entry standards 77%.
Nottingham. Research quality 84%. Entry standards 73%.
UEA: Research quality 84%. Entry standards 65%.
Loughborough. Research quality 83%. Entry standards 76%.
Royal Holloway. Research quality 83%. Entry standards 65%.
Surrey. Research quality 82%. Entry standards 67%.
Leicester. Research quality 82%. Entry standards 62%.
Worcester. Research quality 58%. Entry standards 60%.
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