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Universities - May 26th 2010, 05:50 PM

Well me being so organised I want to get my university choices picked before UCAS 2011 opens (although it might already have opened but school hasn't told us the buzz word or anything)

I'm just looking for anyone's opinions on the universities I've got picked out so far and if anyone goes there what can they tell me about accommodation prices, the campus, what's the place like generally etc.

My firm choice is definitely the University of Abertay and unless the open day goes horribly wrong it's going to stay that way.

I have 5 other choices but 1 of them will have to be knocked off eventually after I've been to all the open days.

1. University of Chester
2. Coventry University
3. University of Central Lancashire
4. Lancaster University
5. University of Lincoln

Also, my chosen course is Biomedical Science so if anyone is doing this course at any of those universities then it'd be great to hear what the course is like


   
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Re: Universities - May 26th 2010, 10:12 PM

Out of all of those I can only really comment on a few, I don't really know much about the Uni's or course but I know some of the places and campuses.

Also I may be a bit bias since I live here but University of Liverpool is known for being good for Science subjects.

University of Chester - I don't know much about the Uni but the place is lovely. To me it is a bit too quiet coming from a big city like Liverpool but it isn't really small and quite. The shops are great ( I know that probably isn't what you are looking for in a Uni but it is a plus point) Also it is very close to Liverpool and Manchester if you do want to spend some time in a busier environment.

Coventry Uni - My brother goes to Warwick Uni and lives in Coventry. He really dislikes it there and is moving for his next year. I don't know much about the Uni but from what I have heard from him it doesn't sound like the nicest place to stay.

University of Lancaster - I am going to University of Cumbria at the Lancaster Campus which is down the road from here so if you went there we could meet up When I went to my interview I absolutely fell in love with Lancaster. The place itself if really nice and I can't wait to go live there. It is quieter than Liverpool which is what I wanted but it still has the feeling of being in some sort of a city. I really didn't want to move to some small town in the middle of no where.I went for a walk around after my interview and even though I had no idea where I was or where I was going I felt really safe which is great compared to how I feel in some parts of Liverpool. Also my Dad was shocked when he saw one teenage boy actually put his rubbish in a bin

I would recommend is to write a list of questions on Accommodation prices, How many weeks holiday per year, amount of lab time, how you will be assessed and anything else you want to know. Take the list of questions to each open day and get the answers. It will be easier to compare them if you have the same info for each.
I only asked some uni's about accommodation which made it difficult to make a decision.

I feel like I rambled quite a bit so feel free to ignore me if any of this isn't at all helpful, I'm tired....
   
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Re: Universities - May 26th 2010, 10:25 PM

woo!
I Did biomedical Science at Abertay last year! :P

Although I have swapped to do Genetics at Aberdeen uni. I can tell you the university is BRILLIANT!!! Its small and you're class will have around 25-30 people in it, although you share lectures with other courses. The programme tutor (if its still Kevin Smith) is so enthusiastic.

Tbh I miss it. I only changed since I wanted to do a more specialised course (i thought Biomed would let me get into my career path, alas it wouldn't).

Any questions about it at all, i'm you're girl :P
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Re: Universities - May 27th 2010, 01:27 AM

I could be wrong, but I think my cousin goes to Coventry University and he doesn't like it.. umm, do your universities do like, campus tours? Maybe you could go to some of them and check them out?



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Re: Universities - May 27th 2010, 06:50 AM

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I could be wrong, but I think my cousin goes to Coventry University and he doesn't like it.. umm, do your universities do like, campus tours? Maybe you could go to some of them and check them out?
Yeah, campus tours are included in the open days, I just wanted some more information from people who've been there and stuff and well for some universities the open days aren't until October so I want to have at least 3 firm choices done by then.

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Re: Universities - May 27th 2010, 12:18 PM

If I get a chance to talk to my cousin within the next few days I will ask him. Good luck



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Re: Universities - May 27th 2010, 02:37 PM

So I'm writing a list of questions like Rachel suggested?

Any ideas of what questions I could ask? So far I've only got one and that's about how much accommodation will cost.


   
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So I'm writing a list of questions like Rachel suggested?

Any ideas of what questions I could ask? So far I've only got one and that's about how much accommodation will cost.
Accommodation.
How much it costs?
If you pay monthly or yearly?
En-suite or shared?
Catered or Self Catered?
How far from the Uni?

Course
How are you accessed?
How will you be taught?
Any chances for placements or a year in industry?
Employment rates after graduation?
How much lab time will you get?
How many places on the course?

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Re: Universities - May 27th 2010, 05:38 PM

you could also ask about choosing modules for your course, though I must add, its a set course so you cant pick extra courses etc (in abertay)
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Re: Universities - May 29th 2010, 09:32 PM

What kind of grades are you predicted? I looked into biomedical chemistry courses a lot. Not at those Uni's though I'm afraid.

One thing I would suggest is don't make any choices until your AS results are through. Then you'll have a good idea at what level you're working at and make sure you choose Uni's that have grades that fit what you can get and have insurance choices. It's fine to have an idea now but for e.g...

You have your heart set on University A who want BBC grades. You get DDD at AS level. You won't be able to apply to University A and might be upset.

^ Not saying that is going to happen but just giving an example of what I mean Happened to some people I know this year.

Edit: also bare in mind that scottish courses are 4 years not 3 years so although the fees are cheaper that will be cancelled out in costs for the extra year. I don't know of Abertay do it but when I was looking at doing sciences at scottish Unis there was an option to do the course in 3 years if you got higher grades at A level.


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Re: Universities - May 29th 2010, 10:11 PM

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What kind of grades are you predicted? I looked into biomedical chemistry courses a lot. Not at those Uni's though I'm afraid.

One thing I would suggest is don't make any choices until your AS results are through. Then you'll have a good idea at what level you're working at and make sure you choose Uni's that have grades that fit what you can get and have insurance choices. It's fine to have an idea now but for e.g...

You have your heart set on University A who want BBC grades. You get DDD at AS level. You won't be able to apply to University A and might be upset.

^ Not saying that is going to happen but just giving an example of what I mean Happened to some people I know this year.

Edit: also bare in mind that scottish courses are 4 years not 3 years so although the fees are cheaper that will be cancelled out in costs for the extra year. I don't know of Abertay do it but when I was looking at doing sciences at scottish Unis there was an option to do the course in 3 years if you got higher grades at A level.
I'm predicted C's for most things but I think I'll get at least a B in Biology since I've put so much work into it and on my first module was 2 marks from an A and on all the practical skills I've gotten A's.

Abertay wants CCD for the course and at the moment I'm doing B's and C's so I'm hoping as long as my personal statement is good I'll get in and if I get BBB I can fast track to second year so I'm aiming for that.

Also, I was going for sandwich year whatever uni I go to but in Dundee there's a sandwich year but you still do studies as well so essentially all the courses are the same length.

All the rest want either CCD, CCC or BBB so I'm pretty confident on most of the other options too.


   
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