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I didn't realise that there were so many of em! And so many courses too!!

I've been sat here trawling through possible universities which run courses that my son would possibly be interested in.

My son Steve is typically not forthcoming with information and tends to procrastinate with important things such as this (I really don't know where he gets that particular trait from :rolleyes: ).

Apparently he will have to have made his final choices and have his form in about this time next year...which sounds like a long time. But considering he's got to decide on which course he wants to do, then visit the various university's open days that run such a course or similar and then make a decision on which university, it isn't such a long time.

So I've narrowed it down to a list of 7 possible universities:

UWE Bristol
Canterbury Christ Church
Gloucestershire Uni
Oxford Brookes
Staffordshire
Chester, and
Derby

Has anyone had any experience of any of those?
 

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My daughters friend goes to Canterbury and enjoys it very much, I think she is studing Forensics...

My daughter goes to Queens and loves it
Edinburgh is also excellent, know a few kids who are there...

Big decision Trinity we did it two years ago...I had to keep telling myself that it was not really MY choice!!
 

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I know what you mean...I know it isn't my choice, but I thought if I did some research and booked into an open day or two it might spur him on.

Thanks for the info re Canterbury and Edinburgh...although I didn't even look at the courses in the Scottish Uni's... I would hate him to be so far away, selfish I know :confused:
 

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Gosh when I went I had to do it all myself. I had an interview at Oxford Brookes once. What is interested in......or why those Universities?
 

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Well I stumbled out of school with nothing but 2 O levels and a handful of CSE's, so you got further than me SE :)

Steve is doing A levels in Computing, Maths, Sociology, and Media Studies. I think he's going to drop Media at AS level though.

He is very gifted with computer technology and he also really enjoys sociology. I went to the UCAS site and searched courses on those two subjects and there are quite a few interesting courses open to him.

I mentioned it to him when he got home this afternoon but at the moment he's not responding because he has his head in revision books for his AS exams, which are coming up quite soon.

Fair enough...
 

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No experience of any of the mentioned unis..Ive been at brum from the past 5 years (and personally I wouldnt recommend it in case it was an option in case your wondering)..but what I would say is if your struggling to motivate him to take much interest in the whole thing send him on some opendays. I remember getting really excited when I started to look around places, and thinking how much fun it would be to live in all these places and do what i wanted!!

Id keep trying to gently encourage him to have a look at courses, as you say there are so many to choose from. One of things I regret is I chose really obvious choices that Id heard of then I got to uni and discovered there are literally 100s of random but fascinating subjects and courses and jobs Id never heard of that I wished Id look into!! So he should have a flick through some prospectuses..see whats out there..theres so much more choice than at school! Im sure once he starts looking he'll get into it!!
 

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Thanks for that Kathryn :)

He has got some prospectuses from 'career days' that the school had set up for them. On one of them he went to Bath uni for the day.

I'm sure he'll get a bit more motivated about the options that are available to him once his AS exams are out of the way.
 

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Bath is a good Uni and I'm sure your right he wants to focus on his AS levels. For me going to college was a great escape from home. I loved every minute of it and working life by comparison sucks.......but its been a few years now and I've got used to it.
 

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I know Bath is good...and it's reasonably local to home, which is also an advantage (but probably only for me :confused: ). However they don't have much to offer Steve... just the basic computer science, computing and maths, computing and physics courses. That's why I Bath wasn't in the shortlist
 

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Hi Trinity,

I work for the University of Bristol (not to be confused with UWE ;) ) and if I can help with info on your choices then let me know.

A load of my mates have been through UWE's doors and found the experience most rewarding, it certainly has a reputation of being particularly friendly (most ex Poly's seem to)

I personally did my degree at the MMU (or Manchester Poly) and had a great time, I really don't think it matters too much (unless he is choosing a subject that is not 'main stream') - for me it was getting away from home and more about the experience than actually getting a degree :d (not what a Mum needs to hear right ......?!? :eek: )
 

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Trinity said:
He is very gifted with computer technology and he also really enjoys sociology. I went to the UCAS site and searched courses on those two subjects and there are quite a few interesting courses open to him.
Might be worth checking out UMIST (Manchester) if he is interested in Technology / Computing as this is geared up for these subjects.
 

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Hi Trinity,

for me it was getting away from home and more about the experience than actually getting a degree :d (not what a Mum needs to hear right ......?!? :eek: )

erm...no, it's not :confused:
 

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Have to remember, from a young lads point of view - a good night scene is very important, in fact ...... number 1 on many peoples list. :p
 

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ROFL.... :d

Steven is 17 and it's all I can do to get him to wander over to the local shop... he never goes out socially...doesn't like being too far from his PC :(


I guess that could all change though, when he's at uni and only got a tiny room to go back to.


I did get him to spend 5 days in Cambridge last week...interacting with the real world.
It was a conference that he wanted to go to which ended in a weekend festival. It's way beyond me but it was to do with all aspects of technology.
He had a great time, (even though he stayed with his Gran) and returned home with a new spark about him :)
 

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Hi Trinity! studying to be a secondary teacher and having a son just a couple of years behind yours (and very similar interests and personality traits by the sound of it!) I know some of where you are coming from. The most important thing is to study what he's really interested in, employers want to see someone who has studied keenly and persued their interests, rather than scraped through something they thought they ought to study; sounds like he is technologically minded but if he has also enjoyed sociology, he might want to do a combined course; there are quite a few out there (not helpful!). Secondly, if he is a bit of a home lover it's worth thinking of unis not a million miles away. Maybe narrow the search to those from the Midlands and south; independence but, if need be, not too far away. THis is also useful if you end up having to do a certain amount of ferrying back and forth of stuff (have had friends who have had LONG journeys!) It is also worth having a look at the type of living facilities are available on campus, is it all fairly central, or, like Warwick, is the campus and living accommodation all out of town. Not all unis are huge places, some are in smaller towns. Lastly, and very importantly, I would suggest making good use of the school sixth form careers information service and any local careers offices in your local town (sometimes under the name of Connections) they will have specifically trained Higher Education specialists who may be able to cut down some of the leg work for you (eg, which uni is good for which subjects, etc). Now is a good time to get stuck into researching courses and unis. The AS levels will give your son a good idea which of his subjects he really has aptitude for, good luck to you both! Let me know if you need any other suggestions.
 

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Thanks for that... :)

He starts his AS exams tomorrow and the last one is on the 7th June, so I've promised to leave him to revise. After the exams are over we're going to sit down together and have a good long chat about what he would like out of the whole uni experience, where he would like to go etc.
 

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I go to University of Surrey and it suits me because it's a good university for my subject. It's a good idea to look at the Uni League tables from the Times & Guardian listed for their exellence in a particular subject. Also there're some university guides which are very informative.

If I was you, I would steer well clear of choosing a university for him because if he doesn't like, then it's your fault. Let him visit some campuses on its own. Yeah and money does matter too. Some cities are cheaper than others.
 

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Thanks don

How do I get the Times and Guardian league tables... they sound useful

And no worries...I wouldn't dream of choosing the Uni for him, I don't think he'd pay any attention anyway to be honest.

I'm just guiding him along... doing some footwork and research for him. Ultimately the decision will be his, then he can't blame me if it all goes wrong ;)

...which it won't :)
 
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