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    Hopefully this is the right place.

    Hi all, I'm looking for some advice on choosing the right course at university.

    Some background info:
    I'm currently on a gap year, having applied last year for a deferred entry Geography place. Changed my mind and ended up declining all offers.
    I don't really know what I want to do with the rest of my life. Teaching appeals. The outdoors appeals. Offices do not. Suits do not.


    My grades are:
    A* Geography
    A Media Studies
    B English Lit.
    B Business Studies
    B Biology (AS)
    B Critical Thinking (AS)
    (slightly odd mix, I know...)

    I thought I'd ruled out Geography and was dead set on doing an English degree, however since getting my results and looking more closely at some universities, it's become obvious that my lack of an A grade in English means I can't really access the universities I expected to. This has left me pretty disheartened and a few recent discussions have made me question whether I really want to study English for 3 years (I love English but being taught English for 3 years might not be so welcome).

    I also love physical Geography, but can't really stand the human side. Most courses I've looked at involve a 'broad' first year (both human and physical) then the choice to specialise in the 2nd and 3rd year. I think I could bear the first year if it meant getting on to the interesting sciencey stuff (I picked up Biology in my 2nd year at college and loved it) eventually.


    There doesn't seem to be all that many Joint Honours courses available, and I don't really know what to expect from them. It seems that it's mainly the human side of Geography which would have any relation with English, which doesn't really appeal. However, a JH course might mean the university takes my A* into account, which might make up for the B in English.


    So I'm torn between 3 different options (don't even get me started on actual university choices), and I can't even flip a coin.


    I know there won't be many who've been in an identical situation but any general information and advice is gratefully received (and more info willingfully given).

    Thanks in advance.
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    i wouldn't do a joint honours degree. i think better to follow the mainstream and stick to one subject.
    also joint degrees, both subjects tend to think they are important leading to them each setting 60% of the work of a single degree!
    and finally i don't think english and geography go together very well.
    i'm wondering about your dislike of human geography. to me physical is science-y and human is more arty, essay-writing-ish. i think human is quite interesing myself, but then again i like social science: did a psychology degree.
    which leads me to my last point: if not so keen on geography or english, there are a host of other subjects. a lot of psychology courses actually prefer it if the applicant has no psychology A level, as want to teach it from start themselves. and then there are other degrees that do not care too much what A levels you did, mainly the social sciencs: any possible interest in psychololgy, philosophy (not a social science), politics, anthropology, etc.
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    (Original post by Redreynard)
    i wouldn't do a joint honours degree. i think better to follow the mainstream and stick to one subject.
    also joint degrees, both subjects tend to think they are important leading to them each setting 60% of the work of a single degree!
    and finally i don't think english and geography go together very well.
    I know what you mean about them not going together very well! Unfortunately only the human side has any relevance to English so I think I can cross joint honours off my list.

    (Original post by Redreynard)
    i'm wondering about your dislike of human geography. to me physical is science-y and human is more arty, essay-writing-ish. i think human is quite interesing myself, but then again i like social science: did a psychology degree.
    It's odd, because I enjoy the essay writing in English, but find writing about human geography tragically dull. The scienceyness of physical is a lot more interesting, and I find it much more rewarding learning about how my environment works than how societies work.

    (Original post by Redreynard)
    which leads me to my last point: if not so keen on geography or english, there are a host of other subjects. a lot of psychology courses actually prefer it if the applicant has no psychology A level, as want to teach it from start themselves. and then there are other degrees that do not care too much what A levels you did, mainly the social sciencs: any possible interest in psychololgy, philosophy (not a social science), politics, anthropology, etc.
    Interesting idea but I imagine the social sciences would have too much in common with human geography, in that they involve the study of people and society when I much prefer looking at the natural world.

    Thanks for the advice and sorry for the late reply



    You might be getting the impression that I'm fairly set on doing Geography now, and I am, but I'm still grateful for any new opinions.
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    you're right human geography is a social science and all such sciences involve the study of people and society.
    it looks like you're inching your way to a decision!
 
 
 
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