University prestige vs course. Desperate need for help!

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I have offers from LSE, UCl and Nottingham to do philosophy and Economics and offer from Warwick to do PPE. To be completely honest, I only applied for PPE/ PE because I thought it would get me into these top unis (which it did) rather than apply for straight Economics which I know is a lot more competitive. However, my GCSES are 9 A* 3 A and my a level subjects are Economics, maths, further maths and english literature. If I get 3/4 A*s in my a levels (exams are in a may) do you think I should convince the unis to let me switch to Economics or take a gap year and re apply. I think Nottingham / UCL might let me switch but LSE/ Warwick would probably not, especially LSE. I really want to get into Investment banking and people tell me that the "philosophy" part of my degree is useless. Please give me advice on this. Also, I am planning to firm LSE and insurance UCL. Do you think this is a good choice? Also, what are my job prospects like? I know it depends on other things like work experience etc but this is my future so I want to be sure that I am making the right decision.

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Ring them up and ask them if you can switch to straight economics. The worst they can say is 'no', and if they do say no then you won't lose your existing offer. It's a no-lose situation for you.
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I have offers from LSE, UCl and Nottingham to do philosophy and Economics and offer from Warwick to do PPE. To be completely honest, I only applied for PPE/ PE because I thought it would get me into these top unis (which it did) rather than apply for straight Economics which I know is a lot more competitive. However, my GCSES are 9 A* 3 A and my a level subjects are Economics, maths, further maths and english literature. If I get 3/4 A*s in my a levels (exams are in a may) do you think I should convince the unis to let me switch to Economics or take a gap year and re apply. I think Nottingham / UCL might let me switch but LSE/ Warwick would probably not, especially LSE. I really want to get into Investment banking and people tell me that the "philosophy" part of my degree is useless. Please give me advice on this. Also, I am planning to firm LSE and insurance UCL. Do you think this is a good choice? Also, what are my job prospects like? I know it depends on other things like work experience etc but this is my future so I want to be sure that I am making the right decision.

Any advice/ opinions are much appreciated.
With regards to investment banking, the university you go to is more relevant than the subject you study (and of course, to state the blindingly obvious, most relevant of all is YOU as a person and your personal achievements/capabilities). So pay no attention to people saying the philosophy part is useless. LSE, UCL and Warwick are all targeted by the investment banks. LSE is often focused on because it's a specialist social science institution that will therefore naturally have a larger proportionate cohort of students wanting (and getting) into investment banking, rather than UCL and Warwick which are multi-faculty (and thus are not dominated by wannabe IB'ers) -in practice, going to any of these will be fine.

Wrt switching to straight econ, asking them now is the best option. Tbh you made a big mistake applying for courses you didn't primarily wanted to do, but what's done is done.
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A lot can change in three years, and you may want or be interested in a different career by then. The most important thing at this stage, is chosing a university and course you are happy with. As has been said, there are a lot of factors that contribute to your employability-like gaining experience whilst at university, and getting good grades on your degree. Where you went may be an influencing factor, but it is unlikely to be the most important factor.

If you want to switch courses, it is much better to ask now than on results day. Results day is obviously a very busy time for universities, and so it is not the best time to ask about changing courses. The best thing to do is email all your choices now. At least then you will know where you stand when deciding on a firm and insurance. You cannot lose a place on a course just because you asked about switching. We can't really speculate as to who will allow you to switch, as it will probably depend on the quality of your application and the number of offers already given. You have nothing to lose by asking though.

Do you think you will enjoy doing PPE/philosophy and economics. If you think the philosophy side will be boring, this will drag your grades down, and that will have an effect on your future job prospects. If you think you will really hate philosophy, it would probably be better to take a gap year and reapply if you cannot switch.
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(Original post by bshrestha)
I have offers from LSE, UCl and Nottingham to do philosophy and Economics and offer from Warwick to do PPE. To be completely honest, I only applied for PPE/ PE because I thought it would get me into these top unis (which it did) rather than apply for straight Economics which I know is a lot more competitive. However, my GCSES are 9 A* 3 A and my a level subjects are Economics, maths, further maths and english literature. If I get 3/4 A*s in my a levels (exams are in a may) do you think I should convince the unis to let me switch to Economics or take a gap year and re apply. I think Nottingham / UCL might let me switch but LSE/ Warwick would probably not, especially LSE. I really want to get into Investment banking and people tell me that the "philosophy" part of my degree is useless. Please give me advice on this. Also, I am planning to firm LSE and insurance UCL. Do you think this is a good choice? Also, what are my job prospects like? I know it depends on other things like work experience etc but this is my future so I want to be sure that I am making the right decision.

Any advice/ opinions are much appreciated.
You'll be absolutely fine doing BSc Philosophy & Economics at LSE - it may make you stand out as more interesting since you'll have both the knowledge of economics but also an ability to write solid essays. If IB really is your goal, get the grades and spend the summer before university reading about the industry so you know the steps that you need to take before you get to university.

You'll get your fill of economics at LSE. And then some.
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You'll be absolutely fine doing BSc Philosophy & Economics at LSE - it may make you stand out as more interesting since you'll have both the knowledge of economics but also an ability to write solid essays. If IB really is your goal, get the grades and spend the summer before university reading about the industry so you know the steps that you need to take before you get to university.

You'll get your fill of economics at LSE. And then some.
Thanks for your reply. I think I am going to firm Philosophy and Economics at LSE and go there (hopefully if I get the grades.) I think the philosophy might actually be an advantage as like you said it would make me different from a typical degree in Economics.
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Thanks for your reply. I think I am going to firm Philosophy and Economics at LSE and go there (hopefully if I get the grades.) I think the philosophy might actually be an advantage as like you said it would make me different from a typical degree in Economics.
It definitely will - far more to focus on i.e. grades for now!

Good luck.
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