Thoughts on Joint Honours?Watch
I am currently looking into University courses and I have narrowed down my choices (sort of) to English/English Lit/Creative Writing/History/Politics (a lot of Unis have different names for the same subjects really so that's just a basic idea). Basically it's mainly English and History I can't decide between- I am veering slightly more towards English but I wondered what people's thoughts were on an English and History Joint Honours Degree? I have heard different things about joint honours- I just want to know whether I'll have the same prospects as someone doing single honours or will I end up worse off because I haven't studied either subject in as much detail? I don't know whether English + Creative Writing Degrees count as Joint Honours or not...I would really like to do creative writing and/or journalism- could I do English and History and study modules in creative writing and journalism AND do a year abroad? Ok that's a little excessive, but that would probably be my dream degree ahaha Also this is just generally about good Unis for history and english- so far UEA, UCL, Warwick, Durham, Exeter and of course Oxbridge (very unlikely I'll get in there though lol) have been ones I've been looking at- does anyone know any other good ones? If I work hard enough I think I could well get AAA/AAB grades- but does anyone know any that still have a highly regarded course without such high entry requirements, just in case I do badly?
With regards to being able to do English & History and then do modules in creative writing and journalism, and then study abroad as well, it's going to depend on the university - it will vary from uni to uni, and you'll need to check the module list at each relevant uni.
I will, however, caution against doing creative writing or journalism as a named part of your degree course (as opposed to the odd module here and there). If you have a look at the degrees that well known journalists have, they tend to be along the lines of PPE, history, politics, English lit etc., rather than journalism. The same goes for creative writing - you don't need it to be an author, and it's not a subject that employers tend to rate.
When working out what uni to apply for, then www.whatuni.com has a course search feature that allows you to search by grade requirements. However, both history and English are very competitive subjects, and as a result the decent unis can require high grades with no need for leniency.
A few thoughts ....
1) If you are interested in lots of different subject areas, look at a degree called 'Liberal Arts' - you can do units from across the Humanities/Social Sciences AND have a year aboard. Exeter, Birmingham and Bristol as examples.
2) A subject like American Studies would also allow you to study across disciplines - culture, history, literature, politics etc - and do a Year Abroad. UEA is especially good for this subject.
3) Don't do a degree with 'Creative Writing' in the title. It sounds like something you do at Primary school and employers don't like it. Do 'English' that has some CW units within it.
I would recommend joint honours.