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I'm a first year studying FAM at the UoN. Feel free to ask me any questions!
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1. How are the modules so far? Are they difficult, lots of work to do, difficult to get a 1st?

2. Can you describe an average week for you?

3. Are there many people or people who'll or who're doing spring week interns?

4. I'm in Newark hall, I'm guessing classes will all be really close?

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I'm a first year studying FAM at the UoN. Feel free to ask me any questions!
What is Jubilee like?
How is the social dynamic? Do people go out a lot?
How rigorous has the course been for you?
Have you been to any careers fairs, if yes, what kind of companies did you see?


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On a scale of 1-10 how interesting is it really?
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1. How are the modules so far? Are they difficult, lots of work to do, difficult to get a 1st?

2. Can you describe an average week for you?

3. Are there many people or people who'll or who're doing spring week interns?

4. I'm in Newark hall, I'm guessing classes will all be really close?

Thanks!
1. Some of the modules are extremely easy - so easy that I've not turned up to one single lecture and still got a first. These tend to be the management modules though. There's one accounting module in first year. It's in semester one and is known for having an extremely high fail rate. It was 37% last year. This is probably due to a combination of the module being hard and attendance being low. The semester 2 finance module is also quite tricky. Saying that, however, getting 2.1s and Firsts are achievable if you do turn up to those lectures and put the work in consistently throughout the year. A first year 2.1, particularly semester 1, is definitely reachable with the right attitude.

2. Sure. There are 2 semesters. I'll try an explain what I remember of first semester. Each semester we have 6 modules. In the first semester, most modules consist of two 1 hour lectures per week. There are also occasional workshops or tutorials where you work in smaller groups. Semester 2 changes a little as each module has one 2 hour lecture per week so I only have 6 lectures every week. 2 on Tuesday, 3 on Thursday, 1 on Friday. The maths module has a weekly tutorial where they test you on what the content from the lecture on the corresponding week. It counts for 25% of the module. You are allowed to use notes, textbooks, friends and lecture help for this though. One thing I have definitely noticed is that my degree requires a significantly lower amount of lecture time compared to some of my friends on other courses.

3. Oh, I forgot to mention. Every Monday there is a one hour 'lecture' in which we are given advice and information on ways to develop our career. For example, when to start looking for summer internships. I can't tell you if there are many people doing spring internships but, I'm sure there are a few people doing it, including myself.

4. Yes. Classes will be a 5 minute walk away!
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(Original post by Princepieman)
What is Jubilee like?
How is the social dynamic? Do people go out a lot?
How rigorous has the course been for you?
Have you been to any careers fairs, if yes, what kind of companies did you see?


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I don't live on Jubilee Campus. I live on the main University Park Campus so, I can only give you a limited perspective. Jubilee Campus is beautiful. Very modern and sleek. It's a shame that most students situated on UP will never see it. In terms of the social dynamic.. It's what you make of it. There are some people who go out every week without fail, and there are some that don't. If you want to have fun, as long as you put it in effort, you will.
So far, the course has shown a pattern where the finance and accounting modules are significantly harder than the management ones. I would say, it's definitely a good test in your perseverance. But as I said in the post above, it's definitely manageable.
I have been to career fairs, yes. In your first term, they set up a career fair especially for the Business School students. A various range of companies were in attendance from, EY and PwC (you'll be seeing a lot of them) to Lidl and Goldman Sachs. What you have to remember is this course is under the Business School. So they will do a lot in terms of pushing business careers towards you. If that is not what your ideal career goals are then, you'll need to take reign over what companies you talk to and how.
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On a scale of 1-10 how interesting is it really?
First semester modules - about a 5. Second semester modules - about a 7. Keep in mind that, that is just my opinion and you only have one optional module throughout your whole first year, when you do FAM. During second and third year, you have a much bigger opportunity to take modules that interest you.
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On a scale of 1-10 how interesting is it really?
Yr 1 Semester 1
Microeconomics, optional module - interesting
Entrepreneurship, computers in business, financial accounting - ok
business law - boring

Yr 1 Semester 2
Business Finance, Microeconomics, Quant Methods - interesting
Organisational Behaviour, Management Accounting - ok
Business law - boring

Yr 2 Semester 1
Financial Management, Macroeconomics, Management Accounting, Optional, Quant Methods - interesting
Management Strategy - Ok

Yr 2 Semester 2
Econometrics, Optional - Interesting
Other 4 modules are boring
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1. Some of the modules are extremely easy - so easy that I've not turned up to one single lecture and still got a first. These tend to be the management modules though. There's one accounting module in first year. It's in semester one and is known for having an extremely high fail rate. It was 37% last year. This is probably due to a combination of the module being hard and attendance being low. The semester 2 finance module is also quite tricky. Saying that, however, getting 2.1s and Firsts are achievable if you do turn up to those lectures and put the work in consistently throughout the year. A first year 2.1, particularly semester 1, is definitely reachable with the right attitude.

2. Sure. There are 2 semesters. I'll try an explain what I remember of first semester. Each semester we have 6 modules. In the first semester, most modules consist of two 1 hour lectures per week. There are also occasional workshops or tutorials where you work in smaller groups. Semester 2 changes a little as each module has one 2 hour lecture per week so I only have 6 lectures every week. 2 on Tuesday, 3 on Thursday, 1 on Friday. The maths module has a weekly tutorial where they test you on what the content from the lecture on the corresponding week. It counts for 25% of the module. You are allowed to use notes, textbooks, friends and lecture help for this though. One thing I have definitely noticed is that my degree requires a significantly lower amount of lecture time compared to some of my friends on other courses.

3. Oh, I forgot to mention. Every Monday there is a one hour 'lecture' in which we are given advice and information on ways to develop our career. For example, when to start looking for summer internships. I can't tell you if there are many people doing spring internships but, I'm sure there are a few people doing it, including myself.

4. Yes. Classes will be a 5 minute walk away!
Dosen't sound too intense, phew...What are the assessment methods for the modules? Mostly written exams, group projects etc?

Will I struggle if I've not done maths at A Levels? Have a Finance background though.

With the career fairs and employers coming down, to what extent does it help you with securing an intern? Does it give you an edge?

Out of curiosity, are there many international students in the course?

You mentioned you're doing a SW, when did you actually start applying? I've read how applications open as early as August(which is even before uni starts), and people says to apply as early as possible. Would you be able to share where will you doing the SW at?

Thanks for all the help!
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Dosen't sound too intense, phew...What are the assessment methods for the modules? Mostly written exams, group projects etc?

Will I struggle if I've not done maths at A Levels? Have a Finance background though.

With the career fairs and employers coming down, to what extent does it help you with securing an intern? Does it give you an edge?

Out of curiosity, are there many international students in the course?

You mentioned you're doing a SW, when did you actually start applying? I've read how applications open as early as August(which is even before uni starts), and people says to apply as early as possible. Would you be able to share where will you doing the SW at?

Thanks for all the help!
So far, out of the 12 modules I've taken, 9 have exams, 3 have coursework, 2 have a weekly 'test' (both maths modules) and 3 have involved group work.

If you haven't done maths a level, you'll have no optional modules in first year as you'll be required to do a maths module in semester 1 to prepare you for semester 2. This is just GCSE maths mainly. Not hard. Semester 2 is approximately 60% statistics and then differentiation for the maths part. You might struggle at times, but many FAM people haven't done maths a level. There's plenty of support on hand.

Whether or not it gives you an edge depends on how you use the opportunity. To be honest, it can be a situation where they'll tell you about the programmes that they offer and you'll leave with some free pens and a lot of leaflets. Ask the right questions and you'll get helpful answers to give you an edge.

There are quite a few international students - mainly Indian or Chinese/Malaysian.

I started applying for spring weeks in December. I don't know about them opening in August but I do know many start closing in December/January. My advice would be apply in September before you get to uni if you have the time. I have a spring week with J.P Morgan
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I'm a first year studying FAM at the UoN. Feel free to ask me any questions!

Hi my question may seem a bit random, but I would be very thankful for any help.

I am an international student, this june I'm graduating from the university of bristol foundation year in economics and finance. I have conditional offers from bristol (firm choice) and nottingham (insurance) for finance, accounting and management. I may slightly miss both offers. My offer for nottingham is 70% in maths, 60% in econ & finance, and 65% in english, but I'm expecting to get around 60% in maths, 55-60% in econ & finance, and 65% in english.

Can you please tell me how competitive is finance, accounting and management course at nottingham? Do you think I have any chance to get there, even if its my insurance choice?

Thank you for your help!!
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I'm a first year studying FAM at the UoN. Feel free to ask me any questions!
Is there a way to get friendly/impress professors so that they'll give you a great reference and recommend things to you?
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Hey I am going to study management at uon I wanted to ask you if we can take 2 majors eg management with marketing? Or euntreprenurship? And I am an Indian so are there a lot of Indians in management course? ( just out of curiosity) and are ppl friendly ???
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Hi my question may seem a bit random, but I would be very thankful for any help.

I am an international student, this june I'm graduating from the university of bristol foundation year in economics and finance. I have conditional offers from bristol (firm choice) and nottingham (insurance) for finance, accounting and management. I may slightly miss both offers. My offer for nottingham is 70% in maths, 60% in econ & finance, and 65% in english, but I'm expecting to get around 60% in maths, 55-60% in econ & finance, and 65% in english.

Can you please tell me how competitive is finance, accounting and management course at nottingham? Do you think I have any chance to get there, even if its my insurance choice?

Thank you for your help!!
You may have a chance even if its your insurance but I'm not in a position to confirm whether you would get in with those grades etc. Sorry
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Is there a way to get friendly/impress professors so that they'll give you a great reference and recommend things to you?
Your lecturers don't give you a reference. Your tutor does. Chances are your tutor won't ever be your lecturer however, if you want to get to know him/her better, just visit him/her. If you want your lecturers to recommend things to you 1-to1, pop in to their office or speak to them after the lecture.
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Hey I am going to study management at uon I wanted to ask you if we can take 2 majors eg management with marketing? Or euntreprenurship? And I am an Indian so are there a lot of Indians in management course? ( just out of curiosity) and are ppl friendly ???
You can start to specialise on the management course from year 2. You can specialise in marketing, entrepreneurship, supply chain and other issues. To 'specialise' you would take the recommended modules for that speciality. This is not forced upon you however. For example, you could take half of the recommended marketing modules and half of the entrepreneurship. You wouldn't have enough optional modules to take all of both.

First year lectures are a mix of mainly management, FAM and industrial econ students so I cannot tell you whether there a many Indians specifically doing management.

People are friendly. If you meet someone who's not, make a new friend.
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How did you personally find the social activities at Nottingham?
Also would you recommend the course overall?
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