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On the downfalls of British specialisation watch
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Last edited by Athematica; 03-07-2016 at 17:58.
- 29-06-2016 10:42
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- 29-06-2016 10:58
If this still isn't enough, look at Scottish universities. If I understand things correctly, they allow you to take a range of subjects (at least in your first year). The final alternative, of course, is to go abroad.
- 29-06-2016 11:06
The English system isn't for you. That simple. At what stage are you? Get out as soon as you can. You were made to double major in really disparate fields. In other countries you can do this- and you'll be celebrated for it.
Eta: I agree with the poster below- If you're at that stage, do IB. Then go to a very highly-regardled American/Canadian school where you can study two subjects to a very high level. There is a school that offers scholarships and/or awards for people with disparate interestd - I think it's one of the University of California schools.
Also, there are 4 year options in England/outside of Scotland, if you must stay in the UK.Last edited by Assan; 29-06-2016 at 11:54.
- 29-06-2016 11:11
All I can think of is look into colleges that offer IB (international Baccalaureate) If I was sensible when I went to college, I would have taken it, however I am dumb so decided to be stubborn and stick with what was easy!Spoiler:ShowYour writing ability is beautiful... Part of me only commented to let you know how much I enjoyed reading it!
- 29-06-2016 11:22
I think our specialization is an advantage because you have a higher level of understanding than our US counter-parts in a specific subject. Undergraduate degrees should really be preparing you for academia, they need to stay focused enough that a masters or PhD is a feasible follow-up. However I can see how they frustrate most students who aren't on that path.
Most degrees only require 1 or 2 specific subjects so your third a-level choice can provide you another option. I did Maths, Physics and French but to get into my degree I really only needed Maths, I just like Physics. I personally felt more restricted by my grades: by taking French I lost the option for a coveted AAA as French is my worst subject (I got a B). By taking French I restricted my university choices but I was happier. I still learn French as well so it's done me a lot more good than Chemistry ever would!
A joint degree is probably a good option for you: Maths and Philosophy for example. A quick google has revealed they only require Maths (sometimes FM) at plenty of universities. You may enjoy a Scottish uni that has an extra year and generally allows you to take 2 or 3 different subjects in first year (there are other unis in the UK that do this, I just know it's standard in Scottish ones).