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    Why do they have insane entry requirements over say Geography? Going to a uni like UCL seems as hard as Oxbridge for Geography. Seems easier just to go for Geography at Oxbridge and then go into finance than doing maths or econ at a lower university.
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    Excess demand usually, pushing up the entry. Sometimes the syllabus is more rigorous in different subjects so they need to know you can cope with it and A level requirements are the best indicator they have.
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    Excess demand usually, pushing up the entry. Sometimes the syllabus is more rigorous in different subjects so they need to know you can cope with it and A level requirements are the best indicator they have.
    So surely a maths or economics student who wants to go to a target uni for banks could just go do geography at that uni and get a job easier than doing maths at a uni with the same entry requirements but isn't targeted.
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    (Original post by Appleorpear)
    So surely a maths or economics student who wants to go to a target uni for banks could just go do geography at that uni and get a job easier than doing maths at a uni with the same entry requirements but isn't targeted.
    Of course, there are ABB courses at UCL and Warwick and A*AA courses at Liverpool - but going to a uni to do a degree you don't like solely because it's a target is a bad reason.

    E.g. you could get a bad grade in your course because you don't enjoy it. There might be better opportunities on a course you prefer at a lower ranked uni, e.g. studying abroad, which help you develop the kind of skills/experiences you want to leave uni with.

    If you are a top candidate, and would highly succeed on the job, then they're going to recognise that in you whether you went to a target or not.
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    It can be important what degree you do - if you want to be an engineer you will need an engineering degree. The other thing eng, physics, econ have in common is high levels of applied maths. I think that is the generic skill that many employers value and why salaries in these areas are often above average.
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