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    History

    Pros
    - The subject that interests me/I enjoy the most
    - A lot of universities offer it, would be easier for me to get offers
    - Out of the two, I'm sure this is the one I'd do the best in

    Cons
    - Lack of potential jobs(?)
    - Not as respected as the other(?)

    PPE

    Pros:
    - Prestige
    - I enjoy the idea, though not as much as I'm sure I'd enjoy History
    - Greater employment prospects

    Cons:
    - Lack of prior economics knowledge
    - Wouldn't be able to go to a university such as Warwick/Oxford (don't do Maths)

    Anyone got some good advice?
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    (Original post by Wikia)
    History

    Pros
    - The subject that interests me/I enjoy the most
    - A lot of universities offer it, would be easier for me to get offers
    - Out of the two, I'm sure this is the one I'd do the best in

    Cons
    - Lack of potential jobs(?)
    - Not as respected as the other(?)

    PPE

    Pros:
    - Prestige
    - I enjoy the idea, though not as much as I'm sure I'd enjoy History
    - Greater employment prospects

    Cons:
    - Lack of prior economics knowledge
    - Wouldn't be able to go to a university such as Warwick/Oxford (don't do Maths)

    Anyone got some good advice?
    HISTORY all the way.

    PPE is only more prestigious if it’s at Oxford; as you’re not going to get into there, the next best thing (LSE) or the next best thing after that (Warwick), it really isn’t any more prestigious than history.

    History at Durham, Oxford, UCL is way more prestigious than PPE at Manchester or York.

    Plus, your career options won’t be significantly better with PPE just because it has economics in it - there’s obviously far less econ than a standard econ degree.

    If you’re worried about employment prospects, just do a masters in Management or something after your BA in history.
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    Definitely History.

    You've told us, it's the one you enjoy - that matters more than anything. It's something you have knowledge of, you can get into a top university with it and it's definitely a well respected degree, especially if you end up at a top uni.

    Career prospects might not be as clear, but they certainly exist.

    Good luck, do the thing you love!
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    (Original post by Wikia)
    History

    Pros
    - The subject that interests me/I enjoy the most
    - A lot of universities offer it, would be easier for me to get offers
    - Out of the two, I'm sure this is the one I'd do the best in

    Cons
    - Lack of potential jobs(?)
    - Not as respected as the other(?)

    PPE

    Pros:
    - Prestige
    - I enjoy the idea, though not as much as I'm sure I'd enjoy History
    - Greater employment prospects

    Cons:
    - Lack of prior economics knowledge
    - Wouldn't be able to go to a university such as Warwick/Oxford (don't do Maths)

    Anyone got some good advice?
    Depends on what you want to do when your older - which is?
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    (Original post by Ze Witcher)
    Depends on what you want to do when your older - which is?
    That's just the problem, I have no clue. These two just seem to be the degrees I think I'd enjoy the most.
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    (Original post by Wikia)
    That's just the problem, I have no clue. These two just seem to be the degrees I think I'd enjoy the most.
    (Original post by Wikia)
    That's just the problem, I have no clue. These two just seem to be the degrees I think I'd enjoy the most.
    Hard to say right now, but go with History as it seems like you want to do it - the lack of economics knowledge for PPE shouldn't be an issue.

    If you wanted to become an economist when you were older, I think you would still be limited for options by PPE as you may not have acquired enough specialist economics knowledge to become one - although it is quite possible. Doing History though I don't think it would be possible.

    Philosphy or Politics don't really allow you to get into any specialist careers like a Medicine degree would so I don't think picking History would be a major concern.

    The lack of prestige for a subject shouldn't also be of a concern - if you chose to do Engineering over Music, just because of prestige, there's a higher chance you would come out with a lower grade such as 2.2 - meaning it would be so hard to get a graduate job after university. The above was just an example.

    Doing History, from what it seems like - you would enjoy it and it would lead you to get at least a 2.1, a university of more of your preference and getting a solid graduate job.
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    (Original post by Ze Witcher)
    Hard to say right now, but go with History as it seems like you want to do it - the lack of economics knowledge for PPE shouldn't be an issue.

    If you wanted to become an economist when you were older, I think you would still be limited for options by PPE as you may not have acquired enough specialist economics knowledge to become one - although it is quite possible. Doing History though I don't think it would be possible.

    Philosphy or Politics don't really allow you to get into any specialist careers like a Medicine degree would so I don't think picking History would be a major concern.

    The lack of prestige for a subject shouldn't also be of a concern - if you chose to do Engineering over Music, just because of prestige, there's a higher chance you would come out with a lower grade such as 2.2 - meaning it would be so hard to get a graduate job after university. The above was just an example.

    Doing History, from what it seems like - you would enjoy it and it would lead you to get at least a 2.1, a university of more of your preference and getting a solid graduate job.
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    Thank you, a real Geralt of Rivia-esc reply.
    When you have Roach as a side-bae, you're irresistable
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    Have you considered combining the two? e.g. Oxford (and many other places) do History and Politics, History and Economics etc... I think any degree from Oxbridge, LSE etc has lots of prestige.
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    history, 100%

    it sounds like you love history so go for it!

    imo, history is better in terms of employment prospects when compared to PPE. History can get you into teaching, banking, law, politics and ect ect, its so bloody versatile. and ontop of that, history is more 'prestigious' at more universities than PPE, giving you better odds to read at a top institution for your subject. History at Oxford, UCL, Durham are super good whereas Oxford is the only prestige place when it comes to PPE.

    but how prestige a degree/institution is very subjective, so take my words with a pinch of salt

    Ah i just read you can't get into Oxford, then scrap PPE.

    and don't be scared to apply to Oxbridge for History, follow your heart and your brain will, god willingly, be very surprised (had a close friend just like you whose dream was to read History at Oxford, we all pushed her to it and I'm so proud to say that she loves it! i think...)
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    I'm having a similar problem between History and Politics and PPE. So, good luck with your choice
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    (Original post by ZainabHAHaque)
    I'm having a similar problem between History and Politics and PPE. So, good luck with your choice
    give us your pros/cons, and we can maybe help you out too
 
 
 
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