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    Is anyone planning to do this course or something similar? I'm struggling to find opinions of those at a similar position to me or do this course at uni :/
    Currently Year 12 studying English Lit., Maths, Economics, Chemistry.
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    (Original post by trivia32kosalsa)
    Is anyone planning to do this course or something similar? I'm struggling to find opinions of those at a similar position to me or do this course at uni :/
    Currently Year 12 studying English Lit., Maths, Economics, Chemistry.
    Hey! I'm currently in year 13 and I've applied to do international development I've had offers from 4/5 of the unis I've applied to, yet to hear from the 5th! I have considered combining international development with many things, economics being one of them, but I personally think it's the best option for me to just choose international development and personalise the course that way, rather than choose something like economics that I'm not 100% sure I'd enjoy. But it's obviously a completely personal opinion and I'd definitely suggest going to open days as it helps you get an insight properly into the course and what it will be like at uni!
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    I've received an offer from UEL to do international development with NGO management. Its the only degree that actually offers NGO experience and planning for working in the development sector - rather than 100% development theory.
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    (Original post by marshalld67)
    I've received an offer from UEL to do international development with NGO management. Its the only degree that actually offers NGO experience and planning for working in the development sector - rather than 100% development theory.
    I considered UEL myself, it looks an incredible course, I just personally prefer the course content at the uni's I've applied to! Where else have you applied? Have you had any other offers? I'm so excited to get to uni and study this course
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    (Original post by gwrren)
    I considered UEL myself, it looks an incredible course, I just personally prefer the course content at the uni's I've applied to! Where else have you applied? Have you had any other offers? I'm so excited to get to uni and study this course
    I decided on it because I'm a mature student and wanted something that could actually be applied rather than everyone just having the knowledge and no experience as it's a very difficult industry. I've also got an offer from Northampton, and an interview with Sussex. I only applied to those because I didn't want to waste spaces in the application haha but Sussex looks good
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    (Original post by marshalld67)
    I decided on it because I'm a mature student and wanted something that could actually be applied rather than everyone just having the knowledge and no experience as it's a very difficult industry. I've also got an offer from Northampton, and an interview with Sussex. I only applied to those because I didn't want to waste spaces in the application haha but Sussex looks good
    That makes sense, I'm hopefully going to have a placement year and do some work experience abroad and some within the UK working for an NGO to get a mix of experiences. That's brilliant, I've also applied to Northampton and Sussex and had offers from them. At the moment, I'm planning on going to Sussex to study as they're very successful with this course
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    (Original post by gwrren)
    That makes sense, I'm hopefully going to have a placement year and do some work experience abroad and some within the UK working for an NGO to get a mix of experiences. That's brilliant, I've also applied to Northampton and Sussex and had offers from them. At the moment, I'm planning on going to Sussex to study as they're very successful with this course
    awesome, well done! in the mean time check out the Ics scheme if you haven't already. I did it in the Philippines. did you have to do an interview or test essay for Sussex? I have to presumably because I'm applying to foundation and have been out of education a few years
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    (Original post by marshalld67)
    awesome, well done! in the mean time check out the Ics scheme if you haven't already. I did it in the Philippines. did you have to do an interview or test essay for Sussex? I have to presumably because I'm applying to foundation and have been out of education a few years

    I've actually been looking at ICS, I'm glad to finally meet someone who has done it already! How did you find the experience? I'm considering doing that as part of my placement year as I won't be able to fit it in before uni unless I take a gap year, which I'm not really wanting to do. I didn't get asked for an interview or test essay, but yeah as you've said it may be because of that. I hope the interview goes well for you! Do you know when it is?
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    (Original post by trivia32kosalsa)
    Is anyone planning to do this course or something similar? I'm struggling to find opinions of those at a similar position to me or do this course at uni :/
    Currently Year 12 studying English Lit., Maths, Economics, Chemistry.
    Hi, I've just come across this thread and thought I might have some (hopefully) helpful input.

    I study BSc (Hons) International Development with Economics at the University of Bath and am in my second year here. While in sixth form I also took English Lit., alongside Politics, Philosophy and History. In the year prior to joining I also took my Maths A-Level (not exactly the wildest gap year...)

    Any combination of subjects is likely helpful for the course given the varied, analytical nature of our learning. You do not need to have a huge understanding of economics or maths, though it does help. I was quite apprehensive regarding the economics part of the course when I was applying. However, we are taught the basics from scratch when we arrive - very quickly though! After a couple of compulsory modules in 1st year, you are then able to reduce your economics units or take additional ones depending on your preference.

    The thing I enjoy most about my course is variety. In each unit we are encouraged to follow our own interests and to feature these in our work. For example, we had a market study where we could choose our market. This led to some particularly varied and interesting work, topics such as; Gender Reassignment Surgery in Iran, Abortion in Uganda and Chocolate in Brazil.

    My course is part of the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, here's some information about the department and some recent achievements and research proposals. In my view, having such prominent lecturers has helped to engage everyone on the course, and has brought in really valuable insight from leading researchers.

    If you have any questions about the course at Bath, or anything regarding International Development at university, feel free to quote me.

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    I am also considering this course. What is considered to be 'good' AS grades for Bath?
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    (Original post by University of Bath)
    Hi, I've just come across this thread and thought I might have some (hopefully) helpful input.

    I study BSc (Hons) International Development with Economics at the University of Bath and am in my second year here. While in sixth form I also took English Lit., alongside Politics, Philosophy and History. In the year prior to joining I also took my Maths A-Level (not exactly the wildest gap year...)

    Any combination of subjects is likely helpful for the course given the varied, analytical nature of our learning. You do not need to have a huge understanding of economics or maths, though it does help. I was quite apprehensive regarding the economics part of the course when I was applying. However, we are taught the basics from scratch when we arrive - very quickly though! After a couple of compulsory modules in 1st year, you are then able to reduce your economics units or take additional ones depending on your preference.

    The thing I enjoy most about my course is variety. In each unit we are encouraged to follow our own interests and to feature these in our work. For example, we had a market study where we could choose our market. This led to some particularly varied and interesting work, topics such as; Gender Reassignment Surgery in Iran, Abortion in Uganda and Chocolate in Brazil.

    My course is part of the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, here's some information about the department and some recent achievements and research proposals. In my view, having such prominent lecturers has helped to engage everyone on the course, and has brought in really valuable insight from leading researchers.

    If you have any questions about the course at Bath, or anything regarding International Development at university, feel free to quote me.

    Hollie
    International Development with Economics - 2nd Year
    Do you have any tips or any useful information that will help prepare you for this course? It would be so helfpful to see a schedule of topics you covered in first year if you have one
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    (Original post by jandelrosario)
    I am also considering this course. What is considered to be 'good' AS grades for Bath?
    Hi there!

    It's great to hear you're considering the course. Here's the link, if you scroll down to the entry requirements it will hopefully give you a better idea of the typical offer.

    For the university as a whole, it is quite hard to say what is 'good' as offers differ a lot between courses.

    I hope this is helpful

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    (Original post by jmoore277)
    Do you have any tips or any useful information that will help prepare you for this course? It would be so helfpful to see a schedule of topics you covered in first year if you have one
    I would say that if you're interested in the world around you, you're already pretty prepared!

    Before starting I read 'The Undercover Economist' by Tim Hartford alongside 'Development as Freedom' by Amartya Sen. I talked about principles raised in both in my personal statement, and generally found them to be a really good introduction to the course.

    For my first semester, we studied an introductory economics module (basically an intensive A-Level class!) alongside Intro. to International Development, Modern World Economy, Thinking & Working Cross-Culturally and Qualitative Research. Here's some more detail on the units.

    I personally found Intro. to International Development the most interesting, and I learnt a lot of theory that I hadn't even heard of pre-university, as well as a variety of case studies. The economics modules were slightly harder to get into, but covered all bases given that a lot of us had never studied economics before.

    I hope this helps, if you have any more questions then quote me and I'll hopefully have some answers!

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    (Original post by University of Bath)
    Hi there!

    It's great to hear you're considering the course. Here's the link, if you scroll down to the entry requirements it will hopefully give you a better idea of the typical offer.

    For the university as a whole, it is quite hard to say what is 'good' as offers differ a lot between courses.

    I hope this is helpful

    Hollie
    Thanks for your help, I sent off my UCAS application at the beginning of the month and have received an offer from Bath University for International Development with Economics!
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    (Original post by jandelrosario)
    Thanks for your help, I sent off my UCAS application at the beginning of the month and have received an offer from Bath University for International Development with Economics!
    Congratulations! If you have any questions about the course than please quote me, hopefully I'll have some information

    I hope you have a wonderful break over Winter.

    Hollie
    International Development with Economics - 2nd Year
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    How has your course been so far? Why did you choose Bath? And will you do a study abroad programme?
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    (Original post by gwrren)
    I've actually been looking at ICS, I'm glad to finally meet someone who has done it already! How did you find the experience? I'm considering doing that as part of my placement year as I won't be able to fit it in before uni unless I take a gap year, which I'm not really wanting to do. I didn't get asked for an interview or test essay, but yeah as you've said it may be because of that. I hope the interview goes well for you! Do you know when it is?
    Im not sure if i replied to this - but you don't need to take a gap year because its only 12 weeks and they can get you back in time to start school. I loved it, 100% recommended, especially if you're going to study dev. I learnt a lot - and way better than voluntourism. Also interview went really well, sussex offered me a place.
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    (Original post by marshalld67)
    Im not sure if i replied to this - but you don't need to take a gap year because its only 12 weeks and they can get you back in time to start school. I loved it, 100% recommended, especially if you're going to study dev. I learnt a lot - and way better than voluntourism. Also interview went really well, sussex offered me a place.

    Yeah, I have considered doing it in the summer but I'm not 100% sure on whether to do it then or later on. Was it quite independent or were you with loads of other people the whole time? That's brilliant news! I'm so happy for you, well done
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    (Original post by gwrren)
    Yeah, I have considered doing it in the summer but I'm not 100% sure on whether to do it then or later on. Was it quite independent or were you with loads of other people the whole time? That's brilliant news! I'm so happy for you, well done
    It was mix and match, we did an awful lot of independent stuff daily but still had to do occasional group things.
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    (Original post by jandelrosario)
    How has your course been so far? Why did you choose Bath? And will you do a study abroad programme?
    I've really enjoyed the course so far. Going into my 2nd year has also meant that I have more optional units which has given me a lot more freedom to explore subjects outside of my degree.

    I chose Bath mainly due to the course being quite unique - I had only seen similar offered at Sussex and UEA. I knew that Bath had a really good reputation, it had been mentioned to me by teachers, peers and parents - as well as on assorted websites that I used, such as 'The Complete University Guide'. The lecturers on my course also have very varied careers, and specialisms, I predicted (accurately) that they would be fascinating to learn from. I also loved Bath as a city, it's beautiful and rather quaint, but there's enough going on that it isn't incredibly dull, which was a huge selling point.

    I will not do a study abroad programme exactly. We have placements in the year between 2nd and 3rd, but I doubt that I will undertake one. I will however, hopefully be attending an optional field work unit for my third year, expected to be in South Africa. This field work option is to provide some practical experience of producing research in a developing country, which I think will be really insightful.

    If you have any more questions about studying abroad, I'd be happy to investigate this for you!

    Hollie
    International Development with Economics - 2nd Year
 
 
 
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