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Hey, so I originally applied to study Mathematics and Philosophy but recently messed up c4 - didn't answer more than half the paper - so, I know I won't get the grades need in order to get into that degree. I debated taking a gap year, resitting a few exams and then applying to university but I don't want to waste a year. I love maths, but I'm not gifted at it, I worked really hard, learned the material inside and out but struggle with exams in Maths.

I think it would be best for me to change my degree or apply through clearing for either PPE or Philosophy, I just don't know which is best. I think I want to go into journalism, be a Stacey Dooley kinda journalist. What do you guys think? Anyone taking either of those subjects or have an opinion on which is the best degree to take?
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PPE is probably (marginally) the more practical and rounded of the degrees (if that's the right phrasing), but they'll both be rigorous, demanding courses. I guess if it were me, I'd look at the syllabi for each at the institution that I was interested in attending and make a judgement from there. I'd not bother with PPE personally simply because the politics side can (and usually is) covered in a phil degree, and I can't be arsed with economics.
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(Original post by briwby)
Hey, so I originally applied to study Mathematics and Philosophy but recently messed up c4 - didn't answer more than half the paper - so, I know I won't get the grades need in order to get into that degree. I debated taking a gap year, resitting a few exams and then applying to university but I don't want to waste a year. I love maths, but I'm not gifted at it, I worked really hard, learned the material inside and out but struggle with exams in Maths.

I think it would be best for me to change my degree or apply through clearing for either PPE or Philosophy, I just don't know which is best. I think I want to go into journalism, be a Stacey Dooley kinda journalist. What do you guys think? Anyone taking either of those subjects or have an opinion on which is the best degree to take?
Just graduated with a minor in Philosophy. Stacey Dooley is a fabulous journalist.

Your best bet into journalism would ideally be either Journalism, Media or an English degree. I did English Literature with Philosophy and they're very different. Philosophy isn't creative enough for Journalism. So if you would take Philosophy, I'd recommend trying to be an active participator in societies such as English, Creative Writing or if they have any journalist societies would be good. Get on your unis newspaper or volunteer to be a Tab student writer (sigh) to get you some relative work experience as a writer/journalist.

Philosophy is a difficult subject; logical, decisive and very complicated. I didn't struggle with it as a whole, but there's modules I preferred over some.

Philosophy is a wide in topics. Some unis heavily focus on philosophical science, or natural philosophy. So they'd offer modules such as philosophy of science, space and time, philosophy of mathematics, Kantian philosophy, metaphysics, etc. Whilst other degrees focus on humanitarian philosophy such morality and ethics, the law and justice system, metaethics. Whilst others specialise in contextual philosophy like Hellenistic, Ancient, Eastern, Early Modern, Medieval philosophy. And of course, other degrees have a mix of all the above.

So if you wish to pursue journalism, I would recommend a uni that has more humanitarian topics like law, morality, rights, ethics, consciousness, philosophy of mind, language, emotions, etc etc.
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