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Doing a-levels (1st year) atm and struggling to decide what subject area to go for.

Business Studies,
Sports Science,
Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biosciences,...
Building/Civil Engineering/Surveying


Key criteria:

1. Are degrees in some of the above subjects more likely to lead to a reasonably well-paid career, and which are more likely to leave me ending up working in McDonalds?

2. What are the other students typically (or stereotypically) like on above courses. I've heard students from other subjects complain about Sports Science students (that they are obnoxious, have aspirations for working for the England Football team, but will mostly end up working in gym).
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There seemed to be no sub-forum that covered these mix of subjects, so asking here:


Doing a-levels (1st year) atm and struggling to decide what subject area to go for.

Business Studies,
Sports Science,
Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biosciences,...
Building/Civil Engineering/Surveying


Key criteria:

1. Are degrees in some of the above subjects more likely to lead to a reasonably well-paid career, and which are more likely to leave me ending up working in McDonalds?

2. What are the other students typically (or stereotypically) like on above courses. I've heard students from other subjects complain about Sports Science students (that they are obnoxious, have aspirations for working for the England Football team, but will mostly end up working in gym).
business studies and sports sciences will be a bit less specific to go into a career so you might not end up in those fields, civil engineering can pay well, as can some science careers. Have you been to some open days yet?
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There seemed to be no sub-forum that covered these mix of subjects, so asking here:


Doing a-levels (1st year) atm and struggling to decide what subject area to go for.

Business Studies,
Sports Science,
Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biosciences,...
Building/Civil Engineering/Surveying


Key criteria:

1. Are degrees in some of the above subjects more likely to lead to a reasonably well-paid career, and which are more likely to leave me ending up working in McDonalds?

2. What are the other students typically (or stereotypically) like on above courses. I've heard students from other subjects complain about Sports Science students (that they are obnoxious, have aspirations for working for the England Football team, but will mostly end up working in gym).
Hey, I think go for what you would want to go into as a career. I think business is always a good one as everthing is pretty much a business and its good to have that knowledge anyways as well as good jobs in business
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Hello,
What a-levels are you studying? as the places you suggest are pretty diverse so it would help to know what you are looking at.

I think Business is a bit of a 'non subject'. What career is it leading to? Look at a lot of 'business people' and they dont have degrees in business studies. I think that is more an area where you have to have an aptitude for it rather than be taught it.
Sports science is a popular degree which is a problem. As its not an area with a huge amount of jobs to go around so you could end up in a gym.
Biochemistry etc can lead to well paid jobs as long as you are good at this area. So if you perform well in biological sciences at the moment at school then this could be a good area.
Civil Engineering- you really need to look at the Unis for this as degrees from some are more respected than others which of course will give you access to the better jobs. You need to be good at Maths and Physics. If you aren't steer cleer of this. if you are this can be a really well paid and varied job and you can work on some exciting projects.
Building Surveying- There is a lot of demand for Building surveyors and when you think about it everywhere has buildings so it makes sense. This is quite varied as you can work across different types of buildings doing all sorts of tasks, you can project manage, refurbish (think large scale ££££), design, contract administer, facilties manage, look at how materials function. It's also an easy area to be self employed in if you are interested in the business side of things.
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(Original post by bantocight)
There seemed to be no sub-forum that covered these mix of subjects, so asking here:


Doing a-levels (1st year) atm and struggling to decide what subject area to go for.

Business Studies,
Sports Science,
Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biosciences,...
Building/Civil Engineering/Surveying


Key criteria:

1. Are degrees in some of the above subjects more likely to lead to a reasonably well-paid career, and which are more likely to leave me ending up working in McDonalds?

2. What are the other students typically (or stereotypically) like on above courses. I've heard students from other subjects complain about Sports Science students (that they are obnoxious, have aspirations for working for the England Football team, but will mostly end up working in gym).
Hi bantocight,

Straight up from that list, Civil Engineering is a perfect choice. Environmental Engineering is an area of Civil Engineering specialising in the treatment of water and wastewater, and remediating pollution and contaminated land. So this ticks both boxes of the 'bio-sciences' and 'built environment' sections of your above list.

Newcastle University has a strong Environmental Engineering Research Group; https://www.ncl.ac.uk/engineering/re...alengineering/ - check this link out to see the research and things they get involved with. In addition, we offer the ability to specialise in Environmental Engineering in the fourth year of MEng as well as offering an MSc in Environmental engineering should you wish to follow the BEng + Msc route.

In addition, there are lots of business aspects to Civil Engineering, as in your fourth year at Newcastle, you are able to study modules in Construction Management and Enterprise. Details of these are available at: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/...#coursedetails

So really it combines all three!

Any questions just ask us at: [email protected].

All the best!

Dominic (Student Ambassador).
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Don't waste your time going to university unless you have a specific career choice that requires a degree.

And don't pick a course based on potential income, you'd be better off picking a career that you will actually enjoy.
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Business studies and sport science probably won’t give you many job opportunities. Business studies particularly is a very general degree, if you really want to do something in business, maybe look at economics or accounting and finance. You can work in an investment bank or in the big4, that is if you have an interest in it. Biochemistry is a good degree and so is civil engineering, both with career prospects and a good income. But engineering is very difficult, only go for it if you’re 100% certain. Not sure about building surveying. Overall, science and certain business degrees will almost certainly give you a job, but you should be doing it because you enjoy it, not because of the possible income it might generate. If you’re not good at your degree you’ll have wasted your money and time
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