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Hi everyone. I'm 25 and have never been to university. Up until now I've always had the impression that you can only do one course at university, but after a little research it seems that that's not true!Apologies if this has been covered before in the forums. But I just wanted to ask how it's possible to do more than one course when so many people struggle and get stressed out doing just one? Wouldn't doing, e.g., two courses essentially double your workload, and doing three would triple it?Also does that mean you come out the other end with two or three separate degree qualifications as opposed to just one as most people do?Again, apologies if this has already been covered but I really would like to know! Just for background info at the moment I'm kind of leaning towards Business, Economics, Psychology and/or Sociology. I'm having trouble deciding, and ideally, if it were to suit me, I'd prefer to do two courses instead of one. Unless it'll make my hair fall out.....
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Hi everyone. I'm 25 and have never been to university. Up until now I've always had the impression that you can only do one course at university, but after a little research it seems that that's not true!Apologies if this has been covered before in the forums. But I just wanted to ask how it's possible to do more than one course when so many people struggle and get stressed out doing just one? Wouldn't doing, e.g., two courses essentially double your workload, and doing three would triple it?Also does that mean you come out the other end with two or three separate degree qualifications as opposed to just one as most people do?Again, apologies if this has already been covered but I really would like to know! Just for background info at the moment I'm kind of leaning towards Business, Economics, Psychology and/or Sociology. I'm having trouble deciding, and ideally, if it were to suit me, I'd prefer to do two courses instead of one. Unless it'll make my hair fall out.....
You can't do two full degrees at the same time, you can do joint degrees where it's half in one subject and half another and you can have different splits too.
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You can't do two full degrees at the same time, you can do joint degrees where it's half in one subject and half another and you can have different splits too.
Oh wow, I didn't even know that was possible. So you can combine two subjects into one degree, but then doesn't that mean you'd be missing out on some modules of each subject?
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Oh wow, I didn't even know that was possible. So you can combine two subjects into one degree, but then doesn't that mean you'd be missing out on some modules of each subject?
yes, generally you'd mostly do core modules from two subjects with perhaps a few optional ones.Look up social science BA, that would combine some of your interests.
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Ok, thanks.

So would you say a person that has a split-subject degree would be at a disadvantage of any kind? Are employers usually looking for people who have a degree in one solid subject?

Also, do you know if universities only ever start their courses in September? As I'm not ready for this September but am also balking at the thought of having to wait an entire year to get started..
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yes, generally you'd mostly do core modules from two subjects with perhaps a few optional ones.Look up social science BA, that would combine some of your interests.
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Ok, thanks.

So would you say a person that has a split-subject degree would be at a disadvantage of any kind? Are employers usually looking for people who have a degree in one solid subject?

Also, do you know if universities only ever start their courses in September? As I'm not ready for this September but am also balking at the thought of having to wait an entire year to get started..
Depends what your career plans are. For degrees that don't lead you into one specific career path it's fine, but if you wanted to teach your degree subject it could have an effect (e.g. physics with philosophy and you want to be a physics teacher)
There is also a subtle difference between "and" and "with" - be aware of it.
I know of one example of someone doing two undergrad degrees - the youtuber CGP Grey got two separate degrees, physics and sociology, but there's no information out there as to whether they were taken back to back, or simultaneously or what.
(Now that I think about it, there probably is something about that hidden among hundreds of hours of podcasts)
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