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So before I start I want to say I’m in year 12, not year 13 so I’m not writing a last minute UCAS application in case anyone thinks that’s what’s going on.

So anyway I’m trying to think of what degree I want to do because I feel like I should at least start thinking about what I want to do at Uni now.

I’m Doing Math’s, Politics and English literature at A level and the degrees I’m looking at are Law, English Literature, Politic’s and Business (and maybe maths but it’s unlikely since I don’t do further maths and very few Uni’s allow you to do maths without further maths)

So if you know anything about these degrees or do any of these degree could you list the pros and cons of them and what it’s like studying the degree.

Also if you know of anything I can do to get an insight to what these degrees are like like books I can read or videos I can watch that would also be appreciated.
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(Original post by Studentboy783)
So before I start I want to say I’m in year 12, not year 13 so I’m not writing a last minute UCAS application in case anyone thinks that’s what’s going on.

So anyway I’m trying to think of what degree I want to do because I feel like I should at least start thinking about what I want to do at Uni now.

I’m Doing Math’s, Politics and English literature at A level and the degrees I’m looking at are Law, English Literature, Politic’s and Business (and maybe maths but it’s unlikely since I don’t do further maths and very few Uni’s allow you to do maths without further maths)

So if you know anything about these degrees or do any of these degree could you list the pros and cons of them and what it’s like studying the degree.

Also if you know of anything I can do to get an insight to what these degrees are like like books I can read or videos I can watch that would also be appreciated.
Hi Studentboy783,

I'd like to start of by saying there are actually a lot of university courses that don't have further maths as an entry requirement so don't count it out if you think you'd enjoy it, though it sounds like that's not really the route you want to go down.

As a physics students I don't know a lot about the degrees you're looking into but as someone who wasn't sure what degree to take I can give some advice on how to decide. I'd first recommend thinking about what you currently study and which subject you enjoy the most. Do you have a favourite? Often the university courses are similar to a-levels only they are obviously more in-depth and develop knowledge way further, so continuing to do what you like most now should mean you really enjoy your degree.

To learn more about the degrees I would recommend researching some universities that offer the course and looking at the specific modules they offer. You can then watch youtube videos or read books on those isolated topics and see if any stand out as being particularly interesting. Also, have you signed up for any university open days yet? It's a great opportunity to speak to students currently studying where you can ask about things they enjoy or find hard. When I attended open days there were even some brief example lectures at some places which gave me an insight into how the subjects I was interested in were taught differently and I realised the teaching approach and engagement in physics was more my style.

Good luck trying to decide which course you want to do. If you would like any more information on what the maths courses are like at Southampton as a reference please don't hesitate to ask more questions

Megan
4th year physics student
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(Original post by Studentboy783)
So before I start I want to say I’m in year 12, not year 13 so I’m not writing a last minute UCAS application in case anyone thinks that’s what’s going on.

So anyway I’m trying to think of what degree I want to do because I feel like I should at least start thinking about what I want to do at Uni now.

I’m Doing Math’s, Politics and English literature at A level and the degrees I’m looking at are Law, English Literature, Politic’s and Business (and maybe maths but it’s unlikely since I don’t do further maths and very few Uni’s allow you to do maths without further maths)

So if you know anything about these degrees or do any of these degree could you list the pros and cons of them and what it’s like studying the degree.

Also if you know of anything I can do to get an insight to what these degrees are like like books I can read or videos I can watch that would also be appreciated.
"Very few" unis allow you to do Maths without Further Maths???

That aside, have you considered degrees such as the Arts and Sciences courses at UCL and Birmingham?
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I've done a management related degree, so I could probably point a few things out. I've done a Maths A Level and an AS in English Literature, so I can say you're pretty brave taking on those combinations.

In terms of employment propsects, I'd say Business is as good as any other degree you use to get jobs that just require a degree. I haven't come across a situation where you get an advantage over other applicants with a management degree as opposed to other degrees, since most employers train you from the ground up (assuming you know nothing about business). Having said that, if you intend to start a business yourself, having a business degree is probably advantageous compared to the other degrees. And of course, you can always go into teaching.

Business in general will cover a myriad of aspects in business e.g. accounting, operations, marketing, and HR being the main ones. However, I'd say the bulk of the value in a business degree would be in the technical topics you learn i.e. stats, accounting, marketing analytics, economics, law (if you intend to remain in the UK). You do learn about business strategy, managing people, entrepreneurship, etc.( I find these to be the more dull side of business studies and there wasn't anything particularly substantial that you can take from them).
I'd say the key to succeeding in the degree is your ability to waffle. A lot of the material is descriptive, and being able to write out at length and analyse the theories and ideas would be necessary.
The level of maths you will need on the course rarely goes beyond GCSE standard, unless you're taking on challenging stats and business math modules, in which case it's AS level.

I don't have any particularly good books I would recommend you to buy to give you a general glimpse of what business is like. Most of the academic textbooks you will be using can cost from £30-60 per book brand new (typically several hundred to a thousand pages long and about as big as an A4 folder), Most of these books end up gathering dust after we leave uni.
There are some books that I would recommend getting though if you do intend to study Business:
  • Principles of Macroeconomics by Mankiw
  • Management and Cost Accounting by Drury
  • Quantitative Methods for Business, Management and Finance by Swift and Piff
  • Corporate Finance: Principles & Practice by Watson & Head
Personally, I'd start off with an A Level Business Studies textbook, as a lot of the material you see in there will be the sort of material you will be covering at uni, albiet in a more academic context.

Most people who usually think of business degrees tend to think of doing MBAs, and that's usually what most people do later in their careers. I don't particularly recommend it if the jobs/promotions you are going for are super competitive and low paying. MBAs tend to be expensive, especially if you intend to go to a world class university to get them to remotely stand a chance against the competition.
Whilst you can always do a master's in management or any particular business discipline, I don't think they are as high valued (or anywhere near as expensive) as an MBA, that is if you can get the job. To me, most of what you learn in a master's for a business related degree would be roughly equivalent to what you will be learning at bachelor's level, but a bit more intense, with a bit more theoretical discussion + a dissertation. If you're looking to pick up skills, then I'd argue the skills you gain in a bachelor's would be roughly the same at master's level, except you can work to tighter deadlines. As such, I often argue that if you have already done business or management for an undergrad, there isn't really that much point in doing it for a postgrad unless you intend to go into research.

I'd also like to point out that there are professional qualifications you can do to gain certain skills or specialism within businesses. e.g. accounting qualifications (ACCA, CIMA, ACA), marketing (CIM), and HR (CIPD). Most of these qualifications won't need you to have gone through uni to get them. If they accept graduates, there are usually lower level qualifications you can study to get on the ladder without having to go through uni e.g. for accounting, you can take an AAT before studying for an ACA or ACCA.
If you do intend to use your degree to gain exemptions for the professional qualifications, you might want to check the exemptions you can get with the particular degree against the professional body whose qualification you would like to study for (they often have webpages with exemption calculators on them - goole for them). Not all professional bodies will consider the same sort of material you have learned to be the equivalent to what they need you to study.
Do also note, professional qualifications tend to be prized more than degrees. Professional experience is prized above everything else, to my knowledge.

The other thing about master's in business/management is that you can do the master's with any undergrad degree, but you can't always do a master's in another discipline with a business bachelor's e.g. law, politics.

If you're looking to do a degree with the most flexibility and you're most likely to be eligible for, an LLB in Law would probably be your best bet, provided you enjoy it and are really passionate about the subject.

If you're looking for a degree that would give you the most employability, I'd go with maths or a STEM degree with a lot of maths, and possibly programming. These degrees will be hard (I don't know how much harder they are compared to law though).
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Hi! I'm Elena, a second year business management student at Surrey.
You can check out the course specifications and reuirements here.

At Surrey, everyone doing business management does the same modules in first year and in second year you'll go into your chosen pathway if you've chosen one. The pathways are like "specialisations" in a specific area, like Marketing, International Business or Entrepreneurship. What changes are your 2 core modules per semester in second and third year, as you can choose the other two.

I'm really enjoying my degree and I've had and have really interesting modules like ethics, marketing communications and entrepreneurship. The campus is really nice, with a beautiful lake and lots of greenery. There are more than 150 clubs and societies to choose from, so there's bound to be one for you!

Hope this helped. Check out @surreystudent on instagram. I did a takeover this week (and have done more) so if you check the "Elena" highlight stories, you can have a bit of an insight into a business student's life. You can also check out @surreybusinessschool . Again, lots of takeovers and student insight.

Hope that helped. If you have any questions, just ask

Elena.
(Original post by Studentboy783)
So before I start I want to say I’m in year 12, not year 13 so I’m not writing a last minute UCAS application in case anyone thinks that’s what’s going on.

So anyway I’m trying to think of what degree I want to do because I feel like I should at least start thinking about what I want to do at Uni now.

I’m Doing Math’s, Politics and English literature at A level and the degrees I’m looking at are Law, English Literature, Politic’s and Business (and maybe maths but it’s unlikely since I don’t do further maths and very few Uni’s allow you to do maths without further maths)

So if you know anything about these degrees or do any of these degree could you list the pros and cons of them and what it’s like studying the degree.

Also if you know of anything I can do to get an insight to what these degrees are like like books I can read or videos I can watch that would also be appreciated.
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