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I'm going to be starting year 12 next year, and I'm doing English lit, history and psychology. I thought I knew what I wanted to do after A levels, but now I have no clue.

I tend to think I've decided on what I want to do at uni, but I tend to lose all enthusiasm for it after a little while. I've gone from wanting to do forensic psychology to forensic science to film (and possibly creative writing) to law to archaeology and now I have no clue. And, in terms of a career, I have no idea.

I've been looking at different unis in various areas across the UK where I'd be okay with/enjoy living, but none of the degrees are of much interest to me.

However, a course that somewhat interested me was marketing. The idea of a job in that sort of area seems interesting enough, but I feel like I need to hear the opinions of people who are doing or have done a marketing degree.

I'm particularly interested in the workload, the types of students who do marketing degrees and just general points.

The first two points (workload and types of students) is important to me because it's those two things that put me off law. The workload seemed too much, which probably wouldn't do any favours for my mental health, and I found plenty of sources (i.e. YouTubers) who talked about how some law students would create a toxic environment with how competitive they were.

Any and all responses would be appreciated!
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If you are interested in Marketing, you don't necessarily need to do a degree in it. Better to study something you are really passionate about and then go down the marketing route afterwards, rather than commit yourself and then get stuck when you realise it's not the path for you.

Just thoroughly research all of your options and ask others for advice too. You have a diverse set of a levels and lots of time. There's no rush.
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I'm going to be starting year 12 next year, and I'm doing English lit, history and psychology. I thought I knew what I wanted to do after A levels, but now I have no clue.

I tend to think I've decided on what I want to do at uni, but I tend to lose all enthusiasm for it after a little while. I've gone from wanting to do forensic psychology to forensic science to film (and possibly creative writing) to law to archaeology and now I have no clue. And, in terms of a career, I have no idea.

I've been looking at different unis in various areas across the UK where I'd be okay with/enjoy living, but none of the degrees are of much interest to me.

However, a course that somewhat interested me was marketing. The idea of a job in that sort of area seems interesting enough, but I feel like I need to hear the opinions of people who are doing or have done a marketing degree.

I'm particularly interested in the workload, the types of students who do marketing degrees and just general points.

The first two points (workload and types of students) is important to me because it's those two things that put me off law. The workload seemed too much, which probably wouldn't do any favours for my mental health, and I found plenty of sources (i.e. YouTubers) who talked about how some law students would create a toxic environment with how competitive they were.

Any and all responses would be appreciated!
Do you know what you want to do as a career? This might help a little, although the majority of courses in the humanities can lead to most careers.

I did an archaeology-based course, so can answer any questions on that if you do have them.

For Marketing, there isn't really a 'type' of student, but most of the ones I've met have happened to be outgoing and interested in business and entrepreneurship.
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(Original post by sophdotorg)
I'm going to be starting year 12 next year, and I'm doing English lit, history and psychology. I thought I knew what I wanted to do after A levels, but now I have no clue.

I tend to think I've decided on what I want to do at uni, but I tend to lose all enthusiasm for it after a little while. I've gone from wanting to do forensic psychology to forensic science to film (and possibly creative writing) to law to archaeology and now I have no clue. And, in terms of a career, I have no idea.

I've been looking at different unis in various areas across the UK where I'd be okay with/enjoy living, but none of the degrees are of much interest to me.

However, a course that somewhat interested me was marketing. The idea of a job in that sort of area seems interesting enough, but I feel like I need to hear the opinions of people who are doing or have done a marketing degree.

I'm particularly interested in the workload, the types of students who do marketing degrees and just general points.

The first two points (workload and types of students) is important to me because it's those two things that put me off law. The workload seemed too much, which probably wouldn't do any favours for my mental health, and I found plenty of sources (i.e. YouTubers) who talked about how some law students would create a toxic environment with how competitive they were.

Any and all responses would be appreciated!
Hey sophdotorg

I am currently studying at the University of Hull and completed my BA Marketing last year and have gone on to study my MSc Advertising and Marketing so I hope I can shed a bit of light onto the course. Firstly, I will just say, as others have said above you don't exactly need a degree in Marketing to work in the area. It is always best to do something you are passionate about as lots of skills learnt in other subjects can be transferred over to the Marketing field.

First thing to note is for most Marketing / Business degrees first year is always the same for most students and courses and will include modules like Accounting and Finance, Business Environments, HRM and Marketing. This gives you a general overview of businesses and the different elements it takes to run a business basically, it also gives the chance for you to see if there's a different area you enjoy. I originally applied for International Business but enjoyed the Marketing module so much that I decided to change over from the end of first year. Going in to second year we studied things like Marketing Intelligence, Consumer Behavior, Artificial Intelligence and Research Methods then third year we studied modules that included Digital Marketing, International Marketing, Services Marketing and I did a dissertation too. For Hull we have three modules per semester (2 semesters per year Sept-Jan and Feb-May with a long summer). Each module typically has 3-5 hours of learning per week which included lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops sometimes too.

The assessments were usually one or two per module and included essays, presentations, reports, group work etc. Here at Hull we have great lectures who provided a lot of support for those assessments. The students who study this course are very diverse but as mentioned above are mostly outgoing, creative and really passionate about Marketing. We had a lot of opportunities here at Hull to study overseas, gain internships and work directly with large companies which added to our experience. I wouldn't say the workload was too much, for most of my degree I was working 2 or 3 part time jobs at the same time and still had time to socialise and have down time. Please let me know if you have any other questions and if you want to check the course directly you can find it HERE hope this helps and good luck with your search!!

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Hi there,

I am a Student Ambassador from Coventry University (Scarborough campus) and I have recently finished my Business Management and Leadership studies. With CU Group, modules are focused on one at a time, this means you are able to concentrate on one topic at a time rather than multiple. For me personally, this really helped as I was able to get the right books and read up on one module rather than having to split my time with other modules. This allowed myself to fully understand and comprehend a topic in detail. With CU groups, it is not like other universities where you do exams, this is 100% coursework based with some individual and group presentations. This again was beneficial to myself as I am not overly confident with taking exams, so to find a degree that offers 100% coursework really did help.

Within my course, I was able to study Marketing as one of the modules. Taking part in multiple modules encourages you to truly understand what suits you best and what you want to pursue after your degree. If you would like to find out more, please feel free to click the link here: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/cus/cours...22/management/

Hope this helps!
Aimee - CU Scarborough Student Ambassador
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(Original post by sophdotorg)
I'm going to be starting year 12 next year, and I'm doing English lit, history and psychology. I thought I knew what I wanted to do after A levels, but now I have no clue.

I tend to think I've decided on what I want to do at uni, but I tend to lose all enthusiasm for it after a little while. I've gone from wanting to do forensic psychology to forensic science to film (and possibly creative writing) to law to archaeology and now I have no clue. And, in terms of a career, I have no idea.

I've been looking at different unis in various areas across the UK where I'd be okay with/enjoy living, but none of the degrees are of much interest to me.

However, a course that somewhat interested me was marketing. The idea of a job in that sort of area seems interesting enough, but I feel like I need to hear the opinions of people who are doing or have done a marketing degree.

I'm particularly interested in the workload, the types of students who do marketing degrees and just general points.

The first two points (workload and types of students) is important to me because it's those two things that put me off law. The workload seemed too much, which probably wouldn't do any favours for my mental health, and I found plenty of sources (i.e. YouTubers) who talked about how some law students would create a toxic environment with how competitive they were.

Any and all responses would be appreciated!
Hi sophdog123 :hello:,

I hope you are well.

I am currently studying Marketing Management at Lancaster University so I thought I would reply as you are interested in hearing from current students.

First of all, it is totally normal and understandable to be unsure what to study or progress onto after A levels. I was similar to you at your age, didn't know whether to go to university or what to study. I thought about lots of things including teaching before settling on marketing. My number one piece of advice would be to attend as many free lectures and introductory sessions that universities hold for prospective students and you are likely to get a sense of what sounds good / interesting to you . You might find these sessions a great place to start!

The A levels you have chosen sound like a great mix. I studied English too. When I came to Lancaster, I even studied a minor in Psychology which is something that might interest you if you aren't fixated on what you want to study yet. You can read more about the flexibility of degrees at Lancaster here.

I decided to study marketing management at Lancaster because of the reputation, career prospects, campus life and great standard of teaching shown through the gold teaching excellence framework (TEF) ranking. It just felt right for me . You can find out more about marketing degrees at Lancaster here.

One of my favourite things about marketing is how everything in the world pretty much needs marketing. So you can combine marketing with something you love. E.g. if you are a lover of theatre for example you might aspire to work as the Marketing Manager for a theatre. The workload on my course has been manageable. For me, there has been a great balance of coursework and exams. The coursework has also included group reports, essays, presentations etc so something to suit everyone's skill sets. I have also had time to engage in numerous extra-curricular activities and part time jobs. Something that also might be reassuring for you is that at Lancaster University we have own our Marketing Careers Coach, a lot of us call her our uni Mum! She is fantastic at helping with CVs, cover letters and interview prep and equally is there for us in many other ways in a very supportive way .

Regarding the types of people that study marketing, from my experience everyone has been lovely. Most are very passionate individuals and have a balance of being creative but also interested in business and the more academic side. We also have a Marketing and Advertising Society at Lancaster University which is great to meet other like minded people and people in older years who can give you an insight on the best modules to take!

I hope this information is helpful. Please reply with any further questions as I am very happy to help. If I don't hear from you, I wish you all the best with your A levels and future studies.

Rebecca (Final Year BSc Hons Marketing Management Student)
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I'm going to be starting year 12 next year, and I'm doing English lit, history and psychology. I thought I knew what I wanted to do after A levels, but now I have no clue.

I tend to think I've decided on what I want to do at uni, but I tend to lose all enthusiasm for it after a little while. I've gone from wanting to do forensic psychology to forensic science to film (and possibly creative writing) to law to archaeology and now I have no clue. And, in terms of a career, I have no idea.

I've been looking at different unis in various areas across the UK where I'd be okay with/enjoy living, but none of the degrees are of much interest to me.

However, a course that somewhat interested me was marketing. The idea of a job in that sort of area seems interesting enough, but I feel like I need to hear the opinions of people who are doing or have done a marketing degree.

I'm particularly interested in the workload, the types of students who do marketing degrees and just general points.

The first two points (workload and types of students) is important to me because it's those two things that put me off law. The workload seemed too much, which probably wouldn't do any favours for my mental health, and I found plenty of sources (i.e. YouTubers) who talked about how some law students would create a toxic environment with how competitive they were.

Any and all responses would be appreciated!
Hi sophdotorg

It's totally normal to be confused about what you'd like to study at uni, or where to go.

I'm a Marketing student and I'm really liking it so far. The workload isn't too bad, you can totally have a good social life and you could even get a part-time job if you wanted to! People in my course are quite friendly and nice, i'd say there's a good mix of really outgoing people and people which are more introverted.

If you have any other questions, please ask away! I was in your position not so long ago and I considered doing other degrees as well. You might want to check out this post I wrote about business studies.

Elena
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