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Lancaster University Official Clearing Thread 2023

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Original post by Lancaster Student Ambassador
Hi everyone,

I’m Carla and I just finished my Ecology and Conservation degree! I’m definitely going to miss Lancaster, particularly getting involved with Green Lancaster and seeing the campus ducks.
Feel free to ask any questions you have and I’ll do my best to try to answer them!


Hi Carla, I'm thinking on joining Lancaster university but not sure if my first option should be Biology or Conservation biology and ecology... would you be able to help?
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Original post by celina ldh
Hi Carla, I'm thinking on joining Lancaster university but not sure if my first option should be Biology or Conservation biology and ecology... would you be able to help?

Hi,

I don't study biology but I'd recommend having a look at the modules offered by each course and seeing which sound more interesting to you.
If you want to maintain some breadth in the areas of biology you're studying picking biology may be a good idea, whereas if you are sure that you want to focus on ecology and conservation that might be the course for you. The ecology and conservation course would also give you the opportunity to study some more environmental science based modules e.g. biogeochemical cycles or climate and society as well if you had an interest in that.

One thing to consider is that you would be able to study a lot of the ecology modules through biology, especially after first year as there are only one or two compulsory biology modules each year (as far as I can tell from the course page.) In contrast, if you take ecology and conservation you might not be able to take some biology modules in later years as you might not have the prerequisites in biology from earlier years.

Hope this helps,
Becky (Lancaster University Student Ambassador)
Sons are going to Lancaster this year, one is doing the Bsc Econ, the other Ba Econ (because he just missed his maths requirement). However upon exploring the course content further it seems as though there is a requirement to take a minor in either history, politics, sociology and IR and the economics content itself seems very vague and generic. Would you suggest changing the Ba course to a 4 year to include a year in industry, so that you are at least guaranteed a consultancy placement or try and change to a course like business economics or economics and finance? The Bsc economics is full so they are not flexible with the grades at Lancaster to allow him to do straight econ so as a family we are a little unsure about what to do for the best. He did do a few modules during his partial first year at university last year ( maths for economics) and introduction to accounting and finance. He has the transcript for these, perhaps these would hold some weight in demonstrating mathematical competency? I don't know. Do you have any thoughts or advice, he is concerned that the Ba econ will just be a pointless degree. Thanks.

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Welcome to the official Lancaster University Clearing Thread 2023.

The first place to start is to visit our website:

https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/clearing/

Here you can register to receive updates on the programmes that enter Clearing, and you can sign up for a variety of webinars covering:

- Applying through Clearing
- Why you should choose Lancaster University
- Campus tours

After the results days, Clearing will officially open for new applicants to the University who will commence their studies in the Autumn of 2023.

From then, the best way to contact us will be by telephone where we'll have a large number of well-trained, extremely helpful people to guide you through what can be a very stressful and anxious experience. While this may be your first Clearing, it isn't ours, and we understand just how hard it can be. We are here to help!

The numbers are:

Main number: 0800 298 9542
From outside the UK: +44 1524 931300

Our Clearing Hotline opens at 8am and closes at 7pm, 17 August 2023.

For the rest of the week our lines are open:


- Friday 18 August, 09:00-17:00 BST
- Saturday 19 August, 10:00-16:00 BST
- Sunday 20 August, 10:00-16:00 BST

On hand to help as well, we'll have all our Ambassadors here on The Student Room. They are here to provide any assistance they can about any aspect of coming to Lancaster University. As always, if they don't know the answer right away, they'll contact the best person who can.

So, if you are thinking about Clearing for whatever reason, follow this thread for updates from Lancaster University.

And from all of us, we're rooting for you!

Hi Becky, My son is doing the Ba Econ through clearing (because he just missed his maths requirement). However upon exploring the course content further it seems as though there is a requirement to take a minor in either history, politics, sociology and IR and the economics content itself seems very vague and generic. Would you suggest changing the Ba course to a 4 year to include a year in industry, so that you are at least guaranteed a consultancy placement or try and change to a course like business economics or economics and finance? The Bsc economics is full so they are not flexible with the grades at Lancaster to allow him to do straight econ so as a family we are a little unsure about what to do for the best. He did do a few modules during his partial first year at a different university last year ( maths for economics) and introduction to accounting and finance, but had to leave due to cpr. He has the transcript for these, perhaps these would hold some weight in demonstrating mathematical competency? I don't know. Do you have any thoughts or advice, he is concerned that the Ba econ will just be a pointless degree. Interested in consultancy/ econ/ finance ( not IB). Please feel free to move post in to a different forum or subforum if you feel I will get more responses. Thanks
Original post by celina ldh
Hi Carla, I'm thinking on joining Lancaster university but not sure if my first option should be Biology or Conservation biology and ecology... would you be able to help?

Hi,

I agree with what Becky has said already; My friend who took Biology was able to (on the large part) take many of the same modules as me so long as she had the prerequisite modules. However, there are some modules that are only offered to one or the other, particularly in first year.

I'd suggest looking in depth at the 2 courses and the course structure within them and working out what interests you more. I loved Ecology and Conservation, particularly as someone more interested in ecology, evolution, and the environment over topics such as anatomy and disease, and can highly recommend the course.

Good luck with your decision making and if you have any more questions then let me know!

Carla (Lancaster University Student Ambassador)
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Original post by Anonymous
Hi Becky, My son is doing the Ba Econ through clearing (because he just missed his maths requirement). However upon exploring the course content further it seems as though there is a requirement to take a minor in either history, politics, sociology and IR and the economics content itself seems very vague and generic. Would you suggest changing the Ba course to a 4 year to include a year in industry, so that you are at least guaranteed a consultancy placement or try and change to a course like business economics or economics and finance? The Bsc economics is full so they are not flexible with the grades at Lancaster to allow him to do straight econ so as a family we are a little unsure about what to do for the best. He did do a few modules during his partial first year at a different university last year ( maths for economics) and introduction to accounting and finance, but had to leave due to cpr. He has the transcript for these, perhaps these would hold some weight in demonstrating mathematical competency? I don't know. Do you have any thoughts or advice, he is concerned that the Ba econ will just be a pointless degree. Interested in consultancy/ econ/ finance ( not IB). Please feel free to move post in to a different forum or subforum if you feel I will get more responses. Thanks

Hello, I am not the same ambassador but I will try to help.

Changing to a 4 year course seems like a good option. For the other courses, assuming you want to go into consultancy, changing from the Ba course to business economics seems like another good option, as there have been some business economics graduates who continued to professional training as financial advisers or underwriters. Changing to economics and finance seems useless, as it would just change the type of career you would get.

As for choosing between the 4 year course and business economics, the 4 year course is better if your son just wants to have the experience of working in some consultancy/ econ/ finance subject, whereas business economics is slightly better if your son wants to have the highest chance of a career in some consultancy/ econ/ finance subject.

-Kao (Lancaster Maths & Stats Student Ambassador)
Original post by Lancaster Student Ambassador
Hello, I am not the same ambassador but I will try to help.

Changing to a 4 year course seems like a good option. For the other courses, assuming you want to go into consultancy, changing from the Ba course to business economics seems like another good option, as there have been some business economics graduates who continued to professional training as financial advisers or underwriters. Changing to economics and finance seems useless, as it would just change the type of career you would get.

As for choosing between the 4 year course and business economics, the 4 year course is better if your son just wants to have the experience of working in some consultancy/ econ/ finance subject, whereas business economics is slightly better if your son wants to have the highest chance of a career in some consultancy/ econ/ finance subject.

-Kao (Lancaster Maths & Stats Student Ambassador)

Thankyou so much Kao. You have been so helpful. Just out of curiosity to switch course at this stage would my son need to contact the ug admissions department, the management school or simply wait until welcome week to discuss options. He definitely likes the idea of the 4 year ba econ with industry. The course structure is better too. He has his offer confirmed but has not enrolled yet so hoping there is room for manoeuvre at the moment. Thanks again for your reply.

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