Hey I was in your position. I got into a Russel Group to do sociology at uni of Sheffield I’m from Manchester too so going elsewhere always felt a bit of a downgrade to me because I like the bustle of Manchester. I did a gap year because I just wanted to asses my options.
I found over the year I wanted to go into business maybe a fashion buying role and would naturally gravitate towards jobs that were like analyst or buying roles within businesses but retained an element of creativity. So I decided to do business with law to keep my options open but I didn’t feel it was creative enough so I transferred to fashion business. I really enjoy the course and I find it gives me motivation because I genuinely enjoy it and you find because it’s so specific it really helps to work towards a career and keeps you driven. I do plan on doing a masters in sociology however just for my own personal development because I still feel it’s important to me to explore that field and have a well rounded education in something more broad.
I think you have to remember that this subject you choose is what you’ll be expected to be a mini expert in once it’s completed so I would do the thing that you want to go into a role in and are passionate about. It’s really vital that you actually enjoy what you study and you’re interested in it because if not you’re going to dread university and stop engaging and feel like the whole experience is not for you. It’s a really big grounding technique when other things aren’t going your way if at the core of it you enjoy your subject you feel like you are the right path it suddenly feels better.
With sociology you can most definitely go into marketing but you just have to remember the people that have studied that directly and can prove they have the best understanding and passion for the area will most likely be the best candidates naturally.