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PPE universities

What's a good measure of what universities I should be looking at for PPE? Oxford would be my first choice but I'm also looking at Warwick, Exeter and potentially Lancaster if I don't get my predicted grades, however Lancaster is still AAB which seems a little risky for a 'back-up plan'.

I'm not sure about LSE/UCL as evidently they're both really hard to get into and require an A* in Maths but also whether or not London would be affordable or practical (in terms of logistically getting there).

I live in South Wales and my grandparents live in the midlands which I'd like to live at least a few hours from each, which rules Durham out because it's easily 7-10 hours on the train. That may sound silly to some but it's a big consideration for me as I need to actually live there & am very close to my family.

Where do I need to look to figure out what Unis are any good? I also love Bath but only Bath Spa does PPE and it's not known for its humanities, and I would rule Bristol out because I've been there a fair amount and it's just not for me.

Edit: Just for reference I should be able to get at least all As at A Level, I got all As at AS mocks and at GSCE I got 11A*s+1A+1B and am doing lots of 'super-curriculars', not that this would guarantee a place but just as a guide.
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Honestly I have friends who go to Bath Spa and study Geography and related courses who absolutely love it. The teacher student ratio is very good meaning you get more attention from the staff, alongside smaller classes so it’s much easier to bond and get along with course mates!

Rankings don’t really matter anymore to be honest, and you can always do a masters afterwards which are highly respected by employers which is also my plan. Go where you think you’d be happiest.

All degrees are asserted by the same people meaning the content is all up to the same standard regardless of the university.

I would say different if you were going to study e.g. law as that is incredibly competitive to get employment for meaning the higher ranked university the better, but for most humanities courses this isn’t the case.

Many employers don’t care where you studied, just what skills you have gained.
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Original post by greentiger
Honestly I have friends who go to Bath Spa and study Geography and related courses who absolutely love it. The teacher student ratio is very good meaning you get more attention from the staff, alongside smaller classes so it’s much easier to bond and get along with course mates!
Rankings don’t really matter anymore to be honest, and you can always do a masters afterwards which are highly respected by employers which is also my plan. Go where you think you’d be happiest.
All degrees are asserted by the same people meaning the content is all up to the same standard regardless of the university.
I would say different if you were going to study e.g. law as that is incredibly competitive to get employment for meaning the higher ranked university the better, but for most humanities courses this isn’t the case.
Many employers don’t care where you studied, just what skills you have gained.

Thank you! I think I’d like to do diplomacy or political science in future, although whether financially I could do a Master’s I’m not sure, which is pretty much needed for political science. If I got into a top university I think the networking you’d do would be one of the more crucial skills needed for those careers and the sort of knowledge you’d get from tutors etc for that career, but I do take your point about the syllabus.
Original post by fqriewiings
What's a good measure of what universities I should be looking at for PPE? Oxford would be my first choice but I'm also looking at Warwick, Exeter and potentially Lancaster if I don't get my predicted grades, however Lancaster is still AAB which seems a little risky for a 'back-up plan'.
I'm not sure about LSE/UCL as evidently they're both really hard to get into and require an A* in Maths but also whether or not London would be affordable or practical (in terms of logistically getting there).
I live in South Wales and my grandparents live in the midlands which I'd like to live at least a few hours from each, which rules Durham out because it's easily 7-10 hours on the train. That may sound silly to some but it's a big consideration for me as I need to actually live there & am very close to my family.
Where do I need to look to figure out what Unis are any good? I also love Bath but only Bath Spa does PPE and it's not known for its humanities, and I would rule Bristol out because I've been there a fair amount and it's just not for me.
Edit: Just for reference I should be able to get at least all As at A Level, I got all As at AS mocks and at GSCE I got 11A*s+1A+1B and am doing lots of 'super-curriculars', not that this would guarantee a place but just as a guide.

Hi @fqriewiings
Nice to hear your considering Lancaster. When i was trying to decide between universities i found a good measure to be student satisfaction, graduate job prospects and how it ranks for your subject. It might also be worth looking to see what types of modules you could study with each university as the PPE course at different universities can be slightly different, for example Lancasters typical PPE modules can be found here Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA Hons (L0V0) - Lancaster University. Also consider the university as a whole, would you prefer a campus or a city university and what's the student experience like.
Hope this helps, and if you have any questions regarding Lancaster, feel free to ask!
-Jasmine (Lancaster Student Ambassador)
Original post by Lancaster Student Ambassador
Hi @fqriewiings
Nice to hear your considering Lancaster. When i was trying to decide between universities i found a good measure to be student satisfaction, graduate job prospects and how it ranks for your subject. It might also be worth looking to see what types of modules you could study with each university as the PPE course at different universities can be slightly different, for example Lancasters typical PPE modules can be found here Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA Hons (L0V0) - Lancaster University. Also consider the university as a whole, would you prefer a campus or a city university and what's the student experience like.
Hope this helps, and if you have any questions regarding Lancaster, feel free to ask!
-Jasmine (Lancaster Student Ambassador)

Do you have any recommendations about which websites compare those sorts of things? The only one I've found is Discover Uni and I know rankings aren't to be taken super seriously but there's no ranking I can find online as a bit of a guide for PPE when starting from nothing.
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Original post by fqriewiings
Do you have any recommendations about which websites compare those sorts of things? The only one I've found is Discover Uni and I know rankings aren't to be taken super seriously but there's no ranking I can find online as a bit of a guide for PPE when starting from nothing.

Hi. The general reputation for undergraduate PPE programs are as typically follows:
Oxford > LSE
UCL/Warwick/Durham/Edinburgh
After that I am unsure, but I am pretty sure York does a good PPE program. I believe Warwick are known for there integrated approach to PPE which has made them relatively well-known for their PPE program.

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