Ok, I'm back with info
When I applied to this course, and even started it, I didn't have a clue really what it was about and what made the BAEcon different from any other course. I suppose I'm lucky in that sense that I like it
... I'll try and give you an insight though.
From what I can see in the course guide that I got at the beginning of this year, in your first year as a politics specialist you will have to take 120 credits - that's the same for any specialism. Within this you will take: 10 credits in Introductory Computer Applications (easy and really fun and has no real lectures
), 20 credits comprising of Mathematics and Statistics - the level depending on your previous maths qualification level (personally I'm doing Advanced Maths and Stats and although I really like advanced stats this semester, I hated advanced maths and found it very difficult), 20 credits from Economics comprising of Macroeconomics and Microeconomics again dependant on your previous level of study as to the level you study in these, at least 20 units from two Politics modules (i'm assuming you'd take both of these if you're a Politics specialist and each are worth 20 credits... bit odd, I know), at least 20 credits from a random selection of criminology, social anthropology and sociology modules and then a choice of other courses in finance, accounting, one politics module, history and study skills to boost up credits.
I don't know how much sense that makes to you, but it's the best way I can explain it so I hope it helps to an extent.
To answer the easier questions, as I said I'm on Accounting and Finance - one of the most regimented degree programmes with the least choice but still I have to take the Maths elements, Economics elements and have chosen a Politics module (International Politics - if you want to know anymore just ask
) and a Sociology module this semester. How it works is you generally take either 60 or 50/70 credits each semester and MOST modules will finish within a semester (after comprising of two 1 hour lectures a week and tutorials every week/two weeks dependant on the subject). Personally I've enjoyed the BAEcon and this diversity in module choices (you'll become much more specialised in the second and third years). I think the skills it allows you to develop are great - for instance, I'm an Accounting and Finance specialist so obviously mostly deal with numbers and calculations but Politics and Sociology modules (although can be a little difficult because you're not specialising in these so they're not your skills...) allow a break from that and a development of essay writing skills and other really useful things that many other degree programmes wouldn't allow. And although there are downsides of taking something you're not a specialist in, the first year's marks don't count towards your degree mark so even if you take something you find difficult you just have to scrape a pass to continue
The BAEcon as a whole is a massive degree programme - the biggest in the university at 700 people each year, and the lectures always comprise of a couple/few hundred. This might be daunting and it certainly was to me on the first day, but the depth of opportunity and the community that comes from being a part of such a large degree programme is great. It really is it's own little bubble at times. It's also the most diverse degree programme in the university - which encourages nationalities to mix, and it really does have a much more sociable and friendlier atmosphere than I've seen from a lot of other large degree programmes.
So yeahh... that's the lowdown really. If you want to know anymore just PM me or ask here. As for the changing, you can change degree programme very easy on the BAEcon but the only one they don't allow this for is to change to Accounting and Finance. If you want to change to that it's very difficult and you need the same entry requirements as you would have to apply in the first place and also very good marks from the first year. Otherwise it's very easy to switch to just specialise in Economics for instance and I know lots of people that have done this when they've got to university.