What degree subjects haven't we thought of?

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MotherOfSoupDragons Sun 04-Aug-19 17:07:00

DS is doing Maths, Physics and Biology A-Levels. Predicted A*A*A*/A. Originally thought he would like to do either some sort of Engineering or Marine Biology but he's gone off those ideas following uni open days. Are there any left field degree courses he could do with those subjects? Clutching at straws here.

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Kanga83 Sun 04-Aug-19 17:08:47

What does he think he'd like to do? Personally if he's not sure on career choice yet I would go with on as a subject at uni then look at masters or further degree after.

Ironoaks Sun 04-Aug-19 17:11:06

Natural Sciences?
Quite a few places offer it. The courses vary a lot in structure so he'd need to check the course information online.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 04-Aug-19 17:11:20

Get some uni prospectus and look through them. Loads he could do, medicine, vet medicine, architecture possibly. Or something totally unrelated.

Ironoaks Sun 04-Aug-19 17:13:23

Which University has an online tool where he can enter his A-level subjects and it will suggest some ideas.

scissy Sun 04-Aug-19 17:14:36

Medical physics or materials science? I agree to grabbing some prospectus for big unis that offer lots of courses for inspiration though.

BikeRunSki Sun 04-Aug-19 17:15:17

Civil engineering, environmental engineering. Newcastle do a BEng in Civil and Evironmental Engineering. Env Eng is not as numbery and more outdoorsy than some fields of engineering, if that is what out him off.

Physiotherapy, podiatry

Earth Science/Geology

Astrophysics ? (Not sure if you might need Further Maths?)


stucknoue Sun 04-Aug-19 17:15:52

Whatever he is interested in, most degrees don't have prerequisite a levels. It's also fine to take a gap year or two, get a job save money and work out what he really wants to study. Don't rush going to university, could be an expensive mistake

SwedishEdith Sun 04-Aug-19 17:16:38

What has put him off? Which, of those subjects, does he prefer?


YahBasic Sun 04-Aug-19 17:18:45

Quantity Surveying

WatcherintheRye Sun 04-Aug-19 17:19:20

If he doesn't really know what he wants to do, I would advise him not to opt for something just for the sake of it, he can afford to take a gap year and think about the direction he might like to take. Maybe get some work experience. Whatever he eventually decides to do, they'll be biting his hand off if he gets anything like his predicted grades! smile

BikeRunSki Sun 04-Aug-19 17:23:22

Quantity Surveying is a good one, they get paid more than us civil engineers.


Countryside management

RubberTreePlant Sun 04-Aug-19 17:25:31

Almost anything at all.

Why do you feel you're clutching at straws?

Ironoaks Sun 04-Aug-19 17:25:47

Does he strongly want to apply this autumn?
If he's not sure what subject he wants to study, it might be worth taking a year out, maybe getting some work experience and applying after A-levels.

His predicted grades are good enough to apply to any university he likes. However, for the most oversubscribed courses, there are plenty of applicants with similar predictions, and many will have spent months building up a portfolio of relevant supercurricular activities. If he has his sights set on a highly competitive course, he would be in a stronger position to apply in a year's time.

WatcherintheRye Sun 04-Aug-19 17:32:44

With his predicted grades, is he considering Oxbridge, out of interest?

PhDone Sun 04-Aug-19 17:33:36

Electronics, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, pharmacology, computer science (very in demand nowadays)???

You're probably better off breaking it down into categories, so how does he feel about:
- medical /healthcare
- electronics /technology /computing
- theoretical /logic (like maths or theoretical physics)
- buildings /ships /planes etc
- environment

Dancingdreamer Sun 04-Aug-19 18:12:29

Psychology or Economics if you want something left field.

titchy Sun 04-Aug-19 18:15:01

Biomechanics? Prosthetics? Sport Science? medical technology?

dbrep15 Sun 04-Aug-19 18:22:10

Materials or natural science, depending on his preference.

lljkk Sun 04-Aug-19 18:31:15

Bloody Hell, world's his oyster with those grades.
Does he have a vision for what kind of job he might enjoy?
There MUST be online career choice quizzes he could take.

Hotterthanahotthing Sun 04-Aug-19 18:34:10

I'd recommend a gap year the he can look knowing his grades.
With those grades a degree apprenticeship is an option but take lot of research.
If he's not sure then a gap year earning is better than paying a lot for a degree he's not sure of.

IamtheOA Sun 04-Aug-19 18:35:40

Whatever he is interested in, most degrees don't have prerequisite a levels

Huh? Of course they do!

OP- what is his favourite subject?

What are his favourite topics within those subjects?

Does he know for sure that he wants to study at a higher level?

He really doesn't have to have a career idea sorted- knowing what subjects/ topics he has an enthusiasm for is a great starting point though.

TinklyLittleLaugh Sun 04-Aug-19 18:38:19

Economics, Law, Business, Politics?

BikeRunSki Sun 04-Aug-19 19:12:38

Naval architecture

summerdown Sun 04-Aug-19 19:16:23

What is it about the open days that put him off? What type of thing did he think he’d be doing? More vocational? More practical? It might be that different unis have different style courses

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