Target Universities and Courses?

My school has currently predicted me A(Economics)A(Sociology)B(Maths) with the chance of me moving up to A*(Economics)A(Sociology)B(Maths) in November, gonna try to push maths to an A. Regardless, I don't meet the requirements to study economics at the top target unis such as LSE, Warwick, UCL. This has led me to a few options and was hoping for some advice.

  1. Gap Year and apply to a target for Economics

  2. Proceed to go to a semi target if possible (may not be in economics but related to finance)

  3. Try going to a target uni for a course not related to finance such as cyber security or geography etc.

  4. Study Economics at a non target London uni such as QMUL, I've heard some people get into IB even though it's not target.

Additionally, do employers look at BSc>BA. What would be the best semi-targets?

Would appreciate any help, thanks.

Comments (11)

  • Intern in PropTrad
Oct 6, 2021 - 5:07pm

Course is irrelevant, some people find they can leverage non standard degrees in interviews and why banking questions. I'd say stick with something numerical though, STEM/econ etc. University name>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>degree name. Go to a target. Take a gap year if you have to.

Oct 7, 2021 - 4:19pm
Zkauen, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The only course ive seen so far in a target is Cyber Security at Warwick, unfortunately it only has about one module related to maths. I also checked linkedin for any possible analysts with a degree in Cyber Security, did not find any.

  • Intern in PropTrad
Oct 7, 2021 - 9:31pm

cyber security is an extremely niche degree, the career path for the variety of people studying it is largely pre-determined. Study what you want to study.

  • Intern in PropTrad
Oct 6, 2021 - 5:08pm

BSc and BA distinction isn't a thing, all Oxbridge degrees are BA, even science and maths (if you don't do the integrated masters). It's not important. Study what you want to study.

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Oct 6, 2021 - 5:12pm
nutmegger189, what's your opinion? Comment below:

1. Not the best time in the world to take a gap year but you could bank on travel being better next year.

2. Very doable.

3. Course choice is pretty much irrelevant at targets. 

4. Why would you study at a non-target if you don't have to? If you're thinking that the unis physical location in London means something, it doesn't. Sure some people get in from non-targets but why would you purposefully make life exponentially harder for yourself?

I don't think employers give a shit about whether its BA or BSc

Semi-target ordering is mostly just splitting hairs but roughly: Durham > Bristol, Nottingham > Everything Else.

Edit: Re no.1, just realised your gap year would probably be 2022/23. Should be fine then.

Oct 7, 2021 - 4:08pm
Zkauen, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thank you for the help. The only course ive seen so far in a target is Cyber Security at Warwick, but Im not sure if its worth the risk of applying there since I have no work experience or knowledge on it to develop a Personal Statment. Contemplating Durham Accounting and Finance, I thought location mattered but if thats not the case then it seems like a good option. How would internships and such work, would I have to travel to London or would it be cities closer by. Thanks.

Oct 7, 2021 - 5:12pm
nutmegger189, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Dude don't do a whole degree in something you're not interested in just to go to a target. You WILL fail and/or want to drop out. I cannot stress this enough.

Durham A+F is fine.

During internships, you would move to London lol (unless there's another pandemic)... They happen over the summer. You're not going to be at uni.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Oct 7, 2021 - 1:40am

I got into Nottingham with worse grades than you and it's a great semi target. It's very doable to get into a solid BB at a semi target.

So ye just apply to semi targets if you have the grades and then enroll.

Oct 7, 2021 - 7:05pm
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