Music, Philosophy and History are the most private school subjects at York

‘If you would rather mingle with the riff-raff, Social Policy is the subject for you’

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The most private school subjects are Music, Philosophy and History, according to data acquired by The Tab.

Almost a quarter of Music students came to uni to pay massive fees to not further their job prospects, and to waste their life in shitty Vanbrugh.

The second poshest is Philosophy, followed by History. The English department came a close fourth, with 20 per cent of their students coming from independent schools.

I caught up with second year English literature student Callum McCulloch, a Magdalen College School Oxford alumnus, who reckons that because he doesn’t own a ski chalet, he’s not as bad as the rest:

So, why English Lit?

“I had a teacher in sixth form who was very similar to Robin Williams in the Dead Poets Society, which inspired me to do English.”

Do you think you fit the private school stereotype?

“I’m still very proud that my school year have the best GCSE results ever recorded” (I don’t know if he understood the question)

How many times have you been skiing?

“Quite a lot, but I didn’t do a ski season and don’t own a chalet”

Callum, far left, Magdalen College Oxford

Another unsurprising inclusion in the top half of the list is Economics. 19.59 per cent of York economists came from private schooling institutions, thinking that the money their parents paid for them to go to school would translate into the uber-high wages of only a select few graduates.

I was able to grab a few minutes with Charterhouse alumni, campus legend and Economics second year, Nischal Neupane:

Why Economics?

“The yacht won’t buy itself.”

Do you think you fit the private school stereotype?

“No, I’m only from Aldershot.”

How many times have you been skiing?

“Well my family has a few houses in Nepal so that should tell you what you need to know.”

Nischal Neupane, Charterhouse

In 12th place was the department we love to hate: Environment students. 12.5 per cent of them had wasted their parents money by using their private education to pursue a career in colouring-in.

Illustrious Essex institution Bancrofts produced second year Environment, Economics and Ecology (EEE) student Pierre Fleet, and I caught up with him for a few words:

Why EEE?

“I wanted to do geography but actually wanted a job afterward I graduate, and this one sounded good – especially the economics bit.”

Do you think you fit the private school stereotype?

“Before coming to uni, yes. Currently, no.”

How many times have you been skiing?


Pierre, second from left, Bancrofts

Looking now to the bottom half of the table, a surprise appearance for the York Management School. Despite being on the same campus as York’s most expensive accommodation, the Management School placed only 17th, with 10.55 per cent of students coming from independent schools.

Socialite and skiing extraordinaire Elizabeth Brenda Woolf, an ABFM student previously from the British School of Washington, was very keen to tell the Tab about herself:


“Because ABFM gives you a broader knowledge of the business world than a course like Business, and you gain a greater skill set.”

Do you think you fit the private school stereotype?

“No, not really, because I didn’t attend a classic British private school. It was an international private school so it didn’t really have the same British stereotypes.”

How many times have you been skiing?

“Erm, I don’t know. 14/15 times, like every year since I was five.”

Elizabeth, right, British School of Washington

And now for last place, ignoring those anomalous subjects such the Post-War Reconstruction and Development Unit. Social Policy came last, with only 5.84 per cent of them leaving private school for the university system.

An Applied Social Science (ASS) student, Alexandra Williams, previously of Bedford Modern School and recently split from the landed gentry, had this to say:

Why ASS?

“Firstly because it’s a really varied course with a lot of flexibility. When I came across ASS I thought it was perfect as it incorporated parts of lots of subjects.”

Do you think you fit the private school stereotype?

“No! My school was pretty normal, we didn’t go to chapel or sing hymns or have Saturday school or anything.”

What is the most private school thing you’ve ever done?

“I’m a keen skier and while back home, I enjoy regular pheasant shoots.”

Alexandra, second from right, Bedford Modern School

So there you have it. If you want to take a subject where you can laugh with friends about your estates in the highlands while burning money, then take Music. If, however, you would rather mingle with the riff-raff while discussing just how Labour you are, then Social Policy or anything Post-War related is the subject for you.