Results are out! Find what you need...fast. Get quick advice or join the chat
x

Unlock these great extras with your FREE membership

  • One-on-one advice about results day and Clearing
  • Free access to our personal statement wizard
  • Customise TSR to suit how you want to use it

Any chance of changing course?

Announcements Posted on
Rate your uni — help us build a league table based on real student views 19-08-2015
  1. Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Hi,

    I applied for medicine, and have gotten an offer from Nottingham (+3 other rejections). However, the problem is that I've realized that I kinda jumped into Medicine due to a host of other reasons, and I now want to do law. I did originally apply to Queen Mary for law (as my fifth choice) but I was rejected. I appealed, explaining my condition, but was turned down again.

    Wondering if there's anything I can do right now to switch over to law? I'm not willing to decline my Nottingham place to enter Extra as that medicine place was pretty hard to get. Was wondering if UCAS Adjustment could allow me to apply to a different university for law? My Nottingham offer is AAA, but I reckon I could get an A*A*A*A at least. =S

    Any advice on this? Would be really grateful if anyone could help!

    Oh, and I'm applying as an international student.
  2. Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Oh yeah, I'm doing Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Which I realize is an odd subject combination for law... Do you guys reckon it might affect anything? I also have an a for Government & Politics AS, but I'm not continuing that into A2...
  3. Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by williwill)
    . Was wondering if UCAS Adjustment could allow me to apply to a different university for law? My Nottingham offer is AAA, but I reckon I could get an A*A*A*A at least. =S
    It could yes, but only 500 applicants were placed via adjustment last year out of 686,000 UCAS applicants in total. The numbers of people adjusting to "top" universities are marginal - in 2011 there were only about 50 "adjusts" to Russell Group universities.

    If you do get A*A*A*A or even meet your AAA offer then it would be probably better to take a gap year, work out what you want to do and then take it from there. You seem fairly confused and unsure so the time out would probably benefit you.

    Have you considered speaking to Nottingham to see if they would swap your medicine offer for a law one? Internal course transfers are possible at any point of the UCAS cycle if the university departments agree. You will have to send them a new personal statement.
  4. Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Thanks for your reply!

    I wish I could take a gap year... My parents won't let me though. Where I come from, gap years aren't usually the norm, so my parents have been firmly against it.

    I could try emailing Nottingham like you suggested. Do I email the law department, or the medicine department? And is there any chance of them revoking my medicine offer if they see this as a sign of non-commitment or whatever? It's my only offer, and I really don't want to lose it...
  5. Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by williwill)
    Thanks for your reply!

    I wish I could take a gap year... My parents won't let me though. Where I come from, gap years aren't usually the norm, so my parents have been firmly against it.
    Surely your parents would rather you did a course you actually want to be doing though rather than definitely go to university this year but then hate it? Medicine is really tough as its very hard work (academically and emotionally, particularly in the later years where you're on placement constantly) so you've got to be desperate for the final product of being a doctor to put yourself through it. If you're unsure now then you're unlikely to get through 5 or 6 years of medical school let alone then have a career in medicine at the end of it. If you do end up going ahead with it when you'd rather be doing law there is a big chance you may end up dropping out so then you'd have a lot of debt and no degree.

    I could try emailing Nottingham like you suggested. Do I email the law department, or the medicine department? And is there any chance of them revoking my medicine offer if they see this as a sign of non-commitment or whatever? It's my only offer, and I really don't want to lose it...
    I would contact the law department initially. Explain that you have a conditional offer for medicine (give them your UCAS details) and also submit a personal statement which explains why you'd like to do law. It doesn't have to be full length at this stage, but submit something that shows you're serious about it. At this stage don't ask if they will consider you now, just ask about the possibility of them reconsidering you for law. They might say no depending on their course requirements for law or they might say yes. You won't lose your medicine offer through doing this.
  6. Offline

    ReputationRep:
    It will be a different school at Nottingham so you need to act quickly. But if you haven't taken the LNAT then they won't let you in at all and I'm pretty sure the deadline for that was in January. Nottingham is an LNAT uni so it is a compulsory test (like the BMAT if you did that for medicine). And I expect you don't have any Law work experience either. You'd be best taking a year out because without the LNAT they won't let you in. Not being harsh, it's just one of the entry requirements (I had an offer from them last year when I applied for law).

    The reason you were rejected from QM for law is probably because A) they are an LNAT uni also (not sure, I didn't apply there but you can find out on their requirements page) or B) law isn't a "back up" choice, it is equally as difficult as medicine to get into. They won't take kindly to you trying to fob them off as your back up medicine choice when it's a very prestigious and difficult degree.

Reply

Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. By joining you agree to our Ts and Cs, privacy policy and site rules

  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: April 9, 2012
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

New on TSR

Rate your uni

Help build a new league table

Poll
Do you prefer exams or coursework?
Applying to uni

All the essentials

Two students working together

A-Z of universities

Read our guides to unis and colleges from around the UK

A student working on a computer

Personal statement help

Use our tool to get your ideal PS quickly!

A student looking down a microscope

Track uni applications

See which students are getting offers...and where

A student looking down a microscope

Planning open days

Find upcoming open days and get advice on preparing.

Hands typing

10 steps to applying to uni

How to make your choices and put in your application.

More on applying to uni

Applying to uniA-level results day features

Help out other students

These questions still need an answer

Clearing and adjustment vacancies:

Sponsored content

University of Bradford clearing vacancies

Looking for a place at uni?

Bradford University can help you decide what is right for YOU! Call us 0300 004 0342

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups
Quick reply
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.