I am currently studying a course (first year) that I do not enjoy and after much thought, I have decided I would like to change university and course. I passed the first term just about fine with around 55% overall and took a mid year year out, in attempt to decide what it is I really want to do. I want to apply fresh, aka, leave university and reapply to courses that are still taking on students. So my question is, can universities see that you've been to university before on any shared system or database they might have? Although I achieved a very mediocre score, I straight out failed one module and made up for it by doing better in others. I don't feel like the grades I achieved were representative of my potential as I was going through some family issues that have since resolved. My International baccalaureate grades are good enough on their own to get into the courses I want. So my follow on question to this is, do you believe I should apply to these universities and be completely honest about my entire academic history in my personal statement, or essentially withhold certain details in the hope that I wont have to explain to them the situation I was in and why I didn't do the best I could. It's not my aim to deceive these university, and I feel uncomfortable withholding information like that, but if it would increase my chances of being accepted then I would rather take that course of action. However if it ever became apparent to them that I had somehow mislead them by failing to mention a block of my academic life, then they would not look at that favourably. I would really appreciate any advice, I'm quite torn about the whole thing.
From GCSE to A level, it's all changing