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Should I take a gap year?

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Why bother with a post grad? Are they even worth it? Have your say! 26-10-2016
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    Hi all,

    So I have been putting off the decision as to whether or not to take a gap year all summer. I am currently holding an offer for King's College London to do Politics, Philosophy and Economics, however since January I have regretted my subject choice (I would rather have chosen Physics or Maths - subjects I remarkably find quite enjoyable).

    I have contacted the head of the KCL physics department, and I have been given permission to change course to Physics and Philosophy or Theoretical Physics (I wouldn't mind either), however I'm not really sure if the physics course at KCL would suit me (I probably wouldn't have applied to KCL if I was applying for physics rather than PPE). It also bothers me that I might have been able to get into a university with a better physics department (I got A*AA at A2 including A* in maths - I worked extra hard for like a year because I thought I was going to follow through with the gap year plan) - KCL has a reasonably respectable physics department but again I probably wouldn't have applied there if I was applying for physics.

    Perhaps if I took a gap year and studied further maths I could have a reasonable shot at my dream universities (would Oxbridge + Imperial be a long shot? I would be very happy at UCL also). The only problem with this option is that it's getting a bit late. I have done more or less nothing Physics related which would look good on a personal statement, nor have I organised any part-time job for a gap year.

    This decision is bothering me so it would be nice to hear someone else's opinion.

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