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    Hey,

    Ok this is my first thread on here so here goes...
    After finding this site after some weeks of worrying thoughts, ive come to realise that dropping out of uni isn't such a bad thing.Afterall, im only dropping out so that i can start another course next year (currently studying,well suppose to be studying 1st year Computer Science at Aston but its so dull). I've got several ideas as to uni courses that i want to do next year:

    1) do a music degree, then a PGCE and go into teaching

    2) Do a psychology degree and "see where it takes me"

    3) Do an Audiology degree (although i need to research this area alot,but at face value seems interesting)

    4) See what else comes up during this year out im about to take


    The thing is, im not sure which one to do. So during this year, im gonna research more into the areas, and do some work experience placements to see how interesting working in each of the fields will be. However, ive heard that due to the top up fees being implemented next year, it would be better off if i transfere onto a course now and suspend my studies at Aston until next year in order to have a better chance at avoiding the new financial arrangements comming into play. But that means that i gotta decide on a course now. Is there any way around this problem - for example, just transfere onto another course and suspend studies for a year and if, during the course of this year i decide to change the subject of study that am due to start in sept 06, just phone up the uni and tell them i want to transfere. Do you know what i mean?!?
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    I was like this, but you have to remember the limited timescale in which you have to make your decisions if you're talking about 2006 entry. Most people have already applied through UCAS. I'm applying through UCAS tomorrow, I have researched the course I want to transfer to and exactly where I am going to do it.

    I'm currently at London Met, and I'm applying for Leeds Trinity and Leeds University online.

    It's horrible going through all of this, because I feel like I've only just done it, and I'm back filling out all of the tedious paperwork again. I wanted to get it right from the start, but unfortunately it never happened.

    It looks like I'll be doing journalism at Leeds Trinity starting in 2006, which I like very much the idea of.

    My advice is just apply for a few uni's almost immediately and see who takes you. I see it in the way that I'm getting life experience living here in London, and if I get a 2:1 at the end of this year, it hasn't been a wasted year.
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    Hey,

    Ok this is my first thread on here so here goes...
    After finding this site after some weeks of worrying thoughts, ive come to realise that dropping out of uni isn't such a bad thing.Afterall, im only dropping out so that i can start another course next year (currently studying,well suppose to be studying 1st year Computer Science at Aston but its so dull). I've got several ideas as to uni courses that i want to do next year:

    1) do a music degree, then a PGCE and go into teaching

    2) Do a psychology degree and "see where it takes me"

    3) Do an Audiology degree (although i need to research this area alot,but at face value seems interesting)

    4) See what else comes up during this year out im about to take


    The thing is, im not sure which one to do. So during this year, im gonna research more into the areas, and do some work experience placements to see how interesting working in each of the fields will be. However, ive heard that due to the top up fees being implemented next year, it would be better off if i transfere onto a course now and suspend my studies at Aston until next year in order to have a better chance at avoiding the new financial arrangements comming into play. But that means that i gotta decide on a course now. Is there any way around this problem - for example, just transfere onto another course and suspend studies for a year and if, during the course of this year i decide to change the subject of study that am due to start in sept 06, just phone up the uni and tell them i want to transfere. Do you know what i mean?!?
    Unless your sure that you don't want to carry on with what your currently doing you could stay at uni and get some voluntary experience in the areas your interested in. You don't need to quit to get the experience, then if you decide your interested in something else and want to change its worth paying the top up fees as long as your satisfied with your choice.

    I wouldn't quit without being sure that you want to though.
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    (Original post by Kan3)
    I was like this, but you have to remember the limited timescale in which you have to make your decisions if you're talking about 2006 entry. Most people have already applied through UCAS. I'm applying through UCAS tomorrow, I have researched the course I want to transfer to and exactly where I am going to do it.

    I'm currently at London Met, and I'm applying for Leeds Trinity and Leeds University online.

    It's horrible going through all of this, because I feel like I've only just done it, and I'm back filling out all of the tedious paperwork again. I wanted to get it right from the start, but unfortunately it never happened.

    It looks like I'll be doing journalism at Leeds Trinity starting in 2006, which I like very much the idea of.

    My advice is just apply for a few uni's almost immediately and see who takes you. I see it in the way that I'm getting life experience living here in London, and if I get a 2:1 at the end of this year, it hasn't been a wasted year.
    Oh right - your sticking out the year? Whats the point if you know your gonna be changing at the end of the year. Well, unless your doing the same course but at a different uni, that makes sense, but if you were to change subject to something totally different, like me, whats the reasoning behind that?

    As for the limited timescale,i know the ucas deadline is around January, which sucks really, but im just going to apply to all those above and then research it to make an informed decision. I'm not sure what to do about my personal statement and stuff like that,since each course im going to be applying for is totally different?!?
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    How good musically are you?
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    (Original post by Riddy)
    Unless your sure that you don't want to carry on with what your currently doing you could stay at uni and get some voluntary experience in the areas your interested in. You don't need to quit to get the experience, then if you decide your interested in something else and want to change its worth paying the top up fees as long as your satisfied with your choice.

    I wouldn't quit without being sure that you want to though.
    Well im pretty sure that i dont want to carry on the course, i find the programming very tedious and unfortunately for me, thats a central concept of the course - its very programming orientated - i just dont think its for me, although part of me still thinks that im not giving the course a chance.
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    (Original post by sexysax)
    How good musically are you?
    wow seems like you can play your stuff! Well the thing is, ive never bothered to persue music academically before and hence i have no grades. However, i've got plenty of experience in the studio producing songs and i have a wide range of portfolio work ranging in different types of music, from music scores for plays to the normal pop song. On top of this,i play keyboard and special is percussion (although mainly indian percussion). I had an interview at Coventry University for their music course about two weeks ago and showed a portfolio of work. The addmissions tutor was happy to give me a place next year (Sept 06) although the interview was originally for a transfere this year. He said that he didnt want to take me on this year becuase i didnt have grade 5 in music theory. With that coupled with the fact that i have already missed alot of work if i were to transfere this year, he said it would be best if i start next year instead, after i get grade 5 in theory. I asked him how long it would prob take me, to which he replied "about 5 months"
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    yeah grade 5 theory is pretty essential for music courses, even higher if you can.

    it is good that you've showed them something and they've given you feedback..are you more into technology stuff, because a lot of music degrees are based on classical music
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    (Original post by b_lineaddict)
    Well im pretty sure that i dont want to carry on the course, i find the programming very tedious and unfortunately for me, thats a central concept of the course - its very programming orientated - i just dont think its for me, although part of me still thinks that im not giving the course a chance.
    Have you actually had any work experience in the area? I mean you could probably get a career thats a bit different using the degree. Still theres no point carrying on if you really feel its not for you, don't let the top up fees stop you from doing what you want though, not sure if its possible but if you found work in the area your interested in the company might even pay for you to do a degree though you would have to be lucky.
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    (Original post by sexysax)
    yeah grade 5 theory is pretty essential for music courses, even higher if you can.

    it is good that you've showed them something and they've given you feedback..are you more into technology stuff, because a lot of music degrees are based on classical music
    Yeah so i've found. But to be honest, classical music is pretty interesting. But at the same time, the Cov Uni course dont seem too bad - its not really similar to other courses that, as you say are based on classical music. But surely a music degree is a music degree - as long as its a degree, you can go into teaching after by doing hte PGCE??
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    I've never looked at Coventry so I don't know..but it seems more what you'd like from what you've said!

    Yeah, a music degree is a music degree lol
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    I'm not entirely sure, but I don't think there's any way you can avoid paying top up fees if you drop out. PQ would know.

    On the other hand, there's no point staying on a course you hate, so you can't let top up fees sway your decision, although I think you will have to pay them now.
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    Just out of interest, what were you expecting from the Comp Sci course? Was the prospectus and course description misleading?

    I don't recommend option 2 - The UK has an enormous ammount of psychology graduates, so not only will you not stand out, but you don't really know what you want to do with it, so your employment prospects don't look too good.

    I would recommend doing what you enjoy. Apparently that's music, so i'd go for that. Get your grade 5, get on your course and spend 3 years, then hopefully the rest of your life, doing something you love. that's what i intend to do.
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    Just out of interest, what were you expecting from the Comp Sci course? Was the prospectus and course description misleading?
    No not really, i was expecting the programming to be there.It's just that i haven't taken to it so well. Since ive had no experience with programming i was a bit "niave". The prospectus did its job well - the description of the course sounded interesting which was why i went for that course.Its only once i experienced it that it was really dull. Although you may say that i am expected to be slow in picking up the basics as i have not studied it before, i just couldnt see myself doing it for another 3/4 years, not to speak of a career in i.

    As for the psychology thing,i've heard a few things similar to what you said. However, i thought it wont be so bad as many grad jobs are open to all backgrounds, and psycholgoy is one of those degrees that offer a good set of skills. Am i right in thinking that? Sometimes i feel more confortable doign a psycholoy degree as its more academic compared to music and thus will leave more doors open for me in the future. Thats the reason why i'm thinking of doing it as a degree. What do you guys think?
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    You'd need a letter dated before August 1st to avoid paying top up fees next year. So unless you invent a time machine you'll have to pay.

    Although the deadline is officially January, you can still apply later than that. They don't have to look at your application if you apply late to a specific course, but you'll still have the same chance as everyone else if you apply through Clearing.
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    (Original post by b_lineaddict)
    As for the psychology thing,i've heard a few things similar to what you said. However, i thought it wont be so bad as many grad jobs are open to all backgrounds, and psycholgoy is one of those degrees that offer a good set of skills. Am i right in thinking that? Sometimes i feel more confortable doign a psycholoy degree as its more academic compared to music and thus will leave more doors open for me in the future. Thats the reason why i'm thinking of doing it as a degree. What do you guys think?
    It's true that it's more open ended, but that's because there aren't many jobs going which are related to psychology, unlike other 'open ended' degrees such as English for example, which is equally open ended but also has specialist jobs that you could apply it strongly to, such as journalism, copy-writing, hell - anything with words in it really.

    Also, think about what you really want to be doing. Granted, we can't be too idealistic in what we think we'll do, but do you really want to be doing a degree and thus setting up your future job prospects on the basis it offers more jobs, when what you really want to do is music?
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    (Original post by DanGrover)
    Also, think about what you really want to be doing. Granted, we can't be too idealistic in what we think we'll do, but do you really want to be doing a degree and thus setting up your future job prospects on the basis it offers more jobs, when what you really want to do is music?
    Thats a good point. I thought to myself, what do I really enjoy doing (and consequently will enjoy the degree and stick to it).The answer is music, and doing a PGCE to teach it seems like a sensible choice as teaching in schools offers good job security (atleast from the impression I get).


    I'm starting to get the impression that a Psychology degree isn't as useful as I originally thought simply because of the amount of people doing it. Any thoughts??
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    I wouldn't go for Psychology, purely because so many students do it.

    Music is a good choice...but then again, I would say that!
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    i think to transfer to another uni with a diff degree would mean u might have to start under the new fee system as you'd be starting in the first year but im not sure. if it was the same course or a similar course but in a different institution i think you'd be under the old system. ask ucas and check the dfes website and the unis to check.
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    (Original post by sexysax)

    Music is a good choice...but then again, I would say that!
    lol! How are you finding your course right now? Where are you studying it and what module are you doing/going to do? As for career plans what you plannign to do?

    Don't you feel a bit worried that music aint really an academic subject and because of that, your very limited with what you can do with a degree in it after? Thats the only thing thats holding me back from doing it
 
 
 
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