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    I'm having serious doubts about what I want to do with my life.

    I've gone through UCAS twice, and both times I've applied for English Lit. During both cycles I've had nagging doubts that I would like to switch to Politics. I thought about bowing to this thought this time, and emailed the uni I'm planning on going to to read English this year (Leeds). They said that they're full, and a transfer in the second year would be subject to the decision of the department... so I'm kind of thinking that might be out.

    I wouldn't be adverse to taking another gap year and reapplying, but it brings up a lot of difficulties. Firstly there's the increase in fees to think about, but also my academic reference from college. I don't think they'd want to help me fill out my third application, since I pissed away the other two. However, I would have a shot at different unis for Politics with my grades (A*ABc) so it could be interesting. My main qualm however is that I'll have to stay in my Mum's house for another year, it'd bugger up her plans to sell the house and downsize, and I'll have to look for a full-time well playing job (considering I just got made redundant, I feel very insecure about my job prospects right now).

    I could go through Clearing - Liverpool seem to be open for applications, and I visited there this year and loved it. It came very close to Leeds when it came down to choosing between them. I don't know if I'd want to risk declining my Leeds offer for the chance of getting into Liverpool, though...

    Alternatively, I could just stick with what I have and try to make the most of it - do English, try and transfer if I need to, take all the Politics electives I can, try and get a good classification. My main reason for reconsidering is that I'm not sure I have the concentration to read endless novels in English, whereas I find textbooks and stuff very light and easy and I did work really hard outside the classroom for my Politics A-level.

    I don't know. I'm thinking of looking on the modules for both English and Politics, getting a selected text from each and seeing how I fair with them. Has anyone got any other ideas?

    Why do you think a change would be out, as it is subject to the decision of the dept? It would only be out if you are thinking of arsing about.

    Do you mean Extra, rather than clearing? If you take that route, for God's sake check that the course you want is available - Extra has a habit of being 'available' when it isn't. Send them an email, saying the A levels you have and whether they would be willing to make you an offer. Unfortunately, you need to decline everything to go onto Extra - there is no 'insurance' choice.

    Also - last point - unless everyone has firmed on offers to Leeds for Politics, they can't definitely be full? May be worth giving them another shout? Good luck, but go to Leeds or Liverpool this year, not next!

    (Original post by Molltroll)
    Also - last point - unless everyone has firmed on offers to Leeds for Politics, they can't definitely be full? May be worth giving them another shout? Good luck, but go to Leeds or Liverpool this year, not next!
    Most uni's over-offer (as in, they give out more offers than there are places), knowing that not everyone will firm them, and not everyone who firms them will make the grades.

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