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    A level student here hoping to study Economics, just got my results. My firm choice was Manchester (offer AAB) and my insurance was Leicester (ABB). Results went a lot worse than expected and I ended up with BBC in Maths, Economics and Physics respectively, however Leicester still gave me a place and I didn't need to go through clearing or anything.

    Looking at my results though, I'm 5 UMS off an A in Maths (got straight As in all the other modules and 96 in C3, just messed up C4 - got a U), 7 UMS off an A in Economics and 3 UMS off a B in Physics. I'm probably gonna remark units from all of these.

    Now I'm in a predicament. I was really excited to be going to Manchester, but I'm really not that keen on Leicester (although I've yet to visit it). My options are:

    1) Defer my entry to Leicester, taking a year off to improve my grades
    2) Reject my offer, take a year off to improve my grades and reapply
    3) If all goes well with remarks, call up other Unis and see if I can get in somewhere else
    4) Go to Leicester.

    I really have nothing planned out in terms of a gap year, ideally I'd like to do an internship at a bank or auditing firm or somewhere similar which would help with my course/prospects after my course, but the application for those closed a while ago and I don't know of any that are still available for this year. All I'd really spend it doing is working, revising and maybe travelling - not all that useful and probably not that favourable to any University.

    I need some help making this decision - has anyone else been through something similar? Is it worth taking an entire year out to improve and go to a better uni? How much use is an unplanned gap year, and what useful things can I do if I do take one?

    Long post, thanks for reading this far any help would really be appreciated

    If you really don't want to go to Leicester, don't. Take the year to improve and get into Manchester. You don't want to spend all that money on a university you aren't happy with.
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