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lauren0704
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I am 1 semester in to my first year of studying Genetics and I'm not enjoying it like I thought I would. I don't think it's for me. I want to swap courses and universities and start again from year 1 this coming September. However, I'm not sure how I would do this or what would happen with student finance.
Has anyone does this before?
Could anyone offer me any advice?
Thanks in advance for any help.
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I dropped out of a history course 1 semester in. You are entitled to, I think, four years of funding from student finance so if you dropped out now you should still be able to do another 3 year degree course.
Consider it carefully before you do anything though. Have you looked ahead to see if the modules become better or more interesting and more what you thought it would be? Have you spoken to your personal tutor about this?
If you really want to drop out and think you'll be really unhappy continuing, my advice would be to do it. The UCAS deadline is in 2 days from now though so you have to be quick if you want to reapply for September.
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Your degree is somewhat specialised which is good and bad - good in that it may more easily lead directly to a relevent career and bad perhaps in that you are learning a narrow area at depth.

If you hav great friends and a good Uni life at a good Uni I would advise you to stay (its your choice as an adult ultimately.)

You may drop out and have an awesome time at another uni but in some ways the pressure for it to work 2nd time round (I have been there!) is greater!

Talk to other people (friends /family etc) but ultimately its best to do what you think will make you happiest overall in the long run.
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Hey!

Have you explored the possibility of studying something similar at your current university? That way you wouldn't have to settle into another place and you already know the area around your uni.

Have you checked out the modules for year two? They might be more exciting and worth getting through the slog of the second and third semesters.

I'd also advise staying until the end of the year if you do want to leave the course. You'd then get a Certificate of Higher Education which means the modules/assignments you've already completed won't go to waste and the year of funding won't have either.

Maybe check out your student support? They'd be able to help with any advice you need, specifically with dropping out if you need to.

Please remember not to sign into housing agreements at the moment as you risk yourself being locked in and having to stay in a place that you don't want to be.

Let us know how you get on!
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Hi!
Thanks for the replies, the university I'm at doesn't offer the course I really want to study!
The only reason I didn't apply to this course is because people kept telling me I wouldn't get a job.
I have applied via UCAS but I am going to complete this year on my current course at unversity.
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(Original post by lauren0704)
Hi!
Thanks for the replies, the university I'm at doesn't offer the course I really want to study!
The only reason I didn't apply to this course is because people kept telling me I wouldn't get a job.
I have applied via UCAS but I am going to complete this year on my current course at unversity.
It's worth asking the university that you've applied to if you can transfer over. If it's completely different then they will probably say no - if it's similar then you may shoehorn into the second year.
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