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    Hi so I achieved my predicted grades of AAAB ( in Maths, English Literature, Japanese and Chemistry) and therefore I exceeded my firm offer to study BA Economics and Japanese at the University of Leeds. I received my accommodation offer yesterday so I need to make a decision by the end of tomorrow.

    I have been agonising over whether or not I should take a gap year because I have a lot of doubts about my course and Uni. Some of the reasons:
    - I'll come out with a BA and not a BSc which apparently is looked more highly upon for economics.
    - My course is based around beginners of Japanese so I feel like I may not be catered for well enough as a post-a level student as I am pretty fluent and did the A-level with minimal studying and few lessons (I had to negotiate these as my school did not run the course for my year) and got A's. I also came 3rd in a national speech contest last year etc.
    - As my course offer is AAB and they also are lenient with people who miss their grades, I don't think i'll find anyone with a similar case to me
    - I feel like i'm wasting all my achievements by not trying to get into a better Uni which is what I originally aimed for but then just got lazy lol (I have a lot of extra curricular achievements, I did 5 As levels last year and got AAABB, I got 7A*s and 4As at GCSE and I don't think I even put in a lot of effort - as in I could have worked a lot harder as I was and am very lazy)

    Some reasons why I'm not sure about a gap year:
    - I have nothing planned... I also feel like it could be a wasted year (this is a BIG worry for me) as pretty much everyone I know is going to University this year.
    - I'm interested in pretty much all subjects which is why I found applying and writing a personal statement difficult last year! I feel like I'll just repeat that this year... (the course I really wanted to do this year was BASc Arts and Science at UCL but I didn't get an offer).
    -AAAB is good but its not A*A*etc. So if I did take a gap year, do you think I should retake any exams and aim for A*s to get into better Uni's?
    -If I take a gap year I won't want to do a 4 year course with study abroad which is what I originally wanted.

    Okay sorry this is soooooo long but what do you think? Do you think I should ask the Uni to release me and think about applying somewhere better for next year (At the moment i'm interested in exeter's flexible combined honours, UCL's BASc etc)? Would a gap year be worth me trying to get into a top 10 Uni? Or do you think I'm being silly and that I should just stay at the University of Leeds on a course that requires lower grades than I have?

    Thank you SO SO SO much for any advice/comments etc.
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    Firstly, congratulations on your grades and gaining your university place.

    When you say you want to get into a better university, bear in mind that Leeds is a Russell Group university and has a really good reputation, though I'm not sure if this applies to Economics.

    How would you re-take your exams if you're taking a Gap Year? Would you have to go back to your sixth form to repeat them?

    There are advantages to taking a Gap Year, but you have to make sure you know exactly what you want to do, because employers will want you to prove that it wasn't a waste of time. Since you're doing Japanese, would it, for instance, be worth going to Japan for a while, finding a job and learning more about the culture of the country? I am considering doing a Gap Year in which I would go to Spain, with the advantage being that I'll return with international experience and improved language skills. Remember, there's nothing like going to live in the country where the language is spoken.

    Think about these things before you make a decision. It's difficult and important, I know, but hopefully this advice helps. (Sorry for the long post, by the way.)
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    Firstly, congratulations on your grades and gaining your university place.

    When you say you want to get into a better university, bear in mind that Leeds is a Russell Group university and has a really good reputation, though I'm not sure if this applies to Economics.

    How would you re-take your exams if you're taking a Gap Year? Would you have to go back to your sixth form to repeat them?

    There are advantages to taking a Gap Year, but you have to make sure you know exactly what you want to do, because employers will want you to prove that it wasn't a waste of time. Since you're doing Japanese, would it, for instance, be worth going to Japan for a while, finding a job and learning more about the culture of the country? I am considering doing a Gap Year in which I would go to Spain, with the advantage being that I'll return with international experience and improved language skills. Remember, there's nothing like going to live in the country where the language is spoken.

    Think about these things before you make a decision. It's difficult and important, I know, but hopefully this advice helps. (Sorry for the long post, by the way.)
    Hey thanks for your reply! I know Leeds is a russel group but they have lower entry standards than many of the others and also in terms of Economics there are others higher in the rankings (but not that much higher which is why I don't know if it is worth it) such as Exeter and Nottingham that I meet the requirements for.
    If I were to retake any exams i'd do it at my sixth form and if not (as tbh i'm not too keen on the idea) i'd try to teach English in Japan but because it's short notice I don't know if it will work out? But I definitely wouldn't waste it - i'd try to find placements (although I don't know how successful my search will be) or stay on for another year at my school's sixth form.
 
 
 

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