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    Can someone just help me please?!?!
    I have just finished year 13, after having completed all my exams. I don't feel as if all my exams went well at all and I don't think I will be able accepted by my firm and insurance choices. I now feel as though I want to take a gap year and if possible, retake some exams. What do I do if I want to take a gap year? After having done biology for 2 years, I have come to realise that this subject is not for me, but I have chosen to study Biological Sciences at Surrey or Kent university. I am in quiet a confused situation at the moment and although I do not know the results that I have achieved, this matter keeps being bought up to me in my mind. I'm so lost people, can someone just help me out?!?!? pleaseeeeee
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    It's hard not to panic. This was me ten summers ago.

    I wouldn't advise doing a course at uni if you're not sure about the subject at all. You only get one round of funding.

    Nowt wrong with a gap year as an opportunity to try things out and see what inspires you.
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    I did this this year, and I'm about to start university in September.

    I didn't do as well in my a levels as I had hoped for, I still got A*BB, but felt I could do a lot better, I therefore got a job, and resat some modules. Taking a gap year is extremely common, the only thing is, make sure you have something structured to do. I spent a lot of time dossing and did not get a job for ages, I was therefore extremely bored. Just make sure you try to make friends where you work, who you can socialise with, as your old school friends will be at uni. On the other hand, I know some people who went travelling for a while, then came back around February where they then revised for their summer resits.

    If you don't like Biology then studying it for 3 years is probably not the best option, probably best to do some more research at other courses out there, and see what suits you. It may be that your grades aren't as bad as you were expecting, and you can get a different course on clearing. If you take a gap year though you'll have to make your mind up about what you want to apply for pretty quickly, as you will have to start the UCAS process shortly after summer.

    If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask
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    (Original post by beautifulbigmacs)
    It's hard not to panic. This was me ten summers ago.

    I wouldn't advise doing a course at uni if you're not sure about the subject at all. You only get one round of funding.

    Nowt wrong with a gap year as an opportunity to try things out and see what inspires you.
    Aww thank you so much for the help. Yes, I think a gap year is the best option Just curious, did you take a gap year?
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    (Original post by sonron202)
    I did this this year, and I'm about to start university in September.

    I didn't do as well in my a levels as I had hoped for, I still got A*BB, but felt I could do a lot better, I therefore got a job, and resat some modules. Taking a gap year is extremely common, the only thing is, make sure you have something structured to do. I spent a lot of time dossing and did not get a job for ages, I was therefore extremely bored. Just make sure you try to make friends where you work, who you can socialise with, as your old school friends will be at uni. On the other hand, I know some people who went travelling for a while, then came back around February where they then revised for their summer resits.

    If you don't like Biology then studying it for 3 years is probably not the best option, probably best to do some more research at other courses out there, and see what suits you. It may be that your grades aren't as bad as you were expecting, and you can get a different course on clearing. If you take a gap year though you'll have to make your mind up about what you want to apply for pretty quickly, as you will have to start the UCAS process shortly after summer.

    If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask
    Ohh wow, thank you so much for the great advice! I literally think this is going to be me!! I have so many questions!! I'm so sorry, I just don't know who else to ask.Did your school allow you to retake them there or did you have to find a centre? How is everything money wise? I feel bad for wasting my parents money so I might try and find a job.How do you go about wanting to enter a gap year, I mean do you just do it on results day? I don't even know if that makes sense!Did you apply for the same course in your gap year?What are you planning to go on studying? Good luck, I hope it goes well!! I'm so sorry for asking all this, I'm so scared and curious! By the way, what is your opinion on Criminology?Thank you 1000000x again!
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    I wouldn't recommend doing Biology if you have no interest in it. There's no point in wasting 9 grand a year for something you know you won't enjoy.

    I took a gap year too and changed courses after it, it was quite a hassle going through clearing and all, but I have no regrets.

    If you have any questions feel free to ask.

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    (Original post by geekykid25)
    Aww thank you so much for the help. Yes, I think a gap year is the best option Just curious, did you take a gap year?
    I didn't take a gap year. I went straight to uni and did a subject that didn't quite work for me. It's ok because I have directed my options to my current preferences by doing postgraduate study but it gets quite costly. My point is that you can do more study after your first degree in order to diversify but definitely don't begin a course if you know it's not for you.
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    (Original post by geekykid25)
    Ohh wow, thank you so much for the great advice! I literally think this is going to be me!! I have so many questions!! I'm so sorry, I just don't know who else to ask.Did your school allow you to retake them there or did you have to find a centre? How is everything money wise? I feel bad for wasting my parents money so I might try and find a job.How do you go about wanting to enter a gap year, I mean do you just do it on results day? I don't even know if that makes sense!Did you apply for the same course in your gap year?What are you planning to go on studying? Good luck, I hope it goes well!! I'm so sorry for asking all this, I'm so scared and curious! By the way, what is your opinion on Criminology?Thank you 1000000x again!
    My school were really helpful, I sent an email to the head of 6th form explaining my situation and they helped me apply for all my retakes and helped through the whole UCAS process again, e.g collecting new references from various teachers, he even asked some staff if they were willing to tutor me privately, which they then did. I was allowed to retake the modules at the school, a few people I know who resat were also allowed to do the same. As this was the last year of the old a level spec, the paper you'll be sitting will be for resit students only,although that won't make any difference to you, its just that the exam hall will be a bit more empty lool.

    Money wise everything was fine as I still lived at home during my gap year, it allowed me to save up some money from my job which means I''ll have some savings to go into uni with. Yh basically you can just decide on results day what you want to do,then if you decide to take a gap year there and then, then its officially begun! I actually went to uni for about a month, decided the course I got on clearing wasn't for me, so decided to take time out and reapply after that, so I didn't start the whole process until November. I applied for the course I initially applied for, and not the one I got through clearing, and I got 4/5 of my offers (the exception being LSE econ and econ history, buggers), just make sure you put on your PS or reference why you decided to take a year out. I'm hopefully going to UCL now, so lets just see how results day goes.

    I don't know much about Criminology, but research the modules and if they appeal to you, go for it. Also look at the career prospects and see if the degree will lead you to a job you can see yourself doing.
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    I'm in the exact same situation as you doing Biology Physics and History A2, I applied for biological sciences and got an offer at Leicester University, but I'm having second thoughts on it now and hardly have an idea of what I want to do :l. I've been doing some research on Diagnostic radiography which seems decent which you might wanna check out.
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    Oh really? Yeah I'll defo check that out. I'm acc thinking about changing to philosophy now, which I know is completely unrelated, but hey 😁 You've got to try new things I guess!!
    (Original post by EpicNameBro)
    I'm in the exact same situation as you doing Biology Physics and History A2, I applied for biological sciences and got an offer at Leicester University, but I'm having second thoughts on it now and hardly have an idea of what I want to do :l. I've been doing some research on Diagnostic radiography which seems decent which you might wanna check out.
 
 
 
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