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    Hi, I really wanted some advice on taking a gap year. I am currently in university and am about to finish my first year in Sociology. However, I feel that I haven’t enjoyed my time particularly due to a number of different reasons such as the course and the university. I am losing interest in the course and not really sure where it would take me. I was thinking of leaving the university and taking a year out and reapplying somewhere different next year and perhaps to a different course.
    I do have student finance (SAAS) so was wondering what would happen with this and what I would do when I reapply?
    Just any advice on leaving university and reapplying would be great and if anyone has thought this is a good or bad decision!
    Thanks!
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    (Original post by eve9898)
    Hi, I really wanted some advice on taking a gap year. I am currently in university and am about to finish my first year in Sociology. However, I feel that I haven’t enjoyed my time particularly due to a number of different reasons such as the course and the university. I am losing interest in the course and not really sure where it would take me. I was thinking of leaving the university and taking a year out and reapplying somewhere different next year and perhaps to a different course.
    I do have student finance (SAAS) so was wondering what would happen with this and what I would do when I reapply?
    Just any advice on leaving university and reapplying would be great and if anyone has thought this is a good or bad decision!
    Thanks!

    Dislike SAAS questions as I find their website so unhelpful and their documentation to be poor.

    You can talk to your uni and suspend studies, but tbh wrong university and wrong course seem pretty substantial reasons to quit. Sounds like a very sensible idea.

    They will have a procedure for leaving. You will need to look at yur uni site but usually involves talking to tutor, them oking it and filling a form.
    Telling accommodation and SAAS.

    You will be asked to repay any maintenance from when you cease to be a student, but can keep the maintenance for the period you were entitled to when a student. You can decide whether you want to stay till end of term or not. If you have a chance of doing well, then you can use that to strength your app. i.e reason for transfer wasnt because you were failing.

    You have one gift year that you can use up for changes of course.
    http://www.saas.gov.uk/_forms/previous_study.pdf

    Take the gap and reapply through UCAS, this year or next. You then have full funding for one course, with not much room for mistakes or change of mind.

    Take your time choosing the right uni and course. Dont go until you know. It seems the right thing for you. I certainly wouldnt stay in your situation.
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    Just to emphasise OP that imo it is the correct decision and a mistake to carry on. Nothing to fear do it and choose carefully.
 
 
 

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