I am currently a final year college student, I am in my last few weeks of college, trying to complete all my course work and assignments. I have been offered a place at the University of Leeds for Education, which I am very happy about as it is the university which I wanted to go to. From a young age, I have always said that I want to do teaching and education. I wanted to teach abroad. However, recently I have been looking into different areas that relate to the course that I am currently studying (Childcare and education Level 3) and decided that maybe I would find something like child nursing really interesting too. I’m in a really tough situation because I have been accepted at Leeds to study education, which is what I wanted but the more I look into child nursing the more it intrigues me. I don’t want to lose the opportunity of going to my dream university. I’m not really sure what to do, please advise!
Ask Leeds now if you can defer your place until 2022 entry (you have far more chance of a Yes at this stage than in August).
This will give you a year to think about what you really want to do, to get some general 'child' work experience, some focussed hospital/medical experience and think about the reality of nursing children etc. Just be aware that Child Nursing is tough emotionally - and getting onto any Nursing course is highly competitive and many people get no offers. Extensive, relevant, work experience and the ability to reflect on it is key to any Nursing application.
If at the end of your gap year you are still happy with education then your place at Leeds awaits you. If by Christmas you realise that Child Nursing is your direction then you still have time to dump your current application and reapply for Child Nursing.
Nursing is very accessible once you’ve graduated so you certainly won’t have closed that option.