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hey guys,
I sadly got rejected from Bristol for Law but they want to consider my application further for another course (social policy and criminology). If I hypothetically get in for that course do I accept my offer even though I'm not the biggest fan of the course? for context, bristol has been my 'dream' uni for a while.
Reply 1
If you want to train in the field of law after uni then you need to study law. Or you could do a postgrad law conversion course after your undergrad degree. Do you hold offers for law elsewhere?
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Reply 2
Original post by Ne17
If you want to train in the field of law after uni then you need to study law. Or you could do a postgrad law conversion course after your undergrad degree. Do you hold offers for law elsewhere?

ive got offers for york nottingham and Cardiff! my initial idea was to do the law conversion but im always coming back to the question of whether its worth me spending three years on a course im not passionate about.
Reply 3
Original post by Anonymous
ive got offers for york nottingham and Cardiff! my initial idea was to do the law conversion but im always coming back to the question of whether its worth me spending three years on a course im not passionate about.

They're a great set of offers. York is a campus uni, Nottingham a city. Cardiff could be good if you think you will be working in Wales after uni. Check if any offer interesting options like Study Abroad (this has definitely influenced my teen). I always tell students you should study what you love, whereas you should at least like where you're going to live for three years. But if Bristol law is your number 1 choice then could you take a gap year and reapply? Have a chat with your tutors.
Reply 4
Original post by Ne17
They're a great set of offers. York is a campus uni, Nottingham a city. Cardiff could be good if you think you will be working in Wales after uni. Check if any offer interesting options like Study Abroad (this has definitely influenced my teen). I always tell students you should study what you love, whereas you should at least like where you're going to live for three years. But if Bristol law is your number 1 choice then could you take a gap year and reapply? Have a chat with your tutors.

ive definitely looked into the year abroads! ive been told by a few friends to accept the offer (if i get in) and then transfer to another course (like politics which i enjoy) when im there - it seems like good but risky idea to me. does that sound like a bad idea?
Reply 5
Original post by Anonymous
ive definitely looked into the year abroads! ive been told by a few friends to accept the offer (if i get in) and then transfer to another course (like politics which i enjoy) when im there - it seems like good but risky idea to me. does that sound like a bad idea?

It is very risky. If you do try to do that you'll likely need to do it on the first day (essentially you're counting on students having not shown up for your preferred course) and that the first day for international students may have been the week before so that any spare places might have gone. I seriously recommend talking to your tutors about this before taking this approach. You could also contact admissions at Bristol now and ask if it's possible to get an offer now for Politics.
Reply 6
Original post by Ne17
It is very risky. If you do try to do that you'll likely need to do it on the first day (essentially you're counting on students having not shown up for your preferred course) and that the first day for international students may have been the week before so that any spare places might have gone. I seriously recommend talking to your tutors about this before taking this approach. You could also contact admissions at Bristol now and ask if it's possible to get an offer now for Politics.
I’ll definitely speak to my tutors after half term. Regarding the email how would i go about that without seeming too offputting? I wouldn’t want them to get the impression that I absolutely hate the alternative course and have them reject me. I would very much like to email to see if a politics offer is possible.
Reply 7
Original post by Anonymous
I’ll definitely speak to my tutors after half term. Regarding the email how would i go about that without seeming too offputting? I wouldn’t want them to get the impression that I absolutely hate the alternative course and have them reject me. I would very much like to email to see if a politics offer is possible.

Hi you could ask tutors for advice in how to draft this query by email or get support making a phone call. Universities make more offers than there are places as typically students reject some of their offers and some accept but end up at their insurance or elsewhere.
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Original post by Anonymous
hey guys,
I sadly got rejected from Bristol for Law but they want to consider my application further for another course (social policy and criminology). If I hypothetically get in for that course do I accept my offer even though I'm not the biggest fan of the course? for context, bristol has been my 'dream' uni for a while.


hi when did u receive ur rejection?
Reply 9
Original post by Anonymous
I’ll definitely speak to my tutors after half term. Regarding the email how would i go about that without seeming too offputting? I wouldn’t want them to get the impression that I absolutely hate the alternative course and have them reject me. I would very much like to email to see if a politics offer is possible.

Also you should check on UCAS first to see if Bristol politics has any spaces and then ring up
Reply 10
Original post by Ne17
Also you should check on UCAS first to see if Bristol politics has any spaces and then ring up

good idea, also on my bristol portal it gives me the opportunity to be considered for another course! idk if i should do it and click politics because my personal statement is centred around law ):
Reply 11
Original post by anais44
good idea, also on my bristol portal it gives me the opportunity to be considered for another course! idk if i should do it and click politics because my personal statement is centred around law ):

They’ll know you applied to law so would expect your personal statement to reflect that. You might get asked to send them one reflecting an interest in politics.

But the big question remains is whether you should swap the course you purely to study at your preferred university. I’m not at all sure that’s the right decision. Do your other universities do offers holders days or are there any open days coming up? Could you contact those departments and visit them? Or even just visit the campuses?
Reply 12
i’ve been to a few open days - nottingham and york. i didn’t feel like i enjoyed any of the lectures at nottingham and i just felt out of place most of the time. my initial personal statement was for politics and international relations but my head of year suggested i go with the law pathway. york was overall better than nottingham to me in my opinion. i guess what it really is is that im just regretting my entire application and doubting myself
Reply 13
This sounds tough. I would definitely contact Bristol about politics and international relations given that was initially what you wanted to do.

It’s easy to doubt oneself when you don’t get your first choice. My son has got an offer only from his 4th and 5th choices and asked if he wasn’t good enough ☹️ we’re now looking at foundation courses.
Reply 14
Original post by Ne17
This sounds tough. I would definitely contact Bristol about politics and international relations given that was initially what you wanted to do.
It’s easy to doubt oneself when you don’t get your first choice. My son has got an offer only from his 4th and 5th choices and asked if he wasn’t good enough ☹️ we’re now looking at foundation courses.

im sorry about your son, im sure hes brilliant and the unis were probably being stingy! luckily on my bristol applicant portal it gives me the option to apply for a course change so once im back in school next week, im going to have a one to one with my schools careers advisor. thanks for all the help and all the best with your son (:
Original post by anais44
im sorry about your son, im sure hes brilliant and the unis were probably being stingy! luckily on my bristol applicant portal it gives me the option to apply for a course change so once im back in school next week, im going to have a one to one with my schools careers advisor. thanks for all the help and all the best with your son (:

Did you talk to Bristol about switching to politics as an alternative offer (:

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