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I accepted my firm+ paid a deposit on accommodation but I’m thinking about a Gap year

I’ve accepted my firm at my uni, but I’m having second thoughts about the course and I feel like I need to take a gap year to decide what I want to do, but I’m not sure how that works? Is this something I can do? I’m very stressed about it and I want to make my mind up and have a discussion with my parents about it after I’ve sat my A-level exams, so I have plenty of time to decide before results day, but I’m worried about how they will take it. Any help would be massively appreciated.
Original post by Carter03052
I’ve accepted my firm at my uni, but I’m having second thoughts about the course and I feel like I need to take a gap year to decide what I want to do, but I’m not sure how that works? Is this something I can do? I’m very stressed about it and I want to make my mind up and have a discussion with my parents about it after I’ve sat my A-level exams, so I have plenty of time to decide before results day, but I’m worried about how they will take it. Any help would be massively appreciated.

Hey there,

Firstly, it's completely normal to have second thoughts about your university course, especially considering the significant commitment it entails. Taking a gap year to reassess your options and make a more informed decision is definitely something you can consider.

The process of taking a gap year varies depending on your circumstances and the policies of your university. Typically, you would need to inform your university's admissions office about your decision to defer your enrolment. They can provide you with guidance on the necessary steps to take and any deadlines you need to be aware of.

As for discussing this with your parents, it's understandable that you might feel apprehensive. However, it's important to communicate openly and honestly with them about your concerns and your desire to make the right decision for your future. Expressing your thoughts and feelings calmly and clearly can help alleviate some of the stress and uncertainty surrounding the situation.

Remember, taking the time to make an informed decision about your university course is crucial, and your well-being should always come first. Don't hesitate to seek support from trusted friends, family members, or school counsellors as you navigate this process.

Wishing you all the best as you weigh your options and make decisions that align with your goals and aspirations.

Best Regards,
Arslan University of Salford Student Representative
Original post by University of Salford Student Rep
Hey there,
Firstly, it's completely normal to have second thoughts about your university course, especially considering the significant commitment it entails. Taking a gap year to reassess your options and make a more informed decision is definitely something you can consider.
The process of taking a gap year varies depending on your circumstances and the policies of your university. Typically, you would need to inform your university's admissions office about your decision to defer your enrolment. They can provide you with guidance on the necessary steps to take and any deadlines you need to be aware of.
As for discussing this with your parents, it's understandable that you might feel apprehensive. However, it's important to communicate openly and honestly with them about your concerns and your desire to make the right decision for your future. Expressing your thoughts and feelings calmly and clearly can help alleviate some of the stress and uncertainty surrounding the situation.
Remember, taking the time to make an informed decision about your university course is crucial, and your well-being should always come first. Don't hesitate to seek support from trusted friends, family members, or school counsellors as you navigate this process.
Wishing you all the best as you weigh your options and make decisions that align with your goals and aspirations.
Best Regards,
Arslan University of Salford Student Representative


Thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it. I’ve been thinking that instead of a gap year, I could potentially swap courses, so I could swap from a marketing course to a Law course. I’ld have to make this decision over summer, but my only thought is that I won’t be able to attend any uni talks about the course. Do you think I should just request to swap course, or should I take a gap year to fully understand what course I’m getting myself into? Many thanks
Original post by Carter03052
Thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it. I’ve been thinking that instead of a gap year, I could potentially swap courses, so I could swap from a marketing course to a Law course. I’ld have to make this decision over summer, but my only thought is that I won’t be able to attend any uni talks about the course. Do you think I should just request to swap course, or should I take a gap year to fully understand what course I’m getting myself into? Many thanks

Phone the Uni tomorrow and ask them all of your questions.
Original post by Carter03052
Thanks for the reply, I really appreciate it. I’ve been thinking that instead of a gap year, I could potentially swap courses, so I could swap from a marketing course to a Law course. I’ld have to make this decision over summer, but my only thought is that I won’t be able to attend any uni talks about the course. Do you think I should just request to swap course, or should I take a gap year to fully understand what course I’m getting myself into? Many thanks

Hey there,

You're welcome! I'm glad my response was helpful to you.

Switching from a marketing course to a law course is a big decision, and it's important to weigh all your options carefully. While attending uni talks about the law course could provide valuable insights, don't worry if you're unable to attend them over the summer. There are still plenty of ways to gather information and make an informed decision.

One suggestion is to explore the details of the law course on the University of Salford website. There, you can find comprehensive information about the curriculum, modules, and opportunities available to law students. Additionally, you can reach out to the university's enquiries email address ([email protected]) to request more information about the course swap process or to inquire about specific details regarding studying law at Salford. The admissions team will be more than happy to assist you and provide any additional information you may need.

You can find out more about our upcoming Open day here.

Ultimately, whether you decide to request a course swap or take a gap year to fully understand your options, trust your instincts and choose the path that feels right for you. Remember, it's never too late to make changes and pursue your passions.

If you have any further questions or need assistance along the way, feel free to reach out. Wishing you all the best as you navigate this decision-making process!

Best Regards,
Arslan University of Salford Student Representative
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