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Transferring to a better university after first year

During college I had no clue what I wanted to do at university and due to that I did 3 A-levels that are all irrelevant to what I am doing at university, and because of my lack of care for those subjects I (stupidly) coasted through college and ended with poor grades (BBB) and then when I last-second finally decided to do computer science at university the only real choice was one of the lowest ranked universities.

I have now finished first year with a average grade of 90%+ across the modules and was wondering if there are options to transfer university to a better university as my current course has very poor teaching and felt like a waste of time and money for 90% of the year and I feel that if it wasn't for my poor decisions in high school and college I could have got into a better university.

Any advice or suggestions around whether this is possible and if it is a good choice or not would be appreciated, thanks.
Original post by Sxm18cs
During college I had no clue what I wanted to do at university and due to that I did 3 A-levels that are all irrelevant to what I am doing at university, and because of my lack of care for those subjects I (stupidly) coasted through college and ended with poor grades (BBB) and then when I last-second finally decided to do computer science at university the only real choice was one of the lowest ranked universities.

I have now finished first year with a average grade of 90%+ across the modules and was wondering if there are options to transfer university to a better university as my current course has very poor teaching and felt like a waste of time and money for 90% of the year and I feel that if it wasn't for my poor decisions in high school and college I could have got into a better university.

Any advice or suggestions around whether this is possible and if it is a good choice or not would be appreciated, thanks.

The word "transfer" normally refers to continuing your studies, but at a different university. For you that would mean starting second year somewhere else. Although many universities will allow this for many of their courses, they always seem to stipulate that you need to meet the A level grades that they mandate for entry to first year. In other word, they prevent people doing exactly what you're trying to do - you'd only be able to transfer to a uni which accepts BBB.

The other option would be to reapply to year 1 somewhere else, but obviously that will have the same BBB issue too.

To back-up my first point, I've just picked a uni at random (University of Bristol) and checked their transfer rules (which you can see here). They say:

"Transfers are usually only permitted if all the following conditions are met:


1. We have sufficient places available.
2. You meet the entry requirements for students entering the Bristol course at first year level. Find the entry requirements for individual courses.
3. The content of the first year of the course you have already taken closely matches our own. This ensures you are adequately prepared to continue your studies here. Find information about the content of individual courses.
4.You achieve a good Upper Second Class overall in your current first year."

Note point 2. :frown:

I think best bet is to do the best you can at whatever university you're at now, where is sounds like you're on track for a first. Alternatively, check the transfer rules for some target unis and see what they say. You will be aware, I'm sure, that Computer Science is extremely competitive so universities may not be as flexible as you would hope.

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