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    Hello!

    I'm feeling a little anxious. I have just finished my first year of studying English Literature and Philosophy at Edinburgh, but I have had a pretty massive change of heart and decided that I really do not want to continue with this for another three years, and that I would much rather study film (which Edinburgh does not offer at undergraduate level).

    Whilst I assume that it is possible to (relatively) easily switch course whilst staying at the same university, or to switch university whilst studying the same subject, I have no idea what to do about a whole new subject AND a whole new university at once.

    Would there be any possible way of arranging this sort of thing without going through UCAS again?

    And if I DO have to apply through UCAS again, would I be considered pretty low-priority compared to first-time applicants?

    Thank you for all your help!
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    You would need to apply through UCAS. At this stage, your only option is Clearing. There is no such thing as a priority system like you describe.
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    My experience of this with a close friend suggests that the best thing to do is withdraw and take a gap year while reapplying through UCAS. Judging by the offers he got, the unis he approached did not hold the false start against him at all (Birmingham, Nottingham, RHL, Loughborough and Leicester btw). There is nothing stopping you registering with UCAS and seeing what is available through Clearing but judging by all the stories there will not be much. If you are a strong candidate then reapplying in the usual way may mean you end up somewhere better suited to you, I'd think you'd not want to risk another year of being in the wrong situation. Student Finance allows for one false start but of course you incur an extra year of debt. My friend is using his gap year to earn money to offset this.
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    Drongo has given excellent advice here, if you are absolutely sure you don't want to stay on with the course you are doing.

    I would just sound a note of caution. You should take a cool hard look at what it is you would like to do with this degree in film. Quite a lot of people would argue that your current degree would stand you in good stead (a) for pursuing postgraduate studies in film (b) in the job hunt more generally. I would suggest you look at alternatives at Edinburgh very carefully before making any final decisions.
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    Have you looked at the other options available to you at Edinburgh? In 2nd year there is a course run by the Languages department on European Cinema and Film but is also open to students who don't study languages. Some of my friends took it when we were 2nd years and really really enjoyed it. Perhaps you could take this as your outside course next year? Also, have you taken a look at the 3rd/4th year English Lit courses, as a fair few of them are film orientated. I know people who have taken modules on New Zealand Cinema who study English Lit, they took some other film related ones too I think.

    Obviously there is no point in carrying on with something if you're not enjoying it, but I think you should look at what you can do within the realms of English Lit and with your additional subject next year as you can still cover film within the degree you're already doing.
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    You sound pretty stuck.

    If you decide to transfer Uni, get in contact with the ones that interest you. If willing, some Universities will make you apply through UCAS, some will have different procedures.

    Make sure you have a good think first though. It is a big decision.
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    (Original post by oxymoronic)
    Have you looked at the other options available to you at Edinburgh? In 2nd year there is a course run by the Languages department on European Cinema and Film but is also open to students who don't study languages. Some of my friends took it when we were 2nd years and really really enjoyed it. Perhaps you could take this as your outside course next year? Also, have you taken a look at the 3rd/4th year English Lit courses, as a fair few of them are film orientated. I know people who have taken modules on New Zealand Cinema who study English Lit, they took some other film related ones too I think.

    Obviously there is no point in carrying on with something if you're not enjoying it, but I think you should look at what you can do within the realms of English Lit and with your additional subject next year as you can still cover film within the degree you're already doing.
    This is pretty good sound advice. Im afraid I have little to nothing to contribute to this thread, but that is good advice.
 
 
 

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