Sometimes we question the decisions we make and choosing what course you want to study at university is quite a big one. If you find yourself having doubts over whether you have chosen the right course at university, it is not something you should ignore. It is important to talk about the doubts you are having and address them as soon as possible.

Talking about why you are thinking of changing courses with friends, family and staff at your university will help you decide what the best thing to do for your learning experience is.

You can talk to your lecturers about what it is in particular that you are perhaps enjoying less than other parts; they might be able to advise you on choosing particular modules that they feel you may enjoy more, or they might be able to offer some hints and tips to ease your concerns.

You can also speak with Student Support to see if they are able to offer you any advice or support, which will assist you with any particular aspects of your degree.

If your mind really is made up and you have decided that your course is not the one you wish to continue with, then you should remember the following important pieces of information:

  • Changing course could affect the level of student loan you are entitled to, depending on at which point in the year you are looking to change course. See the Student Finance England website for further details.
  • Ensure you have thought about the reasons you wish to change course so your university understands how you have come to your decision.
  • You might need to catch up on the work you may have missed if you transfer your course – ensure you are prepared for this.
  • Speak with the admissions team to ensure that the transfer of courses is possible – there might be implications concerning modules or credits, and what you can and cannot carry over to your new course. You will also need to make sure that there is space on the course you wish to transfer to and that you have met the entry requirements of that course.

Remember, transferring to a different course is not an easy task, however, it is better to make that effort where possible to ensure that you enjoy your time at university, and when you graduate you can look back, smile and think ‘that was a great three years!’.


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