Posted on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 at 3pm
by Stephen Maw. See more of my posts here.
What should I do? Firstly, if you have received a Change of Course Offer then it does mean you have not been accepted on your chosen degree programme. But all is not lost. If you have been offered an alternative then in reality the subject offered is likely to be very close to the one you initially chose. The question you need to ask yourself is ‘Am I happy studying something similar?’
In some cases you may be offered a foundation year. Don’t be put off by the word ‘foundation’ as this course is likely to mean you can study the degree of your choice at the university of your choice. Let me illustrate with an example. Let’s say you applied to study Biology at the University of Leeds, didn’t get the exam results you wanted and you now find yourself with a Change of Course Offer to the BSc Interdisciplinary Science or the BSc Studies in Science foundation year programme. If I accept what does this mean? Well it means your first year at the University of Leeds will be an intensive, well-structured year covering the chemistry, maths and biology you need to progress onto Biology the following year.
There are many advantages of accepting this Change of Course Offer: you will be better prepared when you start your first year in Biology, you get to read Biology at the University of Leeds (i.e. what you intended to do) and you save yourself the hassle of searching for alternative courses and accommodation. It does, however, mean an extra year of study.