If you are thinking about changing or leaving your course it is important that you discuss your thoughts and ideas before making any final decisions. There are many people who can help you through the process and help you to decide on the best option for you. No matter what the issue is there may well be a solution, so please take your time, ask for help and remember that you do not have to make your decision alone.
It is important that you continue to study and attend lectures whilst you are thinking about your options: if you don’t, it may be difficult to catch up if you do decide to stick with your current course.
A check list to help you reach a decision
- Meet with Back on Track. If you are struggling with any issues, personal or academic that might be affecting your studies you can come to a Back on Track Drop in or book an appointment. You will be given time to explore your issues with an adviser and discuss different support options. The Back on Track team is experienced in dealing with a wide range of problems and concerns, and we can liaise with your personal tutor or link you to other services within the University.
- Speak to your Personal Tutor about your concerns. If you cannot get hold of the person you want to talk to, ask at your school student support office for an alternative contact. State your points as clearly as possible, it may help you to make notes before you go or take a friend with you if you feel you may become upset.
- Contact Student Finance. All factors need to be taken into consideration when making a decision about your studies; you need to fully understand any financial implications of your choice.
- If you are considering changing to another course within the University, try to speak to the Admission Tutor for that course.
- Your decision may affect your Accommodation. If your decision will mean moving out of the area or leaving the University you should establish the terms of your contract and what rent you will have to pay.
- The Student Union Advice Centre offers free, confidential and impartial advice on a range of matters. You can find them in Student Central level 5.
Don't forget that you can contact the Careers and Employability Service for help with making your decision - we offer confidential and impartial careers information, advice and guidance. Leaving or changing your course can affect your long term career plans, so talking to an adviser can help you to explore your options and think about the longer term implications of your decision.
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