One month in to your new course at school, sixth form or college and things may not be going quite as you had hoped. Never fear – you have plenty of options over the next few weeks and still have chance to join a new course, either at your current college or somewhere different.
Even if you haven’t enrolled on a course yet, there is still time to get an application in and start a course for 2018/19. Most colleges accept applications until October half term, so you have an opportunity to catch up on what you missed. Have a think about what interests you and then check out what is on offer at places near you, like Moulton College. If you like what you see, make an application!
If you are already on a course and are thinking about changing to a new subject or college, find out how it all works below…
Speak to people
The first thing to do before rushing in to a decision is to arrange a meeting and have a talk with your tutor. Don’t be afraid to explain to them why you aren’t getting on with the course – it might be too hard, too easy, not what you expected or you might simply have changed your mind.
Discuss matters with your family as well. Parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and carers can all provide you with support and advice. While it is important to listen to them, remember that the decisions you make about your courses should be yours alone and not influenced by anyone else.
Explore your options
If you still want to look for a new course, think about why you want to change and if a new course will be beneficial. Many students feel that just because they got the right grades, they need to do A-levels, but this isn’t your only option. Practical-based, vocational courses and apprenticeships often have lower entry requirements, with just as good job prospects in the end as you can focus on a particular field. You could even still end up going to university if you wish!
Make sure that you are confident in your alternative choice, as most colleges will allow you to enrol and join a course that has already started until October half term, but after that you probably won’t be able to change again until next September.
Make an application
Time is running out, so if you need to make an application to switch courses or event move to a new college – be quick! Take a look at websites and prospectuses to find an option more suitable for you.
After you make an application you will usually be invited to an interview where you and the college can see if the course is right for you. Use this opportunity to ask any questions you have about switching and what this new course might entail.
Make a decision
At this point comes the big decision – to stick with your current course or go for the new one. It can be scary, so don’t be afraid to ask for a bit of advice from people you trust. While the thought of changing course or moving to a new college might be a bit daunting – be brave and go for it if that is what you want. Committing yourself to a whole year or even longer of a course you don’t like or aren’t interested could make you miserable and won’t help your job prospects!
Whatever decision you make, you’ll need to make sure you give your course your full focus and dedication – you’ll be flying before you know it!
How do I apply for a course for 2018/19?
Whether you are already enrolled at another college or haven’t yet made a decision, check out what Moulton College can offer you – the quickest and easiest way to apply for courses is online. Click here to look at our subject areas, select the course you are interested in and follow the instructions. We’ll then invite you along to an informal interview to learn a bit more about you and your career goals as the next step of the application process.
We would recommend applying as soon as possible to start the process and so that we know you are interested. You can then learn a bit more about the course and the college on your interview date.
Looking for a course for 2019/20?
If you are planning ahead and thinking about starting a course in September 2019, why not come and visit an Open Event at Moulton College. You will be able to take a look around our facilities, speak to our lecturers and support staff and make an application. For more information on upcoming Open Events on Saturday 13 October and Saturday 10 November and to pre-register your place please click here.