How easy is it to switch courses once I’m at university?
It is possible to switch courses at uni – but not always straightforward. It’s much easier to put the time in now and make sure you’ve definitely made the right degree choice...
If you’re asking this question, you should probably also be questioning how committed you are to your course in the first place. Have you researched and explored it in enough depth? Is it something that you’re really interested in doing for the next few years?
Oh, and don’t bother taking a course as a ruse to get on to a more competitive one – it’s just not worth the risk…
Some students see switching courses once they are at university as a way of sneaking on to really popular courses such as medicine. Two words: don’t bother! These courses wised up to that one years ago.
But back to the question. Let’s say you end up really not liking the course you’re doing. Can you switch? We asked a few universities to see how they deal with this.
- Take a look at the Which? Consumer Rights guide on what to do if you're unhappy with a degree course change if this is why you're considering switching.
Can I switch to another course in my uni?
It will depend on the programme that you wish to change to as to whether this is possible, as well as whether space allows.
It is usually possible to switch programmes within a department as there will often be some commonality in modules. Switching to an entirely different subject, though, usually requires students to re-commence the degree programme in the first year. There is no guarantee that this will be possible as they will be considered alongside Ucas applicants.
Can I transfer to another university?
What this might mean is that if you haven’t done enough work in the semester (equivalent to half an academic year), you might not be able to transfer. So do your work – even if you’re not enjoying your studies.
Don’t rely on the possibility of switching
Where transfers can be accommodated, the general rule is the earlier the better - there is obviously a point beyond which too much teaching has been missed.