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Unread 3 Jan 20, 09:02 PM  
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All is not lost, our daughter changed her mind about her UCAS choices after receiving her offers, she declined them all . She was still able to apply for available courses at Universities through UCAS Extra, theres a search facility on the UCAS website which shows which courses still have places.

We are in Scotland so available places for Scottish applicants were very limited at Scottish Universities due to the very low fees the University receive for them but there were plenty of places available at English & N Irish Universities.

Its a very stressful time but its better that she realises now rather than after shes started a course she doesnt like. Im keeping my fingers crossed she finds something suitable. Best of luck.

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As an ex state school teacher I wouldn't be so sure (about either choice).

Op, I would really get her to think about having a year out and trying to get work/ work experience in both areas, as well as some money behind her so she can be sure.
I agree with this wholeheartedly!

It's a really good idea to get some experience in a primary classroom(s) before training.

Volunteering would give her a glimpse into the current realities of teaching and would look good on her C.V.. I'm sure that teachers would give her lots of info if they know she's thinking of joining the profession.

There are moments when it feels like the best job, but there are, also, good reasons so many are fleeing!

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P.S. I think most school-leavers would benefit from a gap year of some kind before committing to a degree course and, potentially, a career.
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DD is a teacher , I was a nurse.
Please don't let her do either without getting some experience first. Have a year out working in a care/ hospital setting & schools.
DD had a lot of her peers drop out of both courses as they weren't what they thought it was about .
Nurses, long hours, low pay, shift patterns, always working out with paid hours.
Teachers on paper short days , long hols. When reality is long days & hols spent planning, giving your free time to after school clubs etc
Both are rewarding but they are hard courses & hard work.
Sorry to be a Debbie downer but I wouldn't encourage anyone to go into nursing without a trial period. A year work experience is sooooo worth it.
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what a sad state of affairs when an experienced nurse and experienced teacher can no longer, hand on heart say go for it!
It's so sad isn't it. Don't get me wrong, I love teaching but I wouldn't work in a state school now. It's no longer about helping children grow and develop, it's all about meeting targets (often unrealistic and not about what's best for the children) and justifying what you've done. Accountability gone too far. I'm sure many nurses would make similar comments.

I'm lucky, I'm now in a private prep school where we are trusted as professionals to make decisions which are in the best interests of the children and can foster a love of learning. I still work really hard, long hours but it's working at things that make a real difference.
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My dd did exactly this, although it was during summer holidays, got accepted for nursing but had to wait for a year to apply to university again.
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Is UCAS extra basically what clearing used to be?

Ive a fair few younger friends who are in teaching, and if thats what you want to do according to them dont waste a year volunteering just go for it, and if you need you can change focus after a year.
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Is UCAS extra basically what clearing used to be?
Not really.

Extra is useful for people like the OP's granddaughter who has changed her mind about her course after applying, or for applicants who have had all rejections. It enables them to secure a uni place and apply for accommodation prior to exams being taken, so without the last minute scramble for places/accommodation after results in clearing. Most offers in extra will be conditional.

Clearing still exists as much as it ever did, but doesn't begin until after results are achieved so all offers through clearing are unconditional

The choice of courses is far greater in extra than in clearing.

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Ive a fair few younger friends who are in teaching, and if thats what you want to do according to them dont waste a year volunteering just go for it, and if you need you can change focus after a year.
I wouldn't recommend anyone start a degree they are not sure about as the costs are high and more importantly, funding limited with only one 'gift year' allowed. Dropping out and changing focus comes with financial implications which need to be fully understood.

Vocational degrees such as nursing and teaching often require volunteer experience in order to be accepted at some universities.

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