Should I go to uni this year, or defer?
With everything that’s going on in the world right now, it’s a question lots of people are considering – should I go to university this year, or wait?
There’s no denying that those of you who choose to start university this year will have a different experience to those who started in 2019 – but is that a bad thing? A good thing? Will it be back to normal in 2021? Will it be different again?
Unfortunately, there’s no one right answer, and we don’t have a crystal ball to tell you how things are going to develop over the next 12 months (sorry!), but we can help you to find the answer that’s right for you.
With social distancing enforced in campuses up and down the country, lots of teaching has been moved online, and you might be concerned that you won’t get the same experience, or the same quality of teaching.
Students starting at Wrexham Glyndwr this September will still be taught by the same experienced, knowledgeable academics, whether that’s on campus or online. We’ll be delivering all our courses through a blended approach, so you’ll have a mix of both online and face-to-face classes.
We’ve always prided ourselves on keeping class sizes small, giving our students more opportunities for personal attention from their tutors, so we’re already a step ahead when it comes to socially-distanced teaching. We’ve reconfigured all of our classrooms so students can keep their distance and still engage in discussions, and we’ve invested more into our digital learning facilities to make sure that our online delivery is up to the same high standards.
There’s no guarantee that social distancing will be gone by next year, so this approach could well be the new normal.
The social experience has always been one of the big draws for students looking to attend university, and it’s true that this won’t be exactly the same in 2020. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be missing out!
You’ll still be able to join one of the many societies at the Students’ Union, where you can meet new friends with similar interests. You’ll still be able to meet your coursemates both inside and outside of teaching times, thanks to the socially distanced classrooms. You’ll still be able to enjoy fresher’s fair, having new flatmates in our halls of residence, and even going for a night out – there’s just going to be a bit more space between you.
The social distancing measures might even help a little – by reducing the chances of getting the dreaded freshers’ flu!
Taking time off
Deferring your university application for a year might be the option that’s right for you, but you’ll need to consider what you’re going to do with your year off.
The traditional travelling gap year could still be an option, although you’ll need to be prepared to quarantine yourself in some destinations, and you’ll likely find that not all the places you want to visit will be open. Travel insurance might be trickier, especially for multi-destination trips, and you’ll need to make sure you check the latest travel advice from the government before going anywhere.
Using the time to gain additional work experience could not only help you save extra money for when you start studying in the future, but it can help to strengthen your university application. If you don’t already have a job in place, take a look at vacancies in your area, particularly if they’re linked to what you want to study. Our Careers and Employability service can help you with specialised advice – and you don’t need to have applied here to access it.
Remember that taking time away will also mean that you are a year behind your school and college friends and that you’ll be entering the job market later. It’s possible that there will also be increased competition for places next year, so think about how you’ll make your application stand out from the crowd!
Applying for this year
If you’d still like to start your studies in 2020, we still have a number of courses with places available through Clearing, and our admissions team are available to help you with your application.
If you originally declined our offer and now wish to reconsider that, you just need to contact us so we can facilitate that for you. Universities will be supportive at this time, and everyone will be working together to make this whole process as easy as possible for you. Just get in touch and we’ll talk to you about your own individual circumstances and try to make your day a little better.
Know that whatever you choose to do, we’ll be here to support you, every step of the way.