Just several hours to go and I have a quick Q about a gap year (if DC misses firm)

(15 Posts)
NCwithAvocado Wed 14-Aug-19 16:37:07

Hello, may be somebody knows if it is possible to take a "last minute gap year"? DD's firm offer A*AA, if she is getting that, we have no problem. Insurance offer is AAA, but she is unsure about if she wants to take it. So if she is not getting her firm choice, she is thinking to defer entry for the next year to have some time to consider options.

Would her insurance be able to change her offer to deferred and is this something she can do tomorrow? She doesn't want to reapply/resit. Also, if she goes through clearing can she get a deferred entry then as it's not on her original application? May be someone has experience with the last minute changes?

OP’s posts: |
titchy Wed 14-Aug-19 18:02:00

No - clearing is only for the current cycle so she'd have to re-apply I'm afraid.

EduCated Wed 14-Aug-19 19:09:32

She may be able to defer her insurance if she meets it, she would need to ask for it to be deferred, but as titchy says clearing is for the current cycle only.

Needmoresleep Wed 14-Aug-19 19:30:52

She can ask them if they will defer the place. If they agree and she subsequently changes her mind she does not have to go.

It might be useful for her to have a reason why a year out is important for her. No University will want someone turning up whoze head is not in the right place for whatever reason.

NCwithAvocado Wed 14-Aug-19 21:11:35

thank you all for you answers.

Needmoresleep, the insurance is Warwick and DD now somehow does not really want to go there. The reason is how they handled the recent scandal, so not really a valid reason, just a feeling. So the idea of a gap year just came out today in case the firm is not happening.

OP’s posts: |
Decorhate Wed 14-Aug-19 21:15:10

If she is sure she doesn’t want to go to Warwick then would it not be better to decline the place & reapply next year? What is the benefit in deferring?

NCwithAvocado Wed 14-Aug-19 21:48:52

Decorhate - that is probably what will happen. I guess the idea was to buy some time and re think. Hopefully she will get her firm, though OCR 89% for A in English made me a bit worried.

OP’s posts: |


FrameyMcFrame Thu 15-Aug-19 05:50:57

You can definitely pick up deferred clearing places!

My friend is admissions tutor for a large Russel group and mentioned their course picked up a lot of students who wanted to defer last year.... which is why they're not in clearing this year.

stucknoue Thu 15-Aug-19 06:55:13

If she misses her grades just reapply in the autumn rather than worrying about deferring her insurance offer. My dd did this, best decision because that year of working really helped her work ethic when she started university

NCwithAvocado Thu 15-Aug-19 07:18:37

Thanks, Framey and Stucknoue

I think re apply will be less stressful, in all honesty. Still waiting...

OP’s posts: |
TapasForTwo Thu 15-Aug-19 07:27:08

I wonder how many students will reject Warwick today after watching last night's documentary.

Bezalelle Thu 15-Aug-19 07:35:19

But why isn't that a valid reason? I'd say she is being very sensible.

frizzattack Thu 15-Aug-19 07:37:23

I agree that it’s a valid reason for her to not want to go!

NCwithAvocado Thu 15-Aug-19 07:41:10


we watched it a while ago, and it did have a negative impact.

Anyway, DD got her firm (Cambridge), so all is good. I had a little cry of relief.

OP’s posts: |
TapasForTwo Thu 15-Aug-19 07:42:56

Well done to your DD Avocado

Join the discussion

To comment on this thread you need to create a Mumsnet account.

Join Mumsnet

Already have a Mumsnet account? Log in