Whatever the reason for your concern try not to panic, but do face up to the issue as it's unlikely to resolve itself. Take a step back and consider what is really making you think about changing or leaving your course.
Some common reasons include:
- feeling unhappy with your choice of course, eg it's too easy/difficult or disliking the subject
- feeling unhappy with your choice of university, eg it's not what you expected, it's too large/small
- finance, eg struggling with fees, course materials or living costs
- personal, eg feeling homesick, struggling to balance other priorities and commitments
- changing your future career plans, is your subject/course still relevant?
- health reasons, is illness or a disability making it difficult to cope?
- What were my expectations of coming to university?
- Why and how haven’t my expectations been met?
- What would I like to be different about my current situation?
- What are my options?
Talking to a careers adviser
You may find talking to a careers adviser a useful and impartial next step in helping you to understand your options and decide the best way forward. We can also highlight resources to help you research your options, such as course directories and employment opportunities.
It may also be helpful to speak to some of the following people to inform your decision:
- your personal tutor
- admissions staff for alternative courses you might be considering
- a Student Wellbeing or Student Advice Centre adviser
- friends, family or others who know you well
- students on alternative courses you might be considering
Take a look at the Careers Service's Changing or Leaving your Course FAQs (PDF: 290KB) as a helpful starting point.
As well as the Careers Service, there are a number of other services across the University who can support you in a variety of ways.
The Student Wellbeing team can provide:
- counselling services
- disability and dyslexia support
- information and advice on healthcare matters, faith and all aspects of funding and finance
Newcastle University Chaplaincy
Newcastle University Chaplaincy offers confidential listening and support to students of all faiths and none.
There are a number of study skills resources available from the University's libraries.
Resources, advice and one-to-one support on numerical and mathematical skills are available from Maths Aid.
Writing Development Centre
The Writing Development Centre provides resources, advice and one-to-one support on academic writing skills and practice.
English language support for international students is available from In-Sessional English.
Student Advice Centre
The Student Advice Centre offers free, impartial advice and representation on a range of issues including finance and academic matters.
The following external websites provide further information about changing or leaving your course: