What happens if you fail your first year of university?

What happens if you fail your first year of university?

If you’re starting university this year then you’ve probably heard the saying that ‘first year doesn’t count.’ But is that really true? Well, it seems that concerns about succeeding in their course are one of the biggest concerns students have about starting university; and there’s no denying that it’s something many students struggle with. In fact, the transition from college to university can be tough. Particularly when there are other aspects such as loneliness and financial struggles that put extra pressure on students’ studies. So, if you’re feeling anxious about starting uni, we’re here to help. Here’s what happens if you fail your first year of university.

How many credits do you need to pass first-year university?

First things first, we’re going to look at how your degree grade is calculated. Well, it may be a relief for you to hear that at many universities, the first year of your degree doesn’t count towards your final degree grade. That being said, it doesn’t mean that you can skip all of your lectures. In fact, you need 120 credits to pass first-year university and progress to the second year. That equates to around 1,200 hours of study. What’s more, your first year at uni helps to get you used to the university experience which means that you may find it harder to discipline yourself if you don’t put the work in from the get-go.

How many credits means you fail first year uni

What happens if you fail your first year of university? 

Failing the first year might seem like a nightmare scenario but trust us, it’s not. So, if you do find yourself in this situation then it’s important not to panic. Just take a deep breath, get some fresh air and then read on to find out what to do next.

Talk to your professors

As much as you might want to curl up in bed and not talk to anyone, that’s not really going to help you sort out this situation. So, your first port of call should be arranging a meeting with your course professors. When you speak to them, ask for some clarification as to why you failed and how you can improve on this next time. This can help give you some clarity and work out a realistic course of action.

Is this course/ university the right choice for you?

Now, it’s time to ask yourself the hard-hitting questions. If you failed the first year, it’s important to reevaluate whether this course/ uni is the right choice for you? Do you find the subject engaging and do you feel like you are getting the support that you need? Remember student satisfaction varies between universities and this will have an impact on your studies. If you do feel like you’re not happy where you are, then are plenty of options. After all, there’s no point staying at a university you don’t like for two more years. Read out the guide here to find out what to do if you drop out of university

Apply for your retakes

After talking to your professors, you should have some ideas as to whether you will be fine retaking a couple of modules or if you would need to retake the first year. Retaking modules generally involves summer school, meaning that you can get the grades that you need in time to start the second year. This undoubtedly comes with its own challenges but is a good option if you just fell a little short of where you need to be.

Retake first year

If you simply didn’t put the work in or external struggles meant that you struggled with first year, then retaking may be the best option for you. Retaking your first year will allow you to start afresh and hopefully achieve the grades that you need. Of course, this decision is something that should be considered very carefully. Some students may struggle with the idea of facing an additional year of study and being behind the friends they made in their first year. Also, you’ll need to think about Student Finance options. Read on to find out more about this.

Do you get Student Finance if you repeat a year?

When it comes to student finance, most students receive funding for their first degree, for the length of the course plus one year. That one year, essentially means that if you do need to repeat a year then it’s covered (in theory.) Of course, it’s important to bear in mind that every student finance application is considered on an individual basis and there are external factors that influence how much finance you will get. Therefore, the best way to find out what your options involve contacting Student Finance directly.

Talk to your friends and family

At the end of the day, your degree is your responsibility. However, it doesn’t hurt to reach out to loved ones for advice and support if you have failed the first year. Opening up to your parents and friends about university-related problems can be embarrassing and painful however you’ll feel a lot better than if you bottled the whole thing up. Likewise, if you would rather talk to someone external, try contacting your university student support services or check out this list of places offering mental health support in the UK. Either way, it’s important not to suffer in silence.

Do you get Student Finance if you repeat a year? Failed first year uni

We hope that this article has given you some clarity on what to do if you fail your first year at university. Whatever the reasons, at the end of the day, it’s important to keep a sense of perspective. So, while you should look at the reason you failed objectively, try not to be too hard on yourself. As you have seen in this article, there are plenty of options for you to take next.

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