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    (Original post by ShayBethh!)
    kind of f*cked up. applied 2011 for english, got in but declined because i wanted to do nursing. this year i've been rejected by 4 of my choices for child nursing, i'm so confused! but i've realised i wanna work with kids, so i'm thinking primary teaching. thing is i'm never usually this indecisive! so i may just suck it up, do some sort of humanities degree - predicted ABC in humanities subjects - and do a pgce. just a little vent. sorry! anybody having a crisis like mine?
    Ouch, that sounds tough. Sorry to hear about the rejections. Nursing is one of the hardest things to get a place in though. They turn down lots of great people who are well suited to it just because of the number of applicants.

    A degree followed by a PGCE is certainly an option. Works easiest when you choose a subject that is part of the school curriculum... certainly for secondary level. For primary there is more room for manoevure. My friend qualified in Geography but speaks Spanish and did her PGCE Primary in Spanish as her main subject. You'll need to have GCSE Maths, English and a science at grade C or above for primary teaching and GCSE Maths and English for secondary. They also do a more general degree in childhood.

    Be warned that it is competitive out there for jobs afterwards..especially for primary.... average 50 people per job applying. Most people get a place in the end though and if you do have to wait for your perfect position you can do supply work which pays well and means you are earning even while looking.

    I think there are some degrees that are BA in education and the like which are four years long and include the PGCE component as part of that.. you'd have to research which places do them. Bath Spa springs to mind from the far reaches of my memory.... UWE do ITE in Early years and Primary. The beauty of this is you get to spend more time on the whole education thing rather than a quick year.

    There are also Social Work degrees which can lead to work with children... though obviously its tough work and a bit of a vocation. I'm not sure how many places would still be available on this though.

    UWE have a foundation degree in health care.. two years long and equal to the first year of a degree... I wonder if doing something like this might help you get onto their nursing degree afterwards... ????? Don't know, just a thought as I was talking to someone else who was doing this as a way onto what she wanted later.

    Good luck deciding.
    You still have extra and clearing as options or the possibility of applying for nursing again next year if you are really keen on it.

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    (Original post by ShayBethh!)
    kind of f*cked up. applied 2011 for english, got in but declined because i wanted to do nursing. this year i've been rejected by 4 of my choices for child nursing, i'm so confused! but i've realised i wanna work with kids, so i'm thinking primary teaching. thing is i'm never usually this indecisive! so i may just suck it up, do some sort of humanities degree - predicted ABC in humanities subjects - and do a pgce. just a little vent. sorry! anybody having a crisis like mine?
    Found the details for the foundation course at UWE... it is in Health Professions. Succesful completion of it gives automatic access to one of their degrees (including child nursing)

    Quote from their site:

    There are nine pathways through the Foundation programme. After successful completion of the Foundation programme and a clear Health Screening questionnaire, you will automatically progress onto a place on one of the following undergraduate programmes which can be taken full-time:

    including:

    BSc(Hons) Children's Nursing

    Children's nursing encompasses all ages from neonates to adolescents. The tendency for children to be cared for at home wherever possible means that those admitted to hospital are acutely or critically ill, and in need of highly skilled nursing care. Increasingly sophisticated nursing technical procedures need to be underpinned by an in-depth understanding of the psychosocial-biological sciences. Students undertaking this branch programme will undergo a wide range of experiences that will equip them to care for children both in hospital and in the wider community.

    Will take you a year longer but you'll get funding and its certainly an option. Its meant for people who don't quite qualify for direct entry to nursing so you'd have to apply on the grounds that your humanities aren't quite right and you want extra health experience. They had places on the foundation in extra last time I looked.

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    Just in case it helps with any decisions:

    Durham, York, QMUL and Exeter all announced they had been invited to join the Russell Group today.

    http://russellgroup.ac.uk/russell-gr...ees-to-expand/ Durham, York, QMUL and Exeter

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    Offers from Leeds, Aston, Dundee, Hull and Chester - don't know where to firm!!!! (Leeds or aston ) Dundee insurance though.
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    (Original post by JakeE10)
    Offers from Leeds, Aston, Dundee, Hull and Chester - don't know where to firm!!!! (Leeds or aston ) Dundee insurance though.
    Leeds surely
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    (Original post by catoswyn)
    Leicester is not quite as good as Birmingham as an actual city though. (No offence to Leicester I'm sure its great but Birmingham is just bigger)

    Birmingham for instance has internationally acclaimed theatre companies, great museums and galleries, more choice of night life, gigs etc and more shopping choice.

    However it is important to consider your course. If Leicester is so far ahead then the choice might be obvious.

    Hmmmmm, in terms of securing a good job as a lawyer afterwards, which would you go for?
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    (Original post by Manisha93)
    I am so confused, the same can be said for Leicester and they beat Birmingham in all the league tables I have seen but hmmm :/
    I wouldn't take the league tables as gospel. Employers will usually think of Unis that were prestigious back in their day, not go by the 2012 rankings by The Times. That being said, the high rankings clearly show that Leicester is doing well in certain areas right now so that's encouraging.
    I sense you prefer Leicester... If you do just go there. It's important to be happy at Uni and it will still be possible to get a good TC with a good Leicester degree. Good luck with your choice
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    (Original post by Bea492)
    I wouldn't take the league tables as gospel. Employers will usually think of Unis that were prestigious back in their day, not go by the 2012 rankings by The Times. That being said, the high rankings clearly show that Leicester is doing well in certain areas right now so that's encouraging.
    I sense you prefer Leicester... If you do just go there. It's important to be happy at Uni and it will still be possible to get a good TC with a good Leicester degree. Good luck with your choice
    Thanks for your help aha your right! im preffering leicester because they seem so friendly etc but i am still to visit birmingham. hmm who knows, good luck with your choices too
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    I really can't decide whether to put nottingham, bristol, or durham down as my insurance for maths, I liked all 3 of them :/
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    (Original post by Z1G)
    I really can't decide whether to put nottingham, bristol, or durham down as my insurance for maths, I liked all 3 of them :/
    Bristol
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    (Original post by catoswyn)
    Just in case it helps with any decisions:

    Durham, York, QMUL and Exeter all announced they had been invited to join the Russell Group today.

    http://russellgroup.ac.uk/russell-gr...ees-to-expand/ Durham, York, QMUL and Exeter

    Very glad to hear the new members of russell group especially after I firm york and leaving swansea and birmingham behind for social policy. Kent will be my insurance. Both york and kent are reputable social policy department.
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    hey,
    i applied only to do fashion design, only in london.
    i am french and i am 21 and i really want to be in London for my studies.

    i was already unsuccessful for one of my choice and I am starting to realise that there is a big chance that i won t get in anywhere, i am so scared. I know that fashion is incredibly competitive, but i though i had my chance as my tutor in my foundation course are telling me that my work is great and that i am about to get the disctinctions.

    is there anyone worried like me, preferably in fashion?

    I should make some plans and stuff for the summer and next year but i am just a bit lost really,sorry if i sound a but stupid, i am just so worried.

    xx
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    Applied for 3 different courses (History and Politics at Liverpool, Sports in UWIC and Birmingham, and history/sport at Oxford Brookes and Worcester), had 5 offers (including 1 unconditional from Worcester) for a few weeks.

    Finally decided to go to Worcester (don't want to do straight history/politics or sport, Worcester course looks perfectly tailored to my interests and had a better 'vibe' from the uni and city as a whole).

    So now I've just gotta impatiently sit though 6 months of work :'(
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    (Original post by youbreakfast)
    hey,
    i applied only to do fashion design, only in london.
    i am french and i am 21 and i really want to be in London for my studies.

    i was already unsuccessful for one of my choice and I am starting to realise that there is a big chance that i won t get in anywhere, i am so scared. I know that fashion is incredibly competitive, but i though i had my chance as my tutor in my foundation course are telling me that my work is great and that i am about to get the disctinctions.

    is there anyone worried like me, preferably in fashion?

    I should make some plans and stuff for the summer and next year but i am just a bit lost really,sorry if i sound a but stupid, i am just so worried.

    xx
    Don't panic yet. You have only had one reply! However you are right that fashion is ridiculously competitive and London Colleges the most competitive of all.

    Here's hoping for a succesful outcome
    Good luck
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    (Original post by Z1G)
    I really can't decide whether to put nottingham, bristol, or durham down as my insurance for maths, I liked all 3 of them :/
    Bristol is a great city to be a student in
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    Having trouble deciding between Liberal Arts at KCL and Philosophy at St Andrews.
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    (Original post by racheatworld)
    Undecided between Kings College, London, Manchester and Newcastle for Dentistry. All AAA offers.
    I would choose KCL!
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    (Original post by electric-wars)
    I would choose KCL!
    Thanks for your opinion. I'm thinking KCL or Manchester!
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    WE HAVE AN OFFER FROM STRATHCLYDE
    PLUS NEWCASTLE AND PLYMOUTH

    The University of Strathclyde (S78)
    Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (g) (JH65)
    Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (g) (HJ56)
    University of Southampton (S27)
    Ship Science/Naval Engineering (H500)
    Plymouth University (P60)
    Marine Technology (J610)
    Newcastle University (N21)
    Naval Architecture (H503)
    Please can someone help on our choice;.
    us any information is important because it knows nothing.
    Thank you for your time in advance
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    Waa just firmed York

    Its all so final arghh haha

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