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Access to HE in Business at CANDI College vs. General Foundation Year at Keele

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    I have an offer to do a General Foundation Year tailored for a Finance or Business or Economics degree, whatever I choose it to be on, at Keele University.

    I have the aspiration of studying a Finance or Business degree at a good Russell Group university, such as at Bristol, or Manchester or KCL.

    This Foundation Year at Keele would cost me £5500, not to mention living and accomodation costs, however the quality of teaching may be very good. This said, I am also worried that the Foundation Year wouldn't be widely recognised by all the universities I'd have interest in getting to.

    I could alternatively do an Access to HE course in Business at City and Islington College in London. Access courses are widely recognised, so I know I do have the equivalent opportunity to that which A-levels bring in aiming for good universities, like even UCL. The Access course might be free for me too, as I don't have completed Level 3 education. I only have GCSEs and AS-levels (GCSEs: 1A*, 4As, 5Bs, 1C. AS': ABDE. I didn't work hard on my AS' at all.)

    I'm 19 years old. I was doing A2s last year at a boy's private school I had a bursary to go to. I went through an incredible amount of overwhelming over thinking which didn't allow me to complete my A2s there. I left this school 10 months ago with no A2s, no friends at all, no life whatsoever, truly nothing.

    I am hugely hungry to get back into, remain in and work my hardest within education.

    I'm just slightly worried by whether I do at this stage have the opportunity to aim for decent universities which would change my life. I see many people do Access courses but go to universities like Manchester Metropolitan, or Birmingham City, or Aston... I wouldn't want that.

    I'm tempted to not take my offer to go to Keele and to instead work hard on an Access course. What do you think I should do? And do I have the chance to aim for decent universities through both the Access course or the Foundation Year at Keele (I feel I'd have more of a chance through an Access course)?
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