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Some unis don't accept Access course students who aren't mature/are under 21?

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    Manchester's Social Sciences department for example told me that they wouldn't consider me for their Accounting & Finance degree if I do an Access to HE course starting from September 2016, as I would not be a mature student doing it or at the point of entry (September 2017).

    They "really only look at students who do an Access course who have been out of education for a while and are returning to it, students aged 21 and over".

    The same goes for UCL's Information Management for Business degree. I called them and this same policy came up.

    I'm 19 years and four months old at the moment. My birthday's in late January.

    This stumps me. I have no option but to do an Access to HE diploma now. I can't get back to doing A-levels, but I'm barred from the opportunity to apply to these universities because of this policy related to age? Really? What's the reasoning behind this policy? This is irritating and worrying for me.

    What I know is that with an Access to HE diploma I can go for these following degrees:

    Durham - Business and Management
    Manchester - Management (this degree is done at a seperate School to the Social Sciences department)
    Nottingham - Management, as well as Finance, Accounting and Management

    I have the aspiration of working in the City/in financial services. What can I do at this stage to fulfill this great desire of mine lol?

    I only have GCSEs and AS-levels. Can an Access to HE diploma really get me there? Access courses are going to be worth UCAS points from this coming September, which is a positive... I am worried an Access course isn't a suitable qualification for my ambitions however.

    Why cant you resit/sit A levels?
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Why cant you resit/sit A levels?
    I was doing A2s in Maths, Economics and History during September 2014 - May 2015. I went through a great deal of overwhelming over thinking which didn't allow me to sit the exams, so I've only got my AS'. I wasn't in a mental state to continue my A2s at a FE college in September 2015 sadly. I've been doing nothing with my life for the last year.

    The syllabus is changing for the A-levels (the AS-levels) I did do in 2014. I don't think it's possible to do A-levels again.

    I've looked into doing intensive one-year A-levels at Westminster Kingsway College but they said to me today that they'd only allow you to do 2 A-levels with them in one year and not the 3 needed for university. It'd take me another 2 years from where I am right now if I try to do A-levels. An Access course is really my only option. And it's a cheaper option too.

    If the courses it wont be accepted on are the places you wnat to go, then wait.

    Alternatively can you not just do the course now and then apply when you are 21?

    I would get your menatl health issues sorted out and save some money up. there are plenty of people on these forums who cnat cope, so if you are vulnerable then having it under control will stand you in good stead.

    My boyfriend did an access course when he was 18 so there are a few..hes just finished his first year =)
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