Advice needed - denied my A Levels and unsure where to goWatch
Now, I am unsure what to do. I am concerned about time and financial constraints with regards to my education. I don't have the opportunity to return to college and retake my A Levels next year as it's financially impossible, the school is private and my parents could only afford to send me until I turned 18. Other colleges would not accept me so late in the day and there would be issues with the fact that I have actually studied the whole curricula, and was just refused at the very last hurdle.
I have considered two options:
1. Take a year out to recover fully and then apply for an Access to HE course in a field relevant to my chosen degree.
2. Opt for a foundation course at the University of Buckingham.
Neither of those options are particularly prestigious, and with the field I want to go into (politics and diplomacy) I am concerned that I will be put at the bottom of the pile. My dream was to study the dual degree programme at UCL/Sciences Po but I fear that an Access to HE course will not be acceptable, even if combined with my EPQ and extracurricular activities. Equally I hope to later take a Master's at the College of Europe, and thus I am not wholly convinced that a degree from Buckingham would quite cut it.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am not looking for a course where I can doss about, nor have I wasted my past few years of education - I was just dealt a very unlucky blow, and now I'm trying to work out how to move forward.
To take up valuable work experience the employers may not be so bothered that you didn’t attend a prestigious uni.
However I suppose the most important thing here is your well-being as that is crucial for any happy and fulfilled life. Take up hobbies like meditation, exercise to alleviate stress, of course there is always counselling but from my long experience of having counselling for depression they can only lead you so far and these services are also v underfunded. It may also be worthwhile looking at some podcasts. Jordan Peterson is an excellent man to listen to, although his political views may be controversial he is a clinical psychologist and offers v good advice on mental health. I guess what I’m trying to say is taking a gap year would be a good opportunity for you to try out new things and see what you like and dislike. You are clearly a v capable individual and so the last thing I would like to add is to not give up and stay true to yourself.
Best of luck
Can't you contact the Unis that have made you offers and ask to defer entry a year explaining why, and then sit the exam as an external candidate next year.I don't know if it's possible, but worth trying.
You cant defer/carry over an unfulfilled offer. The OP would have to reapply next year when they are well enough, and retake A level exams either in the Autumn or next Summer.
This is much less of an issue that you’re making it. An Access diploma is a silly choice when you’ve completed A levels just without being assessed.
UCAS have already said that there will be no 'hang-over' applications to next year - what they did last year was exceptional and will not be repeated. So if this applicant does not get a place this summer, they will have to make a fresh application next year.