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    I'm not nineteen until February next year. They never explicitly told me that they wouldn't accept me, and they still told me to come down. The thing is- the clearing day isn't until September 2nd, and I have until Monday to decide whether I want this course at Leeds college... and to be honest, I really don't think I do.


    I feel awful and have no idea what to do. My brother who's always helped me in situations like this is on holiday, and there's only so much information I can give and receive by text. Should I just accept the course at Leeds? Because at least then I have something to fall back on and still go to the clearing day on September 2nd? I really have no idea what to do and I hate this feeling. The course you linked me seems great and a lot more than a basic foundation course; which is why I'm scared that I won't be able to get onto it. What if I decline this offer at Leeds and don't manage to get in there? And then I have nothing. This sucks
    I've never heard of an access course having a clearing day, however I can only talk about my campus.

    Which campus is it at Leeds City College? You can accept the place at Leeds for something to fall back on, it doesn't mean that you have to go.

    Don't worry about 'life experience' or working life etc. My interview was very simple and had a few tests - literally reading and ticking the right answer and a really short essay (half of A4) on a chosen topic.

    They just asked me things like what my GCSE's were etc. Nothing like a university interview at all. Don't listen to those who say you don't need an access course you've already got a Level 3 qualification, this will override your A-levels because I have A-levels too and they did not count towards my offer at all and were probably dismissed.
    It will also prepare you better for university than A-levels. It is a really intense 1 year course and you will have to meet deadline or you will be capped at a Pass like university, you are also expected to do work outside of university too and for my course we were regularly set 3000 essays to complete.

    Don't be scared about not getting onto an access course, remember they are designed for people who have been out of education for a while and want to get back in and improve their qualifications. There were people on my course who had not been in education since they were 16 and they are now in their 40's. Remember you already have a Level 3 qualification so you had already demonstrated that you can cope with that level of work. I managed to do my Access course and work 21 hours a week ontop and still do all my assignments and get into university and train as a first aider as well!
    If you are really concerned give Sheffield College a ring tomorrow and explain your situation. See if you can speak to one of the course leaders, or ask if you can go down to the college and speak to someone to get more information face to face rather than over the phone. There is no point in doing something if it is not what you want to do and wasting time and possible student finance too.
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    I've never heard of an access course having a clearing day, however I can only talk about my campus.

    Which campus is it at Leeds City College? You can accept the place at Leeds for something to fall back on, it doesn't mean that you have to go.

    Don't worry about 'life experience' or working life etc. My interview was very simple and had a few tests - literally reading and ticking the right answer and a really short essay (half of A4) on a chosen topic.

    They just asked me things like what my GCSE's were etc. Nothing like a university interview at all. Don't listen to those who say you don't need an access course you've already got a Level 3 qualification, this will override your A-levels because I have A-levels too and they did not count towards my offer at all and were probably dismissed.
    It will also prepare you better for university than A-levels. It is a really intense 1 year course and you will have to meet deadline or you will be capped at a Pass like university, you are also expected to do work outside of university too and for my course we were regularly set 3000 essays to complete.

    Don't be scared about not getting onto an access course, remember they are designed for people who have been out of education for a while and want to get back in and improve their qualifications. There were people on my course who had not been in education since they were 16 and they are now in their 40's. Remember you already have a Level 3 qualification so you had already demonstrated that you can cope with that level of work. I managed to do my Access course and work 21 hours a week ontop and still do all my assignments and get into university and train as a first aider as well!
    If you are really concerned give Sheffield College a ring tomorrow and explain your situation. See if you can speak to one of the course leaders, or ask if you can go down to the college and speak to someone to get more information face to face rather than over the phone. There is no point in doing something if it is not what you want to do and wasting time and possible student finance too.
    The campus is at Horsforth. From what you've said, I really think my best option is to try my damn hardest to get onto the course at Sheffield College, they're still shut until Monday unfortunately, so I'll have to give them a ring tomorrow and then let them know my situation. Leeds college and Bolton University have both given me the chance to wait until Monday before releasing my place, so I'll make sure to ring the College early and do what you've recommended. Thanks for the help, I'll let you know how it goes.
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    The campus is at Horsforth. From what you've said, I really think my best option is to try my damn hardest to get onto the course at Sheffield College, they're still shut until Monday unfortunately, so I'll have to give them a ring tomorrow and then let them know my situation. Leeds college and Bolton University have both given me the chance to wait until Monday before releasing my place, so I'll make sure to ring the College early and do what you've recommended. Thanks for the help, I'll let you know how it goes.
    Horsforth is another train journey from Leeds and a half hour walk from Horsforth station to campus. That's where my course was.

    Okay.

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