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    (Original post by Camranaway)
    Thanks alot!

    Did you mean if I end up going to college for a year and doing HE or looking for work experience whilst on the actual uni degree course which i was originally planning to go on this year?

    Thanks
    I think you should be emailing firms as soon as possible regardless of what you decide to do haha. However, it's probably best to at least build your portfolio. For now, the more experience you get the better and the more you'll be able to talk about on your personal statement and stuff
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    (Original post by Camranaway)
    Hey guys ,

    I dropped out of college on my second year studying BTEC L3 Games Development, to be with a girl and I was bored of my course.. Stupid decision but I felt like that was the end of college for me.

    My GCSE Grades were good, mostly B's and Distinction's in IT

    I've recently found a small education sort of university that is legitimate, the online ratings on the place arn't great but with me only just passing my Games Development course on year one, I won't be able to qualify for the high UCAS points at a normal Uni.

    Since leaving college I have been working as a Bricklayers apprentice to keep me in work and now I want to go back into education and study a degree in computer science.

    This place would let me in, and it's in London but with the ratings not being great I'm wondering if I could completely the first year work incredibly hard build up a portfolio of everything I learn and try to transfer? or is that not a possibility?

    I'm desperate to get it done, I'm fed up of working for peanuts and I wan't to move from sharing a 1bedroomed flat and move to London where my course would be situated and give it 100%.

    I'd love to hear your thoughts and any advice, thanks!
    hey there. I go to a bad uni (ex- poly bad rankings etc)

    Advantages of attending a low ranked uni:
    1.) modern facilities (london met has one of the best laboratories in Europe)
    2.) diverse student mix (not just associating with the public school types)
    3.) heavy emphasis on employability and vocational courses ( some bad universities have incredible employment rates)
    4.) generally undersubscribed so they NEED you and will try their best to support and keep hold of you. (Financial incentives, extra study support)

    disadvantages of attending low ranking uni:
    1.) approximately 20-40% of employers will look down on you for it.
    2.) lack lustre seminars (most students will be at 2:2 and 3rd standard)
    3.) being subjected to snobby comments etc.
    4.) lack of Oxbridge style networking opportunities.

    Personally I'm happy. But you are your own person so it might be worth trying to go somewhere 'better'.
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    I suspect the access course at Sheffield was over-subscribed so they probably wont take you as a catch-up - but they may have had a drop-out already and you lose nothing by asking. You can apply through UCAS after 15 January if the university are willing to consider you so you can ask about that too. http://www.ucas.com/you-can-still-ap...duate-deadline - although if you could apply by 15th that would ensure you were considered.

    When I was at uni employers didn't like computer science degrees as they apparently taught you the wrong things so they prefered to take someone with A levels and train them up. Although that has changed a bit don't ignore apprenticeships. You can still get on a degree course later if you wish, mature applicants with a good work record relevant to the subject dont need the same academic requirements.
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    hey there. I go to a bad uni (ex- poly bad rankings etc)

    Advantages of attending a low ranked uni:
    1.) modern facilities (london met has one of the best laboratories in Europe)
    2.) diverse student mix (not just associating with the public school types)
    3.) heavy emphasis on employability and vocational courses ( some bad universities have incredible employment rates)
    4.) generally undersubscribed so they NEED you and will try their best to support and keep hold of you. (Financial incentives, extra study support)

    disadvantages of attending low ranking uni:
    1.) approximately 20-40% of employers will look down on you for it.
    2.) lack lustre seminars (most students will be at 2:2 and 3rd standard)
    3.) being subjected to snobby comments etc.
    4.) lack of Oxbridge style networking opportunities.

    Personally I'm happy. But you are your own person so it might be worth trying to go somewhere 'better'.
    Hey,

    My problem with the rating's is; it's not ACTUALLY a proper university, it's a career focuses learning centre , so i'd be getting my degree but i don't know how i'd be treated. Because from the reviews it sounds like chaos but I have to predict whether i'd be able to cope and actually pull anything useful from it, I definately want to live in London and i'd put 100% into it, but i don't know! haha, I really can't decide
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    I suspect the access course at Sheffield was over-subscribed so they probably wont take you as a catch-up - but they may have had a drop-out already and you lose nothing by asking. You can apply through UCAS after 15 January if the university are willing to consider you so you can ask about that too. http://www.ucas.com/you-can-still-ap...duate-deadline - although if you could apply by 15th that would ensure you were considered.

    When I was at uni employers didn't like computer science degrees as they apparently taught you the wrong things so they prefered to take someone with A levels and train them up. Although that has changed a bit don't ignore apprenticeships. You can still get on a degree course later if you wish, mature applicants with a good work record relevant to the subject dont need the same academic requirements.
    Hey thank's I'll check out that link now, also I feel I'd love to live in London, I've had bad experience's with two apprenticeships in a different field and I just want to be at a university, I feel like I'd be able to apply the time better especially with programming, I work better relaxed and feel like I could absorb more in a university environment.


    Thanks for the advice everyone - it's really helping me backup my decisions. It's opened alot of doors from the worry I had earlier.
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    London is a really expensive place to live and as an impoverished student you don't really get to enjoy everything it offers. At any university your social life will largely be based on other students and hanging out with them. It can also be a very lonely city after the first year as stuudents spread out.to get cheaper accommodation. On the plus side there are opportunities for part time work. You'll probably get a job in London when you graduate and be able to enjoy it when you have more money. I know two people who were at Sheffield, had a great time and still see the friends they made there.

    How old are you now and will grants/ loans be based on your family income? After 3 years supporting yourself they would be based on your income and that could be good or bad for your finances. There might be good financial reasons for delaying university and gaining an extra qualification so you can apply somewhere better.
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    (Original post by parentlurker)
    London is a really expensive place to live and as an impoverished student you don't really get to enjoy everything it offers. At any university your social life will largely be based on other students and hanging out with them. It can also be a very lonely city after the first year as stuudents spread out.to get cheaper accommodation. On the plus side there are opportunities for part time work. You'll probably get a job in London when you graduate and be able to enjoy it when you have more money. I know two people who were at Sheffield, had a great time and still see the friends they made there.

    How old are you now and will grants/ loans be based on your family income? After 3 years supporting yourself they would be based on your income and that could be good or bad for your finances. There might be good financial reasons for delaying university and gaining an extra qualification so you can apply somewhere better.
    Hi,

    Yeah I definitely see where you're coming from, the offer to go down there has had a huge impact the past couple of days, i'd still like to go to London whether I take another year of college or not because I've honestly lived in a lot worse situations and making friends and finding work is a huge plus side for me. I mean; The place i've been offered I could still achieve my degree and it would be awarded by the University of Plymouth. So all in all it should be worthwhile but i'm going to ring Sheffield tommorow and see if there are any places, otherwise GSoM is an option.

    Thanks for your reply
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    I dont know the college you mentioned and although Plymouth is actually an under-rated university with some good courses when you come to look for work later Sheffield (or somewhere similar) would look better on your cv than having studied at a college no-one has heard of. You could see if Plymouth have an access course themself, the nightclubs in Plymouth stay open late. After your comments about the London college I wonder what their drop out rate is.

    My own child was keen at one stage on going to London. They are now at a university elsewhere and when they visit friends at London universities they realise they actually have a wider group of friends and more time to enjoy life because they dont have far to travel and dont have to work in term time to support themself.
 
 
 
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