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    Hi,

    My names Liam.

    I am 21 and currently doing an access course in social sciences and humanities at level 3. this is 60 credits at level 3.

    I want to go to university and either do psychology,criminology or maybe a few others.

    I was wandering how Universities feel about access courses and what universities to avoid when applying through UCAS. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also as i will be turning 22 in March will i be classed as a mature student? and will this affect my application at all?

    Thanks for Reading and hope you can help.

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    I'm currently studying an access course (social studies) also, what I have done is email all of the universities I am interesting in going to and asking them if they will accept my access course.

    Like you I am hoping to study psychology and criminology. Nearly all of the unis I emailed said they would accept the access course with at least 45 credits at level three and 15 from level two. Some have stated the grade they want (as you will either get a pass, merit or distinction) and all have specified maths and english GCSE grade C or above.

    One uni wanted the exact units I am doing and then said they would not accept me as my course was not scientific enough for their degree programme.

    Some unis class 21 as a mature student but I think the majority consider it 25 and above.

    Basically, just ring or email the universities directly.
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    Thank-You very much.

    I will get on with that then.

    Good luck with your course buddy.

    Thanks.

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    Hi, I am a current Access student. The advice I have recieved is to personally contact the admissions teams and ask them what the exact entry requirements are.

    This year is a bit different because of the distinction/merit/pass grades on the level 3 credits. The entry requirements I have been given seem to vary a lot - IE: Two courses asking for ABB at A-level, but one wants straight distinctions and the other would accept just a pass with 'some' merits.

    Further up the league tables you go for your chosen subject the more difficult it is to get in with Access to HE. I'm not even bothering with top 10 for my course choice as they all want A-level Maths basically.

    Hope that makes sense.
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    Yeah i have been contacting them and yes it varies a lot.

    best thing i found to do is go to a mediocre university then after a year providing you do well in your first year you can always request an upgrade.

    great advice though people.

    Thanks.
 
 
 
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