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    I'm looking to apply to English (and perhaps the combined courses if necessary) at Lancaster.
    My A Level grades were way off what was required (though I have enough UCAS points, oddly), they want AAB/ABB, I got BCC (BCCC if they count General Studies).
    Now, my grades were hampered due to health problems and depression at the time, which the school informed the exam board about.
    I finished my first year at Liverpool with a 2:1 in English, but am now looking to Lancaster, due to worsening depression, and the student life at Liverpool being totally wrong for me.

    Whilst I appreciate my A Levels aren't good enough, would my position as a second year university student, as well as my 1st year University grades help my application?

    I can't quite apply as a mature student (You need to be 21, don't you?), but I turn 21 in the September of next year.
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    (Original post by Swarley Stinson)
    I'm looking to apply to English (and perhaps the combined courses if necessary) at Lancaster.
    My A Level grades were way off what was required (though I have enough UCAS points, oddly), they want AAB/ABB, I got BCC (BCCC if they count General Studies).
    Now, my grades were hampered due to health problems and depression at the time, which the school informed the exam board about.
    I finished my first year at Liverpool with a 2:1 in English, but am now looking to Lancaster, due to worsening depression, and the student life at Liverpool being totally wrong for me.

    Whilst I appreciate my A Levels aren't good enough, would my position as a second year university student, as well as my 1st year University grades help my application?

    I can't quite apply as a mature student (You need to be 21, don't you?), but I turn 21 in the September of next year.
    It's possible Lancaster won't accept a third year transfer, although you have circumstances which may aid you. Also, young mature students aren't really in any better position - when you're in your thirties and forties, experience counts for more; just past the mature line, it won't really.

    Contact Lancaster and talk to them about the possibilities. Some unis do consider the grades gained in a previous university, some don't - only they can say, I'm afraid.
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    I'm a second year, but I'm looking to start again in first year, rather than jumping into my second year at Lancaster.
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    (Original post by Swarley Stinson)
    I'm a second year, but I'm looking to start again in first year, rather than jumping into my second year at Lancaster.
    Ah right, then that makes a difference. Although again, only they can really tell you - some unis do and some don't.
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    (Original post by Swarley Stinson)
    I'm a second year, but I'm looking to start again in first year, rather than jumping into my second year at Lancaster.
    Lancaster are notorious for asking for really high grades then taking people with much lower ones on results day. I'm not saying that therefore they'll accept you, I'm saying the average A level grades on their courses will be lower than those they actually advertise. They have somewhat of a reputation of giving scholarships and high offers to prevent themselves being put as an insurance choice to try and poach high achievers from choosing other universities. Back when I had an offer there in 2005 they were going to give me a £2000 bursary a year if I got AAA (inc general studies) and put them as my firm, its a similar story now.

    They certainly will consider your application in light of the fact you're clearly doing well at a good university so therefore your A level grades may not be a reflection of your actual ability in that regard. You will need to have your referee highlight this and explain your reasons for wanting to move to Lancaster as you do have special circumstances, as well as adding in the reason why your A level grades aren't as high as they might have been. Contact Lancaster before you apply and see what they say
 
 
 
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