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    Hi, I really want to do a social work degree but I don't have enough UCAS points (I got grades CCE at A-level). I was at university for 2 years studying philosophy but I screwed that up too and ended up failing/dropping out.

    I'm 21 now and I finally know what I want to do but I don't know the best way to go about it...

    Should I re-sit my A-levels or go back to college and do a social care course? Or should I just get a job as a care assistant and work my way up?

    All the courses I've seen on UCAS require at least 280 points plus work experience. The only work experience I have is caring for an elderly lady with dementia part time for 2 years if that even counts?

    Help!
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    (Original post by xxamethystxx)
    Hi, I really want to do a social work degree but I don't have enough UCAS points (I got grades CCE at A-level). I was at university for 2 years studying philosophy but I screwed that up too and ended up failing/dropping out.

    I'm 21 now and I finally know what I want to do but I don't know the best way to go about it...

    Should I re-sit my A-levels or go back to college and do a social care course? Or should I just get a job as a care assistant and work my way up?

    All the courses I've seen on UCAS require at least 280 points plus work experience. The only work experience I have is caring for an elderly lady with dementia part time for 2 years if that even counts?

    Help!
    It's worth approaching the course leaders at your target institutions IMO - they can relax the points requirement for mature students (21+) with relevant life experience or failing that at least suggest you some alternatives.
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    Try ringing up the course leaders at the colleges/universities you want to apply to. Explain your situation to them and ask, what would be the best way to go about improving your application. For instance, would it be better to go back to college and re-sit A levels or get a part time job in a social setting/voluntary work experience along with some other qualification like Health and Social Care NVQs?

    Good luck
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    Thanks guys! I've emailed the admissions department at two different universities and they've both pretty much said I should go back to college and do a one year access to social work course rather than waste two years resitting my A-levels. I've just applied to a college so hopefully I'll get accepted!
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    Can you not get a job as a caretaker and work your way up while doing a part time Open University Social work degree? Then when you graduate you can move about with a degree and experience?
 
 
 
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