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    just discoverd this thread. I am one of you!

    Although I have got to admit that things might be easier if I'd just go to uni straight away and save me the hazzle of finding a job and earning enough money for the trip. Especially because I can't wait to get out of this place but it turns out that I am forced to stay a lot longer because of the financial aspects. So the the thought of skipping this and just start uni right away is tempting very tempting.
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    (Original post by salty_candy)
    I think I'm going to interrail it up at some point round Europe, but haven't actually decided on where exactly to go (besides Germany, to visit my friend and Poland to see the concentration camps.. maybe somewhere a bit more cheerful too )
    Though, I'm the least street-wise person ever and will probably get myself killed roaming around random countries on my own. Then hopefully do some volunteering a bit further afield, depending on how much money I can manage to save up etc, got any plans?
    Nope, not yet. I have plenty of time to decide, i think. There's always more to plan than I think lol. But Europe is looking good so far for me too.
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    I'm trying to re-enrol back into my school and asking whether I have to attend all lessons because I already have a part time job on weekdays and I will do better through private study i.e. studying at home. But, I think I'll have to attend lessons which is kind of a waste of time for me, because I was initially predicted an A in chemistry and now I achieved a B grade, so I just need to really revise myself. Although, I just want to go to school to do end of topic tests and mocks. :P Sighhhhhhhhhhhh
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    Hey

    how much will a resit cost if your just self teaching??
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    Nm.
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    Interesting points,

    (Original post by cwd12)
    Was it TEFL? causee someone told me about it today and I think I saw it on the sta travel website in the gap year part but now I can't find it!
    Here you go: http://statravel.i-to-i.com/tefl-courses

    Let me know if you need any more information
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    (Original post by Omiclops)
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    Remember talking to you about this before, i'm sorry to hear your remark didn't go to plan :jumphug:

    Oh well, Leeds' loss will be someone elses gain right? I'm sure they don't mind reapplicants but i'm not going to bother with them again tbh. Right now i think i'm going to apply for Warwick, Sheffield, Manchester, Lancaster and Birmingham (History/History & Politics). Obviously i'll withdraw if i end up liking the place i do have

    This is assuming my college will let me resit my coursework. Does anyone know if this is possible? Considering i got very high UMS in all my summer exams and have a good set of notes, i really cannot see how going back to lessons will benefit me
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    Why are you resitting the year: Didnt get any offers for the course I wanted. Grades: A*AAB (4 ums away from A*'s in both A subjects - not that it matters considering I was predicted that and still didn't get any offers)
    What course are you applying for: economics
    What universities do you have in mind: durham, soas, exeter, york and bath
    What else (other than study) do you plan to do on your year off: find a job and volunteer. Improve my grades maybe to A*A*AB.
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    (Original post by sr90)
    Same here. What uni/course would that be, out of interest?

    Despite getting 90% UMS in all of my summer exams (AAB overall), i missed out by a grand total of 3 UMS because OCR heavily marked down my coursework. Its been a week and i'm finally starting to stop feeling sorry for myself and accept whats happened. For all i know, i may like the uni i'm going to
    economics, rejected by LSE (waste of my life ¬¬), bath, birmingham, nottingham and warwick. Managed to phone nottingham up back in feb/march and they offered me a place for industrial economics instead.

    aww man that sucks. everyday I think about whats happened to me this year and I keep putting myself down. I tried applying to loads of gap year schemes back in march/april and I didn't get into any so I can't help but think that there must be a reason why every attempt I make to get away from doing this course always leads me back to it when I don't want to do it at all.

    where are you going? (sorry if you wrote it previously in the thread, must have missed it )
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    I got into uni, but i've just dropped out. After spending a summer thinking about it, I want to study in england. I've lived in glasgow all my life, and although I've traveled a lot, I feel I need a change. Also after thinking about it I feel that the course wasn't right for me. I applied to electronic and electrical engineering and physics and chose engineering simply because I naively took peoples advice saying engineering is a better degree. And although I like the subject, my passion is physics and I don't think I should give up on something simply on some speculated hear say about it not being as good as engineering.

    I've already emailed unis about entry requirements and so far UCL, Royal holloway, Manchester, Sussex and Queen Mary have all said my application would be taken into consideration. I've always loved london and I would love to experience the london student life.
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    (Original post by cwd12)
    Well I could definitely do with some help learning. But how could you help? (I know how ridiculously rude that sounded, sorry, I hope you understand what I mean)

    Was it TEFL? causee someone told me about it today and I think I saw it on the sta travel website in the gap year part but now I can't find it!

    It didn't sound rude! Haha, not at all. No, I meant if you decide to learn French or Spanish then I could explain some of the more difficult (and annoying...) concepts for new learners. I used to teach the GCSE class when I was doing my A-levels and I currently tutor some private A-level kids on the weekends.


    Look at me selling my services for free! I'm such a hussy. :mmm:


    Btw I would definitely explain what I'll be doing in my gap year even if it's just briefly. Especially if you are doing a science, engineering, maths, or languages degree where it is very easy to fall behind and become outdated w.r.t to subject material. That's actually one of the reasons unis dislike Maths applicants who defer w/o a reason! So yeah, just explain that you'll be doing something constructive and beneficial to your chosen subject. Otherwise it looks a little lazy.

    (Original post by U.S Lecce)
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    Are you retaking? If so, did you ask them whether they look down on retakers? I'm currently drafting some e-mails for the unis I'm interested in.


    (Original post by sr90)
    This is assuming my college will let me resit my coursework. Does anyone know if this is possible? Considering i got very high UMS in all my summer exams and have a good set of notes, i really cannot see how going back to lessons will benefit me

    What subject is it for? Because when I was going through exam centres I knew that some of them did allow private candidates to do coursework at their centres but the catch is that you would have to pay extra (like £30) to bring in an external examiner. That was definitely the rule for the sciences (coursework practicals) and for languages (oral exams). And why would you have to go back to lessons? You can just say you are paying a private tutor and are studying at home for the one subject.
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    Why are you resitting the year: Missed out on my A in Law and for some reason my history coursework was extremelt bad
    What course are you applying for: Law/Psychology
    What universities do you have in mind: Warwick, Kings College, Kent, Exeter, St Andrews
    What else (other than study) do you plan to do on your year off: Do 3 more AS subjects and possibly some travelling
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    (Original post by Strüberry)
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    No I'm not retaking because I've got the grades to get in already, however someone was asking if they look down on retakers in another thread the other day and basically everyone said most unis excluding possibly oxbridge and perhaps a few other top uni will not look down on retakes...............providing you do well of course.
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    (Original post by Strüberry)
    It didn't sound rude! Haha, not at all. No, I meant if you decide to learn French or Spanish then I could explain some of the more difficult (and annoying...) concepts for new learners. I used to teach the GCSE class when I was doing my A-levels and I currently tutor some private A-level kids on the weekends.


    Look at me selling my services for free! I'm such a hussy. :mmm:


    Btw I would definitely explain what I'll be doing in my gap year even if it's just briefly. Especially if you are doing a science, engineering, maths, or languages degree where it is very easy to fall behind and become outdated w.r.t to subject material. That's actually one of the reasons unis dislike Maths applicants who defer w/o a reason! So yeah, just explain that you'll be doing something constructive and beneficial to your chosen subject. Otherwise it looks a little lazy.

    Oh no I'm applying for maths! That didn't fill me with hope. But glad you said it, now I know I have to explain it well in my PS. But what would you say are constructive things that I can put down, because sometimes saying your going to do 'this' and 'that' just sounds like your trying to bs your way in with no intention to actually do those things. Also I would say I'm planning to do construtive things (eg travelling) but nothing really beneficial to my subject as maths isn't one that you can really get work experience in etc.

    And help would be amazing I will definitely be taking you up on that offer. Would you be able to reccomend where I would actually go about starting?

    With regards to travelling. I was saying to friend that I'm not keen on the idea of going by myself but none of my friends would be interested. She said she thinks connections organise groups so you can go in a big group of people you don't know. (I genuinely don't know if this is true or not) But it made me think, would it be really weird for people on tsr to organise a group? (Maybe it is really creepy I dont know and I'm just speculating )
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    (Original post by Strüberry)
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    History, so two essays. I think the questions change every year, so i'd have to start again from scratch.

    I guess i'm expecting the worst because my college were so horrible to me about getting a remark. I'm going to go and ask when their new term starts on Thursday (where on earth did the summer go?).

    (Original post by angelic03)
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    Sorry to hear that, i've heard about how competitive Economics is :hugs:

    I understand if you have no interest in doing the course but look on the bright side, Nottingham isn't the worst place in the world to end up for a year! I'm guessing money isn't an issue for you either, why would it be with an Economics degree from the level of uni you're applying to

    Mines in Cardiff. I know its still a pretty respected uni but i have no idea how i'm going to handle it - i'm not the biggest fan of their course and i'll be so far away from everyone, at least with the northern unis i've got family up there. I'm going to at least give it a try though and see what happens!

    (Original post by nooneyouknow)
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    Oh i'm sorry :jumphug:

    What board was your History coursework with? Me and my friend have both missed our offers (Leeds/Warwick for me and Bristol for her) because ours were heavily moderated down.
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    (Original post by salty_candy)
    I think I'm going to interrail it up at some point round Europe, but haven't actually decided on where exactly to go (besides Germany, to visit my friend and Poland to see the concentration camps.. maybe somewhere a bit more cheerful too )
    Though, I'm the least street-wise person ever and will probably get myself killed roaming around random countries on my own. Then hopefully do some volunteering a bit further afield, depending on how much money I can manage to save up etc, got any plans?
    Im really liking the sound of europe as it seems like it needs a lot less planning and a lot less money but still seems like a really good idea!
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    Hi, I really need some advice
    I needed AAB to get into my firm choice, Warwick, and I got A*AB but needed an A in French rather than the B i'm into my insurance choice Birmingham but I'm not sure I want to go there and it's unlikely I'll get any university accomodation (one of the only things I was excited about).
    Do you guys think I should reapply? Bearing in mind I have nothing to do during the year out
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    (Original post by Pie257)
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    Hey i'm in the exact same situation - have AAB, my Warwick offer was AAB but with an A in History. I wouldn't have anything to do on a gap year either (unemployed so can't go travelling, and most of my friends are leaving so i'd be on my lonesome).

    How big an issue is money for you? I'd give Birmingham a try, its natural to be worried but u could have an awesome time there! Arrange resits before u leave and Birmingham don't have to know ur reapplying for other unis, so if it doesnt work out u still have that option
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    (Original post by sr90)
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    Thanks, the fee hike is a big deterrent for me, but being alone and bored for a year seems worse, I don't know what I'd do with myself. Thanks for the advice, I guess I'll try Birmingham out and reapply if I hate it :/
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    (Original post by Pie257)
    Thanks, the fee hike is a big deterrent for me, but being alone and bored for a year seems worse, I don't know what I'd do with myself. Thanks for the advice, I guess I'll try Birmingham out and reapply if I hate it :/
    Definitely. Give it until christmas and if you really haven't settled in or you don't like the course, go home for the hols and don't come back. Thats what i'm planning, if we like our unis then thats an added bonus isn't it
 
 
 
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