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I'm a mature student and completed my A levels 6 years ago.

I sent my details to a course recently and they said my "Academic qualifications are too old for us to be able to consider them."

I've contacted a lot of universities in the past and no one has ever said this before. So, do A levels expire? :confused:
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In theory no. However there are apparently certain courses where the Uni's wont consider you beyond a certain time (Maths? but I cant be certain).

I'd ask for clarification/explanation from the Uni concerned - by phone.
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They don't "expire" - but in some subjects the information gained can become outdated very quickly.

For example with an IT A-level, after six years most of the information will be massively out of date.
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(Original post by Lukeaxx)
They don't "expire" - but in some subjects the information gained can become outdated very quickly.

For example with an IT A-level, after six years most of the information will be massively out of date.
Quite apart from the content going out of date (I'm pretty sure we've actually evolved as a species since I did O level biology for a start), universities often have a cut off for 'old' A levels simply because they want to see evidence of recent academic activity in a mature student to check that they are still on the ball, so to speak. What that cut off point is will vary from course to course and university to university.
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I self studied A level maths this year (got an A), would that count as recent study and make the rest of my A levels viable? I have AABB in total.
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I self studied A level maths this year (got an A), would that count as recent study and make the rest of my A levels viable? I have AABB in total.
Only the universities themselves can tell you that. Call them and ask. We would only be speculating.
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They told me the maths A level would be acceptable, but they don't accept A levels that are over 3 years old. I've never heard of anything like this before.

I'm not applying for the course but tbh I think that is totally ridiculous and surely against equal opportunities. I'm thinking of reporting them to somewhere if I could.
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They told me the maths A level would be acceptable, but they don't accept A levels that are over 3 years old. I've never heard of anything like this before.

I'm not applying for the course but tbh I think that is totally ridiculous and surely against equal opportunities. I'm thinking of reporting them to somewhere if I could.
I'm not surprised. You wouldn't get anywhere complaining. They can set their own admissions rules. I suspect each university you spoke to would set the bar differently.
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