Have I ruined my chances of university? Watch
I attended a regular high school from S1-S2, but I had a really difficult time due to bullying, so I was hardly in school for those two years, then I dropped out completely at the start of S3. I was off school for just about a year, when I joined a boarding school which was specifically designed for people that have had difficulties with school for whatever reason.
I sat Intermediate 1 IT and Intermediate 2 English in 2011, and I achieved both at A grade. In 2012 I struggled with mental health issues, and so I basically couldn't cope with schoolwork. I went into the exams without having studied at all. I passed all of them however; Intermediate 2 biology - C, Intermediate 2 chemistry - C, Higher English - C, and Intermediate 1 maths - A.
This year, I am entered for higher biology & chemistry, as well as intermediate 2 maths and advanced higher English.
However, I visited a college yesterday, and the advisor told me that I have basically no hope of going to university, since exams need to be in one sitting. (Ideally I want to study medicine, but I know that's quite unrealistic, so psychology would be my second choice).
Is there any point in sitting the exams I am entered for this year, since I won't be able to gain access to any course I want even if I managed to get all A grades (which I won't since I'm self-teaching biology and chemistry)? No colleges offer 5 highers at one sitting, so I am looking into sitting them as an external candidate. However, SQA don't seem to encourage that, so I was thinking about sitting A levels externally since there is a college near me that provides for external A level candidates. One problem though - is there any A levels that don't require internal assessments and you can just sit the exam?
I am seriously at a loss on what to do, so any advice would be appreciated. (This probably made no sense, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask away!)
You could always just go back to school and do five highers in one sitting? I wouldn't recommend sitting chemistry and biology just now, that ruins the whole 'one-sitting' thing unis like. I know a guy that went back to school as an older student since he had suffered from an illness for a few years, so you could always ring and ask!