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    Hello,

    I am currrently 19 years old and re sitting my GCSEs this year aswell as doing Spanish A-level. I have decided that the best career for me would be translating legal documents.

    My question is should I do an access course in September or take A-levels?
    I would like to get into a Russel group university not sure which one yet. If I were to do an access course would I have less chances of getting in?

    I just want other peoples opinion on this.
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    (Original post by taniacr)
    Hello,

    I am currrently 19 years old and re sitting my GCSEs this year aswell as doing Spanish A-level. I have decided that the best career for me would be translating legal documents.

    My question is should I do an access course in September or take A-levels?
    I would like to get into a Russel group university not sure which one yet. If I were to do an access course would I have less chances of getting in?

    I just want other peoples opinion on this.
    It all depends on what you can do in the access course and what you need/want in a course to help you with university.
    I don't know a lot about access courses. Do they have an option where you can take languages?
    What degree at university would you need to take, e.g. translation studies, or a straight language degree such as Spanish? Do you want to study more than one language? The degree you're interested in will generally have requirments. E.g. if you wanted to do translation rather than one straight language you may need to study more than one language and have a combination. Can you do this on an access course?

    I'm assuming you'll be applying as a mature student by the time you apply for university?
    I'd personally say that it wouldn't matter which one you do, just how well you do in which you choose. Just explain in your personal statement to universities why you chose one over the other as well.

    From what I understand access course are designed to be equal with A levels, but they're also designed to be studied by older students who want to return to education...e.g. only have lessons a couple times a week, sometimes at night if the student has a family to take care of. Just as intensive, but flexible so they can do more home study rather then having to be bogged in a classroom for 8 hours a day so they can still go to work etc.
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    (Original post by Apocaly)
    It all depends on what you can do in the access course and what you need/want in a course to help you with university.
    I don't know a lot about access courses. Do they have an option where you can take languages?
    What degree at university would you need to take, e.g. translation studies, or a straight language degree such as Spanish? Do you want to study more than one language? The degree you're interested in will generally have requirments. E.g. if you wanted to do translation rather than one straight language you may need to study more than one language and have a combination. Can you do this on an access course?

    I'm assuming you'll be applying as a mature student by the time you apply for university?
    I'd personally say that it wouldn't matter which one you do, just how well you do in which you choose. Just explain in your personal statement to universities why you chose one over the other as well.

    From what I understand access course are designed to be equal with A levels, but they're also designed to be studied by older students who want to return to education...e.g. only have lessons a couple times a week, sometimes at night if the student has a family to take care of. Just as intensive, but flexible so they can do more home study rather then having to be bogged in a classroom for 8 hours a day so they can still go to work etc.
    Thanks for replying,
    Well the access i want to do is a humanities which includes law, I want to apply for Spanish law in university because i think it would be the best way to go. No I don't plan on learning any other languages (I am also fluent in Portuguese).
    I cant do a language on an access course thats why I'm doing my Spanish A level at the side.

    Would I need work experience? Or is the access alone enough? I only have 6 gcses A to C which are;
    Spanish A*,
    Portuguese A,
    English C (currently resiting it)
    Sociology B
    French B
    Maths C

    Would i stand a chance in getting into a russell group university if I did well on the access and only had these qualifications alone?




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    (Original post by taniacr)
    Thanks for replying,
    Well the access i want to do is a humanities which includes law, I want to apply for Spanish law in university because i think it would be the best way to go. No I don't plan on learning any other languages (I am also fluent in Portuguese).
    I cant do a language on an access course thats why I'm doing my Spanish A level at the side.

    Would I need work experience? Or is the access alone enough? I only have 6 gcses A to C which are;
    Spanish A*,
    Portuguese A,
    English C (currently resiting it)
    Sociology B
    French B
    Maths C

    Would i stand a chance in getting into a russell group university if I did well on the access and only had these qualifications alone?




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    Yes, definaely. Just make sure you have a good personal statement and i'm confident you'll be fine.

    While work experience may help your application, I don't think you'll be at a huge disadvantage without it.
    I'm not sure what kind of work experience you could get. Maybe write to your local law firms?
    If you're really worried maybe send an email to a uni admissions and ask what they would think?
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    I think ill email some of the universities, thanks very much for your help


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