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    I'm completely new to this, extremely old, but quite nice...

    Umm, here's the thing; have finally reached a stage in life where I can indulge my dream of taking an English degree. I've had an interview at the University I want to attend, very positive and encouraging - was told I can apply direct and go via an interview/essay entrance route.

    But because it's so long since I did anything more intellectually challenging than writing a shopping list, I thought I'd do the right thing and apply for an Access Humanities course at the local College of F.E.

    Now I've had an invitation to an interview, but - here's the rub (note the attempt to impress with literary allusions )they require proof of my 43-years-ago 'O' Level passes and I have none. I've had a look at the AQA site and, even if I can find out which boards I took the exams under, copies of the certificates are £41 each and, as we moved house in that time, I'll have to spend £123 for an underwhelming collection of raggle-taggle 'O' Level, 'A' Level and CSE exams that are utterly meaningless to me now.

    SO...what to do, what to do? Access would be good for me, probably, but do I NEED it, to the tune of £123 worth of old exam certificates, £350 course fees and £90 exam fees (for the GCSE Maths element I'd imagine)?

    Any voices of experience out there will be gratefully listened to...

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