Basically, nothing with me ever runs smoothly...
I started my university career at the University of Bedfordshire studying Event Management. I did not like the course or location, so after gaining a 2:1 in my first year, I opted to transfer. I chose Brighton due it's reputation for my degree area, closeness to home and opportunity to take a placement year.
After completing my second year at Brighton, I chose to re-take the year, (basically I should have started a fresh and studied first year) as I felt I needed to get used to the teaching methods, and it would also mean I was in the same cohort, as I lived in halls, so would then be with my friends, as apposed to a bunch of people I don't know (you know how clickly students are, especially in a course like this!) Re-taking was a great option, as my grades improved, my attendance improved, and my general academic performance improved.
However I failed one tiny essay, and was allowed to retake it during the summer. I did, and to the best of my ability, yet I still failed it. Its a piece of work I have now taken three times in three years. It's clearly an area I have issues with, however I passed the exam just fine.
I gained a once in the life time opportunity to take my placement year in America, where I flourished working within a luxury hotel. My tutor even came to visit to asses my performance, and instruct me on my placement project, which I am well on the way to completing ready for December.
After four years in higher education, I am excited to finally finish my degree, and graduate from Brighton University, however the university have informed me I have not met the standards to progress onto my final year, and have withdrawn me from the course, and awarded me a Diploma in Higher a Education.
I need to come back this September. My Student Finance is sorted, I have organised and paid for a house in Eastbourne, and have changed my work schedule to fit around my studies.
What are my options?
Am I able to Have the credits awarded to me, so that I can progress onto the final year. I know this is possible as a number of my fellow students have been through this in second year.
I'm even willing to retake this piece of work one final time alongside my final year studies, if this is an option.
I could also apply for the Top Up degree, which require a foundation degree of a DoHE, which I now have apparently. If they can accept that for a top up degree, which is the third year of the same degree, why won't they let me progress normally?
I can't spend four years in higher education and not complete my degree.
I'vs contacted my course leader and the exams department to work out what options are available, however I wondered if anyone had any experience/advice.
I'm absolutely distraught and upset about this.
Tons of places at all these high-ranking unis