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    Hi I'm new to the student room I've known about the site for a while often referring to it when I was in sixth form but now I've finished six form in not the best position I don't have much support so hoping I can find some help and advice on here.

    So my situation from the beginning. I finished secondary school and although it was a tough experience due to being bullied and being diagnosed with anxiety and depression I was able to obtain 5 gcse's at grade a*-c.

    After finishing secondary school in year 11 I thought the best option would for me to move to another college and have a fresh start away from certain people and the environment even though my counsellor at the time didn't agree.

    So I moved to a six form college and it was not how I pictured it. Although I found my best friend their which was the best thing that happened to me my anxiety and depression got worse, I started having panic attacks and going to hospital. Although my grades started off well they went down very quickly and soon teacher well my subject teachers gave up they sort of knew where things were going and that I wasn't going to pass. I finished my as year with all e's but they still let my progress to a2 and said I could re-sit my alevels from the first year. My last year at college and things were completely same maybe even worse more panic attacks and depression got worse and I came out of a2 with no grades just an E in English language and literature.

    I got declined for all my deferred applications for university next year (September 2016 because I always knew I would be taking a year off). I am currently work full time in Pret a Manger as a barista which I love really nice team and company. I'm glad I took the year off because I wanted to qualify as a barista and I've achieved this.

    But my focus is that I also want to sort out my studies. So I have been on ucas and looking at courses for English literature something I've always known that I've wanted to study. Looking at the entry requirements I know I stand no chance of getting in even on a foundation course. So my next option was to call the career advice service who recommended that I take an access to higher education course in humanities something I'm willing to do but it would of been nice to go uni next September. Based on my situation do you think an access course is the best decision for me ? Has anyone else taken a access course (if any) how was it (I'm 19 so a bit worried). And finally my question does anyone know what universities accept access courses willingly because I know every university says they accept this qualification but I know some are less willing
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    (Original post by riannnax)
    Hi I'm new to the student room I've known about the site for a while often referring to it when I was in sixth form but now I've finished six form in not the best position I don't have much support so hoping I can find some help and advice on here.

    So my situation from the beginning. I finished secondary school and although it was a tough experience due to being bullied and being diagnosed with anxiety and depression I was able to obtain 5 gcse's at grade a*-c.

    After finishing secondary school in year 11 I thought the best option would for me to move to another college and have a fresh start away from certain people and the environment even though my counsellor at the time didn't agree.

    So I moved to a six form college and it was not how I pictured it. Although I found my best friend their which was the best thing that happened to me my anxiety and depression got worse, I started having panic attacks and going to hospital. Although my grades started off well they went down very quickly and soon teacher well my subject teachers gave up they sort of knew where things were going and that I wasn't going to pass. I finished my as year with all e's but they still let my progress to a2 and said I could re-sit my alevels from the first year. My last year at college and things were completely same maybe even worse more panic attacks and depression got worse and I came out of a2 with no grades just an E in English language and literature.

    I got declined for all my deferred applications for university next year (September 2016 because I always knew I would be taking a year off). I am currently work full time in Pret a Manger as a barista which I love really nice team and company. I'm glad I took the year off because I wanted to qualify as a barista and I've achieved this.

    But my focus is that I also want to sort out my studies. So I have been on ucas and looking at courses for English literature something I've always known that I've wanted to study. Looking at the entry requirements I know I stand no chance of getting in even on a foundation course. So my next option was to call the career advice service who recommended that I take an access to higher education course in humanities something I'm willing to do but it would of been nice to go uni next September. Based on my situation do you think an access course is the best decision for me ? Has anyone else taken a access course (if any) how was it (I'm 19 so a bit worried). And finally my question does anyone know what universities accept access courses willingly because I know every university says they accept this qualification but I know some are less willing
    You will need to check whether you can get funding for an access course, as I doubt if you can since you have done A levels. Even if you can get funding, as you say not all unis are as welcoming to Access qualifications as they might be.

    As the thread running through your story is major issues with anxiety and depression, however, I would strongly suggest that you get the necessary treatment for them before doing anything else, as it is clear that this is what has undermined your progress so far. What you don't want to do is to perpetuate the cycle you've been through with both school and college as that will do nothing for your confidence. That you are holding down a full-time job is very good news, though.

    The other thing to remember is that there is nothing in the rule books that says you have to go to university in your teens or twenties - many many people leave it much later than that. So you would not be out of place or disadvantaged by postponing uni study for a few years. One option to consider might be the Open University, as they don't have entry requirements as such, and ou could work through a degree with them while still being employed.
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    (Original post by Minerva)
    You will need to check whether you can get funding for an access course, as I doubt if you can since you have done A levels. Even if you can get funding, as you say not all unis are as welcoming to Access qualifications as they might be.

    As the thread running through your story is major issues with anxiety and depression, however, I would strongly suggest that you get the necessary treatment for them before doing anything else, as it is clear that this is what has undermined your progress so far. What you don't want to do is to perpetuate the cycle you've been through with both school and college as that will do nothing for your confidence. That you are holding down a full-time job is very good news, though.

    The other thing to remember is that there is nothing in the rule books that says you have to go to university in your teens or twenties - many many people leave it much later than that. So you would not be out of place or disadvantaged by postponing uni study for a few years. One option to consider might be the Open University, as they don't have entry requirements as such, and ou could work through a degree with them while still being employed.

    Thank you so much for your message it really helped to hear another persons point of view on the situation as it is hard to talk to though closet to you even when they think they are helping. I think you are right in saying I need to get everything under control in terms of my anxiety and depression and I am already doing that by being on medication and now having regular appointments with my appointment as well time off work now and again when it's all becoming to much ( I am fortunate to have a really nice manager who is like a second mum giving me support at work as well as my team mates).

    I do agree with you about there not being a pacific age requirement to go to uni I suppose I just would like to go next year while I'm young to have the social experience and come out of my shell away from my family because this is something I have missed out on for the last 19 years of my life.

    I am going to do some more research about doing an access to higher education course in humanities, and do what the national career service suggested and ring up universities that interest me and see if they would be willing to accept an application from me. I just have to keep pushing myself even though I'm finding it difficult. It's hard for both me and my mum because I have no siblings and she went university a long time ago so the system has of course changed and after leaving college there was no support from them even though they must of been aware that I was going to be in quit a dilemma
 
 
 
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