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    (Original post by Quiet _One86)
    I'm tempted, but does it count towards anything - how do we go about getting exams and actual qualifications for what we self teach ourselves? I looked at a uni y'day and instantly felt old, and think the costs put me off too.


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    What do you mean, does it count towards anything?
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    (Original post by Philip-flop)
    What do you mean, does it count towards anything?
    Aside from the obvious, but I thought as mature students, I didn't think any qualifications like Alevels isn't counted as a mature student but experience. But if you're gaining qualifications more recently then I guess it'd count.
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    (Original post by Quiet _One86)
    Aside from the obvious, but I thought as mature students, I didn't think any qualifications like Alevels isn't counted as a mature student but experience. But if you're gaining qualifications more recently then I guess it'd count.
    Oh they've definitely count, as long as you sit the formal examination, your alevel is classed the same as anyone else applying to university. It shows a particular level of comprehension of a subject no matter what your age.
    I've done alevels as a mature student. Without which I wouldn't have gained a place at vet school.
    I studied at a college, but if I had self taught I would have needed to sit the exams or I could have just taught myself anything it's your only proof.

    If you are genuinely considering self study, I would highly recommend budgeting for even two or three hours a month with a subject specific tutor, who has experience of your chosen exam board. This person can really help you refine your exam technique, which is just as important as learning the topics. Can make the difference between a C and a A/B grade! Also gives you someone to ask your questions and refine anything that needs specific wording... for example wjec exam board biology exams will only give you marks for certain things if you used 'their' terminology, even if what you have written is correct. An experienced tutor can help with this... as well as meticulously studying mark schemes for exams!
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    Oh they've definitely count, as long as you sit the formal examination, your alevel is classed the same as anyone else applying to university. It shows a particular level of comprehension of a subject no matter what your age.
    I've done alevels as a mature student. Without which I wouldn't have gained a place at vet school.
    I studied at a college, but if I had self taught I would have needed to sit the exams or I could have just taught myself anything it's your only proof.

    If you are genuinely considering self study, I would highly recommend budgeting for even two or three hours a month with a subject specific tutor, who has experience of your chosen exam board. This person can really help you refine your exam technique, which is just as important as learning the topics. Can make the difference between a C and a A/B grade! Also gives you someone to ask your questions and refine anything that needs specific wording... for example wjec exam board biology exams will only give you marks for certain things if you used 'their' terminology, even if what you have written is correct. An experienced tutor can help with this... as well as meticulously studying mark schemes for exams!
    I found one college that does a-levels for teens and adults but got put off by being in a class of teens..might look at OU as a back up opt, so much to think about right now but your input has helped a lot. Thank you v much. Wish I could have a study buddy..financing in something that shook going back to uni open day £9,250 per year..omg oh how 10-12yrs it's all changed!!


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    I found one college that does a-levels for teens and adults but got put off by being in a class of teens..might look at OU as a back up opt, so much to think about right now but your input has helped a lot. Thank you v much. Wish I could have a study buddy..financing in something that shook going back to uni open day £9,250 per year..omg oh how 10-12yrs it's all changed!!


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    I've been back with 16-18 year olds, it's not as bad as you'd think, the studying was worth it, I actually really enjoyed myself! I was one of three other mature students at my college doing science subjects. It hadn't it's annoying moments don't get me wrong, but it was worth it. Plus it's cheaper than trying private/exams centres where I live. Nearest place I couldn't go would be £12,000 a year just for the alevels!! Plus over an hours commute by train! So I either went full time at a local college or studied long distance and taught myself. When I considered needing AAA grades, I went for full time at college.
    Slightly nervous about the prospect of living in halls in first year of uni...
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    How old are you, Cowie?
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    (Original post by Rustin)
    How old are you, Cowie?
    26, going to be 27 starting uni again.
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    (Original post by Cowie315)
    26, going to be 27 starting uni again.
    Still so much respect for you!! Do you know any decent websites for searching for tutors specifically to an exam board? I can't seem to find any for Edexcel's new spec. One place of tutors even considered that I switch exam boards from Edexcel to AQA just so they can help!
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    (Original post by Cowie315)
    26, going to be 27 starting uni again.
    Eee you're only a year older than me! This is reassuring :yep: Though i'll be your age when I -start- college. Convinced I'm going to be ostracized for being ancient~
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    (Original post by Philip-flop)
    Still so much respect for you!! Do you know any decent websites for searching for tutors specifically to an exam board? I can't seem to find any for Edexcel's new spec. One place of tutors even considered that I switch exam boards from Edexcel to AQA just so they can help!
    I'm not sure if I can be much help with this one. Not all tutors are the same, and I went through recommendations from other students, mainly ones who needed the grades I did too, I also used recommendations from my college.
    Another one of the benefits of being in college with other students doing the same things as you.

    Depends where in the country you are, there might be alevels tutoring services you could get some advice from?
    This is the slight issue with he new specs too, the exams have all changed so much, but a tutor with enough experience of the old spec should be able to adjust. Also some lecturers in local colleges will tutor during the evening to increase income. I know one of mine did. Good tutors get booked up quite quickly, my biology one had the same students from GCSE through to end of alevel. She helped so much, I was two UMS marks of an A*!! So frustrating!
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    (Original post by AmeliaLost)
    Eee you're only a year older than me! This is reassuring :yep: Though i'll be your age when I -start- college. Convinced I'm going to be ostracized for being ancient~
    TBH I don't look that's old - according to the students who I am friends with from college. So unless I brought it up, everyone assumed I was the same age. No need for them to think otherwise really... there weren't a lot of mature students.
    So I think it's only as much of a big deal as you make it, majority of students will leave you alone.

    I did get teased once... it was so embarrassing I was in a physics lecture and a group of the boys started trying to tease me about how one of the boys had 'got with me' I assume this means kiss... my lecturer just stood their trying not to laugh. I then have to explain that I am possibly a bit too old for him. I thought my days of teasing had ended!! Haha
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    (Original post by Cowie315)
    26, going to be 27 starting uni again.
    That's not old.

    I'm going to be almost 25 starting college.

    Having read a few posts here and there, I've noticed that people seem to have forgotten that University is somewhere you go for education, and not some social club.

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    Eee you're only a year older than me! This is reassuring :yep: Though i'll be your age when I -start- college. Convinced I'm going to be ostracized for being ancient~
    What are you studying?
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    (Original post by Rustin)
    That's not old.

    I'm going to be almost 25 starting college.

    Having read a few posts here and there, I've noticed that people seem to have forgotten that University is somewhere you go for education, and not some social club.



    What are you studying?
    I don't feel old haha, but I know my life has changed a lot since I was 18, how I like to spend my time and I can't quite bounce back from a hangover like I used to. I'm also a bit nervous about living in a grim student flat again, it was grotty the first time round!

    Very true, it is for studying, but we all know all work and no play makes jack a dull boy! Especially when studying quite a demanding course, making friends and balancing a social life too can really give a bit of relief and also provides great support! - studying too much sometimes can be counter productive.

    One of the things that worries a lot of people I think returning to studying when they are older is being isolated. It Has the potential to be lonely, especially if you move away again.

    Luckily a vet med course has quite a high percentage of mature students as it is often studied as a second degree. Surrey aparently have had over 2000 applicant this year

    What are you wanting to study at uni?
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    Yeah, I see what you're saying.

    I don't know what I want to study at Uni yet. I'm starting a course at my local college which is a general introduction to natural sciences and applied science, which I'm hopeful will give me a good idea of which route I'd like to take.

    What did you study the first time at Uni?
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    (Original post by Rustin)
    Yeah, I see what you're saying.

    I don't know what I want to study at Uni yet. I'm starting a course at my local college which is a general introduction to natural sciences and applied science, which I'm hopeful will give me a good idea of which route I'd like to take.

    What did you study the first time at Uni?
    That's a great idea, I hope you enjoy it.
    I studied fashion design first time round, ended up hated it so much, but got offered a job during my degree so went to work in London which just confirmed to me it wasn't just my degree, it was the whole industry. I specialised in garment technology.
    So I came back to try a become what i had always wanted to be. It's been pretty hard, going back to actually studying, my degree had none of it, I hadn't done an exam since I was 16. I had no clue haha took a lot of late night to begin with to even get An E or D in chemistry - we had weekly tests.
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    What are you studying?
    Going to be doing A-levels over two years (Bio, chem, maths, and psychology) and am aiming to study neuroscience afterwards. Was umm-ing and ahh-ing about doing an access to science course for a little while but I'd rather have the security of doing things 'properly'. I've always taken shortcuts in life and wanted to do something traditionally for once(!), plus means I can aim for Cambridge etc
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    (Original post by AmeliaLost)
    Going to be doing A-levels over two years (Bio, chem, maths, and psychology) and am aiming to study neuroscience afterwards. Was umm-ing and ahh-ing about doing an access to science course for a little while but I'd rather have the security of doing things 'properly'. I've always taken shortcuts in life and wanted to do something traditionally for once(!), plus means I can aim for Cambridge etc
    This isn't exactly how I felt in regards to the access course. Whikstsnits an excellent options for the majority of people, it does pigeon hole you slightly. I was fed up of being stuck because of not having the broader qualifications. Plus I didn't want another thing to make me different starting uni. I wanted to be at the same level as everyone else! I do think the universities appreciate the commitment it takes to go back and do alevels too.
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    I'll be 30 after Christmas (gosh, don't say 27 is too old). Anyway, I've been at one college doing A-levels for 2-years and now I'm at another doing other A-levels - the first college had a great mix of age ranges, the one I'm at now almost purely caters for 16-18 year olds and I have no mature students in any of my classes. But - the students are fantastic, doing A-levels they're motivated and smart (smarter and more interesting than most adults I know) and I am really enjoying it.

    Admittedly, I haven't told them my age (they haven't asked) - so they may just think I'm 17 (brilliant).
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    (Original post by AmeliaLost)
    Going to be doing A-levels over two years (Bio, chem, maths, and psychology) and am aiming to study neuroscience afterwards. Was umm-ing and ahh-ing about doing an access to science course for a little while but I'd rather have the security of doing things 'properly'. I've always taken shortcuts in life and wanted to do something traditionally for once(!), plus means I can aim for Cambridge etc
    That was my thinking too.

    Also, I'd read statistics suggesting mature students have reduced chances of getting into university, and I was wondering if it was because how they'd tried to access uni - as mature students are more likely to use access/OU. So, I just want to make myself as appealing as possible and get the place at the uni I want.
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    (Original post by Cowie315)
    This isn't exactly how I felt in regards to the access course. Whikstsnits an excellent options for the majority of people, it does pigeon hole you slightly...
    Those are some fantastic typos

    (Original post by Cowie315)
    I do think the universities appreciate the commitment it takes to go back and do alevels too.
    Yeah that is the impression I got too. I'm hoping it will give more opportunity to really get to grips with the basic material too, as opposed to the mad flight over the syllabus Access seems to be!

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    I'll be 30 after Christmas (gosh, don't say 27 is too old). ... Admittedly, I haven't told them my age (they haven't asked) - so they may just think I'm 17 (brilliant).
    And no one has commented on the zimmer frame? This is my plan too - my sister is 17 and still thinks I'm 18/19 so hoping I can pull that off here too :mmm:
 
 
 
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