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    (Original post by Philip-flop)
    Yeah I know what you mean about people making their judgements about you! People have been frowning upon me saying that I'm ridiculous for wanting to study A-levels and that I should just "get on with my life". I feel like I'm trapped in a career I'm not suited for I'd rather end up upset knowing that I tried, than upset not knowing what I could have achieved.

    This year is going to be the hardest year of my life! Balancing a job whilst doing A2 is really going to test me!
    Many man people change careers these days, or even have two or three changes. We live so long, it's a long life to be stuck in a career you aren't suited for, and it's too short of a life to spend the majority of it miserable.

    I ended up in fashion, and got pigeon holed as being stupid, not smart enough for science. When I told people what I planned to do lots of people laughed at me, told me to just get on with it, if I had already chosen my choice and to just suck it up.
    Nothing worse than feeling stuck, which is how I felt.
    At least with a good set of alevels you will be on a better less restricted position than before.

    Can you not get a local authority funding if you are full time studying? Or are you part time?

    Is there no way you could manage without a job for this year? Or minimal hours? - I would hate for you to get to the end and wish you had had more time to focus and revise. I don't think I could have managed a job as well as all the alevels. Although I did a lot. In three years I did, GCSEs maths A* GCSE single science A* AS physics C ( physics killed me) and then I have three A grades in biology chemistry and geology as full alevels. No way I could have worked with that, although I wish I could have! I miss having money 😭 - I have to find a way to pay for my first two years of vet school.
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    im currently locumming as it is so i have free time. only thing is that there are no local colleges which helpmature students with a levels
    My local college had barely any experience with mature students... They even still sent letters addressed to my parents haha
    Their advice with uni was limited, as they have hardly any experience of getting mature students into high level degrees.
    I had to reall talk my way onto the alevels, it helps if you go to and open evening and are able to discuss your case in person. When ever I rang up I got shut down! 👍🏼
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    Hey Yeah thanks !!! . I think its possible. I did do AS level maths back in 2010 though and managed to get C1 - A, C2 - A and M1 - B. I think doing them as a mature student really enables you to envision it as a step towards achieving something rather than a burden (the latter of which my 20 year old self certainly felt lol). I have enrolled in a FE college for a few of the units. C3, C4, M2, S1 will be taught at the college. where as C1, C2, M1, FP1 and D1 will be self taught.

    Btw if anyone wants to know more about foundation courses and the way universities deal with those, my 5 years of research might prove useful (yeah thats how long it took to make that choice lol

    Hi Can you check my private message?

    I feel like a mature student at 19 inspiring stuff guys[/QUOTE]

    Hey ive replied. wait so youre not a mature student yet ? id recommend the foundation option in that case
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    (Original post by quasa)
    im currently locumming as it is so i have free time. only thing is that there are no local colleges which helpmature students with a levels
    Oh right that's pretty good then. How many hours a week are you currently working?

    (Original post by Cowie315)
    Many man people change careers these days, or even have two or three changes. We live so long, it's a long life to be stuck in a career you aren't suited for, and it's too short of a life to spend the majority of it miserable.

    I ended up in fashion, and got pigeon holed as being stupid, not smart enough for science. When I told people what I planned to do lots of people laughed at me, told me to just get on with it, if I had already chosen my choice and to just suck it up.
    Nothing worse than feeling stuck, which is how I felt.
    At least with a good set of alevels you will be on a better less restricted position than before.

    Can you not get a local authority funding if you are full time studying? Or are you part time?

    Is there no way you could manage without a job for this year? Or minimal hours? - I would hate for you to get to the end and wish you had had more time to focus and revise. I don't think I could have managed a job as well as all the alevels. Although I did a lot. In three years I did, GCSEs maths A* GCSE single science A* AS physics C ( physics killed me) and then I have three A grades in biology chemistry and geology as full alevels. No way I could have worked with that, although I wish I could have! I miss having money 😭 - I have to find a way to pay for my first two years of vet school.
    I'm not allowed any funding as I'm self-taught (as no colleges offer evening courses for A-levels near me) so I study in my own time when I'm not at work. I am hoping to cut down my hours a couple of months before my exams so I can crack on with revision (once I've learnt everything). I really want to achieve the best grades possible but I don't think I'm in the right financial position to just give up my job completely You're so lucky you have such a supportive mother!! I'm sure you've done her so proud!
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    (Original post by NanEco)
    Hi Can you check my private message?

    I feel like a mature student at 19 inspiring stuff guys
    Hey ive replied. wait so youre not a mature student yet ? id recommend the foundation option in that case[/QUOTE]


    Hi

    Im not even 19 yet currently 18, 19 in July lol. Its an option but I don't really want to waste another year
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    (Original post by Philip-flop)
    Oh right that's pretty good then. How many hours a week are you currently working?


    I'm not allowed any funding as I'm self-taught (as no colleges offer evening courses for A-levels near me) so I study in my own time when I'm not at work. I am hoping to cut down my hours a couple of months before my exams so I can crack on with revision (once I've learnt everything). I really want to achieve the best grades possible but I don't think I'm in the right financial position to just give up my job completely You're so lucky you have such a supportive mother!! I'm sure you've done her so proud!
    Very very lucky! I wouldn't have been able to do this I don't think otherwise. Not in the time frame.

    That's awful that none of the colleges do it, what about distance learning? You'd get the support and a tutor who could help then wouldn't you? - one of the best books I can recommend for any self taught alevel mature student is a dictionary for that subject, like a biology a-z dictionary for example. I wish I had had it from the start. Used them for all subjects in the end.

    I ended up full time at college, which gave funding, even part time during the day gave me a little bit. GCSEs and alevels are really inaccessible to mature students. Eg all the vet schools require a certain GCSE requirement for science, yet the only way I could have achieved that was to enrol at a private college over an hour away that would have cost thousands a term. No where else could I get a GCSE course with teaching. Even the maths GCSE course at my college was aimed at resit students who were aiming for foundation papers not higher.

    You can do this though, you just need to be crazy organised. If there is anything you think I can help with let me know. I got through loads of apps and books over the past three years, which made life easier!
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    Very very lucky! I wouldn't have been able to do this I don't think otherwise. Not in the time frame.

    That's awful that none of the colleges do it, what about distance learning? You'd get the support and a tutor who could help then wouldn't you? - one of the best books I can recommend for any self taught alevel mature student is a dictionary for that subject, like a biology a-z dictionary for example. I wish I had had it from the start. Used them for all subjects in the end.

    I ended up full time at college, which gave funding, even part time during the day gave me a little bit. GCSEs and alevels are really inaccessible to mature students. Eg all the vet schools require a certain GCSE requirement for science, yet the only way I could have achieved that was to enrol at a private college over an hour away that would have cost thousands a term. No where else could I get a GCSE course with teaching. Even the maths GCSE course at my college was aimed at resit students who were aiming for foundation papers not higher.

    You can do this though, you just need to be crazy organised. If there is anything you think I can help with let me know. I got through loads of apps and books over the past three years, which made life easier!
    Thank you, I will defintely try my best to be organised and keep on top of my work. But sometimes it's difficult to find the motivation to do something especially when you feel like you're not making much progress

    Yes!! A Dictionary for Biology would actually be amazing! Where do you even get hold of one though?
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    (Original post by Philip-flop)
    Thank you, I will defintely try my best to be organised and keep on top of my work. But sometimes it's difficult to find the motivation to do something especially when you feel like you're not making much progress

    Yes!! A Dictionary for Biology would actually be amazing! Where do you even get hold of one though?
    It's difficult I know, I've been there. You can do it though. just do as much as you can when you are motivated, getting a tutor will help, it's worth the money, especially when you aren't having the teaching.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Biology-Han.../dp/0340990996

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/019...iology+roberts

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/017...ZzL&ref=plSrch

    This one is also fantastic, I also used advanced biology for you, it's well laid out.

    Hope that's helps. Also depending on your exams board, they have revision game apps. Not good to rely on, but great if you spend time saying at bus stops or waiting around at work on lunch. You can just use the little quizzes then!
    You can always give me a message if you need a bit of a hand with anything, or just having a moment. I've had many 😊
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    Will studying alevel biology alongside a degree be difficult? My degree subject is English Lang and I've been toying with the idea of giving biology another go after i got an E at AS. When going on to A2 I decided to drop it be I was afraid it would hinder my uni applications. Now I regret not carrying it on and now that I've heard that you nolonger have to complete practicles I'm even more motivated to give it a go.
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    (Original post by Cowie315)
    It's difficult I know, I've been there. You can do it though. just do as much as you can when you are motivated, getting a tutor will help, it's worth the money, especially when you aren't having the teaching.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Biology-Han.../dp/0340990996

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/019...iology+roberts

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/017...ZzL&ref=plSrch

    This one is also fantastic, I also used advanced biology for you, it's well laid out.

    Hope that's helps. Also depending on your exams board, they have revision game apps. Not good to rely on, but great if you spend time saying at bus stops or waiting around at work on lunch. You can just use the little quizzes then!
    You can always give me a message if you need a bit of a hand with anything, or just having a moment. I've had many 😊
    Thank you so much! I appreciate your help. You have no idea how scary it is for someone who is self-taught and doesn't have anyone to turn to!

    I will look into those books for sure!!

    (Original post by Tsrsarahhhh)
    Will studying alevel biology alongside a degree be difficult? My degree subject is English Lang and I've been toying with the idea of giving biology another go after i got an E at AS. When going on to A2 I decided to drop it be I was afraid it would hinder my uni applications. Now I regret not carrying it on and now that I've heard that you nolonger have to complete practicles I'm even more motivated to give it a go.
    It depends, will you be willing to learn all the content for AS and A2 in a year, or will you spread it over two years? Are you aware of the new linear type A-levels?
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    (Original post by Philip-flop)
    Thank you so much! I appreciate your help. You have no idea how scary it is for someone who is self-taught and doesn't have anyone to turn to!

    I will look into those books for sure!!


    It depends, will you be willing to learn all the content for AS and A2 in a year, or will you spread it over two years? Are you aware of the new linear type A-levels?
    Yes I'm loosely aware. If I did do it id probably spread it out over two years as all the exams are done in the second year right?
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    Yes I'm loosely aware. If I did do it id probably spread it out over two years as all the exams are done in the second year right?
    Only the exams you do at A2 will count towards your final grade. But there wouldn't be any harm in attempting the AS exams just to see what you need to work on tbh if you're spreading it over two years anyway. But it's entirely up to you
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    Hey hey looks like somebody here may know. Will share my story just in case it helps any of you out.

    I'm 24, I did an Access to Medicine course last academic year, came out with 39 distinctions 6 merits. Had an offer for Medicine, wanted straight distinctions, missed it and lost my place. Really gutted.

    I'm now doing an accelerated Chemistry A-Level this year to supplement my course as that's the subject I got the merits in. I attend the A2 classes in the day with all the 17/18 y/os and the AS classes at night. Was supposed to be doing A2 on one night of the week and AS on another, but the A2 was undersubscribed so they cancelled it, I had to put up a real fight to get onto the day timetable.
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    I feel very fortunate I was able to do this, it was only possible because I live in a fairly big city and I'm a bank HCA so I just pick and choose my own shifts out of those available on the system, and there's always something available. I generally do 2 nightshifts and one weekend shift per week.
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    Thing I'm wondering now is, if I get A-Level Chemistry this summer and then took accelerated A-Level Biology and another linear A-Level next summer ... does that count as 3 A-Levels taken over 2 years? i.e the standard A-Level requirement from all medical schools? I really don't want my Access course to count for nothing, but without straight distinctions most medical schools won't entertain me :-( even though an Access + an accelerated A-Level is technically achieving the criteria within 2yrs, like they expect from A-Level students ... wish they would be more flexible, but I guess with such competition they have to be really stiff :-(*

    Cheers*
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    Hi there, Can anybody advise me. I am 24 and retook my GCSE maths last year, i achieved an A*, had a D before. I am now doing A level maths at a local adult college and am self studying Further maths. Assuming i could achieve a high grade in both, would it be worth applying to cambridge/oxford as a mature student in comp sci? I understand they usually look for 3 A levels at A*/A, i will only be able to achieve 2, which will be hard enough in itself.
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    (Original post by Fleuves)
    Hey hey looks like somebody here may know. Will share my story just in case it helps any of you out.

    I'm 24, I did an Access to Medicine course last academic year, came out with 39 distinctions 6 merits. Had an offer for Medicine, wanted straight distinctions, missed it and lost my place. Really gutted.

    I'm now doing an accelerated Chemistry A-Level this year to supplement my course as that's the subject I got the merits in. I attend the A2 classes in the day with all the 17/18 y/os and the AS classes at night. Was supposed to be doing A2 on one night of the week and AS on another, but the A2 was undersubscribed so they cancelled it, I had to put up a real fight to get onto the day timetable.
    *
    I feel very fortunate I was able to do this, it was only possible because I live in a fairly big city and I'm a bank HCA so I just pick and choose my own shifts out of those available on the system, and there's always something available. I generally do 2 nightshifts and one weekend shift per week.
    *
    Thing I'm wondering now is, if I get A-Level Chemistry this summer and then took accelerated A-Level Biology and another linear A-Level next summer ... does that count as 3 A-Levels taken over 2 years? i.e the standard A-Level requirement from all medical schools? I really don't want my Access course to count for nothing, but without straight distinctions most medical schools won't entertain me :-( even though an Access + an accelerated A-Level is technically achieving the criteria within 2yrs, like they expect from A-Level students ... wish they would be more flexible, but I guess with such competition they have to be really stiff :-(*

    Cheers*
    I'm sorry you lost your original offer to Medicine. Try not to be disheartened by that and really ace the A-levels you are doing now! You're very lucky that you can attend lessons and have a teacher to help you when you are stuck (you should take advantage of this!!)

    Yes, that sounds like you would have taken 3 A-levels over 2 years if you manage to do another two A-levels (AS and A2) in one year

    (Original post by jacksparrow1111)
    Hi there, Can anybody advise me. I am 24 and retook my GCSE maths last year, i achieved an A*, had a D before. I am now doing A level maths at a local adult college and am self studying Further maths. Assuming i could achieve a high grade in both, would it be worth applying to cambridge/oxford as a mature student in comp sci? I understand they usually look for 3 A levels at A*/A, i will only be able to achieve 2, which will be hard enough in itself.
    Firstly, congratulations on achieving fantastic results for GCSE Maths this time around! You sound like you worked very hard!

    Any thing is possible. But can I ask why you specifically want to apply to Cambridge or Oxford? You have to consider that you will be up against applicants/students that are the best in the country, but also the best in the world!! Many students from abroad also apply to these universities so you are really narrowing your chances.
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    (Original post by NanEco)
    Hi Can you check my private message?

    I feel like a mature student at 19 inspiring stuff guys
    Hey ive replied. wait so youre not a mature student yet ? id recommend the foundation option in that case[/QUOTE]

    Hi I sent you another private message can you please read it? If you can't help me I understand
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    (Original post by jacksparrow1111)
    Hi there, Can anybody advise me. I am 24 and retook my GCSE maths last year, i achieved an A*, had a D before. I am now doing A level maths at a local adult college and am self studying Further maths. Assuming i could achieve a high grade in both, would it be worth applying to cambridge/oxford as a mature student in comp sci? I understand they usually look for 3 A levels at A*/A, i will only be able to achieve 2, which will be hard enough in itself.
    Definitely worth a try. Cambridge is a very wel equipped to handle mature students. Plus people why usual backgrounds. I would recommend getting in touch with one of their mature colleges.
    I had originally planned to apply to Lucy Cavendish for vetmed as it was just a fantastic college. Unfortunately I am terrible at physics, and vet med at Cambridge required an A grade at least in alevels physics!
    I had the opportunity two years ago to have a long talk with one of he admissions tutors at Cambridge, and he was very positive about unusual applicants. If you can get the grades, go for it
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    (Original post by EnterNamehereplz)
    Hey ive replied. wait so youre not a mature student yet ? id recommend the foundation option in that case
    Hi I sent you another private message can you please read it? If you can't help me I understand[/QUOTE]

    hey ive replied now. sorry for the delay. just a thought since you are only 19 perhaps resitting the A levels would be an option? im only suggesting this as the current vibe im getting is that universities particularly oxbridge , LSE and Warrick tend to differentiate between mature students based on the gap between their past studies and current as far as a level retakes and alternative qualifications are concerned. they would be a lot more forgiving towards mature students who have had a significant gap between their 18 year old studies and say...5 years later. younger mature students who did a levels within the last 3 years might be better off taking completely new A levels as opposed to access or foundation courses and apply once hey have their grades at hand. just
    thinking aloud

    btw this is under the assumption that you did not have externuating circumstances during ypur past studies. having said that....even those circumstances are being differentiated with bereavemant ( nuclear family) and serious illness ( with proof) leading the rankings d.
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    (Original post by NanEco)
    Hi I sent you another private message can you please read it? If you can't help me I understand
    hey ive replied now. sorry for the delay. just a thought since you are only 19 perhaps resitting the A levels would be an option? im only suggesting this as the current vibe im getting is that universities particularly oxbridge , LSE and Warrick tend to differentiate between mature students based on the gap between their past studies and current as far as a level retakes and alternative qualifications are concerned. they would be a lot more forgiving towards mature students who have had a significant gap between their 18 year old studies and say...5 years later. younger mature students who did a levels within the last 3 years might be better off taking completely new A levels as opposed to access or foundation courses and apply once hey have their grades at hand. just
    thinking aloud

    btw this is under the assumption that you did not have externuating circumstances during ypur past studies. having said that....even those circumstances are being differentiated with bereavemant ( nuclear family) and serious illness ( with proof) leading the rankings d.[/QUOTE]

    Thanks. I am 18. I did have certain cirumstances. Will apply for foundation year as back up. Good luck with your studies.
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    Hi NanEco and EnterNamehereplz would you please start quoting your conversations properly as it is making this thread rather difficult to follow.

    (Original post by EnterNamehereplz)
    Thanks. I am 18. I did have certain cirumstances. Will apply for foundation year as back up. Good luck with your studies.
    You're 18?? Are you aware that this thread is for Mature Students going back to studying?
 
 
 
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