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    Hey there!

    I'm in quite the bind right now and it's worrying me sick.
    I am a student from Belgium, studying digital arts & entertainment. However, I had been thinking about studying in England for several years before and unfortunately didn't have the chance to properly apply until this year. So I started studying something in my country in the meantime. I enjoy this course, despite being rather hard and not really my thing. It did show me what I want to do later in life and made me decide I seriously want to study film. The course I applied to in most universities in the UK.

    I did my research, applied, etc. and quickly fell in love with one of the unis I applied to; Reading. their art & film course looked like it was tailored just for me. The perfect course. I put all my hopes in that one, even went as far as losing interest in the other universities I applied to. I met people from the university, already made some friends that will be starting next year as well and they are awesome.
    I got the e-mail requesting my portfolio and today, just now even, I got an e-mail saying my application was successful. They liked my portfolio. Unfortunately for me, it is a conditional offer. I have to successfully complete and pass my first year of my current bachelor degree.
    I honestly didn't expect this, didn't even know it was possible. Quite the buzzkill.

    My current course is hard, I have a mix of logic classes such as Programming and math, which I suck at. and art classes, With drawing, digital painting and 3D. where I'm mostly average. I am pretty sure I won't be able to successfully complete math and programming, especially since I withdrew from math earlier this year, so math and Programming are already fully out of the picture for me.
    Due to some assignments it looks like I will have a hard time passing multiple other courses as well. But I am willing to work incredibly hard for those to at least try. Because if I can't get into reading, I might as well stay and finish my current study, it's my plan B. The worst part of it all is that in Belgium, retakes are held in September. And the deadline for my offer is August. So I won't know half my results until September. So I will have to send in my last results, which I will obtain in June (and will most likely suck as I counted on my retakes).
    But I am sure I can (barely) pass the art courses at least and my courses in the UK won't require maths or coding, so it is confusing me greatly.

    But it scares me in a way, I am not sure what to think of this. I thought I'd finally know if I'd get in my dream uni or not. But it seems my struggle isn't over yet.
    I was hoping I would get into film if i wouldn't qualify for art, but i guess that's out of the picture. My A-levels were fine, as I gained the equivalent for ABB (in belgian grades ofcourse)

    I am unsure what to do now, which is why I'm turning to this forum in the hopes of finding people that had a similar offer. How lax are they in this? What if I don't meet it? Is there any way I can convince the university to accept me anyways? Should I just try seeing as I am not interested in other universities?

    I suddenly wish I took a gap year...
    Hope I can get some help!

    Yours truly,
    A future reading student (hopefully)

    Edit; I'm incredibly sorry for the many spelling errors and terrible sentences, I am writing this in a hurry. Both because of the rush of emotions I am experiencing right now and because I have to catch a class xD
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    (Original post by Enno8)
    Hey there!

    I'm in quite the bind right now and it's worrying me sick.
    I am a student from Belgium, studying digital arts & entertainment. However, I had been thinking about studying in England for several years before and unfortunately didn't have the chance to properly apply until this year. So I started studying something in my country in the meantime. I enjoy this course, despite being rather hard and not really my thing. It did show me what I want to do later in life and made me decide I seriously want to study film. The course I applied to in most universities in the UK.

    I did my research, applied, etc. and quickly fell in love with one of the unis I applied to; Reading. their art & film course looked like it was tailored just for me. The perfect course. I put all my hopes in that one, even went as far as losing interest in the other universities I applied to. I met people from the university, already made some friends that will be starting next year as well and they are awesome.
    I got the e-mail requesting my portfolio and today, just now even, I got an e-mail saying my application was successful. They liked my portfolio. Unfortunately for me, it is a conditional offer. I have to successfully complete and pass my first year of my current bachelor degree.
    I honestly didn't expect this, didn't even know it was possible. Quite the buzzkill.

    My current course is hard, I have a mix of logic classes such as Programming and math, which I suck at. and art classes, With drawing, digital painting and 3D. where I'm mostly average. I am pretty sure I won't be able to successfully complete math and programming, especially since I withdrew from math earlier this year, so math and Programming are already fully out of the picture for me.
    Due to some assignments it looks like I will have a hard time passing multiple other courses as well. But I am willing to work incredibly hard for those to at least try. Because if I can't get into reading, I might as well stay and finish my current study, it's my plan B. The worst part of it all is that in Belgium, retakes are held in September. And the deadline for my offer is August. So I won't know half my results until September. So I will have to send in my last results, which I will obtain in June (and will most likely suck as I counted on my retakes).
    But I am sure I can (barely) pass the art courses at least and my courses in the UK won't require maths or coding, so it is confusing me greatly.

    But it scares me in a way, I am not sure what to think of this. I thought I'd finally know if I'd get in my dream uni or not. But it seems my struggle isn't over yet.
    I was hoping I would get into film if i wouldn't qualify for art, but i guess that's out of the picture. My A-levels were fine, as I gained the equivalent for ABB (in belgian grades ofcourse)

    I am unsure what to do now, which is why I'm turning to this forum in the hopes of finding people that had a similar offer. How lax are they in this? What if I don't meet it? Is there any way I can convince the university to accept me anyways? Should I just try seeing as I am not interested in other universities?

    I suddenly wish I took a gap year...
    Hope I can get some help!

    Yours truly,
    A future reading student (hopefully)

    Edit; I'm incredibly sorry for the many spelling errors and terrible sentences, I am writing this in a hurry. Both because of the rush of emotions I am experiencing right now and because I have to catch a class xD
    I dont think they will be lax in it as if they want to you to pass year 1 otherwise they would have just accepted you with your a level equivalents. Generally you cant convince a university to accept you when its based on grades unless you have some sort of mitaging circumstances and that is normally a long shot too.
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    Thanks for the fast response Claireestelle!

    That seems fair, sort of expected as well. Very unfortunate for me, as these courses i am following now barely relate with the study I'd be following there. Can't find anything on google about similar cases, where they ask people to complete 1 year of university, especially since it works quite a bit differently in Belgium as you can just take failed classes with you to the second year (not sure to what extent you can do this in the UK; maybe I'm uninformed and you can do this there as well, if so, my appologies!).

    A friend who already got in suggested I should ring them and ask them these questions in person, so I can stop worrying about it. But from what I've read online that isn't always a good idea and allows them to change my offer to a rejected one, but I'd like to try succeeding regardless. Even though I can't complete my year because of withdrawn classes. However; I will most likely pass to the second year, despite failing multiple courses. And I remain unsure if that'd satisfy my offer. Sitting with another question as I'm wondering if I should apply for finance now or even start doing my IELTS tests, even though it's unsure I'll succeed.

    Is it smart to phone them? or should I refrain from doing so?
 
 
 
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