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    So, first off, I currently attend the University of Essex (First year).
    I'm really not happy at this university, from the teaching to the student life, it's really not for me.

    Now, I received poor a-levels as a result of an illness (BCD - IT, Eng Lit, French) which is unfortunate as my course is actually English Literature and Modern Languages, but I got here through clearing. However, I know that wasn't the extent of my ability (As I said, illness) as I've been receiving fairly good results (on course for a 2:1 or higher).

    Now, I don't know if there's any universities that would accept me and given that mine is a four year course (should I do languages), I can't afford to start it from year one (I doubt I could pay £9000 in my fourth year without Student finance).

    My initial choices for unis were Leeds and Reading, so I know there's no point in applying there given my extenuating circumstances meant nothing in regards to my applicaition, but also, I don't know if they would now - It's far to late to apply to take a-levels again this year, and I don't know how taking a year out would affect my student finance (something I have to strongly consider).

    But would any (decent) universities accept me given this information?

    Any advice would be wonderful, if not, well, I suppose I just need to stick it out for the next 3 years.

    Thank you.
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    So, first off, I currently attend the University of Essex (First year).
    I'm really not happy at this university, from the teaching to the student life, it's really not for me.

    Now, I received poor a-levels as a result of an illness (BCD - IT, Eng Lit, French) which is unfortunate as my course is actually English Literature and Modern Languages, but I got here through clearing. However, I know that wasn't the extent of my ability (As I said, illness) as I've been receiving fairly good results (on course for a 2:1 or higher).

    Now, I don't know if there's any universities that would accept me and given that mine is a four year course (should I do languages), I can't afford to start it from year one (I doubt I could pay £9000 in my fourth year without Student finance).

    My initial choices for unis were Leeds and Reading, so I know there's no point in applying there given my extenuating circumstances meant nothing in regards to my applicaition, but also, I don't know if they would now - It's far to late to apply to take a-levels again this year, and I don't know how taking a year out would affect my student finance (something I have to strongly consider).

    But would any (decent) universities accept me given this information?

    Any advice would be wonderful, if not, well, I suppose I just need to stick it out for the next 3 years.

    Thank you.
    With student finance, you can do one "false start". The calculation is (new course length + 1) - years already taken. So if you do a 4 year course it means you get 4+1-1, and would be funded for the whole of the new course.
    If you were then to drop out again, it would be 4+1-2, so you need to be sure that whatever you decide to do is the right choice.

    If you take a year out, you don't get any student finance for that year. This means you're not using up any of your entitlement years.
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    (Original post by Ellie96)
    So, first off, I currently attend the University of Essex (First year).
    I'm really not happy at this university, from the teaching to the student life, it's really not for me.

    Now, I received poor a-levels as a result of an illness (BCD - IT, Eng Lit, French) which is unfortunate as my course is actually English Literature and Modern Languages, but I got here through clearing. However, I know that wasn't the extent of my ability (As I said, illness) as I've been receiving fairly good results (on course for a 2:1 or higher).

    Now, I don't know if there's any universities that would accept me and given that mine is a four year course (should I do languages), I can't afford to start it from year one (I doubt I could pay £9000 in my fourth year without Student finance).

    My initial choices for unis were Leeds and Reading, so I know there's no point in applying there given my extenuating circumstances meant nothing in regards to my applicaition, but also, I don't know if they would now - It's far to late to apply to take a-levels again this year, and I don't know how taking a year out would affect my student finance (something I have to strongly consider).

    But would any (decent) universities accept me given this information?

    Any advice would be wonderful, if not, well, I suppose I just need to stick it out for the next 3 years.

    Thank you.
    Juno has already explained the student finance situation, but if you're still interested in transferring into second year, basically each uni will take a different view on this. Lots of unis do accept transfer students in the second year, but usually they will want your first year of study to be fairly similar to the first year of study at their own university.

    All you can do is email any universities you might be interested in and see what they have to say!
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    (Original post by Ellie96)
    So, first off, I currently attend the University of Essex (First year).
    I'm really not happy at this university, from the teaching to the student life, it's really not for me.

    Now, I received poor a-levels as a result of an illness (BCD - IT, Eng Lit, French) which is unfortunate as my course is actually English Literature and Modern Languages, but I got here through clearing. However, I know that wasn't the extent of my ability (As I said, illness) as I've been receiving fairly good results (on course for a 2:1 or higher).

    Now, I don't know if there's any universities that would accept me and given that mine is a four year course (should I do languages), I can't afford to start it from year one (I doubt I could pay £9000 in my fourth year without Student finance).

    My initial choices for unis were Leeds and Reading, so I know there's no point in applying there given my extenuating circumstances meant nothing in regards to my applicaition, but also, I don't know if they would now - It's far to late to apply to take a-levels again this year, and I don't know how taking a year out would affect my student finance (something I have to strongly consider).

    But would any (decent) universities accept me given this information?

    Any advice would be wonderful, if not, well, I suppose I just need to stick it out for the next 3 years.

    Thank you.
    If it makes you feel any better I'm in the legit same boat as you are now, or I was anyway. I went to Essex after I missed my firm offer, and got alright but not great grades; I got a 2.1 in first year and decided I could do better and go to a better uni so took a gap year.

    Anyway, I've reapplied this year for linguistics (which is what I did at Essex) and I've got offers from Newcastle Uni, Lancaster and Leicester - I just had an interview at Southampton uni as well. All well above my a level grades and good unis. Dunno where I'm gonna go yet but just know that it is possible, Essex is a respected middle league uni so doing well there shows you can cope at better unis (basically what my interviewer at Southampton said) just know that it is possible just make sure you boss first year, get a decent bit of work experience (I did a summer placement with one of the lecturers and Essex) and you'll be fine.

    Only down side is that I have to repeat first year, I guess it's to again make up for the lower grades.

    Good luck, any questions I'll try my best to help.
 
 
 
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