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    So basically when I did my A-levels I didn't do any where near enough work and came out with grades I was disappointed with (BCC) because I knew if I'd done the work I could have done a lot better.
    Anyway, I couldn't bear the thought of staying at home for another year so I went to university anyway and studied English, but I didn't enjoy the course or the fact I made no friends whatsoever, so dropped out.
    Now I want a change of subject and I'm thinking of doing a science access course, but I'm not sure how universities value this qualification compared to A-levels. I'm from a family where everyone is insanely smart (I've always been the exception) and my cousins the same age as me are both going to top universities, UCL for example, so for the sake of my incredibly poor self esteem I feel like I need to get into a university with that kind of reputation... could I do this if I did really well on an access course? Or would I be better served by retaking my A2 Geography exams (because I was close to getting an A at AS but then dropped to a C by doing sod all) and then doing Biology A-level in a year?... though I'm not even sure how viable this is as an option .
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    (Original post by Mothprostitute)
    So basically when I did my A-levels I didn't do any where near enough work and came out with grades I was disappointed with (BCC) because I knew if I'd done the work I could have done a lot better.
    Anyway, I couldn't bear the thought of staying at home for another year so I went to university anyway and studied English, but I didn't enjoy the course or the fact I made no friends whatsoever, so dropped out.
    Now I want a change of subject and I'm thinking of doing a science access course, but I'm not sure how universities value this qualification compared to A-levels. I'm from a family where everyone is insanely smart (I've always been the exception) and my cousins the same age as me are both going to top universities, UCL for example, so for the sake of my incredibly poor self esteem I feel like I need to get into a university with that kind of reputation... could I do this if I did really well on an access course? Or would I be better served by retaking my A2 Geography exams (because I was close to getting an A at AS but then dropped to a C by doing sod all) and then doing Biology A-level in a year?... though I'm not even sure how viable this is as an option .
    There's no correct answer to this, as it depends on your circumstances. Probably the best thing to do is to look at some unis you think you'd like to go to and contact them.

    If you resit A Levels then you might be able to do this part time, which means you might be able to get a job and save some money. However, depending on their rules, your previous school might not want to let you only do 2 subjects so you might struggle to find somewhere. You might also need to pay for the course.

    Not all colleges offer Access courses in all subjects, so you might need to travel to find one that does. Access courses are aimed at over 19 year olds so if you will be younger than this it won't be possible. Access courses are one year but very intense, so many people struggle to complete all the work and having a job may not be possible (although remember that many people who do an Access course haven't studied for years so will be learning study skills as well - this may mean you're the youngest in the class).

    You will only get one more attempt at student finance, so you need to be very sure of the course before starting another degree.
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    There's no correct answer to this, as it depends on your circumstances. Probably the best thing to do is to look at some unis you think you'd like to go to and contact them.

    If you resit A Levels then you might be able to do this part time, which means you might be able to get a job and save some money. However, depending on their rules, your previous school might not want to let you only do 2 subjects so you might struggle to find somewhere. You might also need to pay for the course.

    Not all colleges offer Access courses in all subjects, so you might need to travel to find one that does. Access courses are aimed at over 19 year olds so if you will be younger than this it won't be possible. Access courses are one year but very intense, so many people struggle to complete all the work and having a job may not be possible (although remember that many people who do an Access course haven't studied for years so will be learning study skills as well - this may mean you're the youngest in the class).

    You will only get one more attempt at student finance, so you need to be very sure of the course before starting another degree.
    I wasn't planning to go back to my previous school, I was going to go to a college, there is one in my local area which provides a science access course so that's not a problem. I'm not 19 yet but I will be by the start of the course, I assume that would be acceptable?

    If I were to retake some exams as well as do a whole new A-level over a year what would you say is the best way of doing that?

    Thanks for responding and for the advice .
 
 
 
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