London Brookes College- BEWARE! Please read!

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    I am a mature student and planning to apply to medicine.
    I have a masters from abroad. I never went through the education system in the UK, therefore have no A-levels (or GCSE's).
    I found London Brookes College online and started taking 1-2-1 biology and chemisrty lessons with them based on the agreement that they would provide:
    - the tuition in prep for the A-levels
    - the predicted grades for my application
    - the reference for my application
    - A-level exam

    All was going well and my teacher predicted A*'s for me in both subjects. However, yesterday (3 DAYS before the application deadline) they sent me an email that they won't provide me with the predicted grades, nor with the reference. I have been asking them in emails ever since about what the reason is, but no answer. Have been trying to call them and cannot get through to them.
    I have been preparing for the past 3 months flat out. I did my UKCAT and have a 683 average, which I believe could be sufficient for where I want to apply.
    but now I cannot apply anywhere without the reference and the predicted grades!

    Heartbroken!!! Please be very careful if you are considering studying in this college!!!
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    Are you serious??? 8oCan't believe this! I am not sure but can you get to the address they have provided?I am actually thinking of doing A-level bio with them as a private candidate.... what should I do??? I need a level bio for my uni
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    (Original post by shah96)
    Are you serious??? 8oCan't believe this! I am not sure but can you get to the address they have provided?I am actually thinking of doing A-level bio with them as a private candidate.... what should I do??? I need a level bio for my uni
    Yes, unfortunately, my experience is pretty bad with them. The college is not run like a business- how they treat you is very much dependent on who you are dealing with. No consistency at all.
    Sorry, not sure what you mean by address?
    There are a few other private colleges around and I have found one in central london and will be doing chemistry and biology with them.
    Hope you get sorted one way or another as arranging A-levels as a mature student seems to be quite a headache.
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    Yes, unfortunately, my experience is pretty bad with them. The college is not run like a business- how they treat you is very much dependent on who you are dealing with. No consistency at all.
    Sorry, not sure what you mean by address?
    There are a few other private colleges around and I have found one in central london and will be doing chemistry and biology with them.
    Hope you get sorted one way or another as arranging A-levels as a mature student seems to be quite a headache.
    Sorry to hear about your situation! what I mean is that can you go directly to the college and see them personally rather than emailing and calling?
    That's good to hear, so far NEC is the one that looks reliable but they cannot guarantee if they will run practical endorsement as well btw which college have you found? might look them up as a backup option
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    (Original post by shah96)
    Sorry to hear about your situation! what I mean is that can you go directly to the college and see them personally rather than emailing and calling?
    That's good to hear, so far NEC is the one that looks reliable but they cannot guarantee if they will run practical endorsement as well btw which college have you found? might look them up as a backup option

    I couldn't go as I was doing my hospital work experience. Also, they can be quite weird when you are there. It might be worth you visiting them and you will then form your own view of them.
    I haven't decided which college to go to, but have been recommended the following: Hampbell Harris, Pascals, Cherry Hill
    I will look at NEC as well.
    Hope you find a good place.
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    (Original post by ArtScience)
    I couldn't go as I was doing my hospital work experience. Also, they can be quite weird when you are there. It might be worth you visiting them and you will then form your own view of them.
    I haven't decided which college to go to, but have been recommended the following: Hampbell Harris, Pascals, Cherry Hill
    I will look at NEC as well.
    Hope you find a good place.
    Thanks mate and wish you best as well finding a good place:five:. Yes, I'll definitely visit them if I can't find any other institute. Are you going to apply to university for next year?
    I'm looking for an institute that does Edexcel and I think Campbell does aqa only not 100% sure. Apart from those, other distance learning organizations are Open oxford learning and Wolsey Hall that offer different subjects.
    Which exam board are you doing?
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    Probably much safer to stick with ordinary FE colleges. They are part of the UK education system, are regulated and inspected, and run a good range of courses. They are probably cheaper than private colleges too.


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