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    I wasn't informed as to what BTEC's were. I figured since you study 4 subjects in a levels, it's for people who hadn't decided on what they wanted to do in life. I also figured BTEC's were amazing and would propel me forward, as I study just 1 subject (IT). The teachers at the College fed me bs like you could get into the second year at uni right off the bat etc, and that's not true.

    BTECs are not as valued as A levels, they're worth less UCAS points too.

    Then I made my second mistake. I did a HNC (first year uni equivalent). Most uni's will absolutely not accept you into the second year. No matter what.

    I've been accepted to Greenwhich, Middlesex, Westminister, Brunel and another uni in the past, but they all said I have to do the first year (for computing courses, same as my HNC). I've told all of them that I can't get financing for the first year as I already have a level four diploma, and student finance won't give me any assistance. I don't have £9,000 to repeat the exact same year. They wouldn't budge. They don't need me afterall so they're not going to make an exception for me.

    So as a 22 year old now what can I do? I can't do apprenticeships since IT ones go upto level four, and I already have that so I can't qualify for those.

    Can't find IT work without a degree, if even with one, and I can't get into uni because I don't have 9k to waste.
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    Not sure what you're on about when you're talking about them not being as many UCAS points. A distinction* is an A*, a distinction is an A, a merit is a C and a pass is an E. It's not hard to find out. If you haven't been working hard and just thought passes were good enough, then that's nobody elses problem.
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    (Original post by RadikulRAM)
    I've told all of them that I can't get financing for the first year as I already have a level four diploma, and student finance won't give me any assistance.
    Are you sure about the funding? Afaik an HNC won't exclude you because you are allowed one extra year from SFE.


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    (Original post by RadikulRAM)
    I wasn't informed as to what BTEC's were. I figured since you study 4 subjects in a levels, it's for people who hadn't decided on what they wanted to do in life. I also figured BTEC's were amazing and would propel me forward, as I study just 1 subject (IT). The teachers at the College fed me bs like you could get into the second year at uni right off the bat etc, and that's not true.

    BTECs are not as valued as A levels, they're worth less UCAS points too.

    Then I made my second mistake. I did a HNC (first year uni equivalent). Most uni's will absolutely not accept you into the second year. No matter what.

    I've been accepted to Greenwhich, Middlesex, Westminister, Brunel and another uni in the past, but they all said I have to do the first year (for computing courses, same as my HNC). I've told all of them that I can't get financing for the first year as I already have a level four diploma, and student finance won't give me any assistance. I don't have £9,000 to repeat the exact same year. They wouldn't budge. They don't need me afterall so they're not going to make an exception for me.

    So as a 22 year old now what can I do? I can't do apprenticeships since IT ones go upto level four, and I already have that so I can't qualify for those.

    Can't find IT work without a degree, if even with one, and I can't get into uni because I don't have 9k to waste.
    Have you considered an Access to Higher Education course? It is a one year course with the specific goal of getting you to University.

    I am also 22 and I did an Appenticeship (BTEC 2 & 3) after leaving school. The course was quite useless, I learnt more from the placement! I am now doing an Access course and hope to go to Uni this year.

    You will be able to get an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the £3000 costs, which is wiped off if you complete a University degree.
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    (Original post by lily237)
    Have you considered an Access to Higher Education course? It is a one year course with the specific goal of getting you to University.

    I am also 22 and I did an Appenticeship (BTEC 2 & 3) after leaving school. The course was quite useless, I learnt more from the placement! I am now doing an Access course and hope to go to Uni this year.

    You will be able to get an Advanced Learning Loan to cover the £3000 costs, which is wiped off if you complete a University degree.
    Access to HE isn't an option if OP already has an HNC
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    Are you sure about the funding? Afaik an HNC won't exclude you because you are allowed one extra year from SFE.


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    Lets see, I did my HNC, went into second year BSC (**** uni), uni messed up and put me on the wrong course. So I've already taken out 2 years of debt, so if I go the the first year that's my third, then 2nd is my fourth, and third year is my fifth of taking out a student loan.
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    (Original post by RadikulRAM)
    Lets see, I did my HNC, went into second year BSC (**** uni), uni messed up and put me on the wrong course. So I've already taken out 2 years of debt, so if I go the the first year that's my third, then 2nd is my fourth, and third year is my fifth of taking out a student loan.
    Well that's different then. You will have to pay the 1st year of a new course if you start in Year 1.

    New course length (3) + "gift year" (1) - HNC (1) - 2nd year of BSc not completed (1) = 2 years entitlement.

    (It would have been helpful if you'd mentioned these circumstances in your OP )
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    (Original post by RadikulRAM)
    I wasn't informed as to what BTEC's were. I figured since you study 4 subjects in a levels, it's for people who hadn't decided on what they wanted to do in life. I also figured BTEC's were amazing and would propel me forward, as I study just 1 subject (IT). The teachers at the College fed me bs like you could get into the second year at uni right off the bat etc, and that's not true.

    BTECs are not as valued as A levels, they're worth less UCAS points too.

    Then I made my second mistake. I did a HNC (first year uni equivalent). Most uni's will absolutely not accept you into the second year. No matter what.

    I've been accepted to Greenwhich, Middlesex, Westminister, Brunel and another uni in the past, but they all said I have to do the first year (for computing courses, same as my HNC). I've told all of them that I can't get financing for the first year as I already have a level four diploma, and student finance won't give me any assistance. I don't have £9,000 to repeat the exact same year. They wouldn't budge. They don't need me afterall so they're not going to make an exception for me.

    So as a 22 year old now what can I do? I can't do apprenticeships since IT ones go upto level four, and I already have that so I can't qualify for those.

    Can't find IT work without a degree, if even with one, and I can't get into uni because I don't have 9k to waste.
    http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/qualif...course-details

    They'll accept credit transfers from your HNC and you can study while based in London (restricting your options to london only will mean you don't have as many options).
 
 
 
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