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    I am planning to start an access course in IT this october so I can start university in 2018 studying computer science but I have a few concerns.

    Most of my GCSEs were only at grade C including maths. I Was predicted A* but I was lazy and wreckless in school. I ended up completing an apprenticeship in Automotive Engineering getting a level 3. Will my GCSE grades be a problem when applying for a decent UNI?

    Another query I have is if I am starting my access course in October how can I make sure my application to uni is in on time for 2018? Surely I won't have predicted grades for a while?

    I was also considering studying abroad for lower education costs and it will look better on my profile. Also I hate England after travelling and working in Australia. Is this simply not an option with access course? I assume only UK universities accept this form of entry?

    I apologise for all of the questions but I am very anxious and this is kind of my last shot at life so I don't want to mess it up.
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    (Original post by luck2luke)
    I am planning to start an access course in IT this october so I can start university in 2018 studying computer science but I have a few concerns.

    Most of my GCSEs were only at grade C including maths. I Was predicted A* but I was lazy and wreckless in school. I ended up completing an apprenticeship in Automotive Engineering getting a level 3. Will my GCSE grades be a problem when applying for a decent UNI?

    Another query I have is if I am starting my access course in October how can I make sure my application to uni is in on time for 2018? Surely I won't have predicted grades for a while?

    I was also considering studying abroad for lower education costs and it will look better on my profile. Also I hate England after travelling and working in Australia. Is this simply not an option with access course? I assume only UK universities accept this form of entry?

    I apologise for all of the questions but I am very anxious and this is kind of my last shot at life so I don't want to mess it up.

    Not sure about the foreign University part, however I can speak about the other bits.

    My GCSE's were pretty bad too (B in math, D-E in everything else), but after doing well in last years Open University modules I managed to get a place on an A-level BBB req Computer Science course without any A-levels.

    Some Universities prefer mature students to younger ones as we are usually more fitted to the nature of self studying, I think your results come around the same time (maybe slightly earlier) as A-levels, so you could always apply with targeted figures for this years modules (it will be pretty apparent what grades you're close to by the time University applications close), if you get rejected from all your applications you will enter clearing (which really isn't as bad as it sounds).

    With clearing as a mature student it was relatively easy for me, my grades came back a month before all A-level results so I was effectively in clearing way before most others, I simply sent an email out to all the Universities close to me (I have a daughter so moving halfway across country is impossible for me) I was interested in and received 4 different offers and 3 rejections, didn't even need to talk on the phone as they were very happy with my tutor reference and the academic transcript with my results I sent when they requested after the initial email.

    The application process really isn't as bad as people make it out to be, the more important part is getting your student finance application sent WELL before you are accepted, if you make a finance application for one of your first choices before being accepted, its very easy to simply change the University on the finance application after its been assessed, the long part is the identification procedure to determine who you are and the assessment phase to see if your eligible for student finance.

    Goodluck!
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    (Original post by luck2luke)
    I am planning to start an access course in IT this october so I can start university in 2018 studying computer science but I have a few concerns.

    Most of my GCSEs were only at grade C including maths. I Was predicted A* but I was lazy and wreckless in school. I ended up completing an apprenticeship in Automotive Engineering getting a level 3. Will my GCSE grades be a problem when applying for a decent UNI?

    Another query I have is if I am starting my access course in October how can I make sure my application to uni is in on time for 2018? Surely I won't have predicted grades for a while?

    I was also considering studying abroad for lower education costs and it will look better on my profile. Also I hate England after travelling and working in Australia. Is this simply not an option with access course? I assume only UK universities accept this form of entry?

    I apologise for all of the questions but I am very anxious and this is kind of my last shot at life so I don't want to mess it up.
    October is an odd time to start?

    Ok GCSE's won't matter, as long as you have grade C in English and Maths.

    As for getting your application in on time, you'll be fine, I started my course in September '16 and did my UCAS application in November. You don't have predicted grade on an access course but your referee will comment as to what grade you are working towards. You'll have finished at leas one assignment by then I would expect, probably 2.

    I have no idea about universities abroad accepting the access diploma, but if you are enrolled in a UK university, many offer study abroad options. Some like Liverpool and Nottingham have an entire campus based in China and Malaysia respectively where it's possible to do part, or maybe all of the course. And lots of universities have exchange programs with universities in Australia, America, Canada, Singapore etc. So even if you're enrolled in the UK, there are foreign study options available.
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    Thankyou guys good information.
 
 
 
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