Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

"University is easier than A Levels!" Watch

    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by AshEntropy)
    I've heard a lot about London Metropolitan University on here, what's actually wrong with it? I know they did something bad involving international students but I've never been able to find out what it actually was. Whatever they did, it must have been really bad, because a university in Leeds (Leeds Beckett University) used to be called Leeds Metropolitan University and they got so worried that people would associate it with London Met (because of the same initials LMU) that they changed their name to Leeds Beckett.
    It's because it's bottom of the league table. People insult it and anybody who goes there for this reason even though league tables mean **** all to undergrads. I'll admit, I have used it as an insult before, but I think whilst it isn't the best of places, it's specialised to mature students or interanationals or something and I think it is actually quite strong in some areas.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hypnotismm)
    Personally I thought GCSE was easy because you only end up having to do about twenty pieces of work for a project with no writing or anything about it, but A Level is a big step up from that. A lot of people in my class dropped the subject (last year there was about 30 people, this year only like 5). It is a big workload but if you want to succeed as an artist in the real world then that is the reality, especially for me as I want to become an illustrator.

    I don't know about other people's teachers, but I've personally found my teachers to be great and they are very excited about my ideas. I struggled a little since the subject is very fine art based and I'm more into illustration, but generally I find that teachers want you to explore different styles and make work that you enjoy. In today's world there's really no use in having everyone's art be made in the exact same 'right' way, so maybe there's been a change in attitudes. Then again, maybe people just had awful art teachers
    I've never really studied art and don't know much about art classes, but I'm guessing art is one of those subjects where you NEED to have interested, passionate teachers to prevent yourself from getting drained. I compare it to sports which I do know about. If I have a coach who is passionate and interested in my development I am much less likely to burn out, even on my worst days.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Moonstruck16)
    I even though league tables mean **** all to undergrads.
    You've given me an idea for a new thread!
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Moonstruck16)
    I've never really studied art and don't know much about art classes, but I'm guessing art is one of those subjects where you NEED to have interested, passionate teachers to prevent yourself from getting drained. I compare it to sports which I do know about. If I have a coach who is passionate and interested in my development I am much less likely to burn out, even on my worst days.
    I think it definitely helps. My teacher is always there to help me with ideas or what kind of experiments I should do, she's taken time outside of classes to speak with me or help me with my university application. I think I would struggle to get the same grades and do the same amount of work if my teacher wasn't so helpful
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Ellie419)
    (Still an A-Level student here) It will be interesting to see the difference with the new A-Levels. In the science A-Level you don't do EMPA's/ISA's now, instead you have a lab book and there are specific required practical techniques that you have to meet to pass science practical, which is a condition of a lot of uni offers now. I'd say the content isn't too bad it just takes a while to get used to, but the grade boundaries seem to be lower, we've just done last year's AS papers as a mock exam (AS exams don't count towards the final grade, all exams are at the end of year 13, with one paper on year 1 content, 1 on year 2 and the last one is different depending on which science.) but in the papers for last years AS in biology, you only needed 88/150 for an A.

    It will be interesting to see the difference between the new A-levels and uni, but I'm expecting uni to be a lot harder.
    I have to say, having done a mix of unreformed and reformed science AS levels, imo the reformed ones are a lot easier, purely because to get a practical pass you literally just have to do the stuff - whereas for an EMPA, you have to do it well if you want a good grade. It's pretty much impossible to fail the practicals, unless you aren't in school / college for some of them.

    For example: physics is my best subject, and I'm now doing a physics degree, but I got 94% in the unreformed AS physics compared to 98% in the reformed AS chemistry - and I am much, much worse at chemistry, and did less revision.

    Plus, not all specs had ISAs or EMPAs - my (unreformed) physics A level didn't. Biology has always had pretty low grade boundaries.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hypnotismm)
    I'm still doing A Levels and I'd say that personally I think my university experience will be easier because right now I'm doing 4 subjects (one of them being art, which I want to carry on with). The only subject I enjoy is art and I'm struggling more with my other subjects, especially since I have to do exams for them. This isn't really about the actual difficulty of what I'm learning compared to what the university level would be, more like doing 4 subjects and not enjoying it vs doing a degree of something I really enjoy
    Poor you, having to do an exam
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by citibankrec)
    Poor you, having to do an exam
    thanks for being an *******. i'm not an academic person and my exams consistently bring my entire grade down so i don't enjoy them, i wasn't saying it with a 'woe is me' attitude
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hypnotismm)
    thanks for being an *******. i'm not an academic person and my exams consistently bring my entire grade down so i don't enjoy them, i wasn't saying it with a 'woe is me' attitude
    The exams are your grade? amirite
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by citibankrec)
    The exams are your grade? amirite
    I do coursework based subjects and get high grades on them, the exam grade pulls my overall grade down
    Offline

    5
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by citibankrec)
    Poor you, having to do an exam

    Attachment 611634611638
    Attached Images
      
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    Hi, since this is a uni topic of conversation thread, is there anyone who has had any type of language interview at a uni before? Really could do with some tips. Thank you.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by AshEntropy)
    Hi all,

    Have you heard this? I've heard people say this. Surprisingly, I heard it from teachers too..

    Now, I can only speak on behalf of BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science - and all I can say is, that is a load of absolute tosh.

    I don't know about other courses (please comment!) but the science now is significantly harder than it was in A Level Biology and Chemistry. I don't understand how anyone can say that University is easier than A Levels.


    They've taken piss degrees - it's the only reason
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Quantex)
    Lets take a moment to consider the suffering done by those at postgraduate level....

    Are those metabolic pathways by any chance? I can't zoom in to see anything
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    Are those metabolic pathways by any chance? I can't zoom in to see anything
    Yes they are :P
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    They've taken piss degrees - it's the only reason
    What degrees would you consider piss degrees? (We call them Mickey-Mouse degrees)
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by citibankrec)
    Poor you, having to do an exam
    Come on some people find them really hard
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by AshEntropy)
    What degrees would you consider piss degrees? (We call them Mickey-Mouse degrees)
    Yes, I know, I'm not American

    Probably business degrees - they're widely taken by so many people, and they all end up with at least a 2:1.

    Generally speaking, the more mathematical the degree, the harder it is - and I known people will state that it depends on the person, but look at the national statistics and see how piss-poor the GCSE maths pass rate is.

    Theoretical physics is probably the hardest thing there is
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by AshEntropy)
    I've heard a lot about London Metropolitan University on here, what's actually wrong with it? I know they did something bad involving international students but I've never been able to find out what it actually was. Whatever they did, it must have been really bad, because a university in Leeds (Leeds Beckett University) used to be called Leeds Metropolitan University and they got so worried that people would associate it with London Met (because of the same initials LMU) that they changed their name to Leeds Beckett.
    Well apart from anything else it seems like an organisational shambles.

    Lost it's status as an educational institution for immigration purposes because it didn't do it's paperwork in time (might have been down to wolfie smith staff trying to stick it to THE MAN)

    Couple of years earlier iirc it had an acute financial disaster and shut down a bunch of courses with students part way through - any normal uni allows existing students to complete the course and graduate (though it's never ideal - the staff will be trying to bolt for the exits)

    Just generally seems to be in a permanent crisis
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    Theoretical physics is probably the hardest thing there is
    Yeah I agree with that, it sounds extremely difficult
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Joinedup)
    x
    I heard that if allowed international students to "study" for fake-non-existant degrees so that they could just get a full time job and pretend they were studying, is that true?
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Updated: February 1, 2017
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Will you be richer or poorer than your parents?
    Useful resources
    AtCTs

    Ask the Community Team

    Got a question about the site content or our moderation? Ask here.

    Welcome Lounge

    Welcome Lounge

    We're a friendly bunch. Post here if you're new to TSR.

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.