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Mature student applying via UCAS - in a dire situation watch


    (Original post by anxiety2017)
    Reality Check , you are so very welcome. Would you recommend that I pursue a "certified statement of results" or getting the actual certificates?

    With regards to informing the Universities who may (or may not, as the case may be) make me offers - do I inform them of this now or should I do it only in the event that I receive offers?

    Thanks ever so much, once more
    I think getting the certificates are your best bet - you'll very possibly need to use them in the future anyway so it's probably best to have them.

    I think it's very important to tell the universities now, so they're aware of the situation and can make decisions accordingly. Just be as open and honest with them as you've been with us, and you'll be fine. It's obvious to me that you're not trying to deceive the universities into thinking you've done better than you have, or that you've taken exams which you haven't. But they can only make decisions and offers based on accurate information. So best to tell them straightaway.
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    Ok, I shall e-mail every one of the Universities now.

    I do wonder, though, if they will deem this as negative and I worry that, despite a fairly good personal statement in which I explain my passion for my chosen course subject, and a positive reference....if this little situation I have myself in will end up forcing them to ignore all of that and make a decision based on my hiccup here.....they may be annoyed/angered that I submitted results without having the certs in front of me (and, I would not blame them).
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    Reality Check - p.s. I like your picture. What is that creature with the Union Flag painted on it? Lol

    (Original post by anxiety2017)
    40 quid a certificate.....it's not looking good for me at all, there is no way that I can afford that amount for so many certificates . Thinking it's time to give up on the dream.....
    No don't!! It's not £40 per exam. It's per certificate. Lots of schools used one or two exam boards. If you sat 5 exams with one board they'll be on the same certificate.
    Equally if your family is so supportive can they lend you what in the scheme of things is a small amount until your finance comes through? Please please don't give up!!

    Another alternative is to contact the school you studied at to see if that can validate your exam results. I am also a mature student (32) so had no idea where my certificates were. I contacted my school and they sent a validation email directly to the universities to clarify my grades. Obviously all institutes are different so I would advise to check that this would be ok with the university you are applying to but it saves you spending a load of money on certificates.

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