Ie, those in their early 20s. Is it enough simply to meet/surpass the entry requirements?
Would A Levels taken at 18 suffice?
I am not sure if my course it typical but those in their early 20's like me always seem to get the higher marks. I think it is because they tend to be more mature but still quite fresh to exam/revision techniques. The older mature students (35+) tend to always turn up for lectures but not really understand anything and fail. The 18-21 year olds are some times quite imature and would ratrher spend their degree finding the new found joy of a night club. Those in their early 20's have probably already experienced all that so it won't be such a novelty to them.
I also think that you're more likely to be doing a course that you really want to do / that you know will help you with a career. I don't mean to make sweeping generalisations about everyone, but I know that at 18 I felt like I had been 'brainwashed' by my school into taking a certain degree at a certain university and following a certain career path - and that was one of the reasons that I didn't apply to university straight from school, because I knew that I didn't want to do what they wanted me to! Working for a few years has allowed me to really think about what I want to do, and why, and I know that now I really want to be at university.
I applied 'last' year (if you know what I mean) and I'm starting university in two weeks - cue huge nerves and major panic!
Oh quite a major relocation then! Did you go back to your old school to get your reference? Or just ask your boss? Ive been considering taking a couple of A Levels this year but Im not sure whether it would really be necessary. Ill have to contact a few admissions tutors I suppose.
Its not long since I was last in full time education so hopefully I wont need to take A Levels this year. I got ABB at school so I could only really improve my marks by a couple of grades.
Did you approach many admissions tutors? Were they generally helpful?
I din't really approach that many admissions tutors as the course I want to do is quite specialised and isn't offered in that many places. I think that I spoke to about three or four places in total - the tutors were generally helpful but they tend to be quite cautious until they know fully what you intend to do, what you have been doing and what grades you gained originally. It's useful to talk to them though, as the support for 'younger' mature students (accomodation/study skills etc) tends to differ hugely at different places. All in all though, the places that I spoke to were quite helpful.