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    Hello everyone, I am sorry if I’m posting under the wrong category. I’m very new and very confused.
    A year ago I had to immigrate from my own country and I had to cancel my high school studies. Now I’d like to persue a higher education but I’m not very certain what my options are. I read that some universities don’t have requirements for their foundation year (e.g. Birkbeck). However, the only qualification I can provide is for English proficency and I have no work experience. If I do well on the interviews and written tasks how slim are the chances of them accepting me?
    My second choice would be an OU, however I’ve read that people have had trouble transferring to a brick uni after?
    Has anyone else been in a similar situation and what advice would you give me guys?
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    People on here have done BA (Hons) with the OU and transferred to Red Brick institutions to study MAs and Ph.D. qualifications. I am hopefully starting the OU in February to study the BA English Language and Literature (Hons) and I have not heard of any discrimination. I called up a local university today and they simply stated that they will accept any 2:2 degrees for access to the MA English course.

    The OU offers a lot of things in terms of distance learning so you could possibly start by contacting them and getting information about certain courses that interest you.
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    (Original post by bluevelvet.)
    Hello everyone, I am sorry if I’m posting under the wrong category. I’m very new and very confused.
    A year ago I had to immigrate from my own country and I had to cancel my high school studies. Now I’d like to persue a higher education but I’m not very certain what my options are. I read that some universities don’t have requirements for their foundation year (e.g. Birkbeck). However, the only qualification I can provide is for English proficency and I have no work experience. If I do well on the interviews and written tasks how slim are the chances of them accepting me?
    My second choice would be an OU, however I’ve read that people have had trouble transferring to a brick uni after?
    Has anyone else been in a similar situation and what advice would you give me guys?
    1) To assess your chance of being accepted by Birkbeck you need to call the admissions team and talk them through your particular situation. They will tell you if you need to do anything you've not already.

    2) Transferring from the OU to brick universities happens very regularly, as does people taking up postgraduate qualifications at good universities. That being said, your application would be non-standard so you would need to discuss with the universities you'd want to transfer to how they would view such an application a year from now, assuming good results. That way you can make a plan. There is also the OpenPlus scheme for the sciences which has a built in transfer to a brick university. I don't know an enormous amount about that but, as with anything else, your best bet is to give them a call and ask them about it. At the very least they can direct you to the relevant literature.

    Best of luck.
 
 
 
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