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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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    (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?
    Although Birkbeck says

    We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
    this is mainly for mature students. You've admitted that you have no work experience or qualifications, so there's not much that they can judge you on. Although you could apply, you are very likely to be unsuccessful.

    With the OU, there are no entry requirements because they have modules that start from the beginning. This is why it can be difficult to transfer to another uni afterwards - if you only take the introductory modules, you're not at the level other unis require. If you completed 120 credits at Level 1, you would be able to use this as entry towards a brick uni to start their degree from the beginning. You may find that you need to take an Access module with the OU to be able to get to the required standard.

    You also need to consider funding, as you may not qualify for student loans if you've only been in the UK for a year.
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    (Original post by Juno)
    this is mainly for mature students. You've admitted that you have no work experience or qualifications, so there's not much that they can judge you on. Although you could apply, you are very likely to be unsuccessful.

    With the OU, there are no entry requirements because they have modules that start from the beginning. This is why it can be difficult to transfer to another uni afterwards - if you only take the introductory modules, you're not at the level other unis require. If you completed 120 credits at Level 1, you would be able to use this as entry towards a brick uni to start their degree from the beginning. You may find that you need to take an Access module with the OU to be able to get to the required standard.

    You also need to consider funding, as you may not qualify for student loans if you've only been in the UK for a year.

    I understand that, my question is, more specifically, how likely are brick unis to accept a transfer from an OU if you meet the requirements? I’ve seen a lot of people complain about not being accepted for any transfers from UK’s OU. Also, I am an EU citizen so I can get funding both from my own country or the UK if I get accepted (from what I’ve read of course). Thanks for the help!
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    (Original post by bluevelvet.)
    I understand that, my question is, more specifically, how likely are brick unis to accept a transfer from an OU if you meet the requirements? I’ve seen a lot of people complain about not being accepted for any transfers from UK’s OU. Also, I am an EU citizen so I can get funding both from my own country or the UK if I get accepted (from what I’ve read of course). Thanks for the help!
    That depends on the uni you're interested in and the course, and also what modules you've completed. It's possible to find unis to transfer to - but that doesn't mean all unis will in all circumstances.
 
 
 
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