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    Hi there,

    I am 24 y.o and i dropped out of the uni when i was 19. I have been living in England since then.

    I would like to study Finance in the UK, but my marks from the equivalent to UK Alevels are really mediocre, i have already checked several websites and still didnt find any single one with low requirements.

    Could anyone tell me if i have any chance of finding a place to study?

    Would you suggest me to retake A levels?

    Thanks in advance
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    (Original post by ESKETITTT)
    Hi there,

    I am 24 y.o and i dropped out of the uni when i was 19. I have been living in England since then.

    I would like to study Finance in the UK, but my marks from the equivalent to UK Alevels are really mediocre, i have already checked several websites and still didnt find any single one with low requirements.

    Could anyone tell me if i have any chance of finding a place to study?

    Would you suggest me to retake A levels?

    Thanks in advance
    have you looked into foundation years?
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    (Original post by ESKETITTT)
    Hi there,

    I am 24 y.o and i dropped out of the uni when i was 19. I have been living in England since then.

    I would like to study Finance in the UK, but my marks from the equivalent to UK Alevels are really mediocre, i have already checked several websites and still didnt find any single one with low requirements.

    Could anyone tell me if i have any chance of finding a place to study?

    Would you suggest me to retake A levels?

    Thanks in advance
    If you’d like to take the course but there isn’t one in which you meet the entry requirements for - Retaking your A-Levels or, taking a Foundation Year at Uni might be better options. Where you’ve been looking at Finance degrees, look for ones with a foundation option.

    Someone more well versed in finance might be able to advise you better than myself. ☺️
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    Agree with Claire, Foundation Years are specifically for international students in your situation.

    There is little point taking A Levels at this stage, because the scope is so broad when you already know what you wish to study - Maths and perhaps Economics would be useful for Finance, but a typical University offer is composed of three, sometimes with an additional As for competitive universities, and whilst you may get personal satisfaction from studying something like Physics, it truly will not be useful unless you take your degree to a higher level. (Post grad Finance and Econ takes Physics concepts and applies it. Never thought I'd see Schrödingers equation used to define an economy and the movement of money).

    Rather than two years like A Levels, a foundation year is one year, teaches things specific to your future course, and if you are eligible for student finance funding for the degree you will also be eligible for funding for the foundation year. It is meant as a bridge step for graduates of foreign secondary school systems to bridge the gap where they don't have the equivalent A Level grades, and also to prepare them for using academic English. The bonus is that the foundation year is attached to the course you wish to study, once you get accepted to the foundation year, as long as you don't fail it, you are guaranteed progression to your uni course. Not so with A Levels.

    I cannot offer further advice as to which Universities foundation courses to look at without knowing what your secondary school qualifications are (IB, Abitur etc), and what sort of grades we are talking about.

    You have already missed the UCAS deadline for applying this year, but that gives you from now until September to work on your application. Get some work experience in Finance, polish up your personal statement etc. so that come September you can apply as soon as applications open.

    Note: it is possible to apply now even after missing the UCAS deadline, which you should consider given that you already have your grades, and then if you get no offers you will go into Clearing in the summer after A Level grades are released. However, foundation years have limited places and are offered at only select universities, so this is an unlikely route. But not impossible. You would only know by calling admissions at Unis offering a foundation year.

    Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions. I was an international student support assistant for two years, and whilst I am only familiar with my own alma maters foundation school, can offer general advice on the admissions process.
 
 
 

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