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    SUMMARY (this is longggg I'm sorry) - Is it worth going to study foundation at UCA epsom, or should I carry on my 90 credit BTEC at college for another year instead of foundation? I aspire to do a degree at CSM or Kingston after this year!

    My long ass question in detail -

    I have applied to do art and design foundation at UCA Epsom and Farnham, the Royal Drawing School, Kingston University and UAL (CSM campus). All of these are relatively close to me (I live in the South London area).

    I was accepted by UCA Epsom and Farnham (however will decline Farnham since its the same thing but further away), and I have an interview coming up at the RDS (but this foundation may not be relevant to my pathways). However, I was really really excited to go to Kingston or UAL since these were my favourite unis, but they declined me
    I guess they are tougher to get into? But I was really hoping to get into at least one of them, and CSM was my top choice, I'm gutted!

    I have an A level in photography, and one year of a 90 credit art and design BTEC - this is equivalent to 2 and a half A levels, not the usual minimum of 3 A levels, due to personal reasons. The minimum for foundation is one A level though, but I still wonder if this could be a reason Kingston and CSM declined me? I am predicted an A and DDD in my subjects though so I'm doing pretty good despite that!

    Anyways, I could carry on my art/design BTEC for another year (and make it 180 credit) and get a bigger portfolio that way instead of doing foundation, and then apply to CSM and Kingston again for a degree straight away, OR I could do a foundation at UCA Epsom and apply for a degree at my preferred universities after that...what is the better option?
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    (Original post by scarlettt8)
    SUMMARY (this is longggg I'm sorry) - Is it worth going to study foundation at UCA epsom, or should I carry on my 90 credit BTEC at college for another year instead of foundation? I aspire to do a degree at CSM or Kingston after this year!

    My long ass question in detail -

    I have applied to do art and design foundation at UCA Epsom and Farnham, the Royal Drawing School, Kingston University and UAL (CSM campus). All of these are relatively close to me (I live in the South London area).

    I was accepted by UCA Epsom and Farnham (however will decline Farnham since its the same thing but further away), and I have an interview coming up at the RDS (but this foundation may not be relevant to my pathways). However, I was really really excited to go to Kingston or UAL since these were my favourite unis, but they declined me
    I guess they are tougher to get into? But I was really hoping to get into at least one of them, and CSM was my top choice, I'm gutted!

    I have an A level in photography, and one year of a 90 credit art and design BTEC - this is equivalent to 2 and a half A levels, not the usual minimum of 3 A levels, due to personal reasons. The minimum for foundation is one A level though, but I still wonder if this could be a reason Kingston and CSM declined me? I am predicted an A and DDD in my subjects though so I'm doing pretty good despite that!

    Anyways, I could carry on my art/design BTEC for another year (and make it 180 credit) and get a bigger portfolio that way instead of doing foundation, and then apply to CSM and Kingston again for a degree straight away, OR I could do a foundation at UCA Epsom and apply for a degree at my preferred universities after that...what is the better option?
    You need to contact csm and Kingston and ask if they have a preference for one qualification set over the other.

    A foundation would usually give you more options as backup if you don’t get offers for degree entry (art universities that insist on equivalent of three A levels will usually happily accept foundation but might not accept 1 A level and a 90 credit BTEC).
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    You need to contact csm and Kingston and ask if they have a preference for one qualification set over the other.

    A foundation would usually give you more options as backup if you don’t get offers for degree entry (art universities that insist on equivalent of three A levels will usually happily accept foundation but might not accept 1 A level and a 90 credit BTEC).

    Hi, ye thats a good idea ^^

    And oh yes I heard it's easier to get onto degrees anywhere with a foundation? although if I stayed another year at college I'd have one A level and a 180 credit BTEC (in total equivalent to 4 A levels).
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    (Original post by scarlettt8)
    Hi, ye thats a good idea ^^

    And oh yes I heard it's easier to get onto degrees anywhere with a foundation? although if I stayed another year at college I'd have one A level and a 180 credit BTEC (in total equivalent to 4 A levels).
    Ah I misunderstood (thought you meant you would have a 90 credit after 2 years!).

    In that case it’s about whether you prefer the foundation. The facilities available, the study environment, the pathways and the staff teaching. If you think the foundation would give you more options or would let you experiment and specialise in area you cant on your BTEC then it might be a good move.
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    Ah I misunderstood (thought you meant you would have a 90 credit after 2 years!).

    In that case it’s about whether you prefer the foundation. The facilities available, the study environment, the pathways and the staff teaching. If you think the foundation would give you more options or would let you experiment and specialise in area you cant on your BTEC then it might be a good move.
    Yeh you're right, I guess that's my issue rn...idk if I'd prefer the foundation environment or the environment at college. My teacher is keen for me to go on to foundation though because he says it's enjoyable and a once in a lifetime opportunity and stuff, since after I'm 19 I'd have to pay, and no way can I afford that!

    Did you do art/design foundation? If so, what was it like?
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    UPDATE - I've accepted my offer at UCA Epsom, well excited to start this year <3
 
 
 
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