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    Hi, i am aware there are many similar posts to this but its good to vent aswell as, some advice is always good to help resolve issues, so here goes.

    In 2015 i took my first steps into higher education at the age of 35, i couldn't go straight to uni because i didnt have the academic qualifications required to get enough ucas points, so i ended up going to a local college now providing degrees, i was accepted onto the degree and was rather excited, however, the course content was lacking and the teaching poor, this left me frustrated for almost two years, a number of complaints went in to course leader and college principle, my complaints was taken onboard and it so happens the course now for the new students is what i had suggested, annoyingly they couldn't change the course whilst i was there as it would take too much paper work etc.
    Anyway, i was due to do a third year but the third year was cancelled leaving me in complete limbo, i applied in a blind panic to every university with same or similar course, all but one wouldnt allow me to join their course because they feared i didnt have the knowledge for third year, so i was left with Hull university who just so happend to acredit the college degree, they knew circumstances so felt sorry and oblidged to help me out, so i accepted thinking i was going onto an already established course same to that at my previous establishment, it turns out this uni course started in 2015 just like the college course and worse yet is completely different to my previous course, i was originally on a games development course where as now im on a games and entertainment design course, similar in title you may say but in reality completely oposite, we have done nothing game related, not touched a games engine, everything has been media and graphic design, nothing at all game related, this has caused me great stress and dissatisfaction because my relationships with tutors have broken down because when doing the assignments i am having to learn new software and techniques which puts me at level 5 standard rather than level 6 as expected of me, i explain my situation to the tutors but they simply dont care, i will do some great work but its not at the standard they are wanting, they dont realise im learning from scratch compared to my fellow students who have 2 years prior experience and knowledge.
    This has lead to tensions with one tutor who when asking me whats wrong with course i went on to explain i was missold it and the course content is not games related so games should be dropped from title, it turns out he created the course and id just ****ged it off, this put us on a path to cross swords or but heads and now i feel as though he is making things harder than they need to be.

    I now have no motivation for the course because i feel as though even if i get my degree i dont have the level of knowledge to take to an employer because ive done two years game development and one years design leaving me with huge gaps in my knowledge, it all feels like my silly little dream to finally do a job i enjoy (working in games industry) has now been made completely unreachable.
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    Hi, i am aware there are many similar posts to this but its good to vent aswell as, some advice is always good to help resolve issues, so here goes.

    In 2015 i took my first steps into higher education at the age of 35, i couldn't go straight to uni because i didnt have the academic qualifications required to get enough ucas points, so i ended up going to a local college now providing degrees, i was accepted onto the degree and was rather excited, however, the course content was lacking and the teaching poor, this left me frustrated for almost two years, a number of complaints went in to course leader and college principle, my complaints was taken onboard and it so happens the course now for the new students is what i had suggested, annoyingly they couldn't change the course whilst i was there as it would take too much paper work etc.
    Anyway, i was due to do a third year but the third year was cancelled leaving me in complete limbo, i applied in a blind panic to every university with same or similar course, all but one wouldnt allow me to join their course because they feared i didnt have the knowledge for third year, so i was left with Hull university who just so happend to acredit the college degree, they knew circumstances so felt sorry and oblidged to help me out, so i accepted thinking i was going onto an already established course same to that at my previous establishment, it turns out this uni course started in 2015 just like the college course and worse yet is completely different to my previous course, i was originally on a games development course where as now im on a games and entertainment design course, similar in title you may say but in reality completely oposite, we have done nothing game related, not touched a games engine, everything has been media and graphic design, nothing at all game related, this has caused me great stress and dissatisfaction because my relationships with tutors have broken down because when doing the assignments i am having to learn new software and techniques which puts me at level 5 standard rather than level 6 as expected of me, i explain my situation to the tutors but they simply dont care, i will do some great work but its not at the standard they are wanting, they dont realise im learning from scratch compared to my fellow students who have 2 years prior experience and knowledge.
    This has lead to tensions with one tutor who when asking me whats wrong with course i went on to explain i was missold it and the course content is not games related so games should be dropped from title, it turns out he created the course and id just ****ged it off, this put us on a path to cross swords or but heads and now i feel as though he is making things harder than they need to be.

    I now have no motivation for the course because i feel as though even if i get my degree i dont have the level of knowledge to take to an employer because ive done two years game development and one years design leaving me with huge gaps in my knowledge, it all feels like my silly little dream to finally do a job i enjoy (working in games industry) has now been made completely unreachable.
    Youve been a bit gullible and not done your research.

    Find a top up course and see if they can take you into year 3 and then go for that. You should have asked on here and you would have been pointed to BTEC, A levels and an Access course that could have been used to get you onto the numerous Games degrees.

    Applying for second year entry might also have helped give you more options.

    Use the search engine and maybe you can find another degree to go onto. If you had some sort of MH breakdown that might get you the years funding back after a compelling personal reasons claim for stress, anxiety an depression.

    https://digital.ucas.com/search/resu...earchbarbutton
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    Youve been a bit gullible and not done your research.

    Find a top up course and see if they can take you into year 3 and then go for that. You should have asked on here and you would have been pointed to BTEC, A levels and an Access course that could have been used to get you onto the numerous Games degrees.

    Applying for second year entry might also have helped give you more options.

    Use the search engine and maybe you can find another degree to go onto. If you had some sort of MH breakdown that might get you the years funding back after a compelling personal reasons claim for stress, anxiety an depression.

    https://digital.ucas.com/search/resu...earchbarbutton
    Thanks for reply, however, i disagree about being gullible, i was left with no options when the degree course cancelled the third year, Hull being only university offering me a place to finish my degree was one of two options, go to hull or not go to hull and inly have a foundation degree rather than a full degree, something i didn't want to happen because i knew without the degree i stood no chance in industry, its not my fault a course meant to be game related is more media and graphic design, than game.
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    Thanks for reply, however, i disagree about being gullible, i was left with no options when the degree course cancelled the third year, Hull being only university offering me a place to finish my degree was one of two options, go to hull or not go to hull and inly have a foundation degree rather than a full degree, something i didn't want to happen because i knew without the degree i stood no chance in industry, its not my fault a course meant to be game related is more media and graphic design, than game.
    I was talking about the first choice. The smarter move if you didnt have the ucas points is to have done some sort of intermediary course and then gotten onto the degree you really wanted. As you have discovered to your own cost there are a lot of untruths told by educational institutions about the value of their courses. You should have bailed in year one and that would have been the advice if youd posted here.

    Happened to one of my friends for computer games, but had the good sense to bail on the course when he realised how inadequate it was in the first year. As I pointed out you could have looked around for second year entry and asked them to consider your foundation degree to be equivalent to a HNC.

    That aside then you have to decide carry on or look for other options.
    If you carry on then you just have to make the best of it. Whilst you could pint out extenuating circs, it would seem the chances of being looked on sympathetically is not good considering your current relationship with the lecturers.

    As I said if I were in your situation the I would do some quick looking to see if I was absolutely ruled out of any other top up and bail if I could. It unfortunate you picked a duff first degree as games specialised ones are so numerous. GL.
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    I was talking about the first choice. The smarter move if you didnt have the ucas points is to have done some sort of intermediary course and then gotten onto the degree you really wanted. As you have discovered to your own cost there are a lot of untruths told by educational institutions about the value of their courses. You should have bailed in year one and that would have been the advice if youd posted here.

    Happened to one of my friends for computer games, but had the good sense to bail on the course when he realised how inadequate it was in the first year. As I pointed out you could have looked around for second year entry and asked them to consider your foundation degree to be equivalent to a HNC.

    That aside then you have to decide carry on or look for other options.
    If you carry on then you just have to make the best of it. Whilst you could pint out extenuating circs, it would seem the chances of being looked on sympathetically is not good considering your current relationship with the lecturers.

    As I said if I were in your situation the I would do some quick looking to see if I was absolutely ruled out of any other top up and bail if I could. It unfortunate you picked a duff first degree as games specialised ones are so numerous. GL.
    Yes i agree, and in hindsight its easy to say those things, at the time having not done any higher than Btec level of learning i was nieve in my selection, however, after 20+ years of work i was just so sick and tired of doing jobs i hated, as soon as i had opportunity to go onto higher education in an area i knew id love i jumped at it, however, to me all educational establishments should be good enough, of course there are better ones but if you are acredited by reputable universities then as a paying customer i expect a certain standard, i couldnt really drop out in first year because i hoped it would improve but also because i wouldn't have got on at another educational establishment and would have been out of work with and scrambling to find work, being an adult i had responsibilities, also had i dropped out i would have had to immediatelypay back my student loan and i was in no position to do that.
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    Yes i agree, and in hindsight its easy to say those things, at the time having not done any higher than Btec level of learning i was nieve in my selection, however, after 20+ years of work i was just so sick and tired of doing jobs i hated, as soon as i had opportunity to go onto higher education in an area i knew id love i jumped at it, however, to me all educational establishments should be good enough, of course there are better ones but if you are acredited by reputable universities then as a paying customer i expect a certain standard, i couldnt really drop out in first year because i hoped it would improve but also because i wouldn't have got on at another educational establishment and would have been out of work with and scrambling to find work, being an adult i had responsibilities, also had i dropped out i would have had to immediatelypay back my student loan and i was in no position to do that.
    Btw I am not having a go at you, ut sympathising a bit with your situation and if only youd posted here, then am sure the other options would have been pushed that might have been more in your interests and you might have been challenged about your proposed choices.

    For IT they are ore bothered about experience, so going forward if you wish to rescue it, then get the best grade you can and work on your portfolio.

    Alternatively see if there are any top ups on the UCAS search tool and if they would accept you as top up then do that. I thought there were a few.

    The other thing is make contacts and network. If Gaming is what you want then a portfolio, network and perseverance might be your best friends. Dont underestimate things you can teach yourself as well.

    GL.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Btw I am not having a go at you, ut sympathising a bit with your situation and if only youd posted here, then am sure the other options would have been pushed that might have been more in your interests and you might have been challenged about your proposed choices.

    For IT they are ore bothered about experience, so going forward if you wish to rescue it, then get the best grade you can and work on your portfolio.

    Alternatively see if there are any top ups on the UCAS search tool and if they would accept you as top up then do that. I thought there were a few.

    The other thing is make contacts and network. If Gaming is what you want then a portfolio, network and perseverance might be your best friends. Dont underestimate things you can teach yourself as well.

    GL.
    Thanks for advice i will take a look into it.
 
 
 
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