(Original post by A-Yellow-Spring)
I need some advice, what you may read may make you want to sugar coat your words for me or just simply insult me utterly but please don't or atleast hold your horses and be mature because biased response or mockery made on the topic of my situation truth be told is unnecessary and annoying.
I'm 16 and currently at a College doing a Games BTEC that I'm gradually getting tired of and resitting my GCSES, both English Language and Maths. I did sort of 'pass' Maths with a 4 however I have decided to resit Higher Maths, which I have never done before. The reason is that due to the subsequent stigma associated with BTEC I became severely paranoid that I will never find a job, let alone a decent-paying one.
I did find a Sixth Form College that had some pretty mild entry requirements compared to the ones joined with Secondary schools. The college wanted 5's, 6's and so on but because the exam resits are happening in May-June and I STILL don't get the content in higher Maths let alone have the ability to apply it in tests despite hiring a Maths tutor, practicing past papers and asking the teachers in my resit class (also we have those resit classes once a week and they only teach the foundation part) I can see that my chances of getting a 6 in Maths are quite slim even if I work my joints off. If I won't get that 6 this year then I will not be accepted onto A-levels.
So as to my other plan... I guess if I'll fail Maths and not get a 5 or a 6 on the higher tier I'll go do a Business BTEC level 3 Diploma, resit Maths again but at foundation, apply to Exeter and hope for the best. Exeter has an Accounting and Finance course that accepts the BTEC level 3 by itself at DDD alongside GCSE Maths and English at Grade 5. If I'll pass English and Maths then technically I'll have 6 GCSES... 55 from Combined Science, B from Polish, 5 from R.E. and hopefully a 5 or a 6 from English Language and a 5 or a 6 from Maths, so even if I don't go to Sixth form it hopefully won't be way too bad.
Also sorry for the whole ****load of explanation there but I need people to know the context.
My questions: Could I do Accounting and Finance at Exeter with a BTEC? Do any of you know someone who did but with a BTEC alone? What possible salary could I get? Will I be ****ed forevermore like everyone else says? Will I never reach 40k if I won't go to a Russsel Group Uni? Also when Exeter states that they want a BTEC National Diploma in Accounting and Finance Bachelors Degree, does that exclude an extended Diploma?
Thank you for any genuine advice given.
I think you overstate the perceived stigma with btec. Its perfectly fine in a lot of situations. I think youve freaked yourself out for reasons that arent correct.
Just be consistent and do as many past papers, practice tests as you can.
You need a 5 for Exeter for Maths.
Why Exeter and DDD is pretty high up the scale. Why accountancy if you dont like Maths?
1. Yes you can do it with a BTEC just read the entrance requirements.
2. No, but but states you can have BTEC alone and there's no reason for stating it if they didn't accept that.
3. Well just look up job adverts and what it takes to become an accountant.or even graduate accountant. Remember there's a difference between being part qualified and an actual accountant.
4. Everyone else is speaking rubbish,. Exeter is an above average uni and if your degree grade is good it should make it easier to get into a decent firm.
5. Yes ofc you can reach 40k if not RG it depends on you being good enough and passing enough further exams and then your employer.
6. It just says BTEC National DDD
. the fact it says DDD means its an extended diploma because only the extended gives you three letters as a grade. A diploma gives you two.i.e DD.
Chill out, keep trying with the maths, use YouTube where you don't understand and start believing in yourself.
The way you set out your post was fine and gave me the relevant details plus answerable questions at the end. I think I answered them all.
I would point out Exeter is a competitive uni and those are min grades so you aren't guaranteed an offer. Work on all aspects of your application and if unsure ask them. You will have four other selections with UCAS so choose carefully.
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