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So I'm in a course in college which isn't related to an English degree, but I really want to study it now and have a passion for it. I've gotten offers and it's either with a foundation year or without. Not to say that natural intelligence in a field goes a long way, but I do naturally have a knack for English studies, so should I do it without a foundation year? The uni I would go to has no exams only assignments and projects. I'm planning to work this summer doing personal work for preparation. What do you think?? I got 2 days to make a decision. Ty
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If you meet the grade requirements then i dont see why you would need a foundation year, many people go to uni for a subject they didnt do at A-level!
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Hi there,

There's nothing wrong with doing a Foundation Year, as it may cover things that you otherwise would not know and may help to stop you feeling out of your depth when you go into the First Year of the Degree. I would choose the University that you like best, whether they have offered you a Foundation Year or not, but perhaps look into the modules of each course and see whether it is covering topics that you'd be able to manage and grasp without the initial year of study. If you feel you need the extra year of study, it's probably the wiser option, but if it covers lots that you already know, it may not be the best option for you. Either way, the universities have given you offers because they think you can do it, so go for whatever feels right!

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There's not really any harm in doing a foundation year, so I'd suggest discounting that and as above, focusing on seeing which course fits your interests best.

It may still be worth thinking about giving additional consideration to the courses with foundation year, as it can be helpful to have an extra year to adjust not only to the different subject matter, but also the change in moving away from home to go to uni. You'll then be starting the first year of the main degree already being familiar with the area, knowing where you're going and what you're doing to some extent etc.

That can be a big help in making sure you're set up to do as well as possible on your course, even without considering additional time to consolidate and reinforce your background in the main subject area.
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Yeah that's what I was thinking, one of the universities had me analyse 2 poems and then accepted me right after. I wouldn't mind the foundation year but I don't really like the university that has offered the foundation year, and the university that I do like has given me a normal offer, with no foundation year because they don't have it
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Hi there,

There's nothing wrong with doing a Foundation Year, as it may cover things that you otherwise would not know and may help to stop you feeling out of your depth when you go into the First Year of the Degree. I would choose the University that you like best, whether they have offered you a Foundation Year or not, but perhaps look into the modules of each course and see whether it is covering topics that you'd be able to manage and grasp without the initial year of study. If you feel you need the extra year of study, it's probably the wiser option, but if it covers lots that you already know, it may not be the best option for you. Either way, the universities have given you offers because they think you can do it, so go for whatever feels right!

Hope this helps,
Harriet
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Yeah I agree, the foundation year can be a big help but the university which has offered the foundation year isn't really the university that I feel like I would enjoy, whereas the university which has no foundation programme really interests me
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There's not really any harm in doing a foundation year, so I'd suggest discounting that and as above, focusing on seeing which course fits your interests best.

It may still be worth thinking about giving additional consideration to the courses with foundation year, as it can be helpful to have an extra year to adjust not only to the different subject matter, but also the change in moving away from home to go to uni. You'll then be starting the first year of the main degree already being familiar with the area, knowing where you're going and what you're doing to some extent etc.

That can be a big help in making sure you're set up to do as well as possible on your course, even without considering additional time to consolidate and reinforce your background in the main subject area.
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Yeah that's true to be honest, I was just worrying because not only have I not done A-levels which are related, my course doesn't relate in anyway
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If you meet the grade requirements then i dont see why you would need a foundation year, many people go to uni for a subject they didnt do at A-level!
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I would definitely go with the university that you prefer, regardless of the offer! If they think you're good enough for their course without the Foundation Year, then you are, they wouldn't offer you the place otherwise! Just go with wherever you're going to be the happiest, and where you feel suits you!

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the university which has offered the foundation year isn't really the university that I feel like I would enjoy
This immediately begs the question of why are you considering that uni in the first place then? If you don't like the look of it, then it makes little sense to dedicate 3+ years of your life to them, get into £30K+ debt, etc. Based on how you've described the uni, as it not being one you'd enjoy, I don't see any reason why you'd consider them further.
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Good point, seems like that's the plan for me, thank you 😁
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I would definitely go with the university that you prefer, regardless of the offer! If they think you're good enough for their course without the Foundation Year, then you are, they wouldn't offer you the place otherwise! Just go with wherever you're going to be the happiest, and where you feel suits you!

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The university with the foundation year is the one I'm not very into, but I was thinking of the outcomes, with the foundation year I can then be fully prepared for the full 3 years but not at a great university, or I can go to a university I enjoy but risk the chance of failing because I may not be prepared enough
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This immediately begs the question of why are you considering that uni in the first place then? If you don't like the look of it, then it makes little sense to dedicate 3+ years of your life to them, get into £30K+ debt, etc. Based on how you've described the uni, as it not being one you'd enjoy, I don't see any reason why you'd consider them further.
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(Original post by Dyari_)
The university with the foundation year is the one I'm not very into, but I was thinking of the outcomes, with the foundation year I can then be fully prepared for the full 3 years but not at a great university, or I can go to a university I enjoy but risk the chance of failing because I may not be prepared enough
If you are being accepted to unis without foundation years, then they don't think you need it.

NGL a foundation year makes sense in a STEM degree where you probably do need a basic understanding from A Level to get by, but I can't really say an English degree looks like something that needs a foundation year. English isn't a matter of "here is some information you need to know and by not doing it at A Level you're missing critical knowledge". It's also not like A Level English would have been the first time you ever touched the subject.

Also of note, you aren't really at risk of failing if you're not quite prepared enough. I'm yet to see a uni that takes first year results into consideration. As a result, you have an entire year before any of the work you do is actually relevant to your final grade. If you go to a uni without a foundation year, and suddenly find there are some gaps in your knowledge, you'd have the entire year to work on that. For the most part, that's how a lot of first years work. Everyone comes in at a varying level and first year is there to prepare you for the rest of your degree. And the unis wouldn't have been offering you a place if they didn't think you were capable.

And at the end of the day, if you're still concerned you have plenty of time to improve yourself. Go to a uni you want to attend, rather than picking one you aren't invested in, and spend the 3-4 months you'll have free over summer studying English. You've been offered a place without a foundation year, don't give that up for a uni you don't like because you're doubting your abilities.
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Yeah I'm not so sure exactly how the system works, in terms of final grade and which of the years are most crucial, but it seems you've cleared that up, but thank you, I'm going to make a firm decision on the uni that I want to go to. During the summer holidays I'm going to study some time just enough to be able to handle the work I'll be given. I've got a list of things to work on. Ty
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If you are being accepted to unis without foundation years, then they don't think you need it.

NGL a foundation year makes sense in a STEM degree where you probably do need a basic understanding from A Level to get by, but I can't really say an English degree looks like something that needs a foundation year. English isn't a matter of "here is some information you need to know and by not doing it at A Level you're missing critical knowledge". It's also not like A Level English would have been the first time you ever touched the subject.

Also of note, you aren't really at risk of failing if you're not quite prepared enough. I'm yet to see a uni that takes first year results into consideration. As a result, you have an entire year before any of the work you do is actually relevant to your final grade. If you go to a uni without a foundation year, and suddenly find there are some gaps in your knowledge, you'd have the entire year to work on that. For the most part, that's how a lot of first years work. Everyone comes in at a varying level and first year is there to prepare you for the rest of your degree. And the unis wouldn't have been offering you a place if they didn't think you were capable.

And at the end of the day, if you're still concerned you have plenty of time to improve yourself. Go to a uni you want to attend, rather than picking one you aren't invested in, and spend the 3-4 months you'll have free over summer studying English. You've been offered a place without a foundation year, don't give that up for a uni you don't like because you're doubting your abilities.
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