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So i have just finished my level 3 extended diploma in child care and will be going to uni to study criminology with law, i am extremely nervous and i am doubting my decision because i know that btec to uni is a big jump . I didnt really get good GCSE aswell. Do not get me wrong i will be working very hard but im just so nervous because im worried it will be too hard for me and i will end up dropping out.
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No, you will not be able to cope especially with such irrelevant subjects it feels your going for the sake of its reputation and not a passion, I’d pursuit a career in child care likely with an apprenticeship
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(Original post by Nournash)
So i have just finished my level 3 extended diploma in child care and will be going to uni to study criminology with law, i am extremely nervous and i am doubting my decision because i know that btec to uni is a big jump . I didnt really get good GCSE aswell. Do not get me wrong i will be working very hard but im just so nervous because im worried it will be too hard for me and i will end up dropping out.

I feel the same as i am in the same boat. Hopefully someone will respond soon
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Hello plebs, I am someone that did a BTEC and got into a top banking firm while studying for a degree at the same time.

So going from a BTEC student to someone that worked part time in a bank to also doing university part time with exams, coursework and actual real work going on throughout the week with no summer breaks at all and I have to say, I found it quite stressful doing 3-4 things at once.

You won't struggle, most of the work nowadays require you to put a lot of effort in, not for you to be a genius in something.

You will struggle if you don't put the time in though.
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No, you will not be able to cope especially with such irrelevant subjects it feels your going for the sake of its reputation and not a passion, I’d pursuit a career in child care likely with an apprenticeship
Who are you to tell me what to study, ? i am actually very passionate to study this degree and you may think it’s irrelevant but I don’t. I wouldn’t study childcare as i hate it with a passion
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Then that is more justifiable, it’s just tedious trying to study something that is entirely alien than what you did in college especially if there’s a lot of further reading
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Who are you to tell me what to study, ? i am actually very passionate to study this degree and you may think it’s irrelevant but I don’t. I wouldn’t study childcare as i hate it with a passion
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Remember that you would not have been offered a space on that course if the admissioned tutor did not think you would be capable of studying this course. I studied a subject at university that I had done at A-Level and I was still nervous, it's natural. Criminology is not a subject commonly studied at A-level, and if I remember correctly from when I was doing my A-Levels Law isn't required to study it at uni. I know on my course the first year was mainly dedicated to ensure that everyone is on the same level and to teach us study skills that we would need throughout the rest of the degree - you'll be fine! It might calm your nerves a bit if you read a couple of books that you're interested in surrounding the topic over the summer, or even to see if you can get hold of a reading list for your course in advance! If you email the admissions tutor for your course, or your department, you might be able to get this along with a more detailed list of topics covered.
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Just because i studied something in college doesn’t mean that its what i have to do for the rest of my life, my friends have gotten into law and that is something totally different, and regardless of what i do there will of course be further reading . My sister has just graduating with a childhood degree and she still isnt sure if its for her so i shouldnt have to limit myself because i chose to study this when i was 16
(Original post by Anonymous)Then that is more justifiable, it’s just tedious trying to study something that is entirely alien than what you did in college especially if there’s a lot of further reading
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i have actually thinking about reading some books around summer so i can prepare myself more , so i will definitely do that. Thankyou for your advice, makes me feel a lot better. What is it that you study if you don’t mind me asking ?
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Remember that you would not have been offered a space on that course if the admissioned tutor did not think you would be capable of studying this course. I studied a subject at university that I had done at A-Level and I was still nervous, it's natural. Criminology is not a subject commonly studied at A-level, and if I remember correctly from when I was doing my A-Levels Law isn't required to study it at uni. I know on my course the first year was mainly dedicated to ensure that everyone is on the same level and to teach us study skills that we would need throughout the rest of the degree - you'll be fine! It might calm your nerves a bit if you read a couple of books that you're interested in surrounding the topic over the summer, or even to see if you can get hold of a reading list for your course in advance! If you email the admissions tutor for your course, or your department, you might be able to get this along with a more detailed list of topics covered.
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(Original post by Nournash)
So i have just finished my level 3 extended diploma in child care and will be going to uni to study criminology with law, i am extremely nervous and i am doubting my decision because i know that btec to uni is a big jump . I didnt really get good GCSE aswell. Do not get me wrong i will be working very hard but im just so nervous because im worried it will be too hard for me and i will end up dropping out.
You’ll be fine I did Btec to degree and I was okay.
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You honestly will be fine . Uni is a lot of coursework just like btecs if anything I would say you have an advantage. Yes the courses are very opposite but if your interested then you will work hard and get it
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i have actually thinking about reading some books around summer so i can prepare myself more , so i will definitely do that. Thankyou for your advice, makes me feel a lot better. What is it that you study if you don’t mind me asking ?
No worries! Yeah, I did it before I started and it really helped me, don't put pressure on yourself to read more than you have time for, even if you just dip into a book and read a chapter or two that could help you feel more prepared. I did History at undergrad and am about to start a masters in Modern British Studies
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Hi what will you be studying if you don’t mind me asking
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I feel the same as i am in the same boat. Hopefully someone will respond soon
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Hi what will you be studying if you don’t mind me asking
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I'm going from BTEC medical and applied science into paramedic practice, and although I know I'll give 110% I'm worried the work load will be tenfold. I absolutely plan to create a good network with new friends and tutors to make sure help is there if I need it, and I keep reminding myself that I AM able. You are too
(Original post by Nournash)
So i have just finished my level 3 extended diploma in child care and will be going to uni to study criminology with law, i am extremely nervous and i am doubting my decision because i know that btec to uni is a big jump . I didnt really get good GCSE aswell. Do not get me wrong i will be working very hard but im just so nervous because im worried it will be too hard for me and i will end up dropping out.
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Hey,

As someone who went from BTEC Computing to Uni Computer Science, I was actually ahead of most people. Doing a BTEC meant I specialised in a singular subject and had a lot more information on it than other people. Generally, the first year is not a 'foundation year', but it builds a foundation for everyone to be on the same level. You may repeat some stuff you've done before, and do stuff you've never done before.

Hope this helps!
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Depends on the University, but since it's criminology and they accept unrelated btec qualifications, it's probably not at a particularly academically strenuous institution, so the transition should be fine for you.
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Then that is more justifiable, it’s just tedious trying to study something that is entirely alien than what you did in college especially if there’s a lot of further reading
Nah , you can learn anything fresh ezpz
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