I want to return to uni, But I dont know the right choice to make!

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Mattwillis65
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In 2014 I attended Uni straight out of college and studied Design for digital media (BAHons)
half way through the first year I dropped out as I felt the course wasnt right and I was a young kid who thought they knew better and wanted to just work.

I am now 23 in full time employment (making 29k which is above avarage for my area) but I hate my job and have struggled to find anything that I like.

I now feel like I want to return to uni and do engineering as i have a massive interest in it, My only problem is all my previous qualifications are in design, So my question is.

Do I
a) Do a part-time course (starting at foundation that leads to a full BEng) at coventry university (scarborough) that is my local uni that specialises in part-time courses and stay in work at the same time.

B) Quit my job and try and apply for a full-time uni course at another university

C) Quit my current job (42 hours a week) and find something that is part time and attend Coventry uni full time?

Also does any one know if I can get student finance when on a job that is well paid and since I had it for my first year at uni and dropped out?

Thanks.
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I would recommend the foundation year, many universities want you to have recently studied and since you have been working part time since 2014 I am assuming that you have not done any recently. Only you can decide if you want to stay in Scarborough or not and if you want to quit your job and go to uni full time. You also have other universities such as York and York St Johns which aren't too far away from you, although they may not do engineering, so that is something that you would have to look into.

You will get student finance for this course as each person is given a gift year. To see how much student finance you will get go on the SFE website and look at the calculator for an estimation of how much you could get. This will help you to decide if you can afford to move away from home or not too.
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(Original post by Mattwillis65)
In 2014 I attended Uni straight out of college and studied Design for digital media (BAHons)
half way through the first year I dropped out as I felt the course wasnt right and I was a young kid who thought they knew better and wanted to just work.

I am now 23 in full time employment (making 29k which is above avarage for my area) but I hate my job and have struggled to find anything that I like.

I now feel like I want to return to uni and do engineering as i have a massive interest in it, My only problem is all my previous qualifications are in design, So my question is.

Do I
a) Do a part-time course (starting at foundation that leads to a full BEng) at coventry university (scarborough) that is my local uni that specialises in part-time courses and stay in work at the same time.

B) Quit my job and try and apply for a full-time uni course at another university

C) Quit my current job (42 hours a week) and find something that is part time and attend Coventry uni full time?

Also does any one know if I can get student finance when on a job that is well paid and since I had it for my first year at uni and dropped out?

Thanks.
I would go back a bit and look at 2 areas:

1. Why do I want to do engineering plus which type?
2. How do I know I can cope with the academics?

To sort out 1 you are looking at work experience, research and career guidance books.
To sort out 2 then you are looking at an honest assessment of your abilities plus most likely some prelim studies. For the bio chem side then Bio and Chem A level are expensive but work well together. If you want the more physical engineering then Maths and Physics work well together.

The ideal way is to do A levels and get them at good grades but it would depend on you having the ability, finding a course, working hard plus having the extra money for practical endorsements. All unis accept A levels, so if you wanted to go to better unis A levels will get you into the top unis with the right grades.

The alternative is an Access course, which is one year and some unis will accept this instead of A levels but not all. You can try it as a standalone, but if you also passed A level Maths that would open more doors, assuming you got the grades. Access courses are funded through advanced learner loans and if you complete a degree it can be written off.

I prefer either of these options to foundation because it doesnt use HE funding and they are cheaper. What happens if you dont like it or cant cope?
If you do the foundation, then it causes issues for student funding if you drop out.

If you dropped out of A level or access, it doesnt impact HE funding.

The other thing I would throw into the pot is just working at your current job to earn and save money for 1-2 years then going full time.
You could do A levels or just Maths Part time or the Access course is 3 days a week. the job wont seem as bad if you have a target plus if you save large amounts it will really help you.

Do have a look round at other unis and engineering courses to make sure you pick the one you really want.
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Thanks so much for all the help, I'll definitely take a look into that! The reason I picked the uni I did is because it's rated quite well (although is quite a young campus) and works well around my current situation (job, partner, where I live) but I want to make sure I do this right this time and make sure I don't waste my time or money
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I would go back a bit and look at 2 areas:

1. Why do I want to do engineering plus which type?
2. How do I know I can cope with the academics?

To sort out 1 you are looking at work experience, research and career guidance books.
To sort out 2 then you are looking at an honest assessment of your abilities plus most likely some prelim studies. For the bio chem side then Bio and Chem A level are expensive but work well together. If you want the more physical engineering then Maths and Physics work well together.

The ideal way is to do A levels and get them at good grades but it would depend on you having the ability, finding a course, working hard plus having the extra money for practical endorsements. All unis accept A levels, so if you wanted to go to better unis A levels will get you into the top unis with the right grades.

The alternative is an Access course, which is one year and some unis will accept this instead of A levels but not all. You can try it as a standalone, but if you also passed A level Maths that would open more doors, assuming you got the grades. Access courses are funded through advanced learner loans and if you complete a degree it can be written off.

I prefer either of these options to foundation because it doesnt use HE funding and they are cheaper. What happens if you dont like it or cant cope?
If you do the foundation, then it causes issues for student funding if you drop out.

If you dropped out of A level or access, it doesnt impact HE funding.

The other thing I would throw into the pot is just working at your current job to earn and save money for 1-2 years then going full time.
You could do A levels or just Maths Part time or the Access course is 3 days a week. the job wont seem as bad if you have a target plus if you save large amounts it will really help you.

Do have a look round at other unis and engineering courses to make sure you pick the one you really want.
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(Original post by Mattwillis65)
Thanks so much for all the help, I'll definitely take a look into that! The reason I picked the uni I did is because it's rated quite well (although is quite a young campus) and works well around my current situation (job, partner, where I live) but I want to make sure I do this right this time and make sure I don't waste my time or money
I am a little sceptical of foundation years as they cost you extra and also deplete your student finance entitlement.
It all depends what you want . I pointed out the two considerations you need to make before deciding anything.
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