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I'm 15, applying to university this year, to go in 2020 when I'm 16.

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Oxford, Bristol, Imperial (Maths & Computer Science)
UCL (Maths)
Exeter (Computer Science & Maths)

I've got 4 GCSEs, and am taking 7 more along with 3 A-Levels this summer.

Was wondering if anyone is in a vaguely similar situation? Like taking exams early/applying for uni early. It's just such an unusual situation that I don't know anyone in person that is in a similar place, so thought maybe someone on here might be.
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Why do you wanna go to uni at 16??? How long have you done your 3 a levels? Also 7 GCSEs are hard to balance to get good grades in them but you don’t need to do that many overall. Also it’ll be hard learning the GCSEs while doing a levels together because learning them separately for both is so hard.
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Why do you wanna go to uni at 16??? How long have you done your 3 a levels? Also 7 GCSEs are hard to balance to get good grades in them but you don’t need to do that many overall. Also it’ll be hard learning the GCSEs while doing a levels together because learning them separately for both is so hard.
Well, I did Year 12 alongside Year 10 last year, and achieved a straight set of 8s for my end of year GCSE mocks, and A*A*A for my end of year A-Level mocks, so I like to hope that I'm balancing the work well.
I've been studying for my A-Levels for one year now, having just started Year 13 work.
The GCSE work is really not too difficult - English I find the hardest so I'll have to do the most work for, but sciences, business, and music aren't the hardest - our school sets very early deadlines for coursework thankfully so my music coursework is due long before exams start coming in. Business really isn't difficult - a lot of common sense, with some definitions thrown in. I didn't revise one second for my mock exam and got 76% which I'm very happy with, if I'm honest. I'm strong on Physics and Chemistry as it's a lot of calculation which is my strong suit, and then Biology is just a lot of memorising and knowing practicals.

I want to go to university at 16 as I will have all the necessary skills by then - I don't see the point in waiting two years, as I'll have nothing done, having studied both Maths and Further Maths A-Level. It seems the logical step to go to, and I've been planning it and thinking about it a lot. I love a challenge, and this seemed like a good one. Originally, I had considered going to university at 15, but I realised that this would be impractical due to age restrictions.
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What will a 16 year old do at Uni. Your social life will be non-existent. And living away from home at 16 with absolutely no parental support - are you really ready for that. Think about it.

You are going to find it very difficult to fit in, and I really would recommend that you finish your A levels and live a bit first. Going to Uni is not a race - it isnt 'first one to finish is the winner'. If you wait until you are at least 18 you will actually be able to get the entire 'student experience' not just the 'I couldnt do anything until my 3rd year because I wasnt old enough'. Finish your A levels, get a job, travel etc for two years. You'll be much better able to cope at Uni, you'll be able to do more and you will actually get far more from being at Uni.
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What will a 16 year old do at Uni. Your social life will be non-existent. And living away from home at 16 with absolutely no parental support - are you really ready for that. Think about it.

You are going to find it very difficult to fit in, and I really would recommend that you finish your A levels and live a bit first. Going to Uni is not a race - it isnt 'first one to finish is the winner'. If you wait until you are at least 18 you will actually be able to get the entire 'student experience' not just the 'I couldnt do anything until my 3rd year because I wasnt old enough'. Finish your A levels, get a job, travel etc for two years. You'll be much better able to cope at Uni, you'll be able to do more and you will actually get far more from being at Uni.
I will study at uni, that's what you're supposed to do... I don't have a social life these days due to awful social anxiety (diagnosed, not just angsty teen talk), so I hardly expected growing a couple years is going to change that. I actually act as a young carer towards my father currently, so I think I do have the correct skills to live away from home. I cook, clean, tidy, etc. on a daily basis, whilst also balancing schoolwork and time to relax.

I don't want to go to university because I want to have the bragging rights or whatever - I genuinely think it's the best option. In England, until you turn 18, you have to stay in at least part-time education, so travelling is pretty much off the cards (not that I particularly want travel anyways), as is getting a fulltime job. Sure, I could do an apprenticeship, but then I'd probably have to take my A-Levels again as the specification/syllabus changes so incredibly frequently, and I don't want to have to do them twice.

I can understand that from a social perspective, it may not seem like the best idea. But then again, I don't really do socialising anyways, so I won't mind it too much.
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I don't have a social life these days due to awful social anxiety (diagnosed, not just angsty teen talk),

I actually act as a young carer towards my father currently
So how will you cope living away from home if you have such crippling anxiety - do not underestimate the impact this can have.

And who will look after your father.

If its just 'study' you want, do an OU degree.
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So how will you cope living away from home if you have such crippling anxiety - do not underestimate the impact this can have.

And who will look after your father.

If its just 'study' you want, do an OU degree.
It's not particularly crippling - I just avoid getting into situations which I know I won't enjoy. I'll most likely be fine at uni, everyone speaks English and I've visited Oxford and Bristol (my two main options) many times and thus know the places well. My biggest problem anxiety-wise is planes and foreign countries, and Oxford is a train ride away, in England. So I'll be alright.

And my dad plans to move in with his mother - which will benefit both of them, as they get on very well and would keep each other company.

I would do an OU degree, but I'm not paying that much for a degree that isn't particularly seen as the best. I'd rather just... go to a proper university. Anyways, if I go to Bristol University, I'm going to live at home anyways (I'm from in the area), so that cuts out many of the problems that you've suggested could arise.

I've already sent in my application, so what you're saying can't really change anything. I didn't really plan having to argue my case, as that's not what I posted this for, but ah well.
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I will study at uni, that's what you're supposed to do... I don't have a social life these days due to awful social anxiety (diagnosed, not just angsty teen talk), so I hardly expected growing a couple years is going to change that. I actually act as a young carer towards my father currently, so I think I do have the correct skills to live away from home. I cook, clean, tidy, etc. on a daily basis, whilst also balancing schoolwork and time to relax.

I don't want to go to university because I want to have the bragging rights or whatever - I genuinely think it's the best option. In England, until you turn 18, you have to stay in at least part-time education, so travelling is pretty much off the cards (not that I particularly want travel anyways), as is getting a fulltime job. Sure, I could do an apprenticeship, but then I'd probably have to take my A-Levels again as the specification/syllabus changes so incredibly frequently, and I don't want to have to do them twice.

I can understand that from a social perspective, it may not seem like the best idea. But then again, I don't really do socialising anyways, so I won't mind it too much.
If you want to...GO FOR IT! I would suggest calling up/emailing specific Universities you want to go to and speaking to admissions as there might be restrictions like applying for student loan or getting into a course. Have a look - if you can then awesome! Go for it!!
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How are you aged 16?
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How are you aged 16?
I'm not, I'm 15. And it's due to the year I was born...
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If you want to...GO FOR IT! I would suggest calling up/emailing specific Universities you want to go to and speaking to admissions as there might be restrictions like applying for student loan or getting into a course. Have a look - if you can then awesome! Go for it!!
Thank you for being positive (: no one else seems to be...
I've done so and they've all been surprisingly okay with it, so that's good.
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How are you aged 16?
Innit, I'm confused on how he did year 10 and 12 together? Year 10 timetables are full with lessons so he doesn't have free time in school. Unless he taught year 12 work to himself on his own, he couldn't have done 'two years' in one.
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ngl even if it doesn't work out you still have time to repeat or what not and youll still be ahead.
good luck in the application process
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Damn. You some kinda genius or sumn..??? I’m 18 and I just about passed my a levels
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Innit, I'm confused on how he did year 10 and 12 together? Year 10 timetables are full with lessons so he doesn't have free time in school. Unless he taught year 12 work to himself on his own, he couldn't have done 'two years' in one.
1. I'm a girl!
2. I'm taking less GCSEs than anyone else at my school - most people are expected to take 10 GCSEs here, and thus I have around 10 free lessons a fortnight because of that when I go to A-Level lessons, and I also miss a few of my lessons (1 business lesson, 2 english lessons, 1 biology lesson) for a-level lessons as well. I also teach myself A-Level Computer Science entirely independently. That's how I did two years in one.
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ngl even if it doesn't work out you still have time to repeat or what not and youll still be ahead.
good luck in the application process
Thank you (:
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Damn. You some kinda genius or sumn..??? I’m 18 and I just about passed my a levels
I put it down to hard work, due to the fact I don't really have un-productive pasttimes - I tend to read, or watch the news or quizshows, rather than watching fictional tv shows, or youtube.
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1. I'm a girl!
2. I'm taking less GCSEs than anyone else at my school - most people are expected to take 10 GCSEs here, and thus I have around 10 free lessons a week because of that when I go to A-Level lessons, and I also miss a few of my lessons (1 business lesson, 2 english lessons, 1 biology lesson) for a-level lessons as well. I also teach myself A-Level Computer Science entirely independently. That's how I did two years in one.
Did you do your GCSE's and Alevels this year in one year?
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I put it down to hard work, due to the fact I don't really have un-productive pasttimes - I tend to read, or watch the news or quizshows, rather than watching fictional tv shows, or youtube.
Well I’m impressed. Good luck in whatever you do
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Did you do your GCSE's and Alevels this year in one year?
I'm currently studying Year 11 and Year 13 together, in much the same way I studied last year. I'll be taking exams for all my subjects in summer 2020
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