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I was not predicted high grades at all; I switched after my first year to what I thought was going to be a better college but was 100x worse and I stopped going for a while then was in the hospital due to severe mental health reasons; I had already went to look at some really good unis for Marine Biology but after all that and the drop in my biology grades I went for environmental science instead- I got unconditional offers for Bangor, which I never got the chance to go to because of coronavirus, Bournemouth and Bath Spa university and after seeing how nice Bath Spa uni's campus and lecturers were, I made Bath Spa my firm and Bournemouth my insurance, despite Bangor beong the highest rated and I now know Bath Spa is a more creative sort of university and the lecturer that specialises in the marine module has quit which is what I really wanted to do...

I feel as if I have made all the wrong choices, maybe aimed too low, but cannot change my bad predicted grades which will be used for my final grades since exams are cancelled, what the hell do i do?! Is it going to be hard for me to switch after a year to a better uni or marine bio course with my poor A-Level grades?? I'm kinda freaking out!!
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I was not predicted high grades at all; I switched after my first year to what I thought was going to be a better college but was 100x worse and I stopped going for a while then was in the hospital due to severe mental health reasons; I had already went to look at some really good unis for Marine Biology but after all that and the drop in my biology grades I went for environmental science instead- I got unconditional offers for Bangor, which I never got the chance to go to because of coronavirus, Bournemouth and Bath Spa university and after seeing how nice Bath Spa uni's campus and lecturers were, I made Bath Spa my firm and Bournemouth my insurance, despite Bangor beong the highest rated and I now know Bath Spa is a more creative sort of university and the lecturer that specialises in the marine module has quit which is what I really wanted to do...

I feel as if I have made all the wrong choices, maybe aimed too low, but cannot change my bad predicted grades which will be used for my final grades since exams are cancelled, what the hell do i do?! Is it going to be hard for me to switch after a year to a better uni or marine bio course with my poor A-Level grades?? I'm kinda freaking out!!
Call up Bangor on Monday and speak to them about this. Explain that you really wanted to study marine biology but are worried about your grades and ask what grades they’re looking for in clearing for MB and MB with a foundation year.

You might be surprised and they’re likely to be keen on you because you already applied to them. If they know that you declined because of concern about meeting their offer then they should be sympathetic.
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I was not predicted high grades at all; I switched after my first year to what I thought was going to be a better college but was 100x worse and I stopped going for a while then was in the hospital due to severe mental health reasons; I had already went to look at some really good unis for Marine Biology but after all that and the drop in my biology grades I went for environmental science instead- I got unconditional offers for Bangor, which I never got the chance to go to because of coronavirus, Bournemouth and Bath Spa university and after seeing how nice Bath Spa uni's campus and lecturers were, I made Bath Spa my firm and Bournemouth my insurance, despite Bangor beong the highest rated and I now know Bath Spa is a more creative sort of university and the lecturer that specialises in the marine module has quit which is what I really wanted to do...

I feel as if I have made all the wrong choices, maybe aimed too low, but cannot change my bad predicted grades which will be used for my final grades since exams are cancelled, what the hell do i do?! Is it going to be hard for me to switch after a year to a better uni or marine bio course with my poor A-Level grades?? I'm kinda freaking out!!
You don't need to go to Bath Spa if you no longer feel happy with that uni or that course. As PQ says, you should phone Bangor Admissions to discuss Marine Biology with them (and even consider the MB with Foundation Year if it comes to it,) and tell them they they previously gave you an unconditional offer for Environmental Science.

There are no guarantees that if you started at Baths Spa you would be able to switch after a year to a better uni or marine biology course. If MB is what you really want to do, I would make sure you start a MB course in September.

Nothing is set in stone at this stage - you will easily be able to decline the offer at Bath Spa at results time and apply to MB courses in Clearing at that stage, but it would be better to sort this out now if possible. Bath Spa cannot hold you to a course you no longer want to do and Bangor will be happy to hear from someone with an interest in a course they have vacancies in, so start with phoning them.
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Without knowing what your grades are likely to be it is pretty difficult to advise you. However Bangor, Aberystwyth and Swansea are all based on the coast. They all tend to be quite flexible with grades and offer Marine Biology. Swansea is the easiest to get to from most places and is the biggest by far about 15 times the population of Bangor or Aberystwyth. Aberystwyth is the most remote a small town on the west coast of Wales but very popular with students who went there. Bangor is further north and easier to get to from the North of England.

Depending on what your likes are you could apply to any of the 3. All are likely to have places in clearing and all are likely to be quite flexible with grades.

Maybe you need to look at visual tours and see which suits you better. You could possibly visit them even now. Currently the covid rates are very low in these areas. Swansea has had 2 new covid cases in the last 5 days. Aber has one of the lowest rates in the UK and whilst Bangor has had some cases it has reduced recently.
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You don't need to go to Bath Spa if you no longer feel happy with that uni or that course. As PQ says, you should phone Bangor Admissions to discuss Marine Biology with them (and even consider the MB with Foundation Year if it comes to it,) and tell them they they previously gave you an unconditional offer for Environmental Science.

There are no guarantees that if you started at Baths Spa you would be able to switch after a year to a better uni or marine biology course. If MB is what you really want to do, I would make sure you start a MB course in September.

Nothing is set in stone at this stage - you will easily be able to decline the offer at Bath Spa at results time and apply to MB courses in Clearing at that stage, but it would be better to sort this out now if possible. Bath Spa cannot hold you to a course you no longer want to do and Bangor will be happy to hear from someone with an interest in a course they have vacancies in, so start with phoning them.
Thank you, and thank you to everyone else who replied too- I have decided I'm going to call Bath Spa to say I'm not accepting them as my firm choice and will go through clearing to get on a marine bio course, since Southampton came up on UCAS clearing for an mb course and I've already looked around the uni, it was going to be my first choice before I changed my mind completely due to the great facilities, I'm going to try there- and they also have their mb with a foundation course as an option if my grades aren't great- that would make me two years older than everyone since I re-started when I switched colleges, but if thats what it takes. But if not that then Bangor for sure- I just hope there isn't ANOTHER lockdown so I actually know what the facilities & campus is like before I go, as I am still nervous about going with them atm since I have pretty much no idea what the uni/facilities etc are like!
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Thank you, and thank you to everyone else who replied too- I have decided I'm going to call Bath Spa to say I'm not accepting them as my firm choice and will go through clearing to get on a marine bio course, since Southampton came up on UCAS clearing for an mb course and I've already looked around the uni, it was going to be my first choice before I changed my mind completely due to the great facilities, I'm going to try there- and they also have their mb with a foundation course as an option if my grades aren't great- that would make me two years older than everyone since I re-started when I switched colleges, but if thats what it takes. But if not that then Bangor for sure- I just hope there isn't ANOTHER lockdown so I actually know what the facilities & campus is like before I go, as I am still nervous about going with them atm since I have pretty much no idea what the uni/facilities etc are like!
Can you not just visit Bangor now. Just catch a train and have a look around. You meet not be able to get to see the Department but at least you will be able to look around the city. FWIW I visited the city a couple of years ago it is a small city with a cathedral. It certainly isnt anything like the size of Swansea, Southampton or even Bath. Aber is very similar. Very friendly small places and right on the coast.
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Can you not just visit Bangor now. Just catch a train and have a look around. You meet not be able to get to see the Department but at least you will be able to look around the city. FWIW I visited the city a couple of years ago it is a small city with a cathedral. It certainly isnt anything like the size of Swansea, Southampton or even Bath. Aber is very similar. Very friendly small places and right on the coast.
Trust me, I would be, but cant in the next 7 days due to some unfortunate family situations, I suppose there is after that though of course results day is the 13th- Besides for me now it would probably be best to go for southampton since I already know about their marine bio course and facilities & department as a whole; maybe Bangor would be more favourable because of the unconditional but I don't want to make an uninformed decision again just because it might be easier to get in haha
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