Maths as a mature student- really need some advice

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Hey,

My name is john, 29, and my aim is to get back to university next year. In 2009 I recieved AABB in maths physics human biology and chemistry respectively. I attended durham university and studied physics where I averaged around 50% in my first year but ended up dropping out in second year due to health reasons.

I ended up doing a long stay in hospital recently (3 years) where I was studying maths with the OU (averaged around 90% in the two modules I completed).

I just wondered with all this what caliber of universities I would be looking at to study mathematics? I would love to go to a brick uni again which is why I am no longer continuing with the OU.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Hey,

My name is john, 29, and my aim is to get back to university next year. In 2009 I recieved AABB in maths physics human biology and chemistry respectively. I attended durham university and studied physics where I averaged around 50% in my first year but ended up dropping out in second year due to health reasons.

I ended up doing a long stay in hospital recently (3 years) where I was studying maths with the OU (averaged around 90% in the two modules I completed).

I just wondered with all this what caliber of universities I would be looking at to study mathematics? I would love to go to a brick uni again which is why I am no longer continuing with the OU.

Thanks in advance for any help.
It would have been helpful if you had done further maths.
You are a non standard entry, therefore it is entirely down to the unis as to what to make of your qualifications.
I think you can make enquiries to AAA unis, but add a few higher and lower in to find out the feedback.
You will just have to get busy on the phone or emails.

My main concern is that you dont have endless student finance and how much SFE will fund you going forward?
You will have to ask sfe how much finance you have used and then consider making compelling personal reason claims to be awarded additional finance.

At the min you have used 3 years worth, which makes your funding from degree+1 to degree-2, meaning they will only fund you from Y3 onwards.
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Hi

Bit confused - how recent were the OU modules you did and which ones were they (first year modules?)
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It would have been helpful if you had done further maths.
You are a non standard entry, therefore it is entirely down to the unis as to what to make of your qualifications.
I think you can make enquiries to AAA unis, but add a few higher and lower in to find out the feedback.
You will just have to get busy on the phone or emails.

My main concern is that you dont have endless student finance and how much SFE will fund you going forward?
You will have to ask sfe how much finance you have used and then consider making compelling personal reason claims to be awarded additional finance.

At the min you have used 3 years worth, which makes your funding from degree+1 to degree-2, meaning they will only fund you from Y3 onwards.
Hi Tigger,

Thanks for your speedy response. I called SF recently and was told I'd be eligible for 3 years SF due to my personal circumstances. I will call them again in the morning to double check.

To be honest I really want to go to UCL or back to Durham but I'm not sure my grades are high enough. If I remember correctly I averaged over 90% in my maths A level so would have gotten an A* if they were possible that year. I am a little confused as to how my AABB compares to the A* system now in place.

I've also been looking at liverpool Manchester and Edinburgh uni. I guess I will have to make some phone calls tomorrow morning.
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Hi Tigger,

Thanks for your speedy response. I called SF recently and was told I'd be eligible for 3 years SF due to my personal circumstances. I will call them again in the morning to double check.

To be honest I really want to go to UCL or back to Durham but I'm not sure my grades are high enough. If I remember correctly I averaged over 90% in my maths A level so would have gotten an A* if they were possible that year. I am a little confused as to how my AABB compares to the A* system now in place.

I've also been looking at liverpool Manchester and Edinburgh uni. I guess I will have to make some phone calls tomorrow morning.
It is a non standard application so its really up to the uni. I feel you would benefit greatly from an A* FM.
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Bit confused - how recent were the OU modules you did and which ones were they (first year modules?)
Yes they were first year modules. Statistics and essential mathematics
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It is a non standard application so its really up to the uni. I feel you would benefit greatly from an A* FM.
Yeah noted. If an A* in FM means I would have a greater chance at UCL or Durham I would definitely be open to doing that
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Yeah noted. If an A* in FM means I would have a greater chance at UCL or Durham I would definitely be open to doing that
If you look at entrance requirements, then for Maths it is a pre req, except for candidates where it was not taught.
It would appear health wise you have quite a history/ journey so always best to put that across.
I assume your 50% at Durham, was you trying to persevere.

You need to talk to them and start sounding out where you might fall.
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