Aston Uni Foundation Year?

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I recently got rejected by Aston uni to study law. My predictions are AACC. The reason for the rejection was because I didn’t meet the GCSE requirements , they asked for 5 4-9 grades and I only have 4 as the rest are BTEC and other qualifications.( My current sixth form that I also did my GCSE’s at has very very bad teaching quality and reputation ).

After being rejected, I changed one of my uni choices to Aston law with a foundation year. Although I don’t want to do a foundation year, it’s one of the things I can do to still study there. I have offers from other unis with low requirements but have my heart set on going to Aston.

I was wondering if anyone has any insight on Aston for clearing and adjustment. I know with law being a highly saturated course it’s harder. I’m certain I can bring my C’s up to at least B’s, which is why I’m hoping after results day I can go for adjustment or clearing. This is only if they allow for it to happen, so I can hopefully avoid a foundation year if I get accepted.

Any advice would be much appreciated, thank you.
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I think if the reason for your rejection was your GCSEs then going through clearing/adjustment isn't going to make a difference. I would just go for the foundation year. It is only a year and you will at your dream uni. Have they told you the reason was your GCSEs?
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Thank you for your reply and you do have a good point.

To be exact on UCAS they’ve put the reason for unsuccessful is : “You do not meet the relevant GCSE requirements for this course”.

The entry requirements state they want 5 GCSE subjects (general studies not included) but I only have 4 with the rest being BTECs. They aren’t amazing but they aren’t entirely horrible either. I got 5,6,5,4 and a few B’s and merits. I got 3’s for my sciences and french which are both the subjects I didn’t have a teacher for at exam time in year 11. I applied knowing that my school would be eligible for a contextual offer.

What would you recommend to do ?
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(Original post by SaSaSan)
Thank you for your reply and you do have a good point.

To be exact on UCAS they’ve put the reason for unsuccessful is : “You do not meet the relevant GCSE requirements for this course”.

The entry requirements state they want 5 GCSE subjects (general studies not included) but I only have 4 with the rest being BTECs. They aren’t amazing but they aren’t entirely horrible either. I got 5,6,5,4 and a few B’s and merits. I got 3’s for my sciences and french which are both the subjects I didn’t have a teacher for at exam time in year 11. I applied knowing that my school would be eligible for a contextual offer.

What would you recommend to do ?
I mean you could try but seeing as they have stated that its your GCSEs and not your A levels i would doubt that getting better A level grades will result in a offer for law. I would probably stick with the foundation year as i think its a really good offer. I know it is annoying but you will be on the same law course as everyone else after the foundation year and you might even be better prepared for it.
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You’re right, I think it’s also because there’s a negative connotation with foundation courses which I’m trying to not notice in. If anything a foundation course would prepare me more , as you said yourself. But truthfully it’s the social aspect of a foundation course I’m worried about maybe it’s just because I don’t know much about it.
Eg ; do I join the younger first year students after my foundation year? Or will I still have the same opportunities like joining societies and group chats ?

I know the education aspect of uni is above anything else but I can’t help but wonder.
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You’re right, I think it’s also because there’s a negative connotation with foundation courses which I’m trying to not notice in. If anything a foundation course would prepare me more , as you said yourself. But truthfully it’s the social aspect of a foundation course I’m worried about maybe it’s just because I don’t know much about it.
Eg ; do I join the younger first year students after my foundation year? Or will I still have the same opportunities like joining societies and group chats ?

I know the education aspect of uni is above anything else but I can’t help but wonder.
Foundation courses are nothing to be ashamed of. I have no idea if they do prepare you more but i think considering you are spending a year essentially learning relevant subjects/knowledge to your degree that could put you ahead of some people. It also means another year to be able to hone in on revision technique's etc and be fully prepared going into law. So i see it as an opportunity.

A year's difference in age isn't going to impact your social life at all. Not everyone is going to be 18 anyway. Loads of people take gap years and in fact you will probably never be questioned. You join the law undergrad with 1st year students yes and you will have the opportunities to join societies. Don't forget there will people other people on your foundation course in the same position. Plenty of opportunity to make friends and socialise Plus you have the city to go out in.
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I can’t thank you enough ! I’ve been worried so any rational thought has gone out my head ,but you’ve helped me. Thinking about it I’d rather actually do foundation, I’m not personally ready to dive into a full blown degree especially after this year and the points you’ve made are all correct. Thank you so much for your advice.
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I can’t thank you enough ! I’ve been worried so any rational thought has gone out my head ,but you’ve helped me. Thinking about it I’d rather actually do foundation, I’m not personally ready to dive into a full blown degree especially after this year and the points you’ve made are all correct. Thank you so much for your advice.
you're welcome. I think its actually a good choice. Aston is a great uni and congrats on your offer you should be proud of yourself !
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You’re right, I think it’s also because there’s a negative connotation with foundation courses which I’m trying to not notice in. If anything a foundation course would prepare me more , as you said yourself. But truthfully it’s the social aspect of a foundation course I’m worried about maybe it’s just because I don’t know much about it.
Eg ; do I join the younger first year students after my foundation year? Or will I still have the same opportunities like joining societies and group chats ?
You will have the same opportunites to join societies and group chats.

You don't say whether you have English and Maths at grades 4 minimum but if you don't have one of these it could be a problem for you later down the line when applying for jobs. So you would be better off retaking Maths or English during a year out rather than doing a foundation year at Aston.

In fact you could take a year out anyway, take an extra GCSE or two at college and reapply to Aston for the following year where you will meet their GCSE requirement. That would cost a lot less in tuition fees than the foundation year but up to you.

Though I think it's sensible you applied for the Aston foundation year as it keeps that option open and it is possible they would be more flexible with your GCSEs during Clearing if you get great A level grades.
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Thanks for the reply.

I have both Maths and English grades, it was just a matter of how many GCSE pass grades I have as I said previously only 4 of my GCSEs aren’t BTEC or other qualifications.

By the looks of it, my work is paying off and it seems like my Cs will most likely go up at the end of the year. I’ve heard of cases where they’ve changed foundation course students to first year as they believed they were ready, I’m hoping that’s the case with me after adjustment.

Thank you very much !
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Thanks for the reply.

I have both Maths and English grades, it was just a matter of how many GCSE pass grades I have as I said previously only 4 of my GCSEs aren’t BTEC or other qualifications.

By the looks of it, my work is paying off and it seems like my Cs will most likely go up at the end of the year. I’ve heard of cases where they’ve changed foundation course students to first year as they believed they were ready, I’m hoping that’s the case with me after adjustment.

Thank you very much !
You’re welcome and Good Luck
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