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I am an adult learner (aged 20) and I want to use openstudycollege.
I want to fast track 2 of my A levels and fast track the other one the year after. This is within the 2 year period you have to do a levels so will unis accept me?

I want to study medicine.
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You will need 3 A levels for Medicine - and Universities usually require you to have done ALL of your A levels in one 'sitting' to show that you have the academic/intellectual stamina for a Med degree.

I suggest you do a 1 year Access to Medicine course - its readily accepted by Med Schools - https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...ne-courses.pdf One example - https://www.escg.ac.uk/courses/scien...ma-medicine-l/
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I am an adult learner (aged 20) and I want to use openstudycollege.
I want to fast track 2 of my A levels and fast track the other one the year after. This is within the 2 year period you have to do a levels so will unis accept me?

I want to study medicine.
Apart from medicine and a few other subjects, most universities waive or reduce their entry requirements for those aged 21+.
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How will distance learning providers assess me?

Are there colleges near dinnington that accept adult learners?
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most universities waive or reduce their entry requirements for those aged 21+.
Most Universities will view 21+ applications 'holistically' and will take their life circumstances 'into consideration', but they do not routinely reduce entry requirements or ignore all entry requirements.
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This claim is essentially nonsense.
Most Universities will view 21+ applications 'holistically' and will take their life circumstances 'into consideration', but they do not routinely reduce entry requirements or ignore all entry requirements.
They're generally less rigid. LSE for example don't expect three A-Levels. Nottingham completely remove all entry requirements.
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How will distance learning providers assess me?

Are there colleges near dinnington that accept adult learners?
Look for local FE Colleges in Sheffield, Rotherham, Chesterfield etc.
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Please help.
I have regrets on not being able to do my a levels due to things I couldn't control (mental health and being sectioned)
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Nottingham completely remove all entry requirements.
Perhaps you could tell us all where on the page is says that you dont need any GCSEs or Level 3 qualifications to do a degree at the University of Nottingham - https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/studywi...-students.aspx
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Perhaps you could tell us all where on the page is says that you dont need any GCSEs or Level 3 qualifications to do a degree at the University of Nottingham - https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/studywi...-students.aspx
Well I know someone who got onto the maths course without any A-Levels.
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Please help.
I have regrets on not being able to do my a levels due to things I couldn't control (mental health and being sectioned)
I suggest that you contact individual Universities and give them a brief summary of both your circumstances and your qualifications to date, and ask for their advice - all will have Mature Students Advisors who will be sympathetic and give you help and advice on next steps.

You can book an online chat with Bristol - https://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/mature/
Info for Sheffield - https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mature
Info for St Georges, London - https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/life-at...ature-students
Other Unis will have similar pages on their website.
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I am an adult learner (aged 20) and I want to use openstudycollege.
I want to fast track 2 of my A levels and fast track the other one the year after. This is within the 2 year period you have to do a levels so will unis accept me?

I want to study medicine.
Why do you want to 'fast track' them like this? Can you not do all three A levels in two years, as a normal thing?
(Original post by McGinger)
You will need 3 A levels for Medicine - and Universities usually require you to have done ALL of your A levels in one 'sitting' to show that you have the academic/intellectual stamina for a Med degree.

I suggest you do a 1 year Access to Medicine course - its readily accepted by Med Schools - https://www.medschools.ac.uk/media/2...ne-courses.pdf One example - https://www.escg.ac.uk/courses/scien...ma-medicine-l/
It isn't this simple. Certain universities accept certain Access courses. Some universities don't accept Access courses for medicine at all; others will only accept Access courses for certain cohorts of students who have done an Access course at specific providers. Still more Access course providers will not allow students to study an Access qualification if they have other level 3 qualifications, and universities may not accept them if the applicant has level 3 qualifications. All in all, it's much more complicated that 'it's readily accepted by Med schools'.

An Access course is not necessarily the right thing for this candidate to do, and we'd need much more details on his previous study before being able to recommend it.
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Here are my GCSE grades:
- Maths 8
- Biology A
- Chemistry A
- Physics A
- Computing A*
- Statistics A
- English literature 7
- English language 6
- Sociology B

I worked hard for these GCSEs but I want to do something with them. I feel like **** sometimes because I could have done my A levels by now.

Instead I'm here, being scammed by distance learning providers and struggling were I can do my exams.

Can I be a private candidate? Will this be risky? How can I get a guaranteed place?
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If you’ve not done independent study before, you may find completely independent study or distance learning study for your A levels – especially over a truncated time period – to be very difficult and you are less likely to get the grades you need.
You are only 20 years old. You have time to do this properly. Try to do this too quickly and you’re writing your own ticket for disappointment.
I have a feeling I know why you’re trying to do this in the way you’ve described. Maybe you’re trying to give yourself a shot at resits if you don’t get the grades you want first time around so that you complete everything inside two years. This isn’t necessary and it’s likely to become a self-fulfilling prophecy as you’re more likely to need to do resits if you do it this way.
Maybe you’re also just desperate to get started. Maybe the A level exams being two years away from you is too much for you to cope with and you want to have something in hand. Under the old A level system you would have at least had AS levels to work towards and you’d be banking grades as you went along. It’s unfortunate they’ve changed it but there’s nothing to be done about that but to try and do as good a job as you can and that means giving yourself the best chance.
You’re at least a year away from making an application. But there is plenty of other things you can be doing in that time to prepare your application. Work experience, volunteering, maybe getting a job in care, UCAT prep. Those things will and should be taking up a lot of your time. Maybe you just do that for a year and save some money. Then you’d be in a good position to apply for an access course which could give you the structure you need.
But don’t rush this. You have a goal. Why not try making a really solid, considered plan?
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