Hi everyone, I am due to start a 3 year EEE degree starting in 2022.
The course start date is getting closer and I am starting to feel nervous about starting due to not having the recommended academic qualifications going into the course.
I will give you a bit of background about myself. I am 30 years old, married and I have 9 years Military experience in an Electrical Engineering based branch. I would consider myself to have very good practical skills with Electrical equipment and electronics and have studied the theory to a NVQ level 3 standard. Fortunately, I naturally enjoy mathematics however I do not have anything higher than a GCSE in this. I touched on some AS level maths during my studies which I managed fine however I appreciate that this won't be the standard required at university. As for physics, I think I could pick it up relatively ok however my foundation isn't so strong.
I submitted my application on UCAS and was given unconditional offers from a few London universities. None of these are Russell Group and all are on the lower end of the rankings which I am fine with. I think they all understood that I have academic shortfalls however was prepared to take me on due to my experience in the engineering field.
I accepted one of them and spoke with a Professor on an open day. He told me not to worry about my lack of academic foundation as I will be taught it on the 1st year of the course.
Now the date is approaching, I am starting to get quite anxious that I may be too far out of my depth. I have coped with some very high pace, stressful situations throughout my time in the military and I have a good level of discipline to keep pushing through when times are tough however this is completely new to me and I want to be realistic of what I should be expecting. Could any EEE students/graduates please help me with the following questions as it will be hugely appreciated.
1.) Will the fact that I am going to a lower ranked university make passing the course more achievable and manageable rather than being thrown into an EEE course at the likes of Imperial?
2.) Despite my lack of A levels, with good self discipline and hard work, will it be possible to pass the 1st year of this course? I am prepared to pay for extra tuition outside of contact hours if needs be.
3.) Will I have the opportunity to hit the ground running during the 1st year and learn what I need there? I have heard from some people that they felt like they repeated a lot of A level learning during their 1st year at university.
I understand that I could do a foundation year however unfortunately this is not an option for me. Taking 3 years out from a salary was all that I could afford to do with my monthly outgoings and my wife and I plan to start a family so the 3 year gap from a salary was the maximum that I can afford to do.
I really do appreciate any honest and constructive feedback that any of you may be able to offer.
Thank you for reading.