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Transferring with bad A levels

I did my A levels last year and absolutely botched them, getting E,E,U. Now admittedly these are very low grades, however I managed to scrape into a foundation year at Cardiff Met, a very mid tier uni. I’m about to finish foundation year and am hoping that I could try and ace first year, and then transfer to a better uni.
Question is, would this even work with my A levels and what chances do I have for transferring to a Russell group uni, if my foundation & first year marks were high enough?
You can apply but it’s common for universities to require you to repeat a year if you don’t meet their standard entry requirements. That would mean that you wouldn’t get a tuition fee loan for year 1 of a new degree.
Reply 2
You can try but the chances are that you wont get anywhere with this idea and you'll finish your degree at Cardiff Met - however, if you are determined to work hard and you get a First, postgrad at a 'higher' Uni is more than possible and that might be a wiser long term plan.
Reply 3
You can apply but it’s common for universities to require you to repeat a year if you don’t meet their standard entry requirements. That would mean that you wouldn’t get a tuition fee loan for year 1 of a new degree.


Doesn’t the foundation year OP did count as the ‘gift’ year?
Original post by Sunrise36
Doesn’t the foundation year OP did count as the ‘gift’ year?


Yes - but OP would have 2 years of previous study and would be starting in year 1 of a new course. So the gift year is only one year that leaves 1 unfunded year - no tuition fee loan for year 1 of the new degree
Original post by Bert05
I did my A levels last year and absolutely botched them, getting E,E,U. Now admittedly these are very low grades, however I managed to scrape into a foundation year at Cardiff Met, a very mid tier uni. I’m about to finish foundation year and am hoping that I could try and ace first year, and then transfer to a better uni.
Question is, would this even work with my A levels and what chances do I have for transferring to a Russell group uni, if my foundation & first year marks were high enough?

Hello there,

The foundation year is designed for you to progress onto year 1 upon successful completion of the course at Cardiff Met.

However, if you would like to transfer to another university, please contact them directly and they will be able to assist you.

Should you have any questions, please contact us on [email protected].

Cardiff Met Admissions.😄
Reply 6
Yes - but OP would have 2 years of previous study and would be starting in year 1 of a new course. So the gift year is only one year that leaves 1 unfunded year - no tuition fee loan for year 1 of the new degree

Oh yes you’re right, thank you!

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