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Do russell groups accept my course

I dropped out of A levels last year (English, Crim, Law and History) due to some mental health reasons and planned or just retake year 12 but instead decided to move to do UAL Level 3 Journalism. I was on track to apply for Oxbridge and knew with my UAL that wouldn’t be the case but still thought I’d be able to apply to others. After looking at UCAS a lot of unis apparently don’t except my course (mainly russell groups) I’ve emailed about 10 different ones who didn’t really give me a definitive answer and told me to apply anyway. I would love to study Journalism at Uni of Sheffield for example but is it even worth applying? Also can’t even find my course on UCAS lmao
Original post by alicemarshy
I dropped out of A levels last year (English, Crim, Law and History) due to some mental health reasons and planned or just retake year 12 but instead decided to move to do UAL Level 3 Journalism. I was on track to apply for Oxbridge and knew with my UAL that wouldn’t be the case but still thought I’d be able to apply to others. After looking at UCAS a lot of unis apparently don’t except my course (mainly russell groups) I’ve emailed about 10 different ones who didn’t really give me a definitive answer and told me to apply anyway. I would love to study Journalism at Uni of Sheffield for example but is it even worth applying? Also can’t even find my course on UCAS lmao

UAL courses are meant more from an arts side than academic and these arent typically accepted for university courses and wont be shown in the requirements.

Whether a specific university will accept one of these courses for a course like Journalism only the university itself can answer. If they are telling you to apply it sounds hopeful. They wouldnt tell you to apply if you faced a definite refusal.

I note you mention Criminology. This is probably not an A level but a WJEC applied course which some top universities dont accept as equivalent to an A level despite the WJEC claims. It is something students need to be aware of. When colleges sell this course and UAL they dont advise students of the difficulties they might come across.
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Original post by swanseajack1
UAL courses are meant more from an arts side than academic and these arent typically accepted for university courses and wont be shown in the requirements.
Whether a specific university will accept one of these courses for a course like Journalism only the university itself can answer. If they are telling you to apply it sounds hopeful. They wouldnt tell you to apply if you faced a definite refusal.
I note you mention Criminology. This is probably not an A level but a WJEC applied course which some top universities dont accept as equivalent to an A level despite the WJEC claims. It is something students need to be aware of. When colleges sell this course and UAL they dont advise students of the difficulties they might come across.


Ah Okay, do you thinks I’d be safer. just applying to poly’s instead, and yeah the course you linked is the one I am doing. Ty!
Original post by alicemarshy
Ah Okay, do you thinks I’d be safer. just applying to poly’s instead, and yeah the course you linked is the one I am doing. Ty!

I dont know but you have 5 choices. Why not risk 2 RGs. Another option would be apply just to 2 universities including RG ones and then depending on the replies add the rest before the January deadline. That is something often recommended by people in the know on here.
Further to our conversation last night it might be worth you ringing a couple of RG universities and explaining what course you are taking and whether they will accept it. Another option you would have is to complete your course then look at an Access to Higher education course in Humanities which nearly everywhere accepts.
Fwiw : Russell Group is irrelevant for journalism courses. Look for accreditation and placements not research activity!
Fwiw : Russell Group is irrelevant for journalism courses. Look for accreditation and placements not research activity!

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