(Original post by crxdude)
Hi, sorry about your rejection.
I'm in pretty much the same position as you. My GCSE results were ok, mostly B's 1 A* and a D in maths. Went on to study music at college for 2 years and came out with a Level 3 Diploma. I've been told its worth 2.66 A levels (I don't know how they work that out). I then spent half a year doing basic Japanese at night college and then went straight to As level after a little self study. Anyway i got an A at As level and I'm predicted A at A level. I'm also studying Sociology and predicted a C.
However I've applied for BA Japanese and I've currently been rejected from Leeds, Manchester, and Sheffield! I've only got 2 choices left but I'm not counting on anything judging from those rejections. I'm 20 now and will be 21 by the time i start uni, these universities say that they accept diplomas etc but really I think they prefer traditional A levels.
To be honest it makes me pretty annoyed when I see that people get on to these Japanese courses just because they have traditional A levels. I mean some of the people I know are doing it because it looks good, they like 'Manga' etc. They don't seem to have anywhere near the passion that i have for the language. Plus some of them have got A levels showing no relevance to languages. I think its pretty mad! Doing my Level 3 Diploma and A levels, I see very little difference in them, if anything i think the level 3 Diploma prepares you more for university considering the teaching of my sociology course is like bloody high school. hand outs, hand outs and more hand outs.
Just think positive. I mean even if you don't get in this year there are other possibilities. For example if i don't get in my back up plan is to work in japan for the year. Anyway, Good luck! I hope it all works out for you.
I am so glad you posted, because everything you said seems to mirror my own circumstances...><
One of the biggest reasons I'm so upset about this is that I'm 20 now, would've turned 21 shortly after I started uni - if I'd got in, and to me, even that's a pretty late start. Now it seems highly likely that I'm going to have to "scrap" yet another year, and end up being *another* year older than all the other people around.
And I agree with your sentiments on the whole Japanophile thing, it's incredibly frustrating for me to think that people who's interest in Japan is only that deep, may have gotten a place rather than me. And while that may come across as a pretty selfish thing to say, I haven't been cut a break at ALL for a pretty long time, no matter how many times I try and convince myself that I have great things going for me due to what I've acheieved.
To answer other questions in this thread~
I gave the admissions officer a call, and he explained how they look at everything in combination, including the old GCSE grades, but also mentioned how they look for things in the personal statement about for example, classical literature read and related opinions. THAT was the kicker for me.
I have read classical Japanese literature AND analysed it, and it never *stupidly*occured to me to include such things in my PS.
Also~ during school I was in one of the bottom sets for maths GCSE. Due to the papers being tiered - the highest possible grade I could EVER have gotten is a D
Does that mean that everyone sitting in that room, never had a *good* chance at university? If so, I think the government may be wanting to change a few things...
The fact that I finished school and left over 4 years ago also makes the propspect of a GCSE re-sit pretty unthinkable...><
And I acheived a good English result and was in the top set for the duration of high school~ so no problems there.
I also have a Spanish GCSE, and the aforementioned Japanese~ which covers me for foreign languages.