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    Hi,

    Ive just finished yr 13 and am going to asia in a couple of months on my gap year. I have a deferred entry place at exeter but am now considering re-applying for a different course. I didn't consider Scotland last year, but now am. However, I cant find a simple table of differences, eg money wise between going to uni in Britain and Scotland.

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    Most Scottish students can go to university with just highers, which aren't as intense as A-Levels. Therefore, the degree takes four years rather than three. The Scottish government also subsidise the cost of education to a greater extent, so even with the extra year the costs are usually lower for everyone, even non-Scottish EU students.
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    I was all set to give you a proper detailed answer but then i seen that you had written 'Britain and Scotland' and it just pissed me off.
    But basically - Scottish degrees are generally 4 instead of 3 years. Money wise i think tuition fees will be cheaper for u at a Scottish uni.
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    The tuition fees are less at Scottish Universities, but you will generally have to pay them for four years instead of three, and of course you will have an extra year of being a student and not earning. Comes to much the same thing as going to uni in England or Wales, as far as I can see.
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    (Original post by Minerva)
    The tuition fees are less at Scottish Universities, but you will generally have to pay them for four years instead of three, and of course you will have an extra year of being a student and not earning. Comes to much the same thing as going to uni in England or Wales, as far as I can see.
    Not necessarily. If you are from a country where the equivalent degree takes less than the four years in Scotland (i.e England), the Scottish government won't disadvantage you, and give you your final year free.
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    (Original post by 0404343m)
    Not necessarily. If you are from a country where the equivalent degree takes less than the four years in Scotland (i.e England), the Scottish government won't disadvantage you, and give you your final year free.
    But that would only be for the fees, presumably - you still have to live! As I say, I doubt if it makes that much difference overall.
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    (Original post by Minerva)
    But that would only be for the fees, presumably - you still have to live! As I say, I doubt if it makes that much difference overall.
    It is just the fees, yes. But this makes the difference pretty significant, over 4.5k, and in general living in Scotland is cheaper than England (average student is around £600 a year better off in rent/expenses), so I'd hazard a guess you could probably pay your extra year (not to mention some courses which allow second year entry) and still save a bit of money. I know some BBB science courses at Glasgow that allow AAB students (who have further maths) to do it in three years, i.e. the same as they would in England- and would only be charged £5500 in fees vs the 10k they would a couple of hours further south.
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    (Original post by 0404343m)
    It is just the fees, yes. But this makes the difference pretty significant, over 4.5k, and in general living in Scotland is cheaper than England (average student is around £600 a year better off in rent/expenses), so I'd hazard a guess you could probably pay your extra year (not to mention some courses which allow second year entry) and still save a bit of money. I know some BBB science courses at Glasgow that allow AAB students (who have further maths) to do it in three years, i.e. the same as they would in England- and would only be charged £5500 in fees vs the 10k they would a couple of hours further south.
    OK, fair enough. I was forgetting that some people can get exemption from their first year (it's not that widely publicised in the courses I know about!).
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    (Original post by Minerva)
    OK, fair enough. I was forgetting that some people can get exemption from their first year (it's not that widely publicised in the courses I know about!).
    True- for some reason its only science courses that allow it at Glasgow, but other unis are happy to do it for most things. It's really not widely understood though, people on here can be a bit too ready to equate entry requirements with how 'good' a course is, and be dismissive of some Scottish courses, not realising that if they were to do it in three like their English equivalent, they'd be expected to gain pretty tough grades in order to do so... If the OP was to be in the AAB bracket, it'd be something to think about, the savings can sometimes be pretty significant.
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    What does it mean by first sitting and second sitting on the entry requirements?
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    (Original post by drhorrible27)
    What does it mean by first sitting and second sitting on the entry requirements?
    Second Sitting means you did a retake.
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    In Scotland you can retake Highers if you fail them all/some of them the year before or don't get the grades you are hoping for. More able students tend to take three or four Advanced Highers instead, which are very slightly more challenging than A-levels. English universities will almost always ask for Advanced Highers in their entry requirements as these are more similar to A-levels in terms of difficulty than the Scottish Higher.
 
 
 

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