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UCAS questions

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
edited March 27 in Work & Study
Im leaving my uni after exams cos I don't like it. I've found a course I really want to do instead but I have to go thru UCAS. My question is-

* If I only apply for one course, is it cheaper?
and
* Who do I get to do my reference? It's 2 years since I was at college and none of my tutors at uni really know me (besides the fact that they won't be too happy that I'm leaving)

Please help me... I really want to do this course.. <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="smile">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The course you want to do, have you studied it before? Sometimes when you change Uni/College you don't need UCAS and can get straight into the 2nd year of the course if you already studied it. Best contact the tutor, research it on the internet.

    Also, you can get a reference from any full/part time jobs you've had in the past or from school.

    HTH
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks for the reply. It's a different course to the one I am on now so I can't go into the 2nd year, I would have to start in the first year (and have wasted about £6000 on this year alone <IMG SRC="frown.gif" border="0" ALT="frown"> )

    I think it is better to get an academic reference because they would know more about my abilities. It's just hard to go and ask a teacher that I haven't seen for 2 years.

    Got to be done though!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by KrazedKT:
    <STRONG>Im leaving my uni after exams cos I don't like it. I've found a course I really want to do instead but I have to go thru UCAS. My question is-

    * If I only apply for one course, is it cheaper?
    and
    * Who do I get to do my reference? It's 2 years since I was at college and none of my tutors at uni really know me (besides the fact that they won't be too happy that I'm leaving)

    Please help me... I really want to do this course.. <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="smile"></STRONG>

    The answers are below:

    Costs - From the UCAS site: "If you choose to apply to more than one course, university or college, you must send £15 with your application form. If you only apply to one course at one institution, you must send £5 and we will explain in your acknowledgement letter how you can add more choices later if you want to. "

    References:

    If it's been a while since you left school then ask anyone with a respectable position in work or the community to attest to your commitment. Alternatively, if you're working and the job is related to your course, ask your employer if they'll serve as your referee.
    You could ask your one of your current uni tutors, if you get on with them,...It shouldn't matter that you are leaving them to do another course, although if your attendence and grades haven't been up to scratch, they may not be the best people to ask!
    Ucas say: "Your referee should know you well enough to write about you and if you are suitable for higher education. We will not accept references from family, other relatives or friends. You must have a full written reference - the name and address of the referee are not enough.

    If you are a mature student, you should ask a responsible person who knows you. This could be an employer, training officer, careers officer, a teacher on a recent relevant further education course, or a senior colleague in employment or voluntary work."

    UCAS helpline: 01242 227788

    Hope that helps
    Susie

    <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="smile">
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks Susie. <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0" ALT="smile"> I did try the UCAS site but found it really hard to use!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Erm..the bad thing is it's at a fairly crap uni which I always used to slag off myself, UCE. The course itself though, has quite high entrance requirements and is very well respected and many people who did it went on to work in TV/Newspapers. Margherita Taylor did it! (Off T4)
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