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i went to my college interview the other day and i decided i want to do 1b-tech natonal deploma in ict, leval 3 over 2years fall time course (worth 4 A levals) and then go back for 2years and do 4 Alevals in pychology socilogy maths and history

this means leaving college at 20 and staying there for 4 years. does this sound crazy or not? but i know if i do this and pass ill get into uni easily.

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
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    right ill either want to study pyshcology or ict im unsure... thats why i want to do them all.

    I will be aiming for a distinction in my B-tech
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If you aren't sure what you want to do, wouldn't it make more sense to do A levels in Psychology and ICT rather than a BTEC which limits you to just ICT.

    How will you feel in two years after finishing a BTEC, with all your mates going to uni, or into employment, while you go right back to the start again with people two years younger than you?

    You'd also have worked for double the qualifications you need to go to uni, and that would probably not benefit you anyway.
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    I dont have a fucking clue about the english qualifications so im not sure. I would go with doing what you think woul;d suit you in the long term.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Lil Laura
    If you aren't sure what you want to do, wouldn't it make more sense to do A levels in Psychology and ICT rather than a BTEC which limits you to just ICT.

    How will you feel in two years after finishing a BTEC, with all your mates going to uni, or into employment, while you go right back to the start again with people two years younger than you?

    You'd also have worked for double the qualifications you need to go to uni, and that would probably not benefit you anyway.

    i know i will be but that doesnt bother me:) it will give me the chance and choices to do what i want.. i just unsure about it a little i mean two yrs at college and also its something fall back on:)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    tbh the choice is simple because you can get on a computing course without knowing any computing, but you'll find it more difficult to do psych at uni without knowing any.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Mist
    tbh the choice is simple because you can get on a computing course without knowing any computing, but you'll find it more difficult to do psych at uni without knowing any.

    Not necessarily true. I'm doing psych at Nottingham and haven't done it before. Psych A-level is not an entry requirement for most (if not all) of the country's psychology courses yet...in fact Nottingham told us they prefer to 'start from scratch' with people and choose applicants who have a wider range of A-levels.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by .NK
    Not necessarily true. I'm doing psych at Nottingham and haven't done it before. Psych A-level is not an entry requirement for most (if not all) of the country's psychology courses yet...in fact Nottingham told us they prefer to 'start from scratch' with people and choose applicants who have a wider range of A-levels.

    Oh.

    Well either way it's completely bonkers to waste the extra years doing both the Btec and A-Levels. And you would have to pay for one or the other.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Did your careers advisor actually suggest that to you? Or did you decide it off your own back without discussing it?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I spoke to the person who i had an interview with he kind of suggested it and i though it sounds good:)

    sounds like a good opertunity because i will have more freedom to choose what i do.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Lil Laura

    How will you feel in two years after finishing a BTEC, with all your mates going to uni, or into employment, while you go right back to the start again with people two years younger than you?

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    i went back to college at the age of 23!! there are people of all ages in my class and it doesnt make a difference. my friends are all working and it doesnt make a difference that im at college.
    rude boy you have to do what you want to do, stop seeking other peoples approval!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
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    its not crazy, i'll be finishing college just after my 19th
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Crazy.

    It will bother you when people disappear off to uni and work and you're still in college.

    There's no need to spend so many years getting pre-uni qualifications, and you're better off doing A-levels because of the breadth offered. Unis prefer it, employers prefer it unless you're heading into ITC fields, but why close options? Uni will give you a chance to study your favourite subject seriously in depth, no need to start too early.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Turtle

    It will bother you when people disappear off to uni and work and you're still in college.

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    can i ask what is so wrong with being at college? why will it be such a bother to have friends workin and at uni?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by wee wuman
    can i ask what is so wrong with being at college? why will it be such a bother to have friends workin and at uni?

    Clearly because you have to watch your friends go off and do things whilst you stand still effectively progress wise.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Mist
    Clearly because you have to watch your friends go off and do things whilst you stand still effectively progress wise.

    how can you say being at college is not progressing????
    with anything you learn you progress! i am at college and im damn sure that i have progressed over a year and a half. i know more things now than when i started. i do not plan to go on to uni when i am qualified as a nursery nurse. does that mean i will stand still for the rest of my life.
    i work damn hard at college and am progressing!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by wee wuman
    how can you say being at college is not progressing????
    with anything you learn you progress! i am at college and im damn sure that i have progressed over a year and a half. i know more things now than when i started. i do not plan to go on to uni when i am qualified as a nursery nurse. does that mean i will stand still for the rest of my life.
    i work damn hard at college and am progressing!

    Fine. Such is your choice. Personally I think that for most things apart from some specialist jobs where you need specific stuff then an employer will see a university degree as more of a progression than staying in college.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Being at college for 4years while other people go doesnt bother me. and the fact about paying wont matter either aslong as im still living at home because my mother is on so many benifits its cool (i think i gotta look into it) but yeah i think if i do this i have a wider range of options for uni and i NEED my b-tec in ict.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Rude_boyz
    i NEED my b-tec in ict.

    Why do you 'NEED' a b-tec in ICT?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Because of what i wanan do../choice plus i decided it ages ago.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by wee wuman
    how can you say being at college is not progressing????
    with anything you learn you progress! i am at college and im damn sure that i have progressed over a year and a half. i know more things now than when i started. i do not plan to go on to uni when i am qualified as a nursery nurse. does that mean i will stand still for the rest of my life.
    i work damn hard at college and am progressing!

    That really wasn't the point I was trying to make. I progressed on my gap year, too, but I found it difficult with my friends having dispersed around the country, got on with their lives whilst I felt very much that mine was standing still. It's not a question of intellectual progression, but simply taking another step through life - you invariably feel you're missing out when you're the last one to take a big step.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Rude_boyz
    Because of what i wanan do../choice plus i decided it ages ago.

    What happens if you decide you don't want to do it?

    Why not spend two years doing A-levels first, and then if you still need an ICT qualification, you can get one in uni.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Turtle
    That really wasn't the point I was trying to make. I progressed on my gap year, too, but I found it difficult with my friends having dispersed around the country, got on with their lives whilst I felt very much that mine was standing still. It's not a question of intellectual progression, but simply taking another step through life - you invariably feel you're missing out when you're the last one to take a big step.

    I agree, I'm doing a third year at college and 'cause people generally do 2, I'm like, all lonely. I find it okay to make new friends etc, but I just don't feel like I fit in :confused:

    When my close friends went, it was hard - but I've got used to it.

    I'm just looking forward to going myself now :D

    There was no way I could of gone with my 2 A-levels, and looking back, I don't think I was ready. I didn't even know what course I wanted to do, so it would of been no good going last year :rolleyes:

    Also , it depends what type of uni you're off to, but uni's don't generally say "you have to have so and so in BTEC ICT"
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by Lil Laura
    If you aren't sure what you want to do, wouldn't it make more sense to do A levels in Psychology and ICT rather than a BTEC which limits you to just ICT.

    exactly what i thought.

    do one or the other. i'd recommend A levels over a BTEC, they are still seen as 'better' qualitfications, but either will do.

    there's no point staying at college for so long when you don't need to, and your local council support for further and higher education will run out after so long. with my council it's 4 years. after that you have to pay the private amount, which at my uni is over £2000 a year.

    something to think about.
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