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Tempted to write to the admissions tutor directly ?

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mamatomany Thu 25-Nov-10 20:55:44

WWYD
Brief background I was in care from 14 to 17 and therefore to say I was distracted from GCSE's is an understatement. I went on to pass my A Levels and gained BBC.
I now have an academic degree, 2.1 from a good university so I meet all the criteria for the degree I would now like to study but was advised to complete a science access course.
I've applied and written I feel a strong personal statement but am concerned that because DC4 is so young I am not going to perform at my best plus we have some very inconsistent marking going on, lots of team work, projects etc where I am the only person contributing.
I don't want to come across as desperate (which in fact I am, not getting any younger) but equally there are some circumstances which I feel if they knew about they might see beyond my rubbish GSCE's and average access course results.

muddleduck Tue 30-Nov-10 10:59:18

at what point in the application process are you? Are you waiting to hear if you application has been successful? Is your access course finished or current?

My general advice that I give to students is that I strongly encourage them to write to the AdTutor if there is any NEW info since you wrote your PS.

In your case, there are two issues:
1) Your earlier academic history
Presumably there is info in your PS about your academic background and reasons for your 'rubbish GCSEs'. If you feel that you didn't do a good job explaining this on your PS then you could try a letter along the lines of "I did not include this information in my personal statement (for the following reasons) but would be grateful if you could take these into consideration.

2) The more recent stuff
TBH I don't think they will take any notice of your claim of inconsistent marking - without evidence it is hard to take this into account. You can't really expect them to give you priority over someone with higher grades for this reason. Similarly I'm not sure that taking your DC4 into account makes sense. Presumably your child will still be quite young when you start any degree. You don't want to give them reason to think you wouldn't cope well with the degree, which will be substantially more challenging than an access course.

Am happy to answer more Qs.
(am an ex AdTutor BTW)

amerryscot Sat 04-Dec-10 15:20:34

It is a good idea to write to admissions tutors. They are used to it.

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