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Is it too late to apply for a degree in September?

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KatyMac Sun 10-Aug-08 21:30:09

I just suddenly thought I might as well do something constructive as I can't open a nursery

So if I can/do apply what shall I do?

MrsMattie Sun 10-Aug-08 21:31:10

Depends what subject you want to study and where.

OneLieIn Sun 10-Aug-08 21:31:38

I am sure you can get in through clearing still. What do you like doing? Childcare? Teaching? Why can't you open a nursery?

KatyMac Sun 10-Aug-08 21:33:22

Credit crunch means I can't borrow any money

Childcare or management?
Norwich (or maybe Ipswich)

I could be a junior school maths teacherhmm?

juneybean Sun 10-Aug-08 21:47:51

If you go on the website for your university it should give details of when the clearing is :D I'm still considering Childhood Studies, just don't know what to do with myself :/

KatyMac Sun 10-Aug-08 21:49:12

Childcare has child psychology & I just don't see the point of that

Management looks more fun

Wish I could do both

So do Not want to do a foundation degree

juneybean Sun 10-Aug-08 21:50:50

The childhood studies at my local (sunderland) offers a module in management I think.

I think I am you though! I have been looking at management courses at my local college, have you thought about that? Usually nighttime courses as well

KatyMac Sun 10-Aug-08 21:52:04

So confused

Orinoco Sun 10-Aug-08 21:52:35

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ten10 Sun 10-Aug-08 22:01:12

Clearing is already open. Technically UCAS Clearing is open up until a course enrolled (usually last week in September) although if a course still has spaces they will probably take late applications after the course starts as they will want to fill the spaces.

As far a debt etc goes, all higher education courses will be over £3000 per year, which will be covered by the student loans company (unless you want to self fund) some courses/colleges may offer bursaries in a cash back option to students on a low income as long as they are taking the student loan for fees.

Go to the UCAS website to search for courses with available spaces, this will be a limited list for this September.

Once you find a course you think you are interested in email the course leader and ask specific questions so that you can find out if it is exactly what you are looking for as the write up on the website doesn't usually give the full picture.

UCAS Applications cost £15 for multiple applications or £5 for one application.

KatyMac Sun 10-Aug-08 22:03:05

Gulp - I had forgotten the whole fees/loan thing

I fancy a combined degree - I guess my only option is OU

Orinoco Sun 10-Aug-08 22:06:10

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ten10 Sun 10-Aug-08 22:08:59

The fees for OU are £4000 for the course (on average but vary with different courses)

You don't deal with the student loans company with the OU instead you can pay up front, pay in monthly instalments, or apply for a grant (if you are on a low income) which could either cover all your fees or part of the fees

KatyMac Sun 10-Aug-08 22:09:07

I checked & they don't do my two

KatyMac Sun 10-Aug-08 22:09:39

Can't I pay the OU fees with Tesco vouchers?

KatyMac Sun 10-Aug-08 22:10:57

OK my degree exists at Liverpool

Let's see if I can find it closer/correspondence

ten10 Sun 10-Aug-08 22:12:02

I believe that for every £10 of Tescos vouchers you can receive £40 towards the cost of an OU course

Dannat Sun 10-Aug-08 22:12:43

Katy, ignore my post on the EYPS thread about the FD then! Do bear in mind though that if you go into a childcare related degree, you could get help from the Transformation Fund. My FD was completely paid for by the TF and I am hoping to get some funding towards my top up year next year.

KatyMac Sun 10-Aug-08 22:15:00

If I do OU - I only need to do yrs 2 & 3 so i could get my degree in 4yrs

Whereas a foundation degree will take me 4yrs anyway

KatyMac Sun 10-Aug-08 22:16:44

Kingston also does it - but it's still a bit far away

Dannat Sun 10-Aug-08 22:22:25

Oh ok. I see your point. My FD only took 2 years though...

I promise to shut up about it now grin

KatyMac Sun 10-Aug-08 22:23:07

Was that FT?

i still need to run my business while at uni (or whatever I do)

Dannat Sun 10-Aug-08 22:30:02

It was one evening a week, 4:30-9:30 (although it didn't always go on that late) and one Saturday a month. It was classed as FT hours by the uni, even though it was run PT iyswim.

The idea of it is that it goes hand in hand with your work, you do a lot of the FD in practice.

My experience was a very positive one, as I had literally just finished my Level 3. DD was 2 and I was working FT, plus doing the usual housework stuff. I got through the first year and found out I was pg with DS at the start of the second, was still working FT, DD and housey stuff. I had DS just before the end of the second year so got an extension on my dissertation and last assignment and graduated 2 weeks ago.

I did consider OU but my local authority wouldn't pay for distance learning. I went to college and actually found I looked forward to meeting up with my mates blush away from the DC and housey stuff etc. College was better for me, kept me focused. I know if I had taken the OU route, I would have been lazy and just not done the work.

It has been hard, but then again, any degree is. You can do the FD PT over 3 years but 2 was long enough and manageable in the way it was run.

KatyMac Sun 10-Aug-08 22:32:41

It's 4 yrs here shock] for P/T

I think I want something more businessy

ten10 Sun 10-Aug-08 22:33:02

Most courses (including FD's) although state they are full time only run over 15 hours of lecture time in a week (or less)
The course I run is over 2 and a half days and the rest of the time is for self directed study time. I have a student who is full time but is still running a small business whist doing the course.
She just has to be very careful with organising her time.

(I am Course Leader for a Foundation Degree)

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