These days, Universities place too much emphasis on raw marks. I found this out first hand, when I did not achieve the necessary entry marks to get into my chosen course at university. However, through this process, I also discovered that virtually all universities, in the interest of not appearing to be discriminatory against mature age students, have integrated a method of entry that does not require one to have excelled at high school. This option of entry is also open to school leavers, although it is not necessarily advertised as such. I will explain how you can go about getting into university through this method here.
Things You Will Need
High School records, if you have any
Form of ID
All necessary information as requested by the university or college
Enquire to your local university about alternate forms of entry. The
necessary department will probably have a distinguishing name, such as
"The Centre for Open Education" at my university. Find out when this
centre will be open, what information you need to bring with you, and
begin researching the requirements of the alternate entry method.
Fill out the necessary forms when you attend the centre. You will
probably need to pay some fees as well as maintain a certain level of
academic performance (e.g. a pass average) in order to be offered a
Ensure you have ample time off work, or other commitments, to allow
sufficient study time. You will need approximately 5-6 hours per week of
private study time per class, in addition to your time spent at class,
in order to do well. Now is NOT a good time to fail - during alternate
entry programs, if you fail a course they tend to scrutinise your
suitability to university VERY seriously, so don't
Although I have painted it as being slightly hard, don't worry too much about it. Just stick at it, take easy classes to get the marks you need (you can
always take classes you want to take when you're in a degree and not in
the alternate entry program) and work hard, and before you know it
you'll be offered a place at your local university or college.
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