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Uni in England?!?!?!

So I have finally decided on a college to go to, and it is my dream college. It is in England and it costs roughly about $26,000 us dollars a year. So I am currently in my Junior year of high school, so I have one more left yet. The problem is I don't know what I want to do after I finish. Should I just take a gap year to work and save up enough money for college? Or should I work only part time, and take some of the basic classes at my local college.

I am seriously torn I don't know what I should do. Part of me thinks that I should work full time in a gap year to save, but I don't think my family will like that idea. I guess I really just need to talk to them. You see my aunt is head of a near school district, so she take my education very seriously. Previously I wanted to go to college for programming and software design. I don't know what caused the change of heart, but know I want to go graphic design, as it is something that I have grown to enjoy greatly.

I am really torn I am freaking out on the inside, and I am also worried that even if I take a gap year my grades wont be good enough to get in. The course requirements states that
The course requires three ‘A’ levels to grades ABB or above (or the equivalent qualifications) for entry, including an art or design subject and at least one purely academic (not practice-orientated) subject. General Studies and Critical Thinking do not usually count towards entry.
I have no idea what that means help me!!!!

I should really calm down, but I cant Sad Sad Sad

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$26k/yr… if you take a year off to work, you'll be lucky to cover your first year, and only if you get a pretty good job, have no bills and don't use any for spending money.
Your best bet is to start looking in to scholarships and the like to help pay, and student loan programs for international students.

If you try taking courses at a local college, make sure you get in contact with the one you want to go to and make sure the credits you work on here will be accepted there, otherwise, you'll have to do them all over again there. Not all colleges/universities are equal in their curricula, all too often people find themselves switching colleges and finding the classes they already took don't count towards their degree.

A Levels are a class of courses/tests in the UK, not sure what the equivalent would be here in Canada, or even if there is an equivalent. You'll want to research that somewhat. Bikerman could tell you the sort of content that's covered in A Levels over there.
Ankhanu on Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:34 pm
Why not work in England for that year on a student exchange basis? You get to check out the lie of the land and whether you like the environment. You also get to make inquiries as to sponsorships available etc. etc.
deanhills on Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:03 pm
That is a really good idea dean! I just wouldn't know how to go about doing this. Is there like a program I could get funding from or anything like that, or would it be left for me to pay? I am planning to start my major saving this summer once I finish my junior year therefor I would have all senior year to save, so maybe I could afford something. I guess I really need to just sit back and look at all of my options.
foumy6 on Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:31 pm
And I looked up again and this would be my basic cost.

For tuition:

For boarding:
£3,072 - £6,880 for a 42-week contract in self-catering accommodation

I know that the 9000 turns into roughly $13,300 American Dolars not sure about the boarding cost though so this is what I am looking at so far.
foumy6 on Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:34 pm
Yeah, lots of time to research and plan!
In any event, getting a part time job and saving is a good choice no matter what you end up doing.
Ankhanu on Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:34 pm
I suppose I should tell you where I plan on going too huh? The school of my dreams Leeds University.
On a side note does anyone know if Leeds is a big community or is it a smaller town?

This is what I plan on doing
Back to main topic:
I also plan on starting my portfolio soon too. That way I can have it full of great creations! I guess the main thing scaring me is what if I go through all of this, and I don't get accepted????
foumy6 on Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:06 pm
Well I for some reason forgot that I have a good friend that lives in Ipswitch, England. SO I talked to her on facebook, and asked her questions this was here responce to the a level thing.
A levels are what i'm studying now
you leave highschool aged 18 here
then stay on at a 'sixthform' for wo years and do 'A level qualifications'
which are like
3-4 subjects you pick and you get an extra like diploma or something for them
so an ABB is like, three subjects, one with A, two B's
as final grades
I'm not sure how American highschool diplomas will translate, you could call and ask
' art or design subject' is literally art class or like woodshop, ' purely academic' is like english or math

So then I asked her that after moving there if I still needed to take them she said.
oh yeah, there are what we call colleges [not like yours] in every city, so leeds ofc, and you can take A levels there at most ages so you could like study a levels and then go to leeds uni

I then asked if it was pricy and this was her responce.
Well, it's free for me right now, you could probably get a student loan to cover it, most people do

So now that I have some of this figured out. The future is looking a lot brighter for making this a reality from my dreams!

I have been in such a good mood today :3
foumy6 on Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:00 am
Also to help start raising money (never too early when I am going to be there for 3-4 years) I am taking some of my ideas and making t-shirts and stuff. I'll post more details later once I have some more done.
foumy6 on Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:40 am
Where is that huge price coming from???
Pande on Wed Mar 13, 2013 11:52 pm
From the site for the course

And looking again it is actually more than what I thought before!
foumy6 on Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:56 am

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