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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:54 pm 
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Lazy DS at it again - 'no point doing Silver as 18 months charity work' and 'won't be in time for UCAS form' and no friends doing it

Can anyone shed some light on this (i know i can contact school etc) but just a summary of wise more experienced parents, tutors or teachers would be more worthwhile.

Also posted previously has nothing on PS except football so i encouraged ought to do but 'no can do mentality'

Thanks as ever :(


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:56 pm 
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don't think these things are a deal breaker on PS, what they want is academic achievements and an interest in the subject they are applying to read.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:57 pm 
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I don't think D of E silver gets many UCAS 'brownie points' these days.

Helping with a club at school or even football coaching might be better.

What sort of degree couse is he looking at?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:48 pm 
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Thanks Hermanmunster and Guest 55

is his excuses true - is this what is req'd - haven't looked on website

DS is strong in mechanics, FM and physics - so pre sumably in that direction but lazy and no ambition


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:10 pm 
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So is he aiming for engineering or maths or ...

Has he started looking at universities at all to see grade requirements?

This website is a good starting point with students who have no idea of what to do. It's not perfect but it is free:

http://www.ukcoursefinder.com/


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:40 pm 
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In my experience, choose your battles and this one isn't worth it.
Much more important to think about uni subject and get involved with related extra curricular eg. Engineering competitions, physics olympiad etc.

A bit of football coaching or position of responsibility in the team/club will be fine for UCAS if its well presented.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:43 pm 
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If he's really interested in football how about the young refs course. I understand a couple of DS's friends have done it, think they may even get a bit of pocket money if they officiate but not sure if I've dreamed that last bit. :oops:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:12 pm 
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doodles wrote:
If he's really interested in football how about the young refs course. I understand a couple of DS's friends have done it, think they may even get a bit of pocket money if they officiate but not sure if I've dreamed that last bit. :oops:

Doodles, they get remarkably well paid! Mind you, being a ref is tough.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:04 am 
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Glad to know I wasn't dreaming :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:21 am 
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Thank you for your replies

Guest 55 - No, No and No - there you have the flavour of DS

Some useful advice - may well leave DOE and try to encourage DS to pursue something akin to course/subjects - I don't want to do it - I may well ask school to help


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