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 Post subject: Foundation degrees
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:24 am 
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I didn't know very much about these until I asked for a question for a relative recently.

Since then I've had a good look and they really do offer a fabulous opportunity for university access to those who for one reason or another don't do too well.

In the case of my relative it was immaturity and laziness rather than ability. This will give him the opportunity to continue to grow up a bit.


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 Post subject: Re: Foundation degrees
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:23 pm 
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Thank you for starting this thread, and thank you to anyone who has any knowledge about the courses.


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 Post subject: Re: Foundation degrees
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:15 pm 
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Scary mum - have just been looking at the MMU site http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/undergradua ... 013/10036/

they seem to want : 280 at A2 or acceptable alternatives (such as BTEC National at Level 3 at MMM or Advanced Diploma). A2 grade C or acceptable alternative in Chemistry. AS or acceptable alternative in Biology.

so it looks like 2 sciences to A level would be OK.


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 Post subject: Re: Foundation degrees
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:48 pm 
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Family member just about to embark on this route. I was stunned by how low the grades needed are for a medicine degree and the MEng.


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 Post subject: Re: Foundation degrees
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:37 pm 
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Scary mum -We applied for straight and FD through UCAS, DS got rejected for the FD and accepted for straight degrees, Plymouth changed the course to FD due to low grades. Some Unis will not accept A level students, only international students, we chose FD through UCAS because like you we knew chances of getting decent grades were slim, and thought if he could get to a reputable Uni he can continue there, unfortunately the 2 rejected him. Queen mary, sussex, keele provide FD. In terms of getting bored i think they will only teach what is essential for their chosen path, and not the whole A level Syllabus (i think). We are going to Plymouth clearing and opening day tomorrow if you have any questions you what answers to you can PM.


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 Post subject: Re: Foundation degrees
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:55 pm 
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I don't know anything about the financial angle, but wonder if you have to pay tuition fees to do a foundation year and therefore whether a year at a different sixth form might be a cheaper option... Worth checking before accumulating a year of extra debt.


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 Post subject: Re: Foundation degrees
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:58 pm 
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Moved - can you enlighten me to the low grades for the MEng course? After less than stellar but reasonable AS results this year I am worried for predictions and actual results next year...... Son wants to do a Civil Engineering MEng

Help any info you can give may calm my shattered nerves


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 Post subject: Re: Foundation degrees
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:36 pm 
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Nottingham offer BBC for MEng.

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/cou ... urses.aspx

Loughborough gave a place for BEng with some Cs, not sure how many.


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 Post subject: Re: Foundation degrees
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:49 pm 
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Was that through clearing or were those the courses he/she originally applied for


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 Post subject: Re: Foundation degrees
PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:18 pm 
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I thought that foundation degrees and foundation years were different things. The former being a two year course leading to a qualification of its own ( often in a more practical subject) whereas the later allows access to a degree course for those without the correct qualifications, sometimes called year 0 :?


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