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    • VinylDegu
    • By VinylDegu 10th Apr 18, 3:49 PM
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    Paying For Sixth Form
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    • 10th Apr 18, 3:49 PM
    Paying For Sixth Form 10th Apr 18 at 3:49 PM
    Iím not sure if Iím posting this in the right place, apologies if it doesnít belong here! Iím a 17, almost 18-year-old student who didnít get his GCSEs in school, but might be given a chance to study at one of the best sixth forms in the UK in the next academic year. I come from a low income family, and we canít afford the tuition fees, but this is an opportunity that could completely change my life. What do I do?
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    • BrassicWoman
    • By BrassicWoman 10th Apr 18, 5:52 PM
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    Ask about scholarships, or try a local college instead. What will be different for you this time around to improve your results?
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    • BorisThomson
    • By BorisThomson 10th Apr 18, 6:12 PM
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    I'd be concerned about one of the best sixth forms offering a place to someone with no GCSEs, you'd expect them to be oversubscribed with students with top grades. Have you fully researched this, what are their claims of being one of the best based on?
    • John-K
    • By John-K 10th Apr 18, 6:47 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 6:47 PM
    Think carefully about why you failed your GCSEs, and what will be different the next time around. Do you really mean that you failed them all, or that your grades were not what you expected?

    If you got nine F grades, then what happened?
    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 10th Apr 18, 8:23 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 8:23 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 8:23 PM
    Stop trolling?
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    • thorsoak
    • By thorsoak 10th Apr 18, 8:48 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 8:48 PM
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    Is this a private fee-paying Sixth Form you are talkng about? Sixth Form colleges are not fee-paying, whether they come under local authority jurisdiction or Academy sponsorship. Or are you enquiring about some sort of income for you/your family? Your parents/guardians can claim child benefit whilst you are in education up to the year in which you are 20.
    • VinylDegu
    • By VinylDegu 11th Apr 18, 10:43 AM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 10:43 AM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 10:43 AM
    Thanks for the helpful advice, thorsoak! I wasnít aware my mum could claim benefits for me or my education after the age of 18.

    Itís probably partly my fault for not elaborating further in my original post, but I didnít fail my GCSEs; I just didnít get them. I was forced to leave school in Year 9 because I was badly bullied, both verbally and physically, and so I missed my chance to take the exams. Not to blow my own horn, but Iím more than capable in education; Iíve been to college and studied a diploma since dropping out, and am on my way to achieving a second one that is the BTEC equivalent of 1.5 A Levels. Thatís why Iím being considered ó I can reassure everyone that this is a truthful post and that the school is legitimate (fee-paying & private).
    • shortcrust
    • By shortcrust 11th Apr 18, 11:02 AM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 11:02 AM
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    Doesn't add up.

    Edit to give the benefit of the doubt:

    What do the school say? If they're considering giving you a place then they already know about your circumstances and they'll already have thought about how the fees will be paid. Who at the school is supporting you through the application process etc? They're the person who you should be talking to about this.
    Last edited by shortcrust; 11-04-2018 at 11:26 AM.
    • Sncjw
    • By Sncjw 11th Apr 18, 12:19 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 12:19 PM
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    • 11th Apr 18, 12:19 PM
    How can you do btec when you don!!!8217;t have GCSEs . You do realise you could do your GCSEs in college for free the basic maths and English courses.
    • Sncjw
    • By Sncjw 11th Apr 18, 12:22 PM
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    When I did a btec National disploma it was equivalent to 3 a levels not 1.5. What level is your btec I find it odd you can do that before any GCSEs
    • happyandcontented
    • By happyandcontented 11th Apr 18, 12:46 PM
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    Is this a level 1 or 2 BTEC course? Most colleges do have GCSE criteria for level 2 courses and above.

    I would think carefully before paying for GCSE's at your age.

    If you are academically bright then the further you go up the ladder the less GCSE's are taken account of (apart from Maths and English which I assume you are already studying as they are a compulsory element of any BTEC course if you don't already have them at C or 4/5)

    I would do the next level BTEC and then look at HND/University after your current course ends.
    • John-K
    • By John-K 11th Apr 18, 9:26 PM
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    If you are very academically able then you have no need of a fee-paying sixth form.

    Like others, I assume that you are trolling here for amusement, as your story is so badly thought out, but to make it clear, a very able student will perform well at a-level irrespective of where you go. A-levels are quite easy, you can get yourself through them with a bit of learning at home if you want to. If you are as good as you think you are, buy the textbooks, learn, and just sit the exams. Any employer will find that more impressive than going to an expensive sixth form.

    To be blunt, expensive fee paying sixth forms are for thickoes. You send your kids there if they are not the sharpest tool in the box but you want them to bluff their way into a minor profession. When I interviewed people who!!!8217;d been to the best schools I was aware that although they may be great, they could also be a finely polished turd. If I could not work out which, I passed on them.

    The equivalent performance from a comprehensively educated candidate tended to mean that they were excellent.

    You need to ask yourself, how good are you? Your apparent need to have a special education suggests that you are not very clever.
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