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Old 02-05-12, 12:06
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My ds is 13, we live in the Angus area, and he really wants to go onto University to study Neuro Surgery, because we have only been living in Scotland for 14months, I am not very familiar with the requirements but I presume you do need some kind of qualifications (which I have no clue about either) in order to be accepted into University.

I have been directed to a yahoo group called HE-exams-GCSE-A_AS Levels but from just reading a few posts it seems to be directed more at people from England.

I just wondered if anyone else is going down this road at the moment, or if anyone else has, or any relevant advice, as I'm really unsure of which way to go.

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Old 02-05-12, 15:54
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I went to university after being home educated. I chose to go to college first to get the qualifications I'd need. I did an HNC to get in. I think going to college first was a good move for me as it prepared me for a more structured learning environment and how to work with deadlines. The qualifications in scotland are standard grades and highers, both of these can be studied at college.
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Hi Marl2580, Thanks for the reply. I thought college would probably be an option. Excuse my ignorance but what does an HNC stand for? What age can you attend college and which college in Angus would you recommend? Audrey
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An HNC is a higher national certificate. It consists of a number of different classes and to get into Uni I had to pass everything and get 4 modules passed with credit. I went to Dundee college but tbh it's better to find the classes he wants to do and go to the closest one that does it. Most people go to college at 16, but I think you could probably get in at 15 or so to do standard grades
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I've looked on Dundee College website but cannot see any course offering a HNC. He is into Genetics/Science and wants to go onto UNI to become a Geneticist.
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If you look at the type of university course he wants to do, you should get an idea of the subjects that he'll need qualifications in. My guess would be that he'd need stuff like higher maths, biology etc, all of which can be studied in any college. Or maybe something like this - http://www.dundeecollege.ac.uk/Cours...e=25&Course=34
it's an HND in biomedical sciences
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Yeah that looks great, right up his alley!, but what about the qualifications you need to actually enroll in that course; "At least 2 SQA passes at Higher level, one of which should be Higher Biology or Chemistry" would those have to be obtained first and from where? I'm stressing about this, and beginning to think of the idea of him going to High School to get the appropriate qualifications, although the thought sends shivers through my spine!
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Highers can also be studied at the college. You could call them and ask if there's an access course he could go on something like this maybe - http://www.dundeecollege.ac.uk/Cours...iaison-Courses
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