Hello everyone! I would like to ask some questions pertaining to applying to scholarships. This is my first time posting so please forgive any errors.
I am a recent polytechnic with a diploma and GPA of 2.85 planning to take private A levels for another 2 years. I am a girl, so there is no NS. Ultimately I’m planning to study overseas in the UK for an English degree instead which is something I’m keen on. However, I am short of money, almost 60k.
May I know what options do I have to subsidize that money? Is 60K considered a huge sum of money?
Is a bank loan advisable, and if so how much can we feasibly borrow? I know that scholarships are another way, which leads to my next question….is a GPA of 2.85 enough to secure any overseas or local scholarships?
The reason why I am considering taking private A level is because I am afraid my GPA is unable to get any scholarships. But taking A levels means another two years of studying. Is it worth it to study so that I can aim for a scholarship?
First of all, I am very aware that A levels is not easy. I know that. But my reasons for this are because 1. I am lacking in money. I don’t know if my GPA lets me get any scholarship, so this gives me a chance, just a chance to get better grades for a scholarship and 2. I like most of the A level subjects I am taking. I did not study Literature in Upper Sec so I wanted to get a basis of English Literature through A levels before starting uni. 3. I am actually more of an academic person. I started self-studying this year to prepare...and am really enjoying it. I am also working right now, so have been balancing self-studying and working at the same time because I am very determined. If I were to start the course, I would be very, very determined to study.
Next question, do private A-level candidates have a disadvantage in getting scholarships? Since we do not have CCA. But from my polytechnic time I did have a CCA and I scored pretty well, an A for it and held a leadership role. Does that count?
I heard there is an NIE overseas scholarship where they pay for everything, but the bond is 6 years. If I am daunted by that bond, should I still go for it? Firstly, I would definitely like to be a teacher in future and in fact am also very passionate about it. I am in fact working as a student care teacher now teaching primary school students. I do love it BUT I'm terrified being bonded for SIX years. I also may want to explore other options before becoming a teacher. (humanitarian work etc.)
****Very importantly, does anyone know a private student who managed to get a scholarship with their results? Are private A level students disadvantaged if applying to any top universities?
And lastly....is this plan of doing 2 years of private a level for a chance to get to get some base knowledge and a scholarship wise? If not, what are my options? 60K is a lot of money…
As you can see, I have many questions and I'm sorry for that but I am really in a conundrum now. I am unsure of what to do. I really, really hope to study in the UK. Any advice would be appreciated....thank you.