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Old 05-29-2009, 02:35 AM   #1
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Hi'ya!
My name's Shadow. I'm 18 and i'm from Latvia.
I'm going to become a game designer. That's my dream.
So-o, next year i'm moving to UK to study.
Now i need help and all kind of advises, also would like to talk to people that are already studying or finished that sort of course.

Where is the best place to study?
What are the requirements?
What the hell are UCAS points?

Help!!!!

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Old 05-29-2009, 03:56 AM   #2
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You're not a hedgehog are you?
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:02 AM   #3
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Hi'ya!
My name's Shadow. I'm 18 and i'm from Latvia.
I'm going to become a game designer. That's my dream.
Hi there! Welcome to the forums!

I'm sure that you arn't as much of a "Noob" than the title of this thread implies but everyone is a "Newbie" at some point!

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Where is the best place to study?
This depends entirely on you as an individual and the course you would like to study.

The universities with the most prestige won't do you any good if you don't like the teaching methods, get academics who are more interested in research than teaching, or the sports facilities suck. On the other hand, you may be dissapointed with the quality of the course if it is not accredited or doesn't have a reputation.

What do you plan to study and where?

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What are the requirements?
This depends on the university. You will, however, need an English Language qualification if you wish to study anywhere in the UK.

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What the hell are UCAS points?
The UCAS points system is basically the "currency" of grades in secondary-education within the UK. In the UK there are many different qualifications that can be used to gain entry into university. Some people might have A-Levels, while others might have a BTEC National or have a Baccaleureate. Sometimes other qualifications are also accepted. Unfortunately, not all qualifications are equal. Therefore, to help universities, UCAS convert grades from any qualification into a universal points scheme that is then used by universities to decide their entry requirements.

For example:

An "A Grade" in an A2 Level is worth 120 UCAS Points
An "A Grade" in an AS Level is worth 60 UCAS Points
A "Distinction-Distinction-Distinction" in a BTEC is worth 360 UCAS Points
Etc...

More taffifs can be found at the UCAS website.
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:20 AM   #4
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An "A Grade" in an A2 Level is worth 120 UCAS Points
An "A Grade" in an AS Level is worth 60 UCAS Points
A "Distinction-Distinction-Distinction" in a BTEC is worth 360 UCAS Points
I don't get it. What are A2 levels or AS lvl or "Distinction-Distinction-Distinction"? Whats a BTEC?

In my country we have marks from 1 to 10 and thats all.
Now i'm feeling sad.

And "YES" i'm a hedgehog! ^_^ The black one.
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Old 05-29-2009, 05:35 AM   #5
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In the UK, the main qualifications that can be obtained at a secondary school sixth form (aka year 12/13) or college are "A Levels" or "BTEC Nationals". What is the name of the qualification you will recieve when you finish school?

I believe they might be called "Atestats par Visparejo vVdejo Izglitibu" but I've heard of International Students doing UK GCSE's and A Levels in the past too.
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:42 AM   #6
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What? Really i didn't understand anything. I've only got more questions now.

In Latvia we have 12 years of learning. We have marks from 1 to 10. And in the end of 12-th year we do exam and receive atestat (don't know how it's called in English). Thats all.

What the hack is wrong with UK system?
Whats GCSE?
Whats A Levels" or "BTEC Nationals"?
Whats "Atestats par Visparejo vVdejo Izglitibu"?
Whats UCAS points?
What are DDD, A2, As and etc? (chemical elements?)
WHATTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm so confused! T________________T Could you explain it more easily.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:01 AM   #7
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What the hack is wrong with UK system?
Nothing. There are just many different qualifications because one size doesn't fit all.

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Whats GCSE?
A GCSE is a "General Certificate of Secondary Education". These are qualifications awarded on a per-subject basis on successful completion of mandatory education in the UK.

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Whats "A Levels" or "BTEC Nationals"?
"A Levels" and "BTEC Nationals" are two examples of qualifications awarded for post-mandatory education in the UK.

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Whats "Atestats par Visparejo vVdejo Izglitibu"?
You tell me - that's what wiki said the main qualification in Latvia was called.

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Whats UCAS points?
University applicants have a wide variety of qualifications. How do universities know what a grade from any particular qualification actually meant? Is an A grade from an 'ALevel' as good as a Distinction from a 'BTEC'?

A "D" on an ALevel is pretty poor performance but a "D" on a BTEC is exceptional performance. That's because ALevels are letter graded: A, B, C, D, E, etc. However, BTEC's are not: Pass, Merit, Distinction.

Hence, UCAS Points are a way to standardise grades obtained from all these weird and wonderful qualifications.

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What are DDD, A2, As and etc?
Different qualifications award grades differently. DDD is a Triple-Distinction. A2 and AS are two types of A Level.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:56 AM   #8
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What? Really i didn't understand anything. I've only got more questions now.
You should be able to get this information from your career councillor and further information on how to transfer your qualifications to the UK's UCAS system.

If you don't have a career councillor, then enquire at the Universities you are interested in about the requirements needed to enrol. Some will have special programs in place for students coming from abroad. They will have much more accurate information then what we can provide on the forum.

And read this: http://insideea.com/2009/05/29/refle...games-degrees/
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I'm going to say some bad-bad words. !@#$!@%^#^@$&*#%^*^&(&^(^%*(%&*)%

I DON'T GET A THING OF WHAT YOU'R SAYING!!!!
You mixed up my brain even worst then it was.
Let's start from the beginning.

Hello. I'm from Latvia and i'm going to become a game-desinger, because that's my dream.
I REALLy need your help, but PLEASE talk Easy-english. I don't get it when you'r saying some big-tall-fancy words like ,,qulyfisomething,,. Yeah i'm stupid, but let's talk about it later. Now i need simple answers on a simple questions.

What the %%@# are UCAS points? Where the hell do i get them? What are A-something? And PLIZZZ someone tell me about - what do i need to ,,fit in,, on a course.
(And quit talking with that stupid obriviatures like GDER, DDD, BLAHBLAHBLAH.)
I'm so mad now.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:36 AM   #10
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For a freaking example tell my what do i need to get on this course - http://www3.newport.ac.uk/courses/di...?course_id=146

And for sake of Mother of holy penguin. TELL IT IN A SIMPLE LANGUAGE!!!!!!! IF YOU CAN SPEEK RUSSIAN - THAT WOULD BE EVEN BETTER.
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