What's been said above is in my opinion word for word accurate and I think that DITs selection system is deeply unfair to those with a desire to study Architecture / AT
I wanted to study Architectural Technology after the Leaving, but despite having a genuine interest and aptitude in the subject, attended a series of talks on conservation in the local library during 6th year, got some work experience in an Architects office during 5th year, it was impossible for me to do so, as the required points were so high and my LC results were pretty crap.
After a 4 year period, during which I did a PLC course and got over two years of relevant work experience, I was finally offered a place. During the interview stage they had the cheek to raise concerns as to the possibility of me being disruptive to the rest of the class due to boredom, on account of my familiarity with the course content in 1st year
Incidentally, it is possible to cheat with the multiple-choice questions in the aptitude test and I know a number of people who have done so, myself included. The format has been the exact same for years now and there are copies of it (questions and answers) in circulation.
It was quite some time ago now, but as I recollect, the last time I sat the aptitude test without cheating, I failed by only a few points having done quite poorly on the multiple choice boxes. The last time I sat it though, I did cheat and got 100% for the multiple choice. Despite this, I only passed the overall exam by 1 point. Forgive me for being cynical butâ€¦
I didnâ€™t take the place in the end, the DIT experience left a rather sour taste. The UK has a much fairer selection system in operation through UCAS and I took myself over there.
The awful thing is that it took me 4 years to get a place in AT at DIT, had they offered me a place with my first application, Iâ€™d have finished the bloody course by the time I was eventually due to start it
Those 4 years werenâ€™t wasted by any means, I gained lots of experience and thoroughly enjoyed my time studying & working, but all the same itâ€™s almost half a decade from my life, with another 4 to spend studying after that.
A fundamental change in the system is indeed well overdue.