November 6th, 2014

Education in the UK

Hello! So I've got a very specific question and I couldn't find a satisfying answer.

I search about English school system using google. I search using the words UK academic system, Comparison with the French system, applying to Uni. I looked both english and french websites.

From those infos, I understand how applying to Uni work but in my story, my character pass her A-levels, but doesn't apply for Uni for many reasons. During the following year, she got a kidney disease, stay at home for few months, and only after that, she's considering going to uni.

So I was wondering, does she have to pass the A-levels again? If she has to pass them again, does she have to be enrolled in a school, or can she do that at a "free-candidate"? (not sure it's the word). Also, I haven't decide yet what grades she got, and if she suceed the first time or not.

Not sure if it's relevant or not, but I choose the Uni of Sheffield for her, and she is supposed to study journalism. I gathered English would be one of her A-level subject, but what would be best for the other subjects? If you actually study journalism, I would also be glad to hear some feedback from your class, how it went, what kind of test you had...

And also, I found different websites, some saying there were only 3 subjects to choose, other than it was 4, even 5? Which one is it?

A different question, this time related to a different character of the same story : while he was at uni in the 90', he had some personal issues. I assumed it was possible, but I would like to be sure before I put something awfully wrong in my story : Admitting he dropped Uni in his second year (he studied law), could he go back and start over his second year the next year? I assumed that if you failed to pass a year, you can and have to do it again?

Using google I also searched for Uni fees, and again, I just want to be sure : do you have to pay Uni fees or not? From what I gathered, you have to pay a certain amount a year, but you only pay once you're done studying, and if you earn a certain amount of money every year. Is it for everyone and every course or not?

And finally (gosh that's a lot) one of my characters is running a small advertising company, mostly for locals ads, what kind of course would he had to follow? Something marketing related I assume but I checked the Sheffield uni website and I couldn't find something satisfying, so if you have suggestion, I would be glad to hear them!

Thanks for your answers and for your time, I hope I was clear in all my questions.

Foreign food in late 1930s USA, and eating in college

A couple of food-related questions. The setting is a fictional college in Connecticut, in the late 1930s: not Ivy League, but old enough.

A) What sort of foreign food would excite comment when eaten in 1930s upper-middle-class America? I mean food, not cuisine - ordinary fare in its original culture, but not something most Americans would eat, even in a posh restaurant. "Why would you even eat that?" is the kind of reaction I'm looking for.

I found an article which looks like it might answer my question exactly (Appetites Without Prejudice: U.S. Foreign Restaurants and the Globalization of American Food Between the Wars) but unfortunately my university doesn't have access. This food timeline was also helpful (and is a great resource for food history) and suggests that ethnic food only became mainstream around the 50s.

B) Where did people eat when on-campus? Were dining halls or cafeterias typical in 1930s American colleges? If yes, would it be very unusual for faculty and students to eat in the same place? And would people pay for the food, would it be included in tuition, or could they simply bring their own?

(This bit's less restrictive. Any info on colleges in the 40s or 50s or hell, old-fashioned colleges in the present day, is very welcome.)

Google searches: foreign food america 1930s, ethnic cuisine america 1930s, history of ethnic food america

Thanks in advance! You're amazing. Yes, you.