I'm currently attending community college in America, while also being Active Duty in the U.S. Air Force. I get out of the Air Force in a little over a year, and I'm very interested in using my Post-9/11 GI Bill at university in the UK to study Politics and International Relations. My education has been a bit unconventional, so I desperately need insight on if I should continue to pursue university in the UK.
I've been out of high school for over 4 years now. I graduated from a home school in the United States with a 3.9/4.0 GPA when I was 16, however I did not take any AP courses. ( I did take them, but my family's financial situation rendered me unable to take any of the exams) I took the SAT when I was 15, and scored perfectly on the writing+reading portion, and TERRIBLY on the math portion. I was a Legislative Analyst in the Texas Legislature upon graduation of high school, andI then went on to work at a law firm for a short time, and then enlisted in the Air Force.
I am currently in a career field very relevant to politics and international relations, and I hope to work for the United States State Department, the UN, NATO, or relevant NGO's (possibly even international law, later on?). I'm actively enrolled in college and taking classes; I have about 13 credits (US hist 1 &2, Engl 101, Span 101) and a 4.0 GPA. Since I am Active Duty, I have only taken 1-2 classes at a time, and in a year I've only been able to take these 13 credits.
My questions are:
1. Do US community college credits transfer to university in the UK and what weight do they hold? Would it be better to complete my full Associates?
2. How much of a shot do I have to gain entrance to university in the UK? (I'm mostly interested in London)
3. Does my military experience count for anything when it comes to admissions? I've been in the military working with joint-partners and so on and I have a very academic career field.
4. My SAT scores from 2015 - will I still have to submit them? I understand those will severely impact admissions. Should I retake?
5. What are some good options for universities for average students? LSE is my absolute dream school, but I recognize that I may not be an attractive applicant because of my high school education. It's hard for me to distinguish what good prospects are vs. what is unattainable (Oxford, Cambridge, LSE).
If anyone has any insight, PLEASE comment down below. Simply put, I need help.
(Side note: I realize everything is weird with COVID. Let's ignore that fact for now.)