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How to get onto a degree without A Levels

Not sure you'll qualify for university? Think again. You could get into a course based on work experience, previous studies, personal statements and more.

It’s a common misconception that the only way into higher education is by completing you’re A Levels. While this is great for students who’ve just completed College or Sixth Form, it’s certainly not the only way in.

If you’ve worked in industry you may find that some degrees will offer you a place based on an interview or employment experience as an alternate entry route. This means that if you hold qualifications that aren’t directly applicable to the course you want to take but have subject knowledge and experience from working in a relevant sector you could gain entry via this route.

While interviews may seem daunting they aren’t to be feared. In HE they’re just a way to assess your skills, knowledge and experience within the relevant sector. They are also an opportunity tomake sure that the course is a right fit for you as well as giving you an opportunity to see if the provider is a place where you will feel at home..

If you need a hand navigating entry requirements, our team are always available to help. Explore degree courses here.

It’s also worth noting that A Levels aren’t the only way to get UCAS points- all Level 3 or above qualifications give you equivalent UCAS points. These qualifications may include: Access to HE Diploma, AAT, BTEC, Certificate of HE, EPQ, Foundation Degree, HNC, HND, IB, NVQ, Scottish Highers and others.

And if this still isn’t right for you, maybe consider and Access to HE Diploma, designed specifically to help you build the knowledge, entry requirements, confidence and study skills you need to access your dream degree.

Explore Access to HE diplomas, find out more about the benefits of studying with us and apply.

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