How to get onto a degree without A Levels

How to get onto a degree without A Levels

Find a pathway to university that suits you.

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.

Get into uni based on work experience or interviews

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 to make 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.

Alternative qualifications

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.

What is an Access to HE Diploma? 

An Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification. Like A-Levels, the access to HE Diploma is a full Level 3 qualification that is accepted by universities nationwide. They are specifically designed to support students aged 19+ back to study, to support their progression to university and to help them secure the career of their dreams.  

98% of our students progress onto degree-level study upon completion of their studies.* 

*UCAS 2019. 

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