How to get onto a degree without A Levels

How to get onto a degree without A Levels

Do you have a dream of going to university but don’t have A-Levels? 

University isn’t just for those who have A-Levels! You can get into uni based on work experience, previous studies and alternative qualifications. 

Read on to find out which pathways are available to you if you want to get into university.  

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 is always available to help. Explore degree courses here.

Do universities accept alternative qualifications to A-Levels?

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. 

How an Access to HE Diploma can help you go to uni without A-Levels

An Access to Higher Education 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.   

An Access to HE course is typically a year long. The course tutors can help you through every step of the way, so you can be guided through choosing your university course and the university application process. 

What are the advantages of an Access to HE Diploma? 

Higher education progression opportunities 

The primary advantage of the Access to HE Diploma is that it opens opportunities for individuals who may not have traditional qualifications, such as A-levels, to pursue higher education. It serves as a bridge to access university-level courses, increasing the chances of gaining entry to a degree program. 

Broad subject choices 

The diploma offers a wide range of subjects to choose from, including: 

This allows learners to select a course that aligns with their interests and career aspirations.

Nationally recognised qualification  

The Access to HE Diploma is a nationally recognised and accredited qualification. This means that universities and higher education institutions accept it as an entry qualification, giving it credibility and value.

 Mature student-friendly 

The diploma is particularly well-suited for mature students who have been out of formal education for some time. It takes into account the life experiences and prior learning of the individual, making the transition back into education smoother. 

Focused and intensive learning 

Access to HE courses are usually condensed and intense, often lasting for one academic year. This allows learners to quickly gain the required knowledge and skills for their chosen field of study. 

Supportive environment 

Access courses are designed to provide significant support to learners. Tutors are equipped to assist those who may need additional help to achieve their potential, helping to build confidence and develop necessary study skills. 

Do you want to get into higher education but don’t have A-Levels? 

Check out our Access to HE courses and enrol today.