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Is Distinction star the equivalent of an A star?

Does distinction* = A*?
Reply 1
yes D*=A*.
Yes it does.
Reply 3
Original post by blair turgott
Does distinction* = A*?


No it doesn't

D* is the same as 140 UCAS points

A* is the same as 140 UCAS points

In terms of UCAS points it is equivalent.
Original post by FinalMH
No it doesn't

D* is the same as 140 UCAS points

A* is the same as 140 UCAS points

In terms of UCAS points it is equivalent.


Ok. How do you think Universities view Btec grades compared to A level grades?

I know the according to UCAS, a Distintion is an A grade, an M is a C grade and a pass is an E grade. However, do Universities actually stick to these?

I want to go to a top University, but I am doing Btec's. I am trying to get distinctions and/or a distinction* but would top Universities ignore these grades (even though they are good) just because they are Btec's. For example, I am interested in going to Loughborough
Reply 5
Original post by blair turgott
Ok. How do you think Universities view Btec grades compared to A level grades?

I know the according to UCAS, a Distintion is an A grade, an M is a C grade and a pass is an E grade. However, do Universities actually stick to these?

I want to go to a top University, but I am doing Btec's. I am trying to get distinctions and/or a distinction* but would top Universities ignore these grades (even though they are good) just because they are Btec's. For example, I am interested in going to Loughborough


It depends if they accept it.

Most university don't look at them like A levels. Most top universities in the top 10 don't actually accept BTEC on its own. What course you looking at ? :smile:
(edited 12 years ago)
Reply 6
What BTEC are you doing?
If you are doing Performing Arts than you can take BTEC or BTEC with other Qualifications and you have to earn at least a DDM.
For Areonautical Engineering Loughborough does not take BTEC.
If you are doing Construction than you can take BTEC or BTEC with other Qualifications and you have to earn at least a DDM. (Architectural Engineering and Design Management)
For Banking Finance and Management you can take BTEC or BTEC with other Qualifications, you earn DDD, and decisions will on individual basis based GCSE grades.
For Chemical Engineering you can take BTEC or BTEC with other Qualifications you have to earn at least DDM and Ds in Mathematics and three Science/Engineering subjects.
For Chemistry you can do BTEC or BTEC with other Qualifications you have earn at least DDM.
For Civil Engineering you can do BTEC or BTEC with other Qualifications you have to earn a DDM and have Ds in Mathematics/Further Mathematics or Applied Mathematics. (BTEC must be in Civil Engi.)
For Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying you can do BTEC or BTEC with Qualifications and you have to earn DDM.
For Communication and Media Studies you can do BTEC or BTEC with other Qualifications you have to earn at least DDM.
For Computer Science you can do BTEC or BTEC with other Qualification, you have to earn at least DDD with Computational Methods or mathematics equivalent.
For Economics you can do BTEC or BTEC with other Qualification you have to earn at least DDD.
For Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering you can do BTEC or BTEC with other Qualifications you have to earn at least DMM with M in Further Mathematics.
For Engineering Physics you can do BTEC or BTEC with other Qualifications you have to earn at least DDM and Mathematics.
For English you can do BTEC or BTEC with other Qualifications you have to earn DDM and you have some English or related units.
For Ergonomics you can do BTEC or BTEC with other Qualification you have earn DMM.
For Financial Management you can be BTEC and BTEC with other Qualifications.
For Fine Arts you can do BTEC and BTEC with other Qualifications it has to be Art & Design.
For Geography you can do BTEC and BTEC with other Qualifications.
For History and English you can do BTEC or BTEC with other Qualifications and you have to earn at least DDM.
For Human Biology you can do BTEC and BTEC with other Qualifications and you have to earn at least DDM.
For Industrial Design and Technology you can do BTEC and BTEC with other Qualifications you have to earn at leas DDM must be Art & Design or Technology.
For Information Management and Business Studies with BTEC and BTEC with other Qualifications you have to earn at least DDM
For Transport and Business Management with BTEC and BTEC with other Qualifications you earn at least DMM.
Original post by FinalMH
It depends if they accept it.

Most university don't look at them like A levels. Most top universities in the top 10 don't actually accept BTEC on its own. What course you looking at ? :smile:


I'm doing the Btec Subsidiary Diploma (which is the equivalent of just 1 A level). Plus I am doing other subjects as well.

I want to go to Bath Uni. I also like Essex Uni (second favourite) and Leeds Met also looks quite good. Not too sure on the courses at this stage.
Reply 8
Original post by blair turgott
I'm doing the Btec Subsidiary Diploma (which is the equivalent of just 1 A level). Plus I am doing other subjects as well.

I want to go to Bath Uni. I also like Essex Uni (second favourite) and Leeds Met also looks quite good. Not too sure on the courses at this stage.


Unfortunately, it depends on the course you want to study. Some course require certain A levels and some don't. I would advise against going to London met though.
Original post by FinalMH
Unfortunately, it depends on the course you want to study. Some course require certain A levels and some don't. I would advise against going to London met though.


Ok, btw I said Leeds Met... not London Met.
Reply 10
Original post by blair turgott
Ok, btw I said Leeds Met... not London Met.


LOL my mistake, but still try and stay away from the Met's unless they offer particularly course you like :smile:
Hi, I was wondering if you can get a distinction star on a Btec Subsidiary Diploma (it is the equivalent to 1 A level).
Reply 12
Do you think having a D* will give you much of an easier time applying for universities with DDD/DDM requirements?

Original post by hamburgerandbeans
Hi, I was wondering if you can get a distinction star on a Btec Subsidiary Diploma (it is the equivalent to 1 A level).


Yes, at level 3 with over 520 points.

Pass = 7 points
Merit = 8 points
Distinction = 9 points
Reply 13
Original post by Nashy19
Do you think having a D* will give you much of an easier time applying for universities with DDD/DDM requirements?



Yes, at level 3 with over 520 points.

Pass = 7 points
Merit = 8 points
Distinction = 9 points


anyone who is doing the BTEC is able to apply for any university that accept the BTEC, I'm mean that it is so easy to change what grade you get at the end. The marking system is just pathetic. Anyone can achieve DDD.
yeah a D* is the same as an A* in ucas points but some of the top unis accept candidates on A level grades and not ucas points but thats only the very top ones.
Yes it does
Reply 16
I'm second year at Newcastle uni studying mechanical engineering and i was accepted with only a level 3 extended diploma in mechanical engineering. They did suggest a foundation year, which many unis do also suggest but it is possible to get into top flight unis with just BTECs.

Hope this helps anyone.
Reply 17
What does 3(three) distinction mean

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