Will i be able to get into uni without any A levels?

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I'm 20 years old and left school to do a business admin apprenticeship, i gained my nvq level 2 and also my level 3 in this subject but recently i have been feeling very left out with all my friends going to uni. I left the business admin job and moved onto another apprenticeship within IT as i love software and computers. Basically what i need to know is do i need to do any course such as a foundation course to get me into university to do computing/software?

I know it's too late to apply for uni this year but was planning to apply next year, can somebody help me please?

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Josh
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I understand nvq level 3 is equivalent to 2 A levels and the level 2 nvq is equivalent to 4-5 GCSE's but i'm not sure if they're enough for the course i want to apply for.
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Hello

I'm 20 years old and left school to do a business admin apprenticeship, i gained my nvq level 2 and also my level 3 in this subject but recently i have been feeling very left out with all my friends going to uni. I left the business admin job and moved onto another apprenticeship within IT as i love software and computers. Basically what i need to know is do i need to do any course such as a foundation course to get me into university to do computing/software?

I know it's too late to apply for uni this year but was planning to apply next year, can somebody help me please?

Kind regards,

Josh
You need to contact the universities directly and ask, because they assess mature students on a case by case basis. I'd guess they will suggest an access course, though.
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You need to contact the universities directly and ask, because they assess mature students on a case by case basis. I'd guess they will suggest an access course, though.
how long do these access courses take? and also will I complete in time before september of next yr.

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how long do these access courses take? and also will I complete in time before september of next yr.

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It's a one year course, so get your skates on and yes, you could. It's not my area, though, so I suggest you post in the mature students forum for advice from people who have done one or are about to start one.
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I understand nvq level 3 is equivalent to 2 A levels and the level 2 nvq is equivalent to 4-5 GCSE's but i'm not sure if they're enough for the course i want to apply for.
have you got your english and maths gcses at a c?
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have you got your english and maths gcses at a c?
My english is a C but my maths is a D, i have gone to college and got my functional skills level 2 maths.
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My english is a C but my maths is a D, i have gone to college and got my functional skills level 2 maths.
not every uni takes level 2 functional skills for some courses so i d look into doing your maths next summer so you ve more options as to which unis you can apply to
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You need to contact a few Unis offering the course you want and tell them what qualifications you have.
They will probably suggest that you do something to bring you up to speed/give you confidence before you start a degree - like an Access course, a Foundation course or an Open University module - especially since your previous qualifications are not in a relevant area.

This is the sort of course that might be acceptable :
Sheffield Uni - https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/dcs/unde...foundationyear
UWE (Bristol) - http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/G403/2015
Bourneville College (Birmingham) - http://www.bournville.ac.uk/courses/...-in-computing/
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Hello

I'm 20 years old and left school to do a business admin apprenticeship, i gained my nvq level 2 and also my level 3 in this subject but recently i have been feeling very left out with all my friends going to uni. I left the business admin job and moved onto another apprenticeship within IT as i love software and computers. Basically what i need to know is do i need to do any course such as a foundation course to get me into university to do computing/software?

I know it's too late to apply for uni this year but was planning to apply next year, can somebody help me please?

Kind regards,

Josh
Phone some unis and see what they say. Maybe they will accept you with a good personal statement and maybe you can do a years foundation year. If not maybe you could get into col this year and do a yrs access course first.
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Will I achieve a foundation/access module in time to apply for sept 2016.
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Will I achieve a foundation/access module in time to apply for sept 2016.
You will apply as people do with A levels and get a conditional offer.
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Yes, of course you can. Some unis like you to sit an Access course first, but I have friends at uni who just called up and explained their situation, and then had to sit interviews, etc. to receive an offer.

My brother is in his early 30s and has no A levels. He called Leeds university and was told that he had to sit a maths paper and have an interview. He did both and has now just finished his first year, but they made him sit a Foundation Year first so, technically, this is his second. I think the maths paper was GCSE-type level, but it was just to see what he knew and what he didn't know.

All unis are different, and where one might ask you to jump through hoops, another will be more relaxed. The best thing to do is to simply call the universities you are interested in and ask where they stand.

Good luck with everything
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