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    Hello,
    I am interested in applying for Engineering courses (computer sciences/aeronautical) and am interested to know how I can maximise UCAS points through extra courses. Can anyone confirm/advise whether the following courses add towards additional UCAS points:

    BCS level 3 certificate in IT user skills (ECDL Advanced)
    Edexcel level 3 awards (algebra + statistical methods)
    Freestanding Mathematics qualification
    OCR level 3 certificate in mathematics for engineering.

    Has anyone done these? Is it reasonable to attempt to do these in the GCSE and AS Level years?
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    Hello,
    I am interested in applying for Engineering courses (computer sciences/aeronautical) and am interested to know how I can maximise UCAS points through extra courses. Can anyone confirm/advise whether the following courses add towards additional UCAS points:

    BCS level 3 certificate in IT user skills (ECDL Advanced)
    Edexcel level 3 awards (algebra + statistical methods)
    Freestanding Mathematics qualification
    OCR level 3 certificate in mathematics for engineering.

    Has anyone done these? Is it reasonable to attempt to do these in the GCSE and AS Level years?
    Before you consider wasting a lot of time and money, when A levels are all that you will need, you need to find out how many universities will accept these things by asking them directly. Universities which make offers in grades will not be interested in them and those which make points offers may not include them either. If they are eligible for points then they will be listed in the Ucas Tariff, but good A levels are all you need, so focus on them. No amount of obscure extra courses will make up for poor A levels.
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    Thanks for your reply and advice. Just to clarify that I am aware that good A Level results are most important and my question was to optimise my chances of getting to the university of my choice.
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    (Original post by HPmania)
    Thanks for your reply and advice. Just to clarify that I am aware that good A Level results are most important and my question was to optimise my chances of getting to the university of my choice.
    I understand that and my reply is that these things are unlikely to make any difference, but call and ask.
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    (Original post by HPmania)
    Thanks for your reply and advice. Just to clarify that I am aware that good A Level results are most important and my question was to optimise my chances of getting to the university of my choice.
    They all sound like things that could be good to include in a personal statement (I think maths is great so I did these extra things because yay maths!) but sound like they won't help your application in any other way. I'm not sure if they will have UCAS points, but you've already been advised to look at the tables. You need to realise that not all unis ask for UCAS point requirements (generally, the better unis request specific grades) and even those that do ask for points can put limits on where the points come from.
 
 
 

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