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    Im posting on behalf of my partner. He wishes to do a undergraduate degree in international relations and is full time employed.He has gcse but no A levels and open university has allowed him to enrol on course woth A levels or equivalent qualification.Now the trouble I'm having is around the validity/acceptability of ou degree without A levels. The jobs he may be interested and eligible for would be in civil service or third sector as per details from open uni. What is your opinion on his situation?Would anyone like to suggest any alternative route. He's happy to do A levels or equivalent like btec but we can't afford him leaving his work and there aren't many places or colleges I could locate which would do part time or evening A levels. We considered access course too through a brick mortar uni or college but not sure if it's a stand alone equivalent to A level ?Any help or suggestion is gratefully received Thanks
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    (Original post by Jiyajiya12)
    Hello all

    Im posting on behalf of my partner. He wishes to do a undergraduate degree in international relations and is full time employed.He has gcse but no A levels and open university has allowed him to enrol on course woth A levels or equivalent qualification.Now the trouble I'm having is around the validity/acceptability of ou degree without A levels. The jobs he may be interested and eligible for would be in civil service or third sector as per details from open uni. What is your opinion on his situation?Would anyone like to suggest any alternative route. He's happy to do A levels or equivalent like btec but we can't afford him leaving his work and there aren't many places or colleges I could locate which would do part time or evening A levels. We considered access course too through a brick mortar uni or college but not sure if it's a stand alone equivalent to A level ?Any help or suggestion is gratefully received Thanks
    Your worrying for no reason. Go straight in to the degree. Degree is better than A-levels and trumps it.

    Its pretty much a given if your a OU student that you likely don't have A-levels or relevant A-levels to your chosen degree because you have not gone down the traditional A-levels and off to uni route, so don't worry.

    Level 1 (year 1) of open university goes from GCSE to just beyond Alevel standard, so its suitable for anyone. Level 2 ramps up and then Level 3 is a big jump. My advice would be to do 90-120 credits of level 1 in one year, then slow the pace down as they get harder or alternatively increase your committment to studying and maintain the same pace.

    I have never once been asked to provide my A-level certificates or GCSE's, no one has ever checked them.

    However if you want to do them to just cover your bases.... Alevels exam-only can be done for approx £80 per exam if you can book into private colleges for exam only (no tutoring throughout the year). So if your short on money, you could do 1 Alevel exam a year. I once considered redoing my Alevels to improve my CV and was quite close to paying for the exam-only at a local college, but I literally cant be bothered now, im so close to finishing my degree and Alevels are not important.
 
 
 
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