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So I'm currently doing A level Maths and Business + BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering . I am hoping to go to Oxford or one of the top universities in UK however I know they're not too keen on BTECs. I am considering taking on Further Maths A level however no one in my school has chosen it so I would have to learn it myself. I'm in year 12 so I would still have the whole summer and next year to learn the material. Is further maths much different from standard maths a level or is it just the same material but in more depth? I heard that there's some kind of moduals you choose so could someone give me a bit more of an insight in the Further Maths A level?
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"BTEC Nationals include qualifications equivalent to A-levels, so students studying these qualifications would be welcome to apply. A D grade (distinction) in a BTEC National would be considered equivalent to an A at A-level, and a D* in a BTEC National would be considered equivalent to an A* at A-level.

Conditional offers would usually be:
  • Extended Diploma with D*D*D to DDD, depending on the course.
  • Diploma with DD plus an A grade at A-level, possibly with one or two * grades, depending on the course.
  • Subsidiary Diploma with D plus two A grades at A-level, possibly with one or two * grades, depending on the course."

Standard requirements for Engineering Science at Oxford are: A*A*A to include Mathematics and Physics. The A*s must be in Mathematics, Physics or Further Mathematics -

I would assume this means you would be required to obtain: D*DD in you BTEC + A*A in Maths and Physics, in this case it would be far more beneficial to take Physics A level instead of Business or Further Maths. You should email the department though and see what they suggest.

For Computer Science that accept DDD+A* in Maths but where Engineering has the standard requirements for both Maths and Physics you may be stuck, unless you contact them and ask if the Extended Diploma in Engineering would be accepted in lieu of A level Physics.


"All Colleges, except Trinity College, welcome applications from students taking A Level Mathematics and a suitable vocational qualification, e.g. a BTEC Higher National Diploma, in an engineering discipline. Applicants are expected to achieve the highest possible grades in A Level Mathematics and the vocational qualification."

This suggests that Cambridge would require D*D*D*+A* in Maths for their General Engineering degree.

University College London (UCL):

"BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) D*, D*, D* to include Distinction in Mathematics for Technicians and Distinction in Further Mathematics for Technicians or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with D*, D*, D* to include Distinction in Engineering Principles and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems." -

Look into these modules and check if you're taking them, if not you could contact UCL and see if they accept A level Maths instead.

Bristol (4th in UK for Engineering):
"DDD (Engineering) plus A *level Mathematics at A or A in a mathematics test to be taken at the University of Bristol. Please read the admissions statement for information about the test. " -

Bath (5th for Engineering):
"D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) or Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma plus grade A in A level Mathematics." -

Imperial College London:
Unfortunately Imperial do not accept-

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