Should I take a BTEC and A levelsWatch
So I want to study zoology in university. Unfortunately I didn't take biology at GCSE so I plan to go to college next year to take a Level 3 extended diploma in animal management. I'm worried this isn't going to be enough to get accepted, should I enter as a private candidate to sit a levels as well? Or is that too much? Has anyone been accepted to a course with purely the animal management Btec? I'm just worried I'm making a mistake and I'm not going to get into the course and end up wasting 2 years of my life. If I should enter for A levels, how many should I enter for? And what A levels should I pick?
I dont think a level 3 BTEC in Animal science will be sufficient on its own to get you onto a course. You will need either A levels alone including one or two sciences or an additional science A level or two. Biology, Chemistry, Maths and sometimes Environmental science being acceptable.
Your alternative may be to investigate a Zoology course with foundation year.
Is Zoology what you definitely wish to do?
Are you capable of doing A levels and getting the relevant grades?
You need to do the research and make sure your examinations meet the entrance requirements plus be sure you want to do Zoology or any of the similar courses.
This is for Unis and their BTEC requirements. A levels are straightforward if you have 2 science + 1 other
This is for Manchester
Pearson BTEC qualifications
All level 3 BTEC qualifications at grade D or above, except the National Certificate, are accepted when taken with two science A-levels (minimum AB required).
The reformed Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science at grades DDD is accepted when taken with one science A-level at grade A.
The reformed Pearson BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science at grades DD is accepted when taken with two A-levels including grade A in a science subject and a minimum of grade B in any other subject.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma
D*DD in Applied Science with a selection of preferred units in Biology and Chemistry, to include at least Merits in Units 1 and 5 (Principles and Applications of Science I and II).
For previous BTEC (QCF) qualification:
D*DD in Applied Science with a selection of preferred units in Biology and Chemistry, with at least 120 Level 3 credits at Distinction.
Please note alternative BTEC subjects are not acceptable for this programme.
BTEC DD in Applied Science with Distinctions in all Science Units + either a minimum of grade B in A level biology or grade A in another A level science
If you go lower down the food chain to less competitive unis then they may drop the A level requirement and accept BTEC alone.
University of Lincoln
BTEC Extended Diploma in Animal Management/Applied Science*: Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
You can id courses from here