Doing an access course to get into an apprenticeship degree

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I’m currently enrolled on an access course . I’m interested in doing an apprenticeship degree with a university. I’m not employed but I know some unis got employers so when you enroll they will provide employers for you, I believe. I was interested in west London university. I contacted them and I was told I need at least two A levels or a level three. I told them about me doing an access and they weren’t sure about it. They didn’t say yes or no. But formally they will prefer a levels which I don’t have because I didn’t school in the uk. Apart from this uni are there other university accepting access courses? I’m currently doing an access course in Computer science and maths which is 3 a level basically. Will I be accepted? I will also be doing online courses to learn how to program. I’ve only got gcse English and maths
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Hi everyone,
I’m currently enrolled on an access course . I’m interested in doing an apprenticeship degree with a university. I’m not employed but I know some unis got employers so when you enroll they will provide employers for you, I believe. I was interested in west London university. I contacted them and I was told I need at least two A levels or a level three. I told them about me doing an access and they weren’t sure about it. They didn’t say yes or no. But formally they will prefer a levels which I don’t have because I didn’t school in the uk. Apart from this uni are there other university accepting access courses? I’m currently doing an access course in Computer science and maths which is 3 a level basically. Will I be accepted? I will also be doing online courses to learn how to program. I’ve only got gcse English and maths
Generally, Access courses are for academic degrees as opposed to apprenticeship degrees. There are only selected universities that accept them. Should they do, it should be mentioned in the entry requirements for the course on the course page. If not, they should mention what alternative qualifications they accept.

There should be a myriad of universities offering computer science courses that accept Access.e.g.:
https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/unde...qualifications
https://www.undergraduate.study.cam....e-requirements (You will need to do A Level Maths on top)
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug00...mputer-science
https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/124
https://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/courses/...sc-degree.aspx
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-...sc-ft-uuscsi1/
https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/technol...Sc-(Hons).aspx
https://www.bath.ac.uk/courses/under...puter-science/
https://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergradua...yrequirements/
https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/f919/com...g-bsc#section3
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/under...meng-comp-sci/
https://www.hull.ac.uk/study/undergr...ience-bsc-meng
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergra...-bsc#entryreqs
https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/under...er-science-bsc
https://www.bangor.ac.uk/courses/und...ryrequirements
https://courses.aber.ac.uk/undergrad...cience-degree/
https://www.aston.ac.uk/study/course...september-2021
https://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/g400/
https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/courses...er-science-bsc
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/u...y-requirements (will require A Level Maths as well)
https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/...ce---bsc-hons/
https://registryhub.port.ac.uk/entry...437.1615838489
https://www.bradford.ac.uk/courses/u...ce-bsc/?att=ft

The following will require further enquirey:
https://www.rgu.ac.uk/study/courses/...mputer-science

The following require you to do a foundation year:
https://www.southampton.ac.uk/course...ree-meng#entry

There are other courses, but I won't bother listing all of them. You get the idea though.

In terms of doing the extra A Level, you can do it via an online college. You will need to search for them on Google, and they can range from £300-1000. Should you wish to do it via an online college, you will need to arrange your exam as a private candidate with your exam centre. Your exam centre would need to be approved by the exam board you would want to study with.
You can try to study the A Level yourself by buying the stanadard textbook, but you won't get predicted grades. You will also need to register yourself as a private candidate for the exams as well.

With exams, you will need to pay the exam centre your admin fee as well as the exam fee. The payment goes to the exam centre, and they will arrange everything.
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Can this be done in a year? Roughly how much does it cost? Can I book the text with an Edexcel center?
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Can this be done in a year? Roughly how much does it cost? Can I book the text with an Edexcel center?
The A Level Maths? Yeah, but I am not sure whether you should do it alongside with your Access course, since some universities like it if you did.

The A Level course takes about 300 hours (may be 500 depending on the college), which can be done in under 1 month if you spend 10 hours a day. I am almost done with my maths A Level, and I've started in November (it took as long as it did because my modules are only unlocked at predetermined dates). My course cost roughly £700, but that's with AQA and at a particular college. The exam fees are roughly £300 on top.
I chose AQA because I didn't like my experience with EdExcel. You do have the option to do it with CIE or OCR as well.

You can buy books for EdExcel for £50 I think. The qualification fee for maths is £124 according to the following link:
https://qualifications.pearson.com/c...2021_FINAL.pdf

The following are the online colleges I have found that do A Level Maths with EdExcel during my initial research (things might have changed since then):
National Extension College
Oxford Learning College
Elearn UK
Pembrokeshire


They do vary in quality, and each one will have different advantages and disadvantages. For example, most other colleges allow you to have access to the material for 24 months, Elearn only allows up to 1 year. Pembrokeshire has a question bank along with the material and up to 3 year's access. NEC on the other hand has a track record for high marks and is taught by people with PhDs in maths.

You might want to do your own due diligence on this though. The typical things I would check whether the course covers are:

  • Question banks for additional practice
  • Format the content will be in e.g. video, text, etc.
  • What other students have said about the course? What are the reviews on trustedpilot.com?
  • When you can enrol - some have deadlines
  • Length of access to the course material
  • Will the tutor break things down step by step?


Do note, the reviews on trustedpilot should be read based on the individual subject and not for the whole college, since the individual course can vary widely even in the same college, as well as across colleges. Should you go with a college, the material from the textbook should be included in the course material.

However, there are only a handful of universities that require you to do the Maths A Level for computer science courses. So you might want to think carefully whether you want to do it or not. The more important aspects of your application are generally getting the best grades possible and writing a stellar personal statement. If you can, have a website to park all of your computer projects for the universities to see.
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I’m doing the access which is a level three so alongside I will do Maths A levels. I hope I get into the apprenticeship with access. I’ve got English level 2 in functional skills and gcse in maths.
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I’m doing the access which is a level three so alongside I will do Maths A levels. I hope I get into the apprenticeship with access. I’ve got English level 2 in functional skills and gcse in maths.
If you're strictly looking for a local apprenticeship, you can alternatively look at more vocation level 3 ICT qualifications at college, and the college can offer programs where they directly find an apprenticeship local to where you study. The qualifications are more tailored to work, and less to uni.

Typical qualifications tend to be in stuff like IT maintenance/support, networking, programming. Names such as Comptia, Cisco, Oracle, Microsoft tend to crop up.
For example: https://www.harlow-college.ac.uk/stu...pprenticeships
https://www.suffolk.ac.uk/apprentice...ticeship-guide
https://www.camre.ac.uk/courses/it-s...g-development/
https://www.chelmsford.ac.uk/courses...ships-view.asp
https://www.wsc.ac.uk/find-a-course/apprenticeships
http://www.preston.ac.uk/courses/app...eships/ict/424

The apprenticeships might not lead to a degree apprenticeship, but you will get experience out of it, and possibly a job.
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