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I know this guy who came to the UK a few months ago and is 17. Obviously he has no GCSEs and somebody of his age would start year 13 in September. What would be the best route for this guy to reach a Russell Group Uni?
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What is their current level of education? Even if they have no GCSEs, would they have a similar level of knowledge that someone who does have GCSEs would?
What would they like to study at university?
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What is their current level of education? Even if they have no GCSEs, would they have a similar level of knowledge that someone who does have GCSEs would?
What would they like to study at university?
Probably his knowledge is equal to that of a year 12 student. The problem is that the country he came from has high school lasting between the age of 14-19 and middle school at the age of 11-14
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What is their current level of education? Even if they have no GCSEs, would they have a similar level of knowledge that someone who does have GCSEs would?
What would they like to study at university?
Probably something business/economics/finance related.
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Probably something business/economics/finance related.
As they are the age of a sixth form student, it would probably be best for them to study towards 3 alevels or a mix of alevels and vocational qualifications, with probably one of which being mathematics if they are looking to study something business / economics / finance related. However, all of this would be dependent on finding a college that would allow them to study level 3 qualifications without GCSEs (perhaps by demonstrating their knowledge through assesments, or if there is any evidence from their previous school) and being able to fund this. Furthermore, language may be a consideration if they do not know English very well (obviously ignore this if they do).
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As they are the age of a sixth form student, it would probably be best for them to study towards 3 alevels or a mix of alevels and vocational qualifications, with probably one of which being mathematics if they are looking to study something business / economics / finance related. However, all of this would be dependent on finding a college that would allow them to study level 3 qualifications without GCSEs (perhaps by demonstrating their knowledge through assesments, or if there is any evidence from their previous school) and being able to fund this. Furthermore, language may be a consideration if they do not know English very well (obviously ignore this if they do).
From what I've seen most Uni's including Russel group want average B for GCSE English or Maths (and science for some courses)
Are there likely to be Russel group Uni's to overlook GCSEs even if an individual managed to get a level 3 qualification ?
Not having GCSEs will be a struggle to get to study A Levels/BTECs and in turn will also be an even bigger struggle to get into the really competitive Russel Uni's?
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From what I've seen most Uni's including Russel group want average B for GCSE English or Maths (and science for some courses)
Are there likely to be Russel group Uni's to overlook GCSEs even if an individual managed to get a level 3 qualification ?
Not having GCSEs will be a struggle to get to study A Levels/BTECs and in turn will also be an even bigger struggle to get into the really competitive Russel Uni's?
Ah that's true I forgot to mention - colleges will probably require all those students without a pass in maths and english to resit those at the same time as their a levels. Thanks for saying that ahaha completely slipped my mind. I've just looked at 2 RG unis for economics (I appreciate a very small sample size) and neither of them asked for specific GCSEs, except for the english language requirement (which is only an issue if they are not from an english speaking country), which could be met by something like IELTS or whatever instead.
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Does he have equivalent qualifications or has he simply never been to school..? If its the latter then he sounds fairly buggered unless he can somehow get himself to do alevels. If hes got foreign qualifications then just have them looked at and assessed for acceptability by a local school/college for entry to their alevel programmes.
As to RG universities, its worth noting theyre really not the be all end all of existence for undergrads. Few employers really care very much about the name outside of a few specialist fields.
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From what I've seen most Uni's including Russel group want average B for GCSE English or Maths (and science for some courses)
Are there likely to be Russel group Uni's to overlook GCSEs even if an individual managed to get a level 3 qualification ?
Not having GCSEs will be a struggle to get to study A Levels/BTECs and in turn will also be an even bigger struggle to get into the really competitive Russel Uni's?
GCSE requirements are for students who studied in the UK. His application will show when he moved to the UK and his reference can explain his education background.

Non UK applicants aren’t expected to have GCSEs.
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If that person has ££ then the best options are International Foundation Programs (IFP) which are one year courses designed specially for overseas students with no Level 3. They will accept 16 and 17 year olds. Most Universities offer this as they all want overseas fee payers to then continue onto their degrees and there are private colleges with a good reputation like Bellabys and Kaplan who have links to UK Unis and are 'approved' IFP providers. These IFPs also include English-for-Academic-Purposes and other basic skills that often cover any GCSE requirement, and non-English speakers will also need to take IELTS.

Examples
Kent - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/under...ogramme-spring
Reading - https://www.reading.ac.uk/ISLI/study.../isli-ifp.aspx
Bellerbys - https://www.bellerbys.com/
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