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i have a level 2 btec in electrical engineering and a 90 credit level 3 in electrical engineering, would i be able to try for uni or would i have to go through a foundation year (if i'm eligible for that)
I ask as there used to be a qualification called the "Pearson BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma", but that appears to have been available for "Engineering" rather then "Electrical Engineering". They also used to offer BTEC Nationals in "Electrical/Electronic Engineering", but I can't see one which was worth 90 credits. Perhaps your Level 3 qualification isn't a BTEC at all?
Universities tend to specify their requirements based upon the specific type of qualification, rather than just based upon the fact that it's a "90 credit level 3" qualification. They'll provide the grade requirements (for example) for "BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)" or for "Access to HE Diploma" or for "International Baccalaureate Diploma".
So we need to know what the qualification actually is to be able to establish whether it's acceptable, and to establish its UCAS Tariff points.
it says on the certificate “BEC level 3 90-credit diploma in engineering(QCF) with the double pass pass”
In case you're interested, the specification for your qualification is here and you can find its details on the Ofqual site here.
here, a "Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF)", at grade PP (pass pass) is worth 24 points.
So we're going to have to search for courses that will accept 24 points. Presumably you're looking for an Electrical Engineering course? You can get a list of Electrical Engineering courses on UCAS here. If you click the yellow circle which shows the entry requirements, you can ask it to show the UCAS Tariff. You're looking for a low number (there aren't many), but not necessarily 24. Look-up some of the details of the 32-point options and I think you might be surprised. (I don't mean look them up on UCAS - I'd always recommend checking the university's own web site). For example:
BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Including Foundation Year) at University of South Wales:
"Typical BTEC Offer: BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass"
(Note that they're probably not talking about the 90-Credit Diploma here, but it's close and certainly worth contact them about)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with Foundation Year) BEng (Hons) at Teeside University
"Any combination of recognised Level 3 qualifications. Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis. We look for evidence of your ability to learn and commitment to succeed in your studies."
Their general Entry Requirements page here says, "For entry onto an undergraduate degree programme with an integrated foundation year, you would normally need a pass in at least one A level, or equivalent level 3 qualifications." Guess how many UCAS points "a pass in at least one A level" gets you? 16 points. So you exceed the entry requirement here!
Obviously I don't know exactly what you're looking for (either in terms of the course or the university) so there's little point in me continuing the search. There's not a lot out there which you'd qualify for - but there is some (as evidenced above). It just might take a bit of tenacity to find it.
Old QCF BTEC Level 3 qualifications
- Certificate (graded P, M, D, D*) = 0.5 x A level
- Subsidiary Diploma (graded P, M, D, D*) = 1.0 x A level
- 90-credit Diploma (graded from PP to D*D*) = 1.5 x A levels
- Diploma (graded from PP to D*D*) = 2.0 x A levels
- Extended Diploma (graded from PPP to D*D*D*) = 3.0 x A levels