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Can I do a subject at uni other than what I studied for my BTEC

I'm currently studying the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma course in computing, and while I do enjoy it, I'm questioning whether it's something that I want to do at University, and essentially for the rest of my life. I'd be interested in courses for Business Management or Politics, but I'm not sure if any Unis would take me seriously anymore considering my qualification. UCAS says that 'students like me' have studied Business, but I'm not really sure what that means. Thank you!!
Original post by alystudies
I'm currently studying the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma course in computing, and while I do enjoy it, I'm questioning whether it's something that I want to do at University, and essentially for the rest of my life. I'd be interested in courses for Business Management or Politics, but I'm not sure if any Unis would take me seriously anymore considering my qualification. UCAS says that 'students like me' have studied Business, but I'm not really sure what that means. Thank you!!


Hi @alystudies

This would all depend on the entry requirements of the course at the University.

The entry requirements for politics at the university of Huddersfield are;
- 112-104 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Extended Certificate.
- DMM- MMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

The entry requirements for business management at the university of Huddersfield:
- 120-112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications
- DDM- DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

The entry requirements don't actually state a specific subject that the extended diploma should be completed in; this broadens the courses you can apply for.

I hope this has been of some help!
Please don't hesitate to ask any questions :smile:
Aaliya ~ 4th year pharmacy student ~ University of Huddersfield
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Original post by University of Huddersfield Student Rep
Hi @alystudies

This would all depend on the entry requirements of the course at the University.

The entry requirements for politics at the university of Huddersfield are;
- 112-104 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Extended Certificate.
- DMM- MMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

The entry requirements for business management at the university of Huddersfield:
- 120-112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications
- DDM- DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

The entry requirements don't actually state a specific subject that the extended diploma should be completed in; this broadens the courses you can apply for.

I hope this has been of some help!
Please don't hesitate to ask any questions :smile:
Aaliya ~ 4th year pharmacy student ~ University of Huddersfield


Thanks very much! Despite the entry requirements would they still take the application as seriously as other candidates or would it be much harder to get into Uni in my situation?
Original post by alystudies
I'm currently studying the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma course in computing, and while I do enjoy it, I'm questioning whether it's something that I want to do at University, and essentially for the rest of my life. I'd be interested in courses for Business Management or Politics, but I'm not sure if any Unis would take me seriously anymore considering my qualification. UCAS says that 'students like me' have studied Business, but I'm not really sure what that means. Thank you!!

I have issues with business management degrees in general, but yes you can do it with your BTEC at some universities. Likewise, you can do the same with Politics.

See the following degrees that accept BTECs for business managment:
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug00045/1/bsc-business-management
https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/business-management-bsc (you need 2 more A Levels on top, don't ask why)
https://www.salford.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/business-management
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/study/business-management-bsc-hons.aspx
https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/business-management---ba-hons/
https://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/n200/#contextualWidget
https://www.uel.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/bsc-hons-business-management
https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/business-management#section_entry
https://aru.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/business-management#entry_requirements
https://www.uclan.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/business-management-ba

Politics degrees that accept your BTEC:
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug00343/1/ba-politics
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/govsoc/politics.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab
https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-students/courses/undergraduate/politics#accordion502079-header2
https://www.york.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/ba-politics/#entry
https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/politics-degree-bsc#entry
https://www.soas.ac.uk/study/find-course/ba-politics
https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/politics/
https://www.surrey.ac.uk/undergraduate/politics#entry
https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/politics-ba-hons-l200/#course-entry
https://le.ac.uk/courses/politics-ba/2023
https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/course/polpolub/

Although I don't like degrees in politics that much more than I do business degrees, you stand a fairer chance in getting into a uni that isn't as picky on the subject that you did (a number of them are asking for Business related BTECs and apparently "related subjects" include something as far off as applied sciences but nothing as more closely related as IT).

There are dozens of degrees to look through, so you will have to do the rest for yourself.

Universities should take your BTEC as seriously as other Level 3 qualifications.

Do note, if by some odd reason you want to do both subjects, consider a joint degree in politics with/and business management. Alternatively, you can go the long winded way around it and do an undergrad in business or politics, then do a master's in the other subject.
See the following joint degrees as examples:
https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/courses/2023/politics-and-international-business-ba-hons#entry-requirements
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug01436/1/ba-politics-with-business
https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/politics/management/#entry-requirements
(edited 1 year ago)
Original post by alystudies
Thanks very much! Despite the entry requirements would they still take the application as seriously as other candidates or would it be much harder to get into Uni in my situation?


Hi @alystudies

As the entry requirements don't specify what subject the BTEC extended diploma should be on, the admissions team would look at the application holistically.
Whilst this is not my area of expertise, you may want to speak to our students studying business and politics or speak to the business school on our Unibuddy system for more guidance and advice https://www.hud.ac.uk/chat-with-our-students/.

Aaliya ~ 4th year pharmacy student ~ University of Huddersfield
Original post by alystudies
I'm currently studying the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma course in computing, and while I do enjoy it, I'm questioning whether it's something that I want to do at University, and essentially for the rest of my life. I'd be interested in courses for Business Management or Politics, but I'm not sure if any Unis would take me seriously anymore considering my qualification. UCAS says that 'students like me' have studied Business, but I'm not really sure what that means. Thank you!!

Hey alystudies,

UCAS can be pretty vague but that's because a lot of universities go on a case-by-case basis. Your BTEC in computing will certainly be considered for other subjects as you'll have accumulated some transferrable skills that will help you to study at university. How did you do at English and Maths GCSE?

I'm a big believer in the importance of the personal statement as that is what gives the university the best idea of who you are and what you want to achieve. Wherever you apply for, they will see the same personal statement so it has to be niche enough to be relevant to the subjects you want to do but just bear that in mind if you're going for some very different courses.

It is totally possible to write that you have enjoyed your BTEC in computing but are thinking about a different direction for a long term career and that your experience will help you transition into a different degree like Business management. Check out the modules that will be studied on your chosen course and try to tailor your statement to them.

At Essex they offer a BSc with a foundation year which is definitely something I'd recommend if you're not sure what you want to do and think you'd benefit from the extra experience and it's a bit of a 'heads up' on the degree as a year zero
https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug00045/2/bsc-business-management

Bear in mind it's possible to change your mind after your first year and transfer to a different course if you decide it's not quite for you and you can take that experience and those skills with you

Best of luck whatever you decide to do!
Essex Student Rep - Hayley
Reply 6
Hi,Thanks for the response! At GCSE, I got a 5 in maths, a 6 in English literature and a 4 in English language. While I'm aware some universities might not accept these, I'd be happy to do a foundation year.Thanks
Yes, you just need to check that you meet the requirements. Many degree subjects have no A-level or BTEC subject requirements though.
Original post by alystudies
Hi,Thanks for the response! At GCSE, I got a 5 in maths, a 6 in English literature and a 4 in English language. While I'm aware some universities might not accept these, I'd be happy to do a foundation year.Thanks

Hey alystudies,

Those are still good grades and they will help towards your BTEC, everything counts with UCAS!
I applied for both foundation year and the standard course for my degree, as I wasn't sure if my grades would be enough to get me in as I did an Access to HE course as a mature student. Fortunately I got accepted for both but I was glad I applied for the foundation year just in case!
Are you applying for this October or next year?

Best wishes
Essex Student Rep - Hayley

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