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A Level and Level 3 Diploma

Hello,
I have some issue deciding the best option right now so I resorted to this platform hoping I might be able to sort out my mess with your help.
I'll split it in paragraphs to make it easy to understand.

A couple of years ago my mental health began declining and my grades had a drastic fall. I was about to fail my GCSEs. I attempted 3 subjects and decided to do the remaining ones next year. I was lucky I scored good but not my best (Bs and As). I did my GCSEs with Pearson, Edexcel.

My mental health was still declining so I had to discontinue AS level and drop school.
I enrolled in some courses to kill my time and focus on my health but it wasn't any degree or anything of that sort..

It's been 8 years now. (Yes, I've grown up in age and I'm in my mid 20s)

I wanna get back to where I had left because now I'm back to my best strength and I'm doing pretty much fine.

I wanna begin Bachelors in Psychology and major in it.

There's someone who told me I should do a Level 3 Diploma in Psychology because A Level is gonna really difficult.
The difficulty doesn't worry me. I want no troubles with the recognition and acceptance of the certification.

I reached out to some institutes and awarding bodies and their statements are varying.
Some say Level 3 Diploma is equal to 1 A level and I have to do two more A Levels.
Some say it is equal to 3 A Levels.
Some even said some Universities don't accept it.

My question is,
Do I do AS & A Level as a private candidate ?
OR
Level 3 Diploma is a good option ?

I wanna begin Bachelors in Psychology.

Thank You.
Sorry for the length.
Hello! Have you heard of an 'Access to Higher Education' course. This is generally for people in your situation that have been out of education for numerous years. Usually they are run in local colleges, it is basically a way to get back into education when you are a little older. The courses are generally 1 year but I assume many people that are attending these courses cannot commit to full time, I think the Part time spans across 2 years. This course is equivalent to 3 Alevels, and is validated by most universities ( you will be able to see this if you go onto a chosen University course and check out the 'entry requirements' section, there is usually an Access to HE with a grade they expect from you) I know for sure that my local college offers a 'sociology/psychology access course' which may be something you would be looking to do to get into this field. If you need any more help or information please message me or reply to this message. Hope this helps :smile:
Original post by jcurry1234
Hello! Have you heard of an 'Access to Higher Education' course. This is generally for people in your situation that have been out of education for numerous years. Usually they are run in local colleges, it is basically a way to get back into education when you are a little older. The courses are generally 1 year but I assume many people that are attending these courses cannot commit to full time, I think the Part time spans across 2 years. This course is equivalent to 3 Alevels, and is validated by most universities ( you will be able to see this if you go onto a chosen University course and check out the 'entry requirements' section, there is usually an Access to HE with a grade they expect from you) I know for sure that my local college offers a 'sociology/psychology access course' which may be something you would be looking to do to get into this field. If you need any more help or information please message me or reply to this message. Hope this helps :smile:

Hello,
Thank You for your time and providing me such useful information. I contacted the Awarding Body and I was said that this is only for those who reside in The UK.
I am an International Student and I don't reside in The UK.
I guess I'll have to write AS level and A Level or will just A Level suffice?
Can I write both AS Level and A Level in one year?

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