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Btec Extended Diploma + 2 A Levels for Top Unis?

Hi,

I am taking the BTEC Extended Diploma Course (equivalent to 3 A levels). Alongside I also will take A-level Math's and A-level Physics.

I am predicted (DDD) and (AA)

I am looking to apply for Mechanical or Nuclear Engineering at, Edinburgh, UCL, Cambridge, Manchester, Sheffield. As well as All American Ivy Leagues (I thought it would be funny)

However, ignoring the American part. What Schools, should I completely cross of my list. They all are decently Vague and only really mention other Btecs and not Extended Diplomas.

Many Thanks,

Noah
check whether the universities accept the BTEC. Nearly all will but a couple dont.
Reply 2
Original post by swanseajack1
check whether the universities accept the BTEC. Nearly all will but a couple dont.
Yeah I came to that same conclusion, of some do and some don't. I think I might just individually Email them and see if it meets their requirements.
Why are you doing an Extended Diploma and 2 A levels - thats the equivalent of FIVE A levels.
Original post by itdobenoahc
Hi,
I am taking the BTEC Extended Diploma Course (equivalent to 3 A levels). Alongside I also will take A-level Math's and A-level Physics.
I am predicted (DDD) and (AA)
I am looking to apply for Mechanical or Nuclear Engineering at, Edinburgh, UCL, Cambridge, Manchester, Sheffield. As well as All American Ivy Leagues (I thought it would be funny)
However, ignoring the American part. What Schools, should I completely cross of my list. They all are decently Vague and only really mention other Btecs and not Extended Diplomas.
Many Thanks,
Noah

I have just done a check and the universities you are looking at require higher than DDD. You are likely to be rejected.
Reply 5
Original post by swanseajack1
I have just done a check and the universities you are looking at require higher than DDD. You are likely to be rejected.

My Course can only give me DDD its the highest. I doubt they would reject me, nearly all of them have contextual for DDD except a couple with D*DD Which is trumped by the Extra two a levels I'm doing, one being an essential "maths" and then an extra "physics"
Reply 6
Original post by McGinger
Why are you doing an Extended Diploma and 2 A levels - thats the equivalent of FIVE A levels.

My Extended Diploma course only gives me DDD at max. Then most Unis require A level maths for engineering. then because I cant get higher than DDD I am also going to do A level Physics to make up for this
Original post by itdobenoahc
Hi,

I am taking the BTEC Extended Diploma Course (equivalent to 3 A levels). Alongside I also will take A-level Math's and A-level Physics.

I am predicted (DDD) and (AA)

I am looking to apply for Mechanical or Nuclear Engineering at, Edinburgh, UCL, Cambridge, Manchester, Sheffield. As well as All American Ivy Leagues (I thought it would be funny)

However, ignoring the American part. What Schools, should I completely cross of my list. They all are decently Vague and only really mention other Btecs and not Extended Diplomas.

Many Thanks,

Noah

In principle Cambridge consider it although you may be less competitive. UCL may be similar? I think the others probably will accept it.

I'd note that UCL is not especially renowned for engineering (it's kind of infamous for getting negative student feedback for it on here actually...), and I'm not super aware of Edinburgh for an engineering perspective. I'd suggest looking also at Birmingham and Leeds which are well regarded for engineering generally and offer nuclear engineering (which few UK unis do). Lancaster also offers nuclear engineering I think. Beyond that other generally good unis for engineering (presumably for the mechanical side) include Bristol, Southampton, Loughborough, and Strathclyde. Bath may also be a good option (although I'm more aware of them for civil).

Why does your course not give D* results? I thought that was standard across BTECs (hence the requirement for some of those unis you listed).
Original post by itdobenoahc
My Extended Diploma course only gives me DDD at max. Then most Unis require A level maths for engineering. then because I cant get higher than DDD I am also going to do A level Physics to make up for this
"My Extended Diploma course only gives me DDD at max."
Then it isnt a BTEC Extended Diploma.
Reply 9
Original post by McGinger
"My Extended Diploma course only gives me DDD at max."
Then it isnt a BTEC Extended Diploma.

It is a Btec Extended Diploma, it is just not a National Btec Extended Diploma, which would give D*D*D*
Original post by artful_lounger
In principle Cambridge consider it although you may be less competitive. UCL may be similar? I think the others probably will accept it.
I'd note that UCL is not especially renowned for engineering (it's kind of infamous for getting negative student feedback for it on here actually...), and I'm not super aware of Edinburgh for an engineering perspective. I'd suggest looking also at Birmingham and Leeds which are well regarded for engineering generally and offer nuclear engineering (which few UK unis do). Lancaster also offers nuclear engineering I think. Beyond that other generally good unis for engineering (presumably for the mechanical side) include Bristol, Southampton, Loughborough, and Strathclyde. Bath may also be a good option (although I'm more aware of them for civil).
Why does your course not give D* results? I thought that was standard across BTECs (hence the requirement for some of those unis you listed).

Yeah it was more focusing on Mechanical Engineering Schools, UCL was not a top pick for me honestly. I just added it in to fill gaps, Lancaster looked really good, as well as Edinburgh. Cambridge was gonna be one of my risky picks, as I know people who apply there with 4 A Stars and have been denied entry, so its more of a wild chance to be honest.

I honestly don't really know, they told me it was because it is not a National Btec extended diploma which would give D*D*D*, which confused me. But I am rolling with it as there is literally no other school near me that does engineering.
Original post by itdobenoahc
It is a Btec Extended Diploma, it is just not a National Btec Extended Diploma, which would give D*D*D*

ALL Btec Ext Diplomas (including the now discontinued QCF) go up to D*D*D*, so if its not a National, what is it? If it is a Level 3 Specialist course they don't carry any UCAS points (but they don't grade at DDD, so I'm confused). BTEC and UCAS points | Pearson qualifications
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