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    Okay the simple answer is it depends on what you are going on to do next - Some university's like UCAS points others like a BTEC National Diploma and then and A level etc... Most how ever want at least 3 a-levels or equilivent on entry to an undergraduate degree. If you do a vocational course next such as a foundation degree then you could possibly get away with 1-2 equivalent A-levels. .. So what do you want to do next?
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    It is worth looking up the chosen uni's entry criteria for the course you want to do, plus a 2nd choice just incase you don't get your chosen uni/course.
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    The maximum score for a btec national certificate is 240 ucas tariff points,the equivilent to two A-s at a-level (most unis will not except it by itself but backed by another a-level you should be fine) however its important that you know not every uni will except this qualification (e.g. places like warwick etc)
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    In addition - this is a table showing you the ucas points for the BTEC qualifications -it might be helpful when trying to calculate ucas points institutions ask for in their criteria
    http://www.merlinhelpsstudents.com/s...ointstable.asp

    and this is the UCAs page that explains how the calculations are mad on the BTEC qualifications - Particulary useful if you are taking certain types of modules on the certificate.
    http://www.ucas.ac.uk/advisers/curriculumandquals/btec/
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    (Original post by sausagerollin)
    The maximum score for a btec national certificate is 240 ucas tariff points,the equivilent to two A-s at a-level (most unis will not except it by itself but backed by another a-level you should be fine) however its important that you know not every uni will except this qualification (e.g. places like warwick etc)

    This is a very good point - some don't really like taking vocational qualifications as they are more of an academic institution... they are not supposed to be exclusive in this way - so you will need an excellent portfolio of work, and a very well explained personal statement on your UCAS application if you want to do an academic subject, to justify why you want to do that particular course at that uni etc
 
 
 
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