How can I go to University if I didn’t get the grades I expected?

Posted on Apr 21, 2022

If you've always dreamed of a career where you need to go to University for a degree but don’t have  A-Levels in the right subjects, then there are options!

You don't necessarily need to go back to college, there are now flexible ways to study, giving you the UCAS points you need to study at university for a career you'll love. Designed to prepare you for life at university, Access to Higher Education Diplomas prepare you with the knowledge and skills needed to not only study your degree, but also acclimatize to student life.

What are UCAS points?

To get into University, you’ll need to meet the course entry requirements, and complete a UCAS application. Most universities in the UK have UCAS Tariff points as part of their entry requirements. They are used to translate your qualifications into a numerical value so that Universities can assess whether you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course.

If you don’t already have UCAS points, or they’re not in a subject that you want to study at university, then an Access to Higher Education course is designed specifically to help you meet those entry requirements. Our Access to Higher Education courses in Midwifery, Nursing and Health Professionalism has 45 credits which count towards your UCAS tariff points.

The amount of UCAS points you get from each unit depends on whether you achieve a pass, merit or distinction. You can use this handy online calculator to see what grade you would need in each unit to meet your university entry requirements.

How will I learn?

We know that every path to university is different – it’s a big investment in your career. So whether this is your first degree, or you’re a career changer looking to go to university later in life, we’ve designed our Access to HE diplomas to be flexible, allowing you to study part-time.

All of our Access to HE Diplomas are delivered online, meaning you can study anywhere, anytime using our online platform which allows you to learn independently and complete interactive tasks through online classroom sessions. If you’re worried about studying via distance learning, don’t panic – you’ll get assigned a specialist tutor who is experienced in their field. They’ll be on hand throughout your course to support you on your journey towards higher education.

How do I apply?

There’s no denying that University is a big investment both financially and physically, but the Government has introduced Advanced Learner Loans to help with the cost of studying further education courses.

Access to HE courses don’t get repaid until you earn over £27,295 per year. But that’s not even the best part – if you progress onto university after completion of your Access to HE course, the Government will ‘write-off’ and outstanding balance on your Access to HE loan.

To apply for one of our Access to HE courses follow the link below:

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