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Looking for an alternative to A Levels this September? - Starting College

Are you thinking of going to university in the future, but not sure if A Levels are the right choice for you?   

Here at MidKent College, we offer a wide range of Level 3 BTEC and four new T Level qualifications. These are well regarded by universities and you can use them to gain UCAS points.

As with A Levels, universities are usually looking for you to achieve grades in the higher ranges for entry onto their degree programmes. BTEC Diplomas are graded differently to A Levels and at the end of your two-year programme you will receive three grades of either Pass, Merit, Distinction, or Distinction*. For example, you may achieve MDD, which would be Merit, Distinction, Distinction.  

T Levels are graded in a similar way with students receiving an overall grade of either Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

The UCAS website has a very handy tariff calculator which helps you to work out how many points you would get for each grade in your BTEC Diploma or T Level, which you can find here.

Remember all universities have different entry requirements and are looking for other skills and attributes as well as grades. Think about what transferable skills you will gain while you are studying on your level 3 programme either through a part-time job, your industry placement or a volunteering role. These are crucial to help make you stand out as a well-rounded candidate.  

At MidKent College you will be learning in industry-standard workshops, labs, studios, and ICT suites with state-of-the-art equipment and tutors who have worked in the field. If you prefer a more hands-on approach to learning, want to learn skills as well as theory, and gain valuable work experience, then a BTECs or T Level could be for you!  

If you want to discuss your options further, our Careers Team are available for one to one support.  You can call them on 01634 383636 or email to make an appointment.

Looking for a BTEC or T Level qualification near you? Check availability and apply online here.

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