BTEC’s are great preparation for university. You’ve already experienced the independent study you’ll find at university, you’re used to being self-motivated and you’ve gained a lot of practical skills and experience through coursework. Why wouldn’t we want you on one of our courses?

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Khaila Isaac – Occupational Therapy Student

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“I chose to do a BTEC in Health and Social Care rather than doing A Levels as I felt better suited practical study through doing coursework. It was a fantastic choice. I was still learning the same things that I would through A Levels, just in a different way.

A BTEC is just as good as studying A Levels. The amount of work you have to do is the same, the only difference is the way of learning. Instead of sitting exams, you are doing coursework. A BTEC is a great way to gain the knowledge, skills and qualifications you will need to go to university.

I decided to go to university because of the taught units through my BTEC. I realised that there were so many opportunities and routes within Health and Social Care. I am now studying BSc Occupational Therapy.

Next Steps

When you have decided which degree is for you, visit the UCAS website to start your application. You will need a personal statement that identifies why you have chosen your course and any extra activities you have done that are relevant to your degree. Some of our courses may also ask you to show a portfolio or attend an interview day on campus, which is a great opportunity for you to meet our academics and showcase your previous work and experience.

Once your application is complete, visit student finance for help to fund your study, or to get some more information about what support is available to you.

If you’d like to chat with our Enquiries team, give us a call on 0300 303 2772 or email us at study@northampton.ac.uk.

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Support

If you are worried about moving from BTEC to studying for your degree, don’t panic! We have plenty of support services available, whether you want to brush up on your study skills or get some financial guidance to help you budget.

Please visit our student support pages to find out more about the services our students have access to.

Scholarships

Money is one of the things people worry about when considering university. But with student finance for your fees and the range of scholarships and bursaries on offer, there’s actually a lot of financial support available for students.

If you’re studying a BTEC qualification you could be eligible for an extra £1000 from our High Achievers Scholarship, and you don’t have to worry about paying it back. You’ll need to achieve a minimum DDM at BTEC, but otherwise you’ll be automatically assessed.

For more information about the scholarships we offer or eligibility requirements, please visit our scholarships page

FAQs

Can I go to University if I’ve studied a BTEC?

Yes! We accept BTEC qualifcations on all of our courses. In fact according to Which? in 2015 95% of universities were accepting BTEC students.

If I study BTEC does that limit what I can study after?

Taking a BTEC definitely doesn’t limit what you can study. Some courses need you to study a certain subject or area so it’s best to check course listings for any specific entry requirements.

What if I study a mix of BTEC and A Level?

If you are studying two A Levels and one BTEC and meet all other criteria, your application would be considered.

What are the BTEC pathways into university?

There are two pathways:

  • BTEC level 3 – This is equal to studying A Levels and on completion would gain you access onto a full degree
  • BTEC level 4 would gain you access onto a HNC and level 5 would gain you access onto a HND

Who is more likely to get a place at university – A Level student or a BTEC student?

BTEC students achieving good grades are just as sought after as students with good A Level results. In fact sometimes the level of independent study at BTEC is more similar to university study.