Are you studying for a BTEC qualification? Have you already got a BTEC and are unsure of where it can take you? Here’s everything you need to know about getting into university with a BTEC.

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?

Received your BTEC results already? Don’t wait for clearing, speak to us today! Call 0300 303 2772 or email us at

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Khaila Isaac – Occupational Therapy Student

Khila Isaac crop“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. Taking up a BTEC course was a fantastic choice for me as I was still learning the same things that I would through A levels, just in a different way. A BTEC is just as sufficient as studying A levels, they are both equal in the amount of work you have to do, the only difference is the way of learning, as you are not 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 and that my options were not limited. I am now studying BSc Occupational Therapy.

A levels are not the only pathway to university because a BTEC was mine!”

Next Steps

Once you have decided which degree is for you, visit UCAS to start your application. You will need to have a personal statement that should include information about why you have chosen your course and any extra activities you have already done that are relevant to your degree. Some courses may also ask you to show a portfolio or attend an interview day on campus – these are 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.

Received your BTEC results already? Don’t wait for clearing, speak to us today!

Not sure what to study or have questions about applying? If you’d like to chat with one of our team we’re always happy to hear from you. Give us a call on 0300 303 2772 or email us at

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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.

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


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


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?

Yes, if you are studying 2 A levels and one BTEC and meet all other criteria your application would be considered in the same way as those only studying the same qualification.

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 HNC and level 5 HND

Who is more likely to get a place at university – A level student of BTEC?

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.