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Which Universities Take Level 3 Diplomas?

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Hundreds of thousands of students are just starting their university adventure. How did they claim their place on the course of their choice? The conventional route is obviously through getting the required A-Levels. But there are several other qualifications which universities accept…

Can a Level 3 Diploma Get You into University?

The short answer is yes. We always advise students to check with their prospective universities for their entry requirements and whether or not they will accept the qualifications that the student is looking to attain. Every year more than 100,000 successful Level 3 or above Diploma students apply to UK universities. If a BTEC HND or Level 4 and 5 Diploma is obtained students can progress onto the final year of 70% of degree courses.

Students progressing to university from a Diploma course are often better equipped than students that have taken A-Levels, because of the time management skills that are needed to complete a diploma and portfolio-based assessments.

While it is possible to get onto some university courses having successfully completed a Level 3 Diploma, the usual progression onto a university course is from a Level 4 or 5 diploma. While some universities allow entrance after a Level 3, it’s worth bearing in mind that some of the best universities insist on an extra qualification like an A-Level to reach the requisite UCAS points. However, on completing a Level 4 or 5 diploma students can join some degree programs in year 2 or 3.

Here are a few universities that accept Level 3 diploma graduates:

  • University of Kent
  • Middlesex University
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Teesside
  • University of Westminster
  • Northumbria University
  • University of Leeds
  • Cardiff University

While some of the best universities in the UK require an A level alongside a Diploma or BTEC qualification others do not when a Level 4 or 5 has been completed. The subject studied is very important however, as your diploma qualification needs to relate to the degree course for which you’re applying.

Diploma Subjects & University Acceptance

The Oxford Learning College offers Level 3 diplomas across a broad range of subjects. These courses provide students with the opportunity to gain the ideal blend of subject-specific knowledge and skills for academic and professional progression.

Being classed as alternatives to A-levels, the Level 3 diplomas will allow for entry to a range of university courses. However, acceptance is likely to depend on whether students achieve a Pass, Merit, or Distinction. Having successfully completed a Quality Licence Scheme Level 3 Diploma Course, students will also be eligible to enrol directly onto Level 4+5 Diploma courses.

Can I Get Into Uni With a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care?

Yes, you can get into uni with a Level 3 diploma in Health and Social Care. Level 3 diplomas work as an equivalent to A Levels, meaning if you meet the entry requirements of your chosen university, these qualifications will be accepted.

Can I Go to University With a Level 3 Biology Diploma?

Yes, you can go to university if you have achieved a Level 3 Biology diploma. There are many universities in the UK that accept a Level 3 diploma, providing you achieve the necessary grade for your chosen course.

Can I Get Into University With a Level 3 Diploma in Accountancy?

Yes, if you want to study accounting at university, you can get into many courses with a Level 3 Accounting diploma. Remember to check the entrance requirements of your chosen university when you apply to make sure they will accept your qualification.

Can Mature Students Get Into University with a Level 3 Diploma?

For the purposes of this article, a ‘mature student’ can be classified as someone over the age of 21 years old. It could be they’re wanting to change their career, or have reached a ceiling in their current role and need more qualifications to progress.

A mature student may have to complete a year of a foundation or access course in order to be accepted into university. However, this will be dependent on qualifications or experience. It might also be a good idea to look into Level 3 or 4 Diplomas as a way to get into university. The best way to ensure entrance into the course you’re after is to contact the universities directly and ask.

Thinking of taking the diploma route to uni? Check out our selection of Level 3s.

Alternatively, find out which universities accept BTECs.