If you know you want to do a degree in the future but would like to do a course first to help you prepare for study at a higher education level then read on!
There are specific courses which will help you prepare for study at a higher education level e.g. Access to HE Courses, Open University Access Modules and Foundation Year Courses. These courses are an excellent way into higher level study for adults.
You do not usually need qualifications to start these courses but would need to show you have the potential to manage the level of work required. However, some Access to HE courses might require you to have GCSE English and maths at Grade C/4 or to be able to get these qualifications as part of the course, with support from tutors and teachers.
There are also some opportunities for adults to gain a place on other higher level courses or gain exemptions from part of a course without the usual entry qualifications, using the knowledge and skills gained through experience or previous qualifications.This process is often referred to as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).
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Before you start exploring complete the Lifepilot HE Skills Map Tool to see how your existing skills will be valued in higher level study. Use the information to find a course to suit you and to promote yourself on applications.