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Using your experience to get straight onto a higher level course

Adults may be able to gain a place on a course without the usual entry qualifications by demonstrating their learning from previous experience or qualifications.

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If you think you have the skills and knowledge that match the requirements for a specific course, it is worth contacting the college or university to ask whether they will consider you, even if you do not have the usual entry qualifications.

For certain higher education level courses, especially those that are work related (such as Foundation Degrees), entry requirements are more flexible than for some Honours Degrees. If you have relevant experience, this may help you secure a place. Find out more through the college or university concerned.

The process of the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) allows you to prove what you have learnt from your experiences, and how they are relevant and at the correct level for the course for which you are applying. Each college or university has its own policy on APEL and it’s worth asking them about this early on if you think this might be a route for you.

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