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Using your skills and experience to get straight onto a higher level course

There can be options for adults to gain a place on 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 called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Each institution will have a policy about their arrangements for APL and it is worth asking them about this early on if you think this might be a route for you.

Find out more in Using your experience.

If you think you have developed skills and experience  that match to 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.

Foundation Degrees are work-based qualifications which are equivalent to the first two years of a degree course. Adults with vocational experience related to a specific Foundation Degree might be able to gain entry, without previous Level 3 qualifications. by a university. Check with the institution to find out more.

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