Five ways to get into university without A Levels

28 March 2019

Have you always wanted to go to university but thought you didn’t have the qualifications to get in?

It might be worth taking another look.

There are a range of pathways available to Teessiders who wants to go into higher education. Meet five people who are on their way without A Levels.

Health and care

Dreaming of a career in the health or care industry?

Max Roberts completed a Level 3 health and social care course at Middlesbrough College and now he’s heading to university to fulfil his dream of becoming a nurse.

Max said: “The course has been really hands-on and my work placements have helped me decide on my future career.

“I am ready to take the next step in my education and I’m looking forward to progressing to Manchester University to study adult nursing.”

With demand for jobs high and the digital sector booming, there’s never been a better time to embark on a career in computing.

Agne Dragunaite didn’t know anyone when she enrolled in her course but quickly settled in. Now she’s completed a Level 3 IT software development qualification and is studying computer science at university.

Agne said: “My two-year course was a challenge but it was also incredibly rewarding.

“Staff helped me with my English and I was treated like an adult, and was always able to ask for help where needed!”


Mum-of-one and former bank worker Tori Stephenson achieved a Master’s degree in chemical engineering after studying an Access to Higher Education (HE) diploma at Middlesbrough College.

Tori, who left school after completing her GCSES, said: “I was apprehensive about returning to education after so long but the course really helped me to hit the ground running and prepare myself for the workload and fast pace of university study.

“I love it, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done!”

Why not turn your passion for sports into a career? At Middlesbrough College you can study vocational qualifications – perfect for people who want to get a qualification while staying active.

Olivia Andrews achieved full marks in her Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science BTEC – despite having to take a month off for a knee operation.

She explained: “My tutors were really supportive and made sure I was able to complete my course on time.”

Now she's looking forward to studying at university to fulfil her dream of becoming a physiotherapist.

Access courses
Access courses offer a flexible pathway to university-level qualifications. The year-long courses equip students with the skills and know-how required for further study.

Aislyn Hay fitted her Access to Health course around her full-time job, studying from home via distance learning.

She said: “I would encourage anyone who wants to change career or study for a degree to consider the distance learning Access to Health course as it is so flexible.

“I am now on the path to something I dreamed of doing and most importantly enjoying the challenge of learning new things every step of the way.”

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