Bedfordshire opens Clearing for BTEC students

Tue 18 July, 2017
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BTEC students are being encouraged to take advantage of their early results to secure a place at university before the rush of Clearing.

BTECs are fast becoming more desirable for admissions officers at the majority of UK universities, being just as credible as A Levels.

Clive Sheridan

Bedfordshire student Clive Sheridan came to the University of Bedfordshire to study Criminology & Sociology, having completed a BTEC in Uniformed Public Services.

“During my course, we had the chance to work on the Olympics security operation, which is something I probably would not have been able to do had I studied A Levels. I was able to learn on the job and gain practical, hands-on skills.

“Because of the vocational nature of my course, I feel it has opened many more doors for me than A Levels could have done. After university, I’m considering applying to be a Special Constable, and I think all the practical experience I have had, both while doing my BTEC and my degree, will mean I will have a pretty strong application.”

Director of Admissions at the University of Bedfordshire Bob Cozens offers his advice to BTEC students thinking about using Clearing to gain a place at university.

“Think about what you want to do at university and how you can apply what you learnt during your BTEC to higher education. Because BTECS are more vocational, chances are you have already completed work experience in the field you are interested in. If you enjoyed that experience, why not consider a degree course in that area of interest.”

“Admissions officers are always thinking about where a perspective student will end up after studying. If you can show that you are passionate about your area of interest, and have already completed a BTEC with practical experience in that area, this will make you more employable, which is what universities want to see.”

For more information on courses available through Clearing at the University of Bedfordshire, call 0300 3300 073 or visit: www.beds.ac.uk/clearing

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