Get into university

University is a popular route for people looking to achieve their dream career, and for many career paths, it is essential. But did you know that you don’t have to go to a physical college to get into university and progress to the next stage in your academic career?

Here at OSC, we offer different course options to help you get into university and get on track to achieve your goals. The options we offer include:

  • A Levels
  • Access to HE Diplomas
  • Selected AAT qualifications
  • Selected CACHE qualifications

When you choose to study with OSC to help you get into university, you are in control of your studies. You choose when and where you want to learn, rather than having that dictated to you. You’ll be able to study at your own pace, fitting your learning around your other commitments, whether that’s work, family life, or hobbies – you are in the driver’s seat.

Read on to find out more about how OSC can help you get into university.

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    A Levels

    Considered the traditional route to get into university, students typically study their A Levels at a physical college before going to university. Here at OSC, we understand that not everyone knows what career path is right for them when they are a teenager. We know that many are looking for their second chance to do something they love and change their career. This is why we provide a range of A Levels students can choose from to help them get back on track.

    With OSC, you can choose from 20 subjects to study from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace. Students tend to choose three A Level subjects based on the degree they wish to study at university, or a subject to top up the UCAS points they have previously achieved.

    Your final A Level grades will transfer into UCAS points, with up to 56 points available per A Level. You can then add your UCAS points together to reach the total number of UCAS points required by your preferred university for your chosen degree.

    During your A Level studies, you’ll receive specialist support from your tutor to ensure you are fully supported throughout your course. Studying your A Levels via distance learning will allow you to start working towards achieving your dream career without your work or lifestyle being affected.

    You can check out our full range of A Levels here.


    Popular A Level courses

    Access to HE Diplomas

    An Access to HE Diploma is an alternative route to university and the equivalent to three A Levels. Access to Higher Education Diplomas are tailored to a specific subject area to better prepare you for the degree you will be studying at university.

    Access to HE courses are designed for those returning to education (19+) to help develop the skills needed for university, regardless of your age or background. The course materials provide you with relevant academic knowledge in your chosen subject to help you understand how to approach your university course.

    The diplomas are usually completed within two years, and once you have successfully completed your Access to HE Diploma, you will receive UCAS points relevant to the grade you achieved to help you get into university.

    OSC currently offers two Access to HE Diplomas. The first is Access to HE Diploma (Health), which is ideal for learners looking to study a healthcare-related degree at university, such as nursing or midwifery. The second is Access to HE Diploma (Public Services), which has been created to help students looking to achieve a career in policing, fire and rescue, law, or criminology.

    CACHE qualifications

    UCAS points are also available on selected qualifications from the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE) when you successfully complete your course.

    CACHE are a registered charity and the UK’s leading specialist awarding body for the health, childcare, and education industries. Our range of CACHE qualifications have been developed by industry experts to ensure the courses are delivered to meet our high standards.

    If you’re thinking of studying a CACHE course to top up your UCAS points before studying a degree at university, the following courses with OSC will help you do just that:

    CACHE qualifications

    AAT qualifications

    Selected level 3 qualifications from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) will allow you to gain UCAS points on successful completion of your course.

    AAT was established 30 years ago, and they are the leading professional membership organisation for accounting professionals. AAT’s qualifications are recognising around the world and by all chartered and certified accounting bodies in the UK.

    If you are looking to study an AAT course with OSC to gain UCAS points, the AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting will provide you with up to 56 UCAS points depending on the grade you achieve. Find out more about this AAT diploma here.