Thursday, 11 August 2011

Options

The Clearing period is going so fast, it just seems like the other day we started Clearing. Now there is more or less a week left until A-level results come out. Most students are usually pleased when they receive their offer but there will some students who do not meet their conditions and will be left frustrated or disappointed.

Those who are left disappointed should know there are alternative programmes available. These programmes usually have lower entry requirements but it would depend on the course and the university.

Foundation Degrees
Most universities offer Foundation Degrees which once completed can be topped up to an Honours Degree by completing the final year of a related degree. It is equivalent to the first two years of the degree course.

Higher National Diplomas (HND)
Like the Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas are equivalent to the first two years of a degree course and can be topped up to an Honours Degree once the final year is completed. Unlike the Foundation Degrees, HNDs are mainly lecture based courses, whereas the Foundation degree could require for the applicant to be in a placement.

Extended Degrees
In addition there are extended degrees for certain subjects and again, available to students who do not meet the criteria. The extended degrees start from Year Zero and once you have completed the Year Zero you can commence on the degree course.

So fear not readers there are alternative options available and Good Luck for next week!

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