A-levels are not the only route to university.

UCAS figures show students are entering university with a range of qualifications, not just traditional A levels.

‘A-levels are not the only route to university, with a range of alternative qualifications securing a degree place, says the admissions service, UCAS.

UCAS urges parents and teachers to be more aware of other options, as rising numbers of students apply to university without the traditional three A-levels.

UCAS figures show more UK students are taking alternative qualifications, such as BTecs, alone or alongside A-levels.

In 2015, 15% of 18-year-old applicants took up a BTec, up from 11% in 2011.’ (BBC News)

‘In all, just 63 per cent of all new recruits this autumn arrived at university with three A-level passes, a report published by the service revealed.

Mary Curnock Cook, its chief executive, said the report showed a shift in the types of qualifications many students were studying in order to get a university place. A significant minority were applying with “newer and less traditional qualifications or through less straightforward routes”.

However, the report issues a warning that the new breed of students may struggle at university if tutors assume they have experienced an A-level style of education.’ (Independent)

‘Alternative qualifications, such as Btecs or the international baccalaureate, can be taken instead – and people are failing to realise this, UCAS has said.

Parents in particular are failing to understand that A-levels are not the only way into university.

And they aren’t the only ones. Teachers, students and even university staff are failing to realise there are alternative qualifications available.’ (Metro)

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