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Using an ADL Online Course to get into University

Our online courses programs provide unregulated professional development qualifications, rather than regulated academic qualifications. Therefore, acceptance of our courses will be at the discretion of individual universities and you should check with them before enrolling, if this is your purpose for doing our course.


Please note that previous learners have used their qualification from us to successfully apply for degree courses and even master’s degrees. Mature students may be able to use a level 5 Diploma in place of a foundation degree, or level 4 and above qualifications as “top-ups” to bolster existing regulated qualifications with subjects related to the degree they wish to do.

For example:

  1. ADL’s Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Medical Science is accepted by two Medical Schools in the UK as an appropriate qualification to support an application. i.e. The qualification stands on its own, even though it is unregulated. It is also accepted by the Royal College of Surgeons in Bahrain, Ireland and Malaysia in the same way.
  2. A previous student completed our Level 4 Advanced Certificate in Wildlife Management, to help secure a master’s degree course at Edinburgh University, plus another short course at Oxford University. He used the qualification as a “top-up” to bridge the gap between his official qualifications and the master’s he had chosen to do.
  3. We have several students at present studying our courses to go on to university, after gaining confirmation their qualification from us will be accepted.

As a guide, it may help you to tell universities that our courses have the following study hours, so that they can advise you which will be most appropriate for your circumstances:

•    Level 4 Certificate = 100 hours
•    Level 4 Advanced Certificate = 400 hours
•    Level 5 Diploma = 600 hours
•    Level 6 Advanced Diploma = 800 hours
•    Level 6 Higher Advanced Diploma = 1200 hours

N.B. 1200 hours study time represents a similar commitment to one full year of a degree program at university, so may allow you to skip the first year if agreed to by your chosen university.

It may also help you to inform universities that ADL is a Recognised Centre for an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation and that your qualification certificate or diploma will be endorsed and issued by this awarding organisation, not ADL.

We are also happy to provide temporary access to the course or courses you intend to take from us, for up to three universities to view the learning material if they wish to verify the quality of learning provided.


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Disclaimer: Every attempt is made to ensure all information from the academy is accurate and that the student has attained the competencies taught in a course, at the point of their assessment. Beyond this point, the graduate is responsible to maintain their acquired competencies, and apply acquired knowledge and skills in a way which is appropriate to the unique characteristics of each application. This will release the academy from any liability, action and claims of whatsoever nature in connection with, or arising from any such information, instruction or advice, given by any student or ex-student, whether directions given during the course are followed or not.