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What level should I apply to?
Before applying to further study post-college, think seriously about what you hope to gain from degree-level study. This should inform the level you ultimately apply to. The programme team considering your application may move it to the level they feel is most appropriate and you may be considered at that level regardless of which year you applied to.

GETTING CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING
HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Diplomas are all HE (Higher Education) qualifications. This means they may be used to 'replace' 1-2 years of study at university or art school. It is rare for a college graduate to articulate into Year 3 (getting full credit for an HND) at GSA, but we're working to encourage articulation from HND into Year 3 on occasions where the applicant and degree course agree it would be beneficial and the student is likely to succeed. it's worth discussing this with your interviewers in the interview.

Some successful applicants with an HND will be given an offer of Year 2. This is often the preferred choice for both the student and the programme team. If you've applied to Year 3, but it's been changed to Year 2, ask the interviewers to explain why in your interview.

STUDY ABROAD or ERASMUS EXCHANGE?
Is Study Abroad or Erasmus exchange something you want to do? If so, check to see when you would have to apply and when you would go. Third year entry might not be an option if you want to go on exchange.

FUNDING?
It's important to also check with SAAS or the appropriate funding body about funding for additional study – you may only be funded for a certain number of years post-HND.

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