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As part of our non-standard entry route we ask for applicants to have at least one year of good work experience.  

Why do I need to have work experience? 

Non-standard entry is for applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements for the programme through qualifications.  The non-standard entry route gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your previous experience, motivation and potential.  We have a process in place through you submitting your application form, CV, references and other supporting documents for you to be able to demonstrate the skills you have.  

What is good work experience? 

There is no set list of what is good work experience and what is not.  However depending on the level of the programme you are applying to, i.e. entry to level 3 or level 4, the Admissions Tutors must be satisfied that the level of the work experience provides the necessary potential, knowledge and motivation to follow the programme successfully.  We use the word ‘good’ in the entry requirements for non-standard entry as you must be able to demonstrate, through supporting documentation, what you learned from the work and how these skills can be utilised in your future studies.  Through the non-standard entry route, and the non-standard entry interview in particular, the questions asked are strength and skill based to give you the opportunity to answer linking to previous experience.  

How can my work experience be evidenced? 

Once you have completed you application and it is assessed by the Admissions Team as non-standard entry you will be required to provide contact details of your previous employer.  The Admissions Team will ask the company to complete a reference form and answer questions detailed within the form.  Once signed and stamped by the company this can be returned to GSM London and will be submitted to the Admissions Team to be considered in conjunction with your application form, CV, references and other supporting documents. 

What happens if I’m unable to provide details of an employer, they do not reply to a reference request or I’m self-employed? 

In this case we will arrange for you to have an Academic interview with a member of the teaching faculty.  This interview will take around 30 minutes and focus on your previous experience, motivation and potential for the programme and level of study that you have applied for.  Once completed the interview report will be submitted to the Admissions Team to be considered in conjunction with your application form, CV, references and other supporting documents. 

Still got questions? 

Please get in contact with us; phone 0203 544 3171, or email enquiry@gsmlondon.ac.uk.

General advice for applicants applying for undergraduate study can be found at:  https://www.ucas.com/file/35436/download?token=2Q6wiw-L

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