Undergraduate entry requirements

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We give equal consideration to all academic and vocational qualifications. You may also have skills we can consider like work experience or vocational training. Don’t be discouraged if you can't meet the exact entry requirements - come and talk to us

Below are standard entry requirements but there may be specific requirements - check the course details.

Level 3 qualifications
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  • A levels (GCE/VCE/Applied subjects)
  • Edexcel/BTEC
  • OCR National Qualifications
  • 14-19 diploma qualifications
  • Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher)
  • NVQ/SVQ Level 3 qualifications
  • QAA-recognised Access courses
  • European or International Baccalaureates
  • professional qualifications
  • other relevant vocational qualifications

UCAS tariff

We usually make conditional offers in UCAS tariff points. For some courses you may need to include points from certain subjects in your tariff points score.
More tariff information on the UCAS website

Tariff calculator – 2017 entry

Calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.
UCAS tariff calculator

14-19 diplomas

We welcome applications from students studying for the 14-19 Diploma. It is equivalent to 3.5 A levels. Note: some courses have specific entry requirements.
More about 14-19 diplomas

Degrees (including Higher degree apprenticeships)

You need passes in at least two A levels, one A level double award, a BTEC National Certificate, OCR National Diploma or equivalent. Also at least three GCSE passes grade C or above including English and maths. Key Skills Level 2 in Communication and Application of Number are accepted as alternatives. Some professions ask for additional entry qualifications. See individual courses for details.

Progression routes

HND applicants may be considered for entry to the second or final year of a degree. It depends on credit achieved and the HND content in relation to the degree. If you have a foundation degree you may go on to the final year of a relevant honours degree. You may need a bridging course. Contact the admissions tutor.

Foundation degrees

Entry for foundation degrees is based on your ability to succeed. This can be shown by having a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC, A level) or training through work. For some foundation degrees you must be in employment relevant to your course.

Higher national diplomas (HNDs)

You need passes in one A level, one A level double award, a BTEC National Award, OCR National Certificate or equivalent. Also at least three GCSE passes grade C or above including English and maths. Key Skills Level 2 in Communication and Application of Number are accepted as an alternative. Some professions ask for additional entry qualifications.

Foundation years

Entry for foundation years is based on your ability to succeed. This can be demonstrated through having a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC Award, A level) or appropriate training through work.

Extended degrees

Entry qualifications can accumulated from:

  • any combination of Level 3 qualifications (A/AS levels, BTEC Certificates/Diplomas, Access for Higher Education courses)
  • High School Certificate or Diploma with good grades completed after at least 12 years of primary and secondary education
  • demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of relevant post-school work experience
  • at least three GCSEs grade C or above (or equivalent) including English and maths.

International foundation years

At least a High School Leaving Certificate or Diploma. IELTS English language levels differ depending on your point of entry but range from 4.5 - 5.5.

General studies A level

Preparation courses

Access courses

We welcome applications if you're on an Access course recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency. For some courses, including most in Health & Social Care, you need numeracy and literacy skills equivalent to GCSE grade C level. Contact us on 01642 384277 or email enquiries@tees.ac.uk.

Summer University

A course at our Summer University can be a stepping stone to a degree course.
More about free courses

English language support

We offer courses before you start and when you arrive.
English language support

Unless otherwise specified points from General Studies A level are included in the tariff score.

Key skills at level 3

Each course accepts a minimum of 20 tariff points from Key Skills at Level 3 towards the tariff score.

Functional skills

We accept functional skills at level 2 in both maths and English as equivalent to GCSE Maths and English grade C for most courses. However, some courses may specifically ask for GCSE maths and/or English at grade C or above. Where this is the case it is clearly stated in course entry criteria.

Age requirements

Some courses leading to a registerable qualification have an age requirement. The statutory bodies specify a minimum age as an entry requirement or to register with them at the end of the course.

Mature students

We welcome applications from mature students without conventional entry requirements. We'll take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience you may have.

Recognition of prior learning

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
Find out more about RPL

International students

We accept many different international qualifications. You should provide detailed information about your qualifications when you apply. Contact internationalenquiries@tees.ac.uk for advice.
More about the English language support


If you would like to discuss your eligibility for a course before you apply call the number given on the course details.