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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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Unless otherwise specified points from General Studies A level are included in the tariff score.
Each course accepts a minimum of 20 tariff points from Key Skills at Level 3 towards the tariff score.
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.
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.
We welcome applications from mature students without conventional entry requirements. We'll take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience you may have.
You can gain considerable knowlege from work, volunteering and life. Under accreditation of prior learning (APL) you may be awarded credit for this which which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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We accept many different international qualifications. You should provide detailed information about your qualifications when you apply. Contact the Department for Quality and Governance for advice.
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If you would like to discuss your eligibility for a course before you apply call the number on given on the course details. Advice is also available from the Admissions Administrator on 01642 384228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*We give priority to those who don't already hold a higher education equivalent-level qualification.
If you successfully complete an Access to Higher Education Diploma at one of the colleges in our higher education business partnership, we guarantee you a place on a degree programme. You must also achieve all programme-specific requirements (for example, a specific grade in Maths). This guarantee does not apply to courses in the School of Health & Social Care where you are required to complete all selection processes for each course.