Undergraduate study

Entry requirements

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.

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. Each course listing details the entry requirements - these are based on the updated UCAS tariff points system introduced in 2016. More about UCAS tariff points

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.

  • We welcome applications from students studying for the 14-19 Diploma. It is equivalent to 3.5 A levels. 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.

Entering Year 2 or Year 3


Higher national diploma 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.

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


An extended degree is a four-year programme that includes an integrated foundation year. 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.

Preparation courses

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.

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.

Summer University - a course at our summer university can be a stepping stone to a degree course.

More about Summer University

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

More about English language support

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.

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 English language support