We give 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.
We usually make conditional offers in UCAS tariff points. For some courses you may need to include certain subjects in your tariff points score. Each course listing details the entry requirements - these are based on the UCAS tariff points system.
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Degrees (including higher degree apprenticeships)
You normally need passes in at least two A levels, one A level double award, a BTEC National Certificate, OCR National Diploma or equivalent and ordinarily at least three GCSE passes grade 4 or C or above including English and maths. Some Level 2 qualifications may be accepted as alternatives. Some courses ask for additional entry requirements because of the requirements of the associated profession - see individual courses for details.
Entering Year 2 or Year 3 or a top-up degree
Foundation Degree and Higher National Diploma applicants may be considered for entry to the second or final year of a degree or a top-up degree. It depends on credit achieved and content in relation to the degree. Contact us for further information.
Higher National Diplomas (HNDs)
You normally need passes in one A level, one A level double award, a BTEC National Award, OCR National Certificate or equivalent and ordinarily at least three GCSE passes grade 4 or C or above including English and maths. Some Level 2 qualifications may be accepted as alternatives. Some courses ask for additional entry qualifications because of the requirements of the associated profession - see individual courses for details
Entry for foundation degrees 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.
Degrees with integrated foundation years
Degrees with an integrated foundation year are 4 or 5 years dependent on whether you undertake just the foundation year or a placement year as well. Normally entry qualifications can be 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.
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 4 or C.
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.
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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.
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.
We accept many different international qualifications. You should provide detailed information about your qualifications when you apply. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
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