We consider a variety of qualifications and relevant experience, and assess every application on its own merit. This means that even if you don’t meet the specified requirements, you may still be able to study with us.

You should be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of numeracy and literacy, and your overall ability to complete the course is a deciding factor.

Foundation Degrees

As a guide, to receive an offer for a Foundation Degree, you will require between 48 and 60 UCAS points. These points can be gained from A Levels, BTEC Nationals, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and equivalent qualifications.

If you are starting a course in 2017, the UCAS entry criteria are:

Points  A Level Grade  BTEC Sub.Dip 
48 A D
40 B
32 C M
24 D
16 E P

 

Points  BTEC 90 Credit Diploma 
78  D*D
72 DD
60 DM
48 MM
36 MP

 

Bachelor’s Degrees and Top-Up Programmes

To progress to a top-up programme you will be required to hold 240 credits from a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject area.

Recognising prior learning

We welcome applications from mature students, regardless of previous academic achievements, as we consider all applications on an individual basis when assessing a student’s suitability for a course.

We understand that learning and skill development takes place throughout life in varying contexts, and can be just as valuable as traditional academic study, yet harder to prove. This is why we offer you the opportunity to use all of your prior learning experience, which can be evidenced through statements from employers, personal development plans and reflective commentaries.

So, if you don’t have the formal accreditation or qualifications required, but do have relevant past experience, you could still be accepted onto your course.

Access to Higher Education and Return to Learn

If you don’t feel quite ready for university, an Access to Higher Education course may be perfect for you. These are intensive, 1-year programmes that are designed to prepare you for studying at a university level.

They can also update your academic skills if you are returning to education, and provide the opportunity to fill any gaps in your application, such as retaking English and Maths GCSEs if you did not originally achieve a C grade or higher.

Return to Learn courses are slightly shorter in duration, and are suitable for adults returning to education after an extended period. They will build your confidence and reintroduce you to academic study in a manageable and achievable way. This will prepare you for an Access to Higher Education course, before continuing to university study.

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