Please check individual higher education courses for specific entry requirements.
Unless a course states otherwise, the minimum grades required to take Foundation Degrees are usually:
- a relevant A-Level at a grade E, plus three GCSE's at a grade C or above (grade 4 if taken from 2017) which must include English Language*
- OR a relevant Level 3 BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
- OR another relevant full level 3 qualifications such as an NVQ, VTCT etc
- OR a relevant Access to Higher Education Diploma
*or an equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2 or IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and no less than 5.5 in any one pathway is required.
For some courses GCSE Mathematics or an equivalent is also a requirement – check individual courses for details.
Please note, applicants for 2019/20 entry are likely to receive offers asking for higher grades than the stated minimum requirements.
We welcome applications from those who have few formal qualifications but a wealth of work and life experience, commitment and ability in the field that they are applying for. Applicants in this group may be invited to interview or asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.
However, don’t worry if you don’t meet specific entry requirements as there are other ways to progress to the University Centre – why not check out our Access to Higher Education courses to find out more!
All students must demonstrate before starting the course that they have the required literacy skills to complete the course. Students are also made aware that it may be a requirement of progression on to a top up degree that they have both English and Mathematics GCSE at grade C or grade 4 (if taken from 2017). Students who do not have these qualifications have the opportunity to gain them whilst at the University Centre.
Candidates applying for a place on a top up programme will need to have passed all modules of a relevant Foundation Degree or HND.
The centre actively supports claims for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Please contact us for further details on 0113 2162406 or email@example.com