25 July 2014
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University entry requirements

Every UK university has its own particular and unique requirements that applicants need to satisfy before they can enroll for a course. To gain a place at the university of your choice you will have to meet not only their own specific entry requirements but also the prerequisites of the course itself. This process may include being interviewed by the admissions tutor or the head of college (in which your course is taught) to satisfy them that you are suitable for enrolment. You should also note that many universities also judge applications on the perceived basis of their future academic potential.



The information provided on this page is meant to be a general overview and guide to university entry requirements. For the exact entry requirements for any degree course you should always contact the university Admissions Office.

General entry requirements
As stated above these can vary depending on a universities own standards. Some may have requirements for a General Entrance or matriculation, this is the absolute minimum set of qualifications that all applicants must have. This can be one or a combination of any of the following;

  • Three GCE A levels
  • GCSE English – minimum grade C or above
  • GCSE Maths – minimum grade C or above
  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • The European Baccalaureate
  • The Advanced Diploma
  • Any Appropriate BTEC National or Higher National Qualifications
  • A Access to Higher Education qualification
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

Special entry requirements
Its not always academic qualifications that are required, sometimes certain exam grades, health checks or Tariff points are needed. Particular programmes, like those in medical sciences where there will be direct contact with children or vulnerable adults, will require applicants to meet the ‘Fitness to Practise’ standards and also provide a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) disclosure. Health sciences may require as a condition of entry a satisfactory health declaration and in some cases immunization for a range of antigens.

Maths degree entrance
These usually require the previous study of mathematics up to a high level. 

Most universities will provide a more detailed guide to their entrance requirements in their prospectus or on dedicated pages on their website. If a course has a particular requirement then it will always be noted in the course entry.

Tips when filling application forms
If you have any special  attainments such as the ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award’ or relevant involvement in community work, volunteering or employment then you should note these down on your application form.

Entry profiles
These give details about the university, its courses, admission policy, selection criteria and also the entry qualifications and requirements. They are very useful for showing if you have the right subjects, grades or Tariff points to be accepted onto a course.

Age entry requirements
Applicants must usually be 17 years old by the 1st of October of the year in which their course starts. There is no real upper age limit.

Who to contact if you have any queries about admission
If you are not sure about something or would like clarification on your acceptability or any entry requirement issues then contact the universities Admissions Office .


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