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Entry Requirements Further Education

Minimum Entry Requirements (Level 1 - 3)

General entry requirements for full-time further and higher education programmes at Belfast Met are outlined within this section.

The over-riding consideration in admitting students to any further or higher education programme is a professional assessment of objective and available evidence in concluding whether a learner has demonstrated the attributes and competency to complete a course satisfactorily.

The College welcomes applications from students who do not have academic qualifications but who wish to apply by virtue of experience.

Please note: At all levels the admissions criteria may be enhanced by the College if a course is oversubscribed. Exceptions to Minimum Entrance Requirements Some courses may enhance the entrance criteria above the minimum. Exceptions are noted within the ‘Requirements’ section under each individual course. 

Students who do not have English as first language
All courses are delivered in English, apart from language specific courses. Full time students whose first language is not English must have an English Language certificate at Level 2/GCSE level or higher.


Further Education (Level 1 - Level 3)

All qualifications are delivered in the English Language, apart from language specific courses.

Level 1 and Entry Level

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age on or before 1 July 2018; and
  • Students must be well-motivated and have completed a programme of general education to Key Stage 4 which would enable them to benefit from and succeed on the course.

Level 2

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age on or before 1 July 2018.
  • It is preferable that students have at least three points at Level 2 (GCSE or Essential Skills).
  • Students must be well motivated and have completed a programme of general education which would enable them to benefit from and succeed on the course.

Level 3 (Vocational)

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age on or before 1 July 2018 and been in education to Key Stage 4.
  • Students must possess one of the following:
  • Four GCSEs at Grade C or above (in some circumstances, applicants with a qualifications profile equating to 12 points with a minimum of three GCSEs at Grade C or above will be accepted)
  • BTEC First Diploma or Certificate (with a qualification profile equivalent to 12 points or above).
  • NVQ Level 2 in a relevant subject area
  • Leaving Certificate (a profile equivalent to 12 points of which three subjects must be at Grade C3 or above at ordinary level)

Students admitted to a programme of study without a Grade C or above in GCSE English, Mathematics or ICT will be required to undertake Essential Skills qualifications in Literacy, Numeracy or ICT at Level 2.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake repeat classes in GCSE English and/or Mathematics. Students undertaking Level 3 ICT Diploma or Extended Diploma will be exempt from having to undertake ICT Essential Skills.

Level 3 (A Levels)

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age on or before 1 July 2018 and been in education to Key Stage 4.
  • Students must possess one of the following:

• A qualification profile equating to 15 points with a minimum of four GCSEs at Grade C or above.
• Leaving Certificate (a profile equivalent to 15 points of which four subjects must be at Grade C3 or above at ordinary level). 

Grade Grade (AQA) Belfast Met Points Tariff
A* 9 or 8 6
A 7 5
B 6 4
C 5 or 4 3
D 3 2
E 2 1
Applicants are required to have a GCSE Grade C or above related to the subject to which they are applying. In certain AS subjects, this is not required as no related subject is available. Applicants wishing to study four A Levels must have a qualification profile of 25 points or better, with a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C.