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Entry Requirements Higher Education

Please note:
for specific entry requirements and any updates for individual courses visit www.belfastmet.ac.uk

Entry criteria for each university differs depending on the university awarding body. Please see website of individual university for more information.

Higher Education (Level 4+)

Applicants must:

  • Have evidence of competence in written and spoken English and Numeracy, equivalent to Level 2 certification in each subject or GCSE Grade C.
  • Have attained at least 12 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications.
  • Have attained a pass in at least one GCE A Level subject or equivalent Level 3 qualification.

Applicants should have attained a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved through the completion of A Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved
qualifications.

The College reserves the right to increase the entrance criteria for all higher education provision based on demand and required academic standards as specified by the awarding body/validating organisation.


Alternative approved qualifications Belfast Met will accept as alternative approved qualifications:

  • Irish Leaving Certificate with passes in three approved subjects at ordinary level, together with a minimum of 80 UCAS points gained at higher level
  • BTEC National qualifications (Level 3) awarded by Edexcel
  • OCR National qualifications (Level 3)
  • NVQ qualifications (Level 3)
  • A minimum of two passes at Grade D or above in Scottish Highers
  • The European, International or Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Satisfactory completion of an approved Access course.

For further information or enquiries about alternative qualifications recognised, please
contact the course team lead as identified within the programme information. All courses as detailed on the QCF (Qualifications and Curriculum Framework) will be taken into consideration.

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning
The College recognises that some adult learners will have substantial industry experience and may not have formal qualifications to demonstrate skills, knowledge or capability. The College will work with such applicants to identify appropriate evidence equivalent to the entrance criteria. Should you wish to avail of this service you should contact the course team for further information.

Applicants must clearly state when recording achieved and pending qualifications that they wish to apply by virtue of prior experiential learning.

Level Title Equivalent to
6 BA (Hons) BSc (Hons) Bachelor Degrees
5 BTEC Level 5 Higher National
Diploma
Foundation Degrees Higher National Diplomas Diplomas of Higher Education and Further Education
4 IAM Level 4 Diploma in Administration Management Certificates of Further
Education
3 BTEC Level 3 Extended
Diploma

QCF Level 3 NVQ Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary
Diploma
Three GCE A Levels

Three GCE A Levels

Two GCE A Levels

One GCE A Leve
2 BTEC Level 2 Diploma

BTEC Level 2 Extended
Certificate
Four GCSEs A*-C

Two GCSEs A*-C
1 BTEC Level 1 Certificate/
Award
GCSEs D-G