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Entry Requirements Higher Education

Each Higher Education programme has its own distinctive entry requirements. This is set as a minimum UCAS points for entry.

On some programmes, applicants must also hold subject specific qualifications to gain a place. Therefore, it is essential that you check entry requirements for each programme you are applying for.

Please note, these are qualifications that applicants must have completed and certified to gain entry onto the respective programmes.

Applicants must hold a GCSE pass at Grade C/4 or above in both English Language and Mathematics. Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Application of Number and Essential Skills Literacy may be regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Maths and English.

We recognise that prior learning or experience may give some students credit towards a qualification to gain entry onto a programme or credit towards a programme of study.

Please refer to our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process.

Please note: The College reserves the right to increase the entry requirements for all Higher Education provision based on demand and required academic standards, as specified by the Awarding Body/validating organisation.

Applicants applying to programmes validated by university partners (UU, QUB and OU) who hold international qualifications must provide certificates to determine equivalence before an offer can be made.

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

QCF Level 3 NVQ Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary
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
Four GCSEs A*-C

Two GCSEs A*-C
1 BTEC Level 1 Certificate/