Entry requirements

Entry requirements are a guideline of the recommended academic ability the course provider expects you to have.

Each course has different requirements – usually a mix of qualifications, subjects or exam grades they recommend you should have or be working towards. Make sure you check when searching for courses

How entry requirements work

They're set by the course providers as a guide to the kinds of qualifications, subjects and exam grades you need.

  • As well as these, your overall suitability to the course will be considered.
  • You might be asked to pass an admissions test, interview or audition, or even a health check.
  • Course descriptions often mention other skills, interests or experience it's good to have too – applications can be quite competitive, so look out for these extra details.

Be aware that meeting the entry requirements doesn't mean youll be guaranteed a place though.

  • If you're offered a conditional place, you must meet the conditions you're given to be accepted.
  • These conditions can be higher or lower than any entry requirements the course provider has recommended.
  • Course providers have internal benchmarks and although we don't encourage any changes to entry requirements during the academic year, this can happen based on the applications they receive.

If you have any questions about entry requirements please contact the course provider direct.

Admissions tests

Many course providers ask you to take an admissions test, particularly for certain subjects.

They often happen early in the academic cycle, so it's worth researching whether you'll need to take one before you've sent in your application.

More about admissions tests

Qualifications, subjects and exam grades

Most course providers set entry requirements based on one or a combination of these.

  • Sometimes they might only accept quite specific qualifications, subjects or high grades. If this is the case, it'll be stated in their requirements.
  • Some may recommend a combination – for example a high grade in a certain subject or subjects relevant to the course you're applying for.
  • Don't worry if you don't meet the exact requirements or your qualification isn't listed. If you have a qualification of a comparable level, it's likely your application will be considered. Feel free to contact the course provider to confirm this.

For undergraduate courses some universities and colleges also use UCAS Tariff points in their entry requirements.

  • Many applicants have a broad range of further education qualifications, so the Tariff converts them into points to make it easier to compare them. Not all qualifications are included in the Tariff. Those that aren't, but are of an appropriate level, might still be considered so contact the course provider to check.
  • Universities and colleges can set a Tariff points total they recommend you achieve as part of their entry requirements.
  • Many courses don't refer to the Tariff, and of those that do, most still specify relevant grades, qualifications or subjects you'd need to achieve as well as the points total.

More about the UCAS Tariff

Interviews and auditions

If you have one of these a course provider might send you an invitation to an interview or audition.

  • If it's likely you'll have an interview or audition you might want to do some preparation ahead of time, or put together a portfolio.
  • Please note if you decide to make an undergraduate or teacher training application, any invitations to interview will appear in Track, (our online service where you track the progress of your application), so remember you'll need to check there.

Undergraduate interview tips

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