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UCAS Undergraduate entry requirements

Each course has different requirements – usually a mix of qualifications, subject or exam grades. Learn more about them here.
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What the entry requirements could be

Entry requirements are set by the course providers as a guideline of the recommended academic ability you’ll need.

You’ll be able to see exactly what they are when you search for courses, but here’s the general idea.
  • Qualifications, subjects and exam grades – usually A levels or similar, and sometimes converted into UCAS Tariff points, which we’ll explain below.
  • Your suitability – course descriptions often mention skills, interests or experience it’s good to have, so look out for these details because applications can be quite competitive.
  • An admissions test – less common, but check course requirements to see if you’ll need one, as some tests are held in autumn the year before the course start date.
  • An interview – if so we’ll let you know online after you’ve applied, but it might be worth doing some early preparation or putting together a portfolio if required.
  • Further requirements – it’s possible there may be health, financial or DBS checks.

Working towards entry requirements

If you’re studying for the required qualifications when you apply, you’ll be given conditions to meet.

Depending on course provider benchmarks and applicant numbers, these can occasionally change from the initial recommendations. So it’s a good idea to apply to courses with higher and lower requirements so you’ll have different options.

Understanding qualification, subject, and grade requirements

Many course providers set a combination of entry requirements. 

This could be a specific qualification, subject or high grade, or a high grade in a certain subject (or subjects) relevant to the course you’re applying for.

  • Some course providers use UCAS Tariff points in their entry requirements too. This is a points total achieved by converting qualifications such as A levels (and many others) into points, making it simpler for course providers to compare applicants.
  • Don’t worry if you can’t meet the exact requirements, or if your qualification isn’t listed on the course description or in the Tariff. If you have something similar, you’ll probably still be considered, so contact course providers to check.