2. Check the entry requirements

There are various ways you can show us that you have the right experience and background to take on a Higher Education course.

To be eligible to apply for a place at the University, you will need to meet the general requirements and any additional requirements that some courses ask for, such as interviews or tests.

Apart from academic achievements, we look at a wide range of experience and qualifications when we consider your application.  We also take into account your personal/work experience and achievements, references, and any interviews or assessments.

The UCAS tariff

Most undergraduate courses ask for a certain number of UCAS tariff points. These points are worked out according to grades achieved at particular qualifications; A-levels and BTECs are worth a certain number of points.

Find out more in the UCAS tariff explained, or visit the UCAS website for further information.

Qualifications we consider

  • GCSEs or equivalent such as Key Skills
  • GCE AS/A Levels
  • Access to Higher Education qualifications
  • BTEC qualifications

We also cover a wide range of other qualifications. Contact the Gateway if you want to discuss your experience.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)

The high work-based content of an NVQ means that they are not normally considered for entry onto a degree course on their own.

We consider NVQs from mature applicants who have a substantial working background in the area they want to study and who have literally 'learned from experience'.

Someone with NVQ Level Three could enter a more practically-oriented course, like an HND – we'll take every application on its individual merits.