Additional information – entry requirements

The University of Wolverhampton has always been a place of opportunity – allowing students, whatever their background or circumstances to fulfil their potential and realise their career ambitions in partnership with a supportive community.

This additional information should be read alongside specific entry requirements for our courses listed on UCAS and course specific entries on our website. If a level 3 qualification is not listed on course entry requirements, applicants and their advisors should contact the University’s Gateway team on Gateway@wlv.ac.uk for further advice prior to application. 

GCSEs

We generally expect all students to have successfully completed GCSE level study or equivalent.

Individual courses will specify the minimum GCSE requirement in terms of grades and subjects (for the majority of courses this will be a grade C or 4). The Admissions team can be contacted on admissions@wlv.ac.uk or 01902 32 3505 for detail of acceptable GCSE equivalencies (these may vary between courses). 

AS levels

The University will continue to follow its established practice of including AS results in satisfaction of offer requirements where the subject hasn’t also been studied at ‘A’ level.

A level

Following careful consideration, we have decided that with effect from the 2017 cycle, our entry requirements and subsequent offers for ‘A’ level applicants will be expressed in grades rather than the UCAS tariff.

Standard ‘A’ level offers require a minimum of at least 2 full ‘A’ levels, with the remaining requirement coming from any other Level 3 qualifications. General Studies and Critical Thinking ‘A’ levels are usually accepted except where specifically excluded on individual course entries.

BTEC qualifications

We are happy to consider applicants who have successfully completed an appropriate level 3 BTEC qualification and have achieved grades sufficient for entry to the first year of the majority of undergraduate programmes. Where additional study is required alongside the BTEC qualification, this is listed on individual course entry requirements.

Access to HE Diploma

The University receives significant numbers of applications from Access to HE students who subsequently perform well on their undergraduate studies and details on entry onto our undergraduate programmes for Access students are listed on individual course entry requirements. 

Other level 3 qualifications

We welcome applications from applicants holding level 3 qualifications including CACHE, Scottish Highers, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate and any other relevant level 3 qualifications. 

These qualifications are considered acceptable as stand alone or in combination with ‘A’ levels, BTECS and other typical level 3 qualifications.

Mature applicants

We are keen to ensure that access to higher education is not limited to applicants presenting themselves with traditional qualifications and/ or experiences.

Where appropriate, we are happy to take into account other factors including work experience, non-standard qualifications including learning gained at work in place of more conventional qualifications such as professional courses which may not be formally assessed or certificated.

Where appropriate we may ask such applicants to submit a piece of written work and attend an interview prior to making an offer.

How we make offers

We will generally make offers based on applicants achieving or being predicted to achieve the published entry requirements which will include academic and non-academic requirements such as interviews and auditions.

Our standard practice is that we will then review applicants’ actual grades at confirmation in the summer and potentially accept those applicants where there is a shortfall between the offer made and the achieved grades.

Where we are unable to make an offer to the applicant on the course they have applied for, we will make a suitable alternative offer clearly stating the reason for our decision.

Where appropriate, we may offer a place on our 4 year degree programmes which include an initial foundation year to those that do not meet the entry requirements for entry to year one of the degree programme.

Further information

For further information, please contact the Admissions team on 01902 32 3505 or admissions@wlv.ac.uk