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Qualifications, grades and other entry requirements

Every course is different, but whatever your chosen subject, we've got requirements you'll need to meet

Before you apply for a Bachelor's degree or another undergraduate course, you need to check you'll meet the entry requirements.

Each year, we accept students from a broad range of backgrounds, and course requirements may differ year on year. You'll see entry requirements for our courses on each course page.

But our decisions are never based purely on exam results – we consider every factor that we believe showcases your excellence and potential when we assess your application.

What entry requirements include

Entry requirements outline what qualifications and grades you need in what subjects, before you start the course.

Entry requirements can also include:

  • a successful admissions test or exam
  • a successful audition
  • a successful individual or group interview
  • a successful health check (for health-based courses)
  • a successful criminal records check
  • a portfolio
  • professional experience
  • English language qualifications (if English isn’t your first language)

If your course needs an interview, audition, test or exam, we'll invite you to do this after you've applied.

If your course needs a health or criminal records check, you can usually do this after we've offered you a place.

Typical offers

We often show A level grades, BTEC grades and UCAS points as a range. This is a guide to the grades or number of UCAS points students achieve in the typical offers we make for a course.

For example, a typical offer for a course might look like this:

  • A levels: AAB–ABB
  • UCAS points: 120–136 points
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD–DDM
  • International Baccalaureate: 30–31

We usually make offers at the higher end of the range for the most popular courses and we can't always guarantee you a place on a course if you’ve met all the entry requirements.

Remember – the ranges of grades and UCAS points highlighted above are just an example – check your course page for the specific entry requirements.

Other qualifications we commonly accept

As well as A levels and BTECs, other common qualifications we accept include:

  • Access to Higher Education
  • Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • T levels (from 2022/23)

This isn’t a complete list. Get in touch with our Admissions Team if your qualifications aren’t listed above – we accept other qualifications and relevant professional experience on many of our courses.

Calculating your UCAS points

If you're not sure if your A level or BTEC grades meet the entry requirements or you've studied other qualifications, you can see if you'll meet the entry requirements by calculating your UCAS points.

This system assigns points to the qualifications you can study after the age of 16. The higher your grade, the more points you get. You can work out your UCAS Tariff points using the UCAS points calculator below.

UCAS points calculator

To calculate UCAS points for a qualification, select a qualification and then your grade. Select ‘Add another qualification’ to calculate all your points.

How we assess your application

We believe excellence and potential are demonstrated in a range of ways. When you apply to us, we take all of the information you give us into account – not just your grades. Find out more about how we assess your application.

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