Universities and colleges set their own entry requirements for higher education courses, and these vary widely depending on the subject, the specific course, and the course provider. They set the entry requirements for each course to ensure you have the right skills and knowledge to successfully complete the course. These include:
· qualifications, subjects, and exam grades – usually A levels, Advanced Highers, or equivalent-level qualifications, are sometimes converted into UCAS Tariff points. Most courses will also expect you to have some pre-16 qualifications, such as GCSE English and maths, or their equivalents.
· 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 the course requirements to see if you’ll need to sit one. Some tests are held the year before the course start date.
· an interview – if you’re invited to an interview, we’ll let you know via Track 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 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) checks, which check if you have a criminal record. This information will be set out in the course details, and we provide tips and guides to help you with these requirements.