What are University entry requirements?
In order to be able to apply for a certain degree, all Universities set entry requirements which are grades and conditions that need to be met in order for them to accept you onto their degree course.
These requirements can vary, but usually come down to A Level qualifications and grades that you must achieve.
Uni entry requirements
If you are wanting to go onto complete a degree after A Levels, you will need to check with the specific University as to what their entry requirements are. These usually show as:-
- Grades: e.g. DDD (BTEC), AAB (A Level), AAAB (Highers)
- UCAS Tariff points: e.g. 112 points
- UCAS tariff points with a grade requirement: e.g. 112 points with a B in a specific subject
Please be aware that DDD at BTEC and DDD at A Level are two very different things.
GCSE Requirements for University
Most Universities require at least four or five Cs or above in GCSE subjects. These will generally include Maths and English. Others may just require Maths and English at a C grade or above. They will generally also accept Functional Skills in English and Maths as an alternative to GCSE.
What if I don’t meet the entry requirements for University?
If you find that you are in the situation where you have only just missed out on the entry requirements for your chosen course, contact the University immediately to see if they would be willing to still accept you. There is still a chance that they could especially if you narrowly missed the mark.
Alternatively, you can still apply for a different course through UCAS clearing.
UCAS clearing is a chance to grab a place on a similar course. This could be at the original University you applied to or a different one.