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Entry requirements

We welcome applications from students with a wide variety of qualifications, skills and experiences.

In fact, we lead the way in recognising alternative routes into higher education and take pride in attracting students from diverse backgrounds and with non-traditional qualifications.

Please contact us even if you're not sure you have the necessary qualifications to study.

By course type

It is important to check the specific requirements for any courses before making your application.

For admission to our first degrees, you will normally be expected to have passed at least one of the following options:

  • two subjects at Advanced GCE (A Level)
  • one VCE Double Award
  • two, six-unit Advanced VCEs
  • one Advanced GCE (A Level) and one, six-unit Advanced VCE
  • a Scottish Certificate of Education with passes in five separate subjects, of which three are at the Higher grade
  • two subjects at Scottish Advanced Higher
  • an EDEXCEL BTEC or SCOTVEC National Certificate/Diploma at a good standard
  • an access programme passed at the required QAA-recognised standard for entry to Higher Education
  • an award of the European Baccalaureate Diploma, with at least 60 percent overall; English at 60 percent
  • an award of the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 24 points; English at four points
  • an award of the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of five Higher passes
  • a Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma.

(If you have had funding previously for studying at university, this may affect your eligibility for a loan.)

UCAS conversion

Not sure how many points your BTEC / GCE / Key Skills qualifications are? Use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your total.


We work with a number of schools and colleges in the region to help students develop the skills required for higher education. Your careers advisor or head of sixth form, will be able to tell you if your school or college is part of this scheme. If you are participating in this scheme, please indicate this clearly on your UCAS form.


We believe that it is important to acknowledge alternative accreditation and encourage young people to build on their interests and develop their key skills. That is why we accept ASDAN Youth Achievement Awards and ASDAN Universities Award.

The level of your offer will reflect recognition of COMPACT and ASDAN achievements.

Mature students

There's no upper age limit when it comes to higher education. And we'd like everyone, regardless of age, to benefit.

Nearly half of our students are aged 21 or over and, like, most universities, we value mature students for their enthusiasm and the experience they bring.

Mature students come to us through a variety of routes and we have a flexible approach to admission.

Each application is considered individually so if you don't have the normal entry requirements please contact us – you may still be able to apply. Your previous experience (in work or other areas of your life) may have already prepared you for some of our awards.