Routes into Higher Education
A range of academic and vocational qualifications allow progression onto Higher Education courses.
The exact qualifications and grades needed for courses are dependent on the type and level of the course you wish to study, as well as the university or college you opt to study at. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account, particularly for mature students or health care students. If you are unsure about entry requirements for a particular course, you should contact the institution offering it and they will be able to provide you with more details.
In general, accepted qualifications for Higher Education courses include A levels and AVCEs, Progression and Advanced Diplomas, IB Diploma, BTECs, Apprenticeships and NVQs, and Access to HE Diplomas. In addition, students will typically need GCSE grade A*-C passes in Maths and English.
Qualification requirements for entry to Higher Education for mature students vary from those of younger students and any relevant work experience or life experience a mature student has will be taken into account. Prospective mature students should check prospectuses and websites to find out what is expected of them. They can also contact institutions directly for advice prior to applying.
We have put together a selection of information sheets which offer further information about topics including finance, applying and choosing a course.