Undergraduate study - 2020 entry


Entry requirements for applicants with BTEC qualifications.

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BTEC National Extended Certificates

We accept selected BTEC National Extended Certificates, in combination with A Levels, for entry to our degree programmes.

We currently accept BTEC National Extended Certificates in the following subjects:

  • Applied Human Biology
  • Business
  • Health and Social Care
  • Sport
  • Sport and Exercise Science

You can use a BTEC National Extended Certificate to take the place of one A Level, or its equivalent. The BTEC must be accompanied by two A Levels, and only one BTEC will be considered for each application.

Grade comparison

We consider BTEC grade D* as equivalent to A Level grade A*, and BTEC grade D as equivalent to A Level grade A. We do not generally accept BTEC grade M except for the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Human Biology, which we accept at D*/D/M for Oral Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Agricultural Sciences.

Required subjects

Some of our degree programmes require an A Level in a specific subject.

You cannot use a BTEC to take the place of the required A Level qualification in that subject, except for the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Human Biology, which we accept in lieu of a subject requirement for either A Level in Biology or A Level Human Biology.

We do not typically count subjects that contain a high proportion of common material (such as biology and human biology) separately. If you have an A Level in either Biology or Human Biology and a BTEC in Applied Human Biology, we will count only the qualification in which you have the highest grade.

You can find the specific subject requirements for your degree programme in the degree finder: look for the "required subjects" section under the entry requirements.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, our entry requirements for the programme you have applied for, to be considered for an offer of a place. You can use our degree finder to find programme entry requirements.

Degree finder

BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Art and Design

If you are studying the BTEC Nationals in Art and Design, you may be considered for entry to programmes in Art and Design. 

Further information is available on our degree finder.

Degree finder: Art

Degree finder: Design

GCSEs required for entry

We require that you achieve some specific subjects to at least GCSE level.

GCSE requirement

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