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BTEC, Cambridge Technical, WJEC Applied Diplomas, and Level 3 Extended Certificates

Entry requirements for applicants with Level 3 qualifications including BTEC and Cambridge Technical.

We accept one BTEC National Extended Certificate, Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate, Level 3 Extended Certificate, or WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma in combination with two A Levels, for entry to our degrees. We do not accept BTEC International qualifications for entry to any of our degrees.

Accepted subjects

We currently accept the listed Level 3 qualifications in the following subjects:

BTEC National Extended Certificate

Applied Human Biology; Applied Law (for 2023 onwards); Applied Psychology; Applied Science; Business; Children’s Play, Learning and Development; Computing; Engineering; Enterprise and Entrepreneurship; Health and Social Care; Information Technology; Sport; Sport and Exercise Science.

For 2023 onwards Music Performance is accepted for the BMus Music degree only.

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

Applied Science; Business; Engineering; Health and Social Care; Information Technology; Sport and Physical Activity.

AQA Level 3 Extended Certificate

Applied General Business; Applied Science.

WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma

Business; Criminology; Medical Science

Grade comparison 

We consider 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 and Biomedical Sciences.

Required subjects 

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

You cannot use an Extended Certificate or Level 3 Applied Diploma to take the place of the required A Level qualification in that subject, except for the following:

  • BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Human Biology, which we accept in place of a subject requirement for either A Level in Biology or A Level Human Biology. 
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate in Psychology, which we accept in place of A Level Psychology for applications to BSc Psychology.

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 and a BTEC in the same subject, we will count only the qualification in which you have the highest grade.

Art and Design 

We accept the following qualifications for entry to Art and Design degrees: 

  • University of the Arts London Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design: approved for entry to degrees in Art and Design only, excluding Fine Art. Grade required: Merit.  
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Art and Design: approved for entry to degrees in Art and Design only, excluding Fine Art. Please check the degree finder for required grades. 

Degree finder: Art

Degree finder: Design

GCSEs required for entry

We require you to achieve at least a GCSE in some subjects.

GCSE requirements

Core Maths

For information on acceptance of Level 3 Core Maths, please see our page on GCSE requirements.

GCSE requirements

Entry requirements

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

Degree finder

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