Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

BTEC, Cambridge Technical 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 or Level 3 Extended Certificate, in combination with two A Levels, for entry to our degrees.

Accepted subjects

We currently accept Extended Certificates in the following subjects:

BTEC National Extended Certificates

Applied Human Biology, Applied Science, Business, Health and Social Care, Sport, Sport and Exercise Science.

Cambridge Technical

Applied Science, Business, Health and Social Care, Sport and Physical Activity.

Level 3 Certificate

Applied General Business.

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, Biomedical Sciences and Agricultural Sciences. 

Required subjects 

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

You cannot use an Extended Certificate to take the place of the required A Level qualification in that subject.

The only exception is 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.

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

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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