Entry Requirements

2016/17 entry requirements

University College Birmingham welcomes students from all backgrounds and seeks to widen access to all those who are considered to have the potential to succeed in Higher Education. We have a flexible admissions system that recognises diverse learning pathways. In this context vocational qualifications are given the same status as academic qualifications. Access and Foundation courses are recognised and prior experience is also taken into consideration. For more information about how prior learning can be taken into consideration please read our transfer to UCB information.

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff is a system of quantifying a range of different qualifications so that HE institutions can most accurately assess a student's academic ability and potential to succeed on an HE course.

If you are studying for or have already completed a qualification included in the UCAS tariff, then we will in most cases make you an offer based on the tariff points. For VCE qualifications or the new GCE or BTEC National qualifications you will be expected to successfully complete a certain number of 6-unit, 12-unit or 18-unit awards to show depth of study. If you are studying for the Irish Leaving Certificate we will expect you to pass a certain number of subjects at the Higher level and for Scottish qualifications a certain number of Higher or Advanced Higher subjects. We will not normally ask for specific subjects for the above qualifications and we will accept GCE A level General Studies. Tariff points for the core element of the Welsh Baccalaureate are accepted, but tariff points from key skills are not.

Below is a guide to the type of offer we are likely to make you, based on the qualifications you have (or are studying for) and the course you wish to apply for.

Qualifications Grades needed for BA/BSc Grades needed for FdA/FdSc
GCE AS/A A minimum of 240-260 UCAS tariff points, to include a minimum of two A Level passes. A minimum of 140 UCAS tariff points, to include a minimum of one A level pass.
BTEC Nationals QCF A minimum of 240-260 UCAS tariff points to be obtained from the Extended Diploma and Diploma. Subsidiary Diploma and Certificate can only be considered together with other qualifications. A minimum of 140 UCAS tariff points, from the Extended Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma. Certificate can only be considered with other qualifications.
OCR Nationals A minimum of 240-260 UCAS tariff points to include the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate can only be considered together with other qualifications. A minimum of 140 UCAS tariff points from the Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma.
CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education A minimum of 240-260 UCAS tariff points. N/A
International Baccalaureate Pass Diploma with a minimum of 24 points. Certificate with a minimum of 140 UCAS tariff points.
NVQ level 3 Can only be considered together with other qualifications. Pass in an appropriate vocational area, together with experience.
Advanced Apprenticeships Pass with an appropriate level of achievement. Pass.
Access/Foundation Year courses Successful completion of an approved course, with an appropriate level of achievement. Successful completion of an approved course.
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate A minimum of 240-260 UCAS tariff points. A minimum of 140 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers A minimum of 240-260 UCAS tariff points, to include passes in at least three subjects at Higher Level, or two subjects at Advanced Higher Level. A minimum of 140 UCAS tariff points, to include passes in at least two subjects at Higher Level, or one subject at Advanced Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate A minimum of 240-260 UCAS tariff points, to include passes in a minimum of three subjects at Higher Level. A minimum of 140 UCAS tariff points, to include passes in a minimum of two subjects at Higher Level.
Advanced Diploma A minimum of 240-260 UCAS tariff points from the Principal and Generic Learning Elements. A minimum of 140 UCAS tariff points from the Principal and Generic Learning Elements.
Access to HE Diploma Gain 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 Gain 60 credits, 45 at Level 3.
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