Entry requirements

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Typical offers

With each programme description, you will see typical offers for each degree or diploma; these include any specific subjects and/or grades required. If the qualification for which you are studying is not listed on the subject page or in the general entry requirements on this page, please contact Admissions and International Development for advice. Typical offers may occasionally vary, since we select each applicant on his or her merits.

Our typical offers for many qualifications are expressed using the UCAS tariff.

All students need to demonstrate a certain level of English before joining their course at UWE. For many UK students, this will be GCSE English Language at a certain grade. We do however, also accept many other English language tests, including IELTS and Pearson Academic. The level of English we ask for varies between courses, so please do check the course page specific to your chosen course.

See further information on acceptable English language tests.

Understanding your offer

Have a look at the UCAS tariff tables to make sure you are collecting all the tariff points you are entitled to.

You could be taking qualifications that count towards entry to one of our courses. Don't miss out if you are taking an EPQ, ASDAN CoPE Cambridge Pre-U, Music at grades 6 or above, and more.

See our tariff point scenarios for examples of how offers can be met.

Please note: The University, as a rule, does not generally accept Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 in Communication/Application of Number as alternatives to GCSE English Language/Mathematics at grade C or above. E-mail Admissions@uwe.ac.uk for further information.

Applicants with other qualifications or experience

We welcome applications from those who do not have the entry requirements outlined here. The University will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicate an applicant's ability to meet the demands of a degree. We like to give such applicants every opportunity to show that they have the motivation and ability to succeed in their chosen programme of study. For advice contact Admissions and International Development

Degrees (except Art, Media and Design)

In addition to the minimum entry requirements required for a chosen course, applicants must have:

  • at least 80 UCAS tariff points in two subjects at Advanced General Certificate of Education (GCE A ) or in one subject at GCE A level double award or equivalent qualification supported by three subjects at General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE*) at grade C or above; or
  • at least 120 UCAS tariff points with at least 40 points in each of three subjects at GCE A level or one GCE A level double award and one GCE A level (in different subjects) or an equivalent qualification supported by one subject at GCSE* at grade C or above; or
  • at least 80 UCAS tariff points in two subjects at GCE A level or in one subject at GCE A level double award or an equivalent qualification; and at least 40 UCAS tariff points in two subjects in an Advanced Subsidiary GCE (GCE AS) or one subject in a GCE AS double award supported by one subject at GCSE* at grade C or above; or
  • three subjects at grade C or above in Higher Grade of the Scottish Certificate of Education supported by two subjects at Standard Grade 3 or above or Intermediate 2; or four subjects at grade C or above at Higher Grade; or
  • National Vocational Qualifications or Scottish Vocational Qualifications Level III in the number of subjects specified in the regulations for the award; or
  • a QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an Authorised Validating Agency; or
  • the European Baccalaureate; or
  • the International Baccalaureate; or
  • such other European and international qualifications which are nationally recognised as being the equivalent to the above; or
  • such other qualifications as may be recognised as equivalent by the Academic Board.

Foundation degrees

In addition to the minimum entry requirements required for a chosen foundation degree or foundation route, applicants must have:

  • at least 40 UCAS tariff points in one subject at Advanced General Certificate of Education (GCE A level) or equivalent qualification supported by three subjects at General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE*) at grade C or above; or
  • a Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) recognised Access certificate awarded by an Authorised Validating Agency; or
  • such other European and international qualifications and/or experience which the University considers equivalent to the above; or
  • such other qualifications as may be recognised as equivalent by the Academic Board.

Degrees in Art, Media and Design

Many of our applicants to practice-based courses will have studied for a Foundation Studies Diploma, BTEC National Diploma or an equivalent qualification in art and design or creative media.

A-Level and AVCE students applying direct to degree programmes must have passed at least two A-Levels or equivalent, plus GCSE English Language. You will need to be able to demonstrate a practical ability and an understanding of your chosen area of study.

All art, design and media courses preselect applicants to invite to a selection session, subject to meeting the minimum entry requirements and the UCAS deadline.

Applicants invited to selection sessions are provided with specific guidance on what to include in their portfolio and how to prepare. This may include examples of questions that will be asked and a task to complete prior to interview.

BA Initial Teacher Education (ITE)/3+1

In addition to the minimum entry requirements required for a chosen course, applicants must:

  • have passes in five subjects at GCSE* or equivalent, including English Language, Mathematics and Science (preferably double science or two sciences or equivalent
  • satisfy the Faculty of Education about their suitability for the teaching profession and their ability to undertake a course of training
  • provide a satisfactory Declaration of Health and a further declaration on criminal convictions (Criminal Records Bureau clearance) before taking up their place
  • show competence in the use of English Language. Evidence of this may be required at interview
  • (3+1 only) an A-level in a National Curriculum subject related to the degree, for example English, art or music

For further information on the requirements for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) please visit http://www.tda.gov.uk/.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

UWE Bristol is the leading provider of higher education (HE) in the West of England and takes seriously its commitment and special responsibility to the regional community to maintain accessible, broad-based, high quality programmes. Our aim is to enhance admission and progression to the University’s undergraduate programmes by working in partnership with Further Education (FE) colleges in the region to expand Access provision and enable a smooth progression to HE study and beyond.

UWE Bristol has a successful track record in widening participation having the largest number of students from low participating neighbourhoods and the largest numbers of Access learners registered on undergraduate programmes at HE institutions in the South West. We are committed to continuing to build on this success.

UWE Bristol’s Access to HE Progression Accord is specifically aimed at learners who are working towards a QAA-recognised Access Diploma within an Open College Network South West Region validated Access Programme, or a Progression to Higher Education Certificate through the Adult Learners Credit Framework (ALF). You will find detailed entry requirements for Access learners for our undergraduate degree programmes by using the UWE course search or the UCAS course search.

Some programmes have special requirements in addition to the award of a QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma or ALF Progression to Higher Education Certificate, eg credits in specific subject units, an interview or a viewing of creative work (portfolio presentation). In some cases professional bodies make stipulations that the University has to recognise in order to preserve the professional recognition for its programmes. Where this is the case the requirements are made explicit in the course entry. In all cases, when it is not possible to offer a place, the University will guarantee to provide feedback to the applicant.

We hope that the delineation of entry requirements in Open College Network (OCN) credits terms will have the following benefits:

  • For providers involved in the delivery of Access and ALF programmes, it will increase understanding about what is required for progression to specific undergraduate programmes offered by UWE faculties. This should focus attention on the curriculum content needed to prepare learners for the programmes available.
  • For Access and ALF learners, it will give a clear message about subject specific units needed to gain entry to and cope with the demands of a particular programme of study.

We hope that the Access to Higher Education in conjunction with the University's undergraduate prospectus, and our website will answer most of the questions that tutors, advisers and learners might ask about entry to UWE’s programmes.

Diplomas

UWE welcomes the development of a new range of Diploma qualifications for the 14-19 phase of secondary education. As part of its commitment to diversity and widening participation UWE has long experience of enabling a wide range of highly-motivated and able people who have successfully achieved a wide range of vocational and academic entrance qualifications to become UWE students.

The University will accept the UCAS Tariff points attributed to all the components required to achieve the Advanced or Progression Diploma for general entrance purposes to the first year of undergraduate degree programmes. As a guide in each programme entry you will find details of the UCAS Tariff range and any subject or grade specific requirements which are normally required for entry to that programme.

International applicants

We welcome enquiries from international applicants. For advice about entry requirements visit our country-specific information pages or contact your local British Council Office, visit http://www.educationuk.org/ or e-mail your CV to Admissions@uwe.ac.uk, telling us which subject you are interested in studying, and giving us details of all the qualifications you hold, examining boards and grades or scores obtained.

Page last updated 21 November 2013

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