Our entrance requirements

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We welcome a range of UK Level 3 qualifications for our undergraduate programmes. Below you will find a list of different qualifications and typical grade requirements. It is important you check the specific programme page for the exact requirements.

We don’t make offers based on UCAS points but on the actual qualifications you are taking but it is still important to list all of your qualifications as we take a holistic approach to assessing applications.

In some cases, you may be taking a combination of qualifications such as two A Levels and one BTEC Level 3 or one A Level and a Cambridge Pre-U. We welcome suitable combinations.  If you are unsure about your qualifications please contact the Admissions team who will be happy to give you further information: +44 (0)20 7078 5300 (9am-5pm) or admissions@gold.ac.uk. You can also view our admissions policy for more information.

A Levels

Our standard A Level requirements are passes in three full A Level subjects (preferably directly relevant to the subject you intend to study). The exact grade and subject requirements will be listed on the individual programme pages. Some programmes may have additional requirements which will also need to be met.

We will take AS Levels into consideration where they’re in a relevant subject but we will not routinely base offers on these qualifications.

Access courses

We welcome students studying on an Access to HE Diploma. Our typical offer is 45 Level 3 credits with 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit or Pass. Some programmes will differ from this typical offer so you must check the programme you are applying for to check the exact requirements.

If your college offers a Laser or OCN London Access Diploma, then you may be interested in our progression agreements.

BTEC Level 3

We consider the BTEC Extended Diploma (taken from 2010) or National Extended Diploma (from 2016) for entry to our undergraduate programmes. We also consider a combination of BTEC diplomas with other Level 3 qualifications, for example:

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma/National Diploma with one A Level
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate with two A Levels


You can find our entry requirements for the BTEC Diploma on our programme pages. If you have taken the BTEC Diploma prior to 2010, please contact our Admissions team who can advise on equivalency.

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma

Some of our degree programmes will accept the CACHE Extended Diploma with a minimum of grade B. We will only be able to consider this qualification for degrees in relevant subject areas.

Cambridge International A Levels

We accept Cambridge International A Levels as equivalent to UK A Levels.

Cambridge Pre-U qualifications

We will accept the Cambridge Pre-U Certificate – Principal at Grade M2 and the Cambridge Pre-U Certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research at Grade M2 as being equivalent to an A Level Grade B.

Cambridge Technicals

We consider the following Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • CTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • CTEC Level 3 Diploma with one A Level
  • CTEC Level 3 Subsidiary/Introductory Diploma with two A Levels

 
Our CTEC grade requirements will be the same as our BTEC requirements.

City and Guilds NVQ

The City and Guilds NVQ will not be considered in place of our standard Level 3 entry requirements. Typically, applicants will be expected to have studied other Level 3 qualifications such as the BTEC Extended Diploma or A Levels.

Core Maths

Core Maths qualifications will be looked upon favourably for degrees where there is a math requirement but we cannot accept it in lieu of a full A Level.

European Baccalaureate

We accept the European Baccalaureate as meeting A Level requirements where an overall Grade of 75 or above is achieved. We will also look for Grade 8 in individual subjects most relevant to the programme being applied for.

For GCSE equivalence we will look at your Year 6 grades with at least 7.5 for GCSE Grade C/4 requirements.

Extended Project Qualification

We welcome the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and we recognise the value of this project in preparing students for higher education.

Applications from candidates who, in addition to appropriate Level 3 qualifications, have completed (or are due to complete) an Extended Project Qualification on a relevant topic will be favourably considered for a place.

Foundation Year programmes

We welcome applicants studying Foundation Year programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK. Foundation Year programmes are considered on a case-by-case basis and once you submit your application, we would recommend emailing a scanned copy of your module/course specification to assist with our assessment.

Functional Skills

Where an undergraduate programme has a GCSE Maths or English requirement we will accept the Function Skills Level 2 in Maths or English as meeting this requirement.

Please note we cannot accept Functional Skills for PGCE applications.

GCSE

In addition to Level 3 qualifications (such as A Levels), some of our programmes require certain grades at GCSE (or equivalent). Where this is required, it will be listed under the entry requirements section on our programme pages.

GCSEs (9 to 1) - England
From 2017, GCSE English and Maths exam results will be graded from 9 - 1 instead of from A* - G, and all GCSE subjects will be graded this way, from Summer 2019. Our equivalencies under the new grading are listed below:

GCSE A*-G

GCSE 9-1

GCSE Grade B

GCSE Grade 6

GCSE Grade C

GCSE Grade 4


GCSEs (A* - C* - G) - Northern Ireland

From Summer 2019, GCSEs in Northern Ireland from CCEA will be graded on the new letter grading scale of A*-G, introducing the new grade of C*. Our equivalencies for the new grading are listed below:

GCSE 9 to 1

GCSE A*-G

GCSE Grade 6

GCSE Grade B

GCSE Grade 4

GCSE Grade C

 

International Baccalaureate (IB)

We welcome applicants from across the globe who are studying the IB Diploma. Our offers usually specify certain grades in three subjects at Higher Level, in addition to an overall point score for the whole Diploma. Our typical IB offer is 33 points overall with Higher Level 655.

We will consider a standalone Higher Level subject when studied in conjunction with another level 3 qualification (such as A Levels or BTECs).

New IB Mathematics requirements
From Summer 2019, Year 11 students studying IB Mathematics can choose either the Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation pathway, with first awards to come in 2021.

Where Maths is required at GCSE level, either pathway at Standard or Higher level would be adequate preparation for the programme.

International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP)

For the IBCP the entry requirements depend on the vocational training course taken alongside the IB Diploma. Typical combinations include:

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/ National Extended Diploma and completion of the IBCP
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma/National Diploma and one Higher Level subject
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate with two Higher Level subjects

 
We will usually be asking for Distinctions and Higher Level 5 or 6.

Open University credits

If you have a minimum of 60 credits in a relevant subject area then we will be able to consider your application. Where a programme has additional requirements such as GCSEs you will also need to meet these requirements.

If you don’t meet these requirements, you might want to consider one of our Integrated degrees with a foundation year.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

We accept Scottish Advanced Highers as being equivalent to A Levels. Where A Level Grades of BBB are required, we will accept Grade BBC in the Advanced Highers.

For Scottish Highers, where 3 A Levels are required, we will accept 5 Scottish Highers. Grades BBBBC will meet the requirements for an A Level BBB requirement.

T Levels

We are awaiting the full programme specifications of the T Levels in order to comment on its acceptability for meeting entry requirements.

UAL Extended Diploma

For some programmes, where the subject is relevant, we will consider the UAL Extended Diploma at a minimum grade of Merit.

Welsh Baccalaureate

We welcome applicants taking the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate alongside two A Levels.

WJEC Level 3

We consider WJEC Applied General qualifications when studied alongside an appropriate Level 3 qualification (such as A Levels).

Typically, applicants will have studied the WJEC Level 3 Applied Extended Diploma in addition to an A Level. The three grades from these two qualifications would correspond with our grade requirements for three A Levels.

International entrance requirements

International qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications from across the world. If you're unsure as to whether we accept your qualification, please check our country-specific pages.

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you will need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. These are listed on our programme pages. Your English language qualifications should be less than two years old at the time you start your studies with us.

We usually ask for IELTS because it shows us which areas of your English might need to be improved. However, we also accept a range of other English language qualifications.

If you need additional help to reach our English language requirements then we offer courses which can help. These include Pre-sessional English Language courses, to improve your standard of English in time for your main course of study with us. We also offer International Pathways, which can help prepare you for degree level study at Goldsmiths or another UK institution.