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Entry Requirements for Higher Education

Our entry requirements can help you understand what may be required for your chosen course.

We consider A Levels, T-Levels, BTECs, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers, Access to Higher Education Diploma Courses (approved by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)), Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design), NVQ Level 3 qualifications, and Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships. 


We would also encourage applications from students studying a Foundation Degree, HND or Diploma in HE at other institutions, or Level 4/5 of a Degree Apprenticeship, to apply for the third and final year of an Honours Degree OR a one-year Honours Degree (Top-Up). Overseas qualifications will also be considered.


We welcome applications for KCHE from students studying a T-Level qualification. T-Levels enable learners to combine their studies both in the classroom and in the workplace, learning from tutors and industry experts. 


We use the UCAS Tariff system to assess your qualifications in order to make the most appropriate offer on your application. In addition to tariff information, all qualifications are assessed on the basis of their suitability for your intended degree course. It is recommended that you check the individual UCAS Programme Profile at www.ucas.com for the most up-to-date information. For some courses it may be necessary to include a number of points from certain subjects within the overall tariff score.


Typical Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements are given for guidance only. Please view the individual Programme Profile at www.ucas.com for more detailed information.

Certificate in Higher Education (CertHE)

48 UCAS Tariff Points

Foundation Degree

48 – 64 UCAS Tariff Points

Honours Degree

48 – 80 UCAS Tariff Points

Honours Degree (Top-Up)

Applicants are expected to achieve a pass or higher in a relevant Level 5 qualification.


We normally expect applicants to have achieved or be working towards grade C (4) in English Language and Mathematics at the time of enrolment. We will also accept Functional Skills Level 2 or Adult Numeracy and Literacy Certificates in place of GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics for some programmes.

Please note: certain professions, for example those within childcare, sport, engineering and teaching, require degree graduates to have achieved a minimum of grade C (4) in both GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics.