General Entry Requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have completed a Level 3 qualification, (ie A-levels or equivalent) and a minimum of 3 GCSEs or equivalent including Maths and English. Some courses have specific requirements. Applicants without the standard entry requirements, who can demonstrate relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis, and may be asked to attend an interview.

The general entry requirements give an indication of the number of UCAS tariff points you are likely to be asked for on each course. If you are not familiar with the UCAS tariff you should visit www.ucas.com which lists qualifications and the points related to them.

Degrees

Our minimum entry requirement for Degree level study at UCBC is 200 UCAS tariff points. Some qualifications may entail additional entry criterion. Such is the case in Engineering Honours degrees where the majority of the UCAS points should be attained from directly relevant subjects. In other courses, specific entry criteria are required – such as an A Level Grade Cs or above in English for our BA (Hons) English Language & Literary Studies degree. In all cases you should check the course entry criteria online for full details. This can be made up from one of the following:

  • Two GCE A2 level passes
  • BTEC National Diploma/Certificate – pass with Merits
  • One double award VCE Advanced level or equivalent
  • Other qualifications such as Scottish Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificates, International Baccalaureate, with the required UCAS points.

Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas

Our minimum entry requirement for Foundation Degree or HND level study is 120 UCAS tariff points. Some courses, including some Sports and Computing courses, require 160 UCAS points upon entry. In all cases you should check the course entry criteria online for full details. This can be made up from one of the following:

  • GCE A2 level pass
  • BTEC National Diploma/Certificate
  • Other qualifications such as Scottish Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificates, International Baccalaureate, with the required UCAS points.

Higher National Certificates

Our minimum entry requirement for HNC level study is 80 UCAS tariff points. In all cases you should check the course entry criteria online for full details as some contain additional criterion. This can be made up from one of the following:

  • One GCE A2 level pass
  • BTEC National Diploma/Certificate
  • Other qualifications such as Scottish Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificates, International Baccalaureate, with the required UCAS points.

Top Up Degrees

For all Lancaster University top-up programmes, admittance onto the programme is through completion of a corresponding Lancaster University validated programme only. This must meet the subject requirements of the Top Up programme. This makes it likely that your foundation degree will have been studied at University Centre at Blackburn College. For programmes validated by the University of South Wales and the University of Cumbria, progression on to the Top Up programme could be possible with entry qualifications validated by institutions other than the University of South Wales or the University of Cumbria.

Additional Selection Criteria

Meeting the minimum entry requirement for a course does not guarantee a place. Academic achievement is only one of many factors taken into account when assessing an application. When considering an application we take into account your grades, predicted grades, reference and Personal Statement. From your Personal Statement we take into account your motivation and commitment to succeed and any relevant experience you may have. In addition to this some courses invite applicants to interview and may ask for a portfolio of appropriate work, and this forms part of the application process.

Mature Students

A considerable number of our student body is made up of students 21 and over. It is never too late to return to study and we welcome applications from mature students. If you do not have the standard entry requirements you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience and therefore we would consider your application on an individual basis. We would take into account your experiences and we may ask you to attend an interview to discuss this in more detail.

Alternative entry routes

We may require successful completion of an alternative entry route to a threshold level recognised as being appropriate for entry to Higher Education. For example many mature students study qualifications such as the Access course, which we recognise as an alternative entry route for many of our courses.

DBS Clearance

In addition to academic entry requirements, if you are accepted onto any course where you may conduct a placement or come into contact with young people or vulnerable adults (for example Early Childhood Studies) you will be required to have a satisfactory criminal check via the Disclosure Barring Service (the new name for a CRB check). There is normally a charge for completing the DBS disclosure procedure. You should see the individual course entry criteria online for details of which courses require a DBS check.

English Language

All students applying to UCBC must show that they have a good level of spoken and written English. The following qualifications are accepted.

UK Qualifications

  • Level 2 Functional Skills (where a GCSE in English is not expressly asked for in the course entry criteria)
  • GCSE or IGCSE English
  • GCE O level English
  • AS Level English
  • A Level English Language
  • Scottish Certificate of Education – Standard Grade English
  • Scottish Certificate of Education – Higher Grade English
  • Irish Leaving Certificate – Ordinary Level English

All of these qualifications should be passed at Grade C or above, except for: AS Level English (Grade E or above), A Level English Language (Grade E or above) and the Scottish Certificate of Education (Grade D or above).