General Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements give an indication of the number of UCAS tariff points you are likely to be asked for on each course.

Degrees

Minimum 80 UCAS Tariff points. In addition, for this programme, you will be required to have a GCSE (or equivalent level 2 qualification) at grade 4 (formerly grade C) or above in English. If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. For non-native speakers of English, you must demonstrate proficiency of English equivalent to B2 of the Common European Framework, specifically IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with no more than 2 sub scores below IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent). If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work/life experience will be considered on an individual basis and will be invited to interview. The interview will consider prior formal qualifications, and evidence of experience gained through employment or other verifiable sources. Students will be admitted when the interviewers are confident that the student has demonstrated sufficient prior knowledge, skill, aptitude and interest to be equally able to succeed as a candidate offering the standard entry criteria. You may additionally be expected to show evidence that you are able to use Word and emails at a basic level; however, ICT support will be provided throughout the year in the form of tutorials. You may be asked to write and email to the team, a short piece of writing, to demonstrate sufficient literacy and ICT skills. Non-standard Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary.

Degrees with Foundation Entry

A minimum of 32 UCAS points that are from relevant fields or show an ability to study at a higher education level gained within the last five years.

Students who have not gained formal qualifications or have done so over five years ago will be invited to apply, and an interview will be used to determine eligibility to study based on relevant life and work experience. If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. For non-native speakers of English, you must demonstrate proficiency of English equivalent to B2 of the Common European Framework, specifically IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with no more than 2 sub scores below IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent). If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us.

Foundation Degrees and Higher National Diplomas

Minimum 32/48 UCAS Tariff points. If the 32 points are directly related to the programme of study otherwise 48 points. In addition, for this programme, you will be required to have a GCSE (or equivalent level 2 qualification) at grade 4 (formerly a C) or above in English.

If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. For non-native speakers of English you must demonstrate proficiency of English equivalent to B2 of the Common European Framework, specifically IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with no more than 2 sub scores below IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent). If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us.

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.

Higher National Certificate

Minimum 32 UCAS Tariff points. In addition, for this programme, you will be required to have a GCSE (or equivalent level 2 qualification) at grade 4 (formerly a C) or above in English. If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. For non-native speakers of English you must demonstrate proficiency of English equivalent to B2 of the Common European Framework, specifically IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with no more than 2 sub scores below IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent). If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us.

For those without formal qualifications

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work/life experience will be considered on an individual basis and will be invited to interview. The interview will consider prior formal qualifications, and evidence of experience gained through employment or other verifiable sources. Students will be admitted when the interviewers are confident that the student has demonstrated sufficient prior knowledge, skill, aptitude and interest to be equally able to succeed as a candidate offering the standard entry criteria. You may additionally be expected to show evidence that you are able to use Word and emails at a basic level; however, ICT support will be provided throughout the year in the form of tutorials. You may be asked to write and email to the team, a short piece of writing, to demonstrate sufficient literacy and ICT skills. Non-standard Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary.

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.

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.