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UK entry requirements

Applicants for all courses must normally demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of literacy and numeracy, equivalent to at least grade C or 4 (applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

We operate a devolved admissions system, and as such all admissions decisions are made within academic Schools. The University of Manchester does not use the UCAS Tariff to frame entry requirements or offers, nor do we rely on the UCAS Tariff to arrive at equivalencies between qualifications.

Our academics assess each application holistically and judge whether the content and demand of the pre-HE qualifications presented will have sufficiently prepared the applicant to progress on to the course they are applying for. Entry requirements will vary from one course to another and compulsory subject requirements may apply. Therefore please refer to the specific entry requirements for your chosen course.

We are frequently asked whether we accept certain UK qualifications for entry, including newly reformed qualifications in England. Please see below for our general position on the following qualifications:

Other UK qualifications

The table below lists some of the qualifications we consider for entry to our undergraduate courses. Precise entry requirements vary for each degree course and some courses do not accept all of the qualifications listed. Courses with subject pre-requisites also require specific grades or scores in individual subjects. If you are taking a qualification which is not listed below, please contact the academic School, who will clarify whether your specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to your chosen course.

If you know which course(s) you would like to apply for, please also refer to the course entry requirements in our course finder pages.

Level 3 qualifications considered for entry to our undergraduate coursesAdditional Information
A levels

Information about our A Level requirements is available on our A Levels webpage:

Access to HE Diploma/Courses

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 60 credits overall, with at least 45 at Level 3, 30 credits at distinction and 15 at merit in a relevant subject area to the chosen course.

Entry requirements vary across academic Schools and you may be required to achieve higher than the minimum requirement. Please refer to the specific entry requirements for your chosen course. We also consider other factors such as other educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A-levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A-level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.
BTEC National Extended Diploma (Pearsons)

The University welcomes applications from students studying the BTEC National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma (e.g. D*DD or DDM). Some subjects specify required levels of achievements in particular units/modules or ask for additional qualifications to satisfy subject requirements.

Students need to check the entry requirements for their chosen course.
BTEC National Diploma (Pearsons)

The University welcomes applications from students studying the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma (e.g. D*D or DD) plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level. Some subjects specify required levels of achievements in particular units or ask for additional specific qualifications to satisfy subject requirements.

Students need to check the entry requirements for their chosen course.
BTEC National Foundation Diploma (Pearsons)

The University welcomes applications from students studying the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma (e.g. D*D or DD) plus additional level 3 qualifications such as (an) A Level/A Level and AS Level. Some subjects specify required levels of achievements in particular units or ask for additional qualifications to satisfy subject requirements.

Students need to check the entry requirements for their chosen course. 
BTEC National Extended Certificate (Pearsons)

The University welcomes applications from students studying the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate (e.g. D* or D) plus additional Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels. Some subjects specify required levels of achievements in particular units or ask for additional specific qualifications to satisfy subject requirements.

Students need to check the entry requirements for their chosen course.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma and Principle Subjects  & Global Perspectives and Research (GPR)

Principal subjects:  The Pre-U Diploma is acceptable for entry to the University and Principal Subjects are accepted in place of A-levels.

In general, D3 equates to grade A at A-level, M1 and M2 to grade B, and M3 to grade C.

GPR and short courses: The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research (GPR), and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. We strongly encourage students to draw upon this experience in their personal statement.

The qualification can form part of your offer condition when taken in combination with two A-levels or equivalent, and grade requirements vary across courses.

We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

The Cambridge Pre-U short course is accepted as equivalent to an AS-level where applicable.
Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma for entry, provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. 

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma (e.g. D*DD or DDM). Some subjects specify required levels of achievements in particular units/modules or ask for additional qualifications to satisfy subject requirements.

Students need to check the entry requirements for their chosen course.
Cambridge Technical Diploma

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Cambridge Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma (D*D or DD) plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level. Some subjects specify required levels of achievements in particular units or ask for additional specific qualifications to satisfy subject requirements.

Students need to check the entry requirements for their chosen course.
Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma for entry, provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma (D*D or DD) plus additional level 3 qualifications such as (an) A Level/A Level and AS Level. Some subjects specify required levels of achievements in particular units or ask for additional qualifications to satisfy subject requirements.

Students need to check the entry requirements for their chosen course.
Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Technical Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate (D* or D) plus additional Level 3 qualifications such as A-Levels. Some subjects specify required levels of achievements in particular units or ask for additional specific qualifications to satisfy subject requirements.

Students need to check the entry requirements for their chosen course.
Core Mathematics

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies).

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.
Extended Project Qualification

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

We strongly encourage prospective students to provide information about the EPQ in their personal statement and, if invited, at interview. This is because a number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

In some cases, admissions tutors may wish to make an alternative offer to applicants, one of which involves successful completion of the EPQ (eg AAA at A-level or AAB plus the Extended Project at Grade A). Where this is the case, it will clearly be stated in the academic School's entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

The University welcomes applicants with the International Baccalaureate qualification.

Students studying the International Baccalaureate will normally be asked to achieve a points score of between 32–37 along with three higher-level subjects. Specific subject and grade prerequisites may apply. Students should refer to the subject-specific entry requirements for their chosen course as the requirement may vary depending on the subject/course you apply for. Please refer to the notes below as guidance for grade comparisons to A-level entry requirements:

  • A*AA = 37 points (IB equivalent)
  • AAA = 36 points (IB equivalent)
  • AAB = 35 points (IB equivalent)
  • ABB = 34 points (IB equivalent)

And for higher level subjects, you can refer to the A-level grade comparisons below as guidance:

  • A* = 7 (HL grade)
  • A = 6 (HL grade)
  • B = 5 (HL grade) 

Applicants offering IB Certificates combined with other qualifications (A-levels or USA Aps etc) are considered on a case-by-case basis. We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry onto their chosen course.

 

Functional Skills (previously known as Key Skills) Functional Skills qualifications are welcomed but are not normally included as part of the standard offer unless otherwise stated in the course entry requirements.
Scottish Qualifications

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers:  The University welcomes students from Scotland who have followed Curriculum for Excellence and taken the new SQA qualifications.

Entry requirements are set at course level and some of our courses require specific subjects and/or Advanced Highers. We therefore advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Please note if English Language and Mathematics is not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher students must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

Scottish Baccalaureate:  The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Scottish Baccalaureate and the Interdisciplinary Project. Grade requirements vary across courses and they may need additional qualifications. Students should refer to the specific entry requirements for their chosen course.
Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Skills Challenge Certificate (Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate) and usually requires two A-levels to be included within this.

The grade required will normally be the same as the lowest A-level grade listed in the course entry requirements.

We advise you to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether your specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to your chosen course.

Other qualifications and combinations of qualification components

The University accepts a range of qualifications in addition to those listed above. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed above we advise you to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether your specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to your chosen course.

Home-schooled students

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic School for your chosen course who will be able to help you.