Entry Requirements

This page provides further information about the general entry requirements listed under each course. There is flexibility in all our entry requirements, and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

GCSEs

You must hold a minimum of five GCSE passes at Grade C or above including English and Maths. In certain circumstances we may consider applicants who do not have five GCSEs or are taking them this summer.

For some courses you may require a higher grade at GCSE in English and/or Maths, and some courses specify other additional subjects – all GCSE requirements are listed on the course page for your course. Please note that if a GCSE in Maths is required at grade B or above, a GCSE in Use of Maths will not be accepted. Some courses may accept Key Skills in place of a GCSE in English – contact the Admissions Office for details.

GCE A-levels

Entry requirements are expressed on each prospectus and web course page in terms of a minimum of three GCE A-level passes in appropriate subjects, normally achieved at one sitting.

Please note that an equivalent combination of grades to that indicated on each course entry may be considered on an individual basis. The required grades for your course must normally come from at least three full A-level passes, although candidates offering a combination of AS- and A-levels may be considered. We welcome applications from students taking the Extended Project Qualification. AS-level scores will be incorporated into an A-level score in the same subject so there is no double-counting.

Irish Leaving Certificate

The University welcomes applications from students taking Irish qualifications. Entry criteria can be found on the web page for your course in terms of a minimum of five passes at Higher Level in appropriate subjects achieved at one sitting. Please note that an equivalent combination of grades to that indicated on each course entry may be considered on an individual basis.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

The University welcomes applications from students taking Scottish qualifications. Entry criteria can be found on the web page for your course in terms of a minimum of three Advanced Higher passes in appropriate subjects achieved at one sitting. Please note that an equivalent combination of grades to that indicated on each course entry may be considered on an individual basis. The required grades for your course must normally come from at least three full Advanced Higher passes, although candidates offering a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers may also be considered. Scottish Higher scores will be incorporated into Advanced Higher scores in the same subject.

Advanced Diploma

Most degree programmes at Brunel accept applications from students offering an Advanced Diploma, usually in a specified subject or range of subjects. Most courses demand an A-level for Additional and Specialist Learning (ASL), sometimes in a specified subject, while some require a particular Specialist Unit. Entry requirements are expressed on each prospectus and web course page in terms of a required Progression Diploma grade plus a required A-level grade. Please note that a Progression Diploma alone is not acceptable for entry to Brunel. This is indicated under the course entry.

BTEC (Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma)

The University welcomes applicants offering a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, and some courses also accept a BTEC Level 3 Diploma alongside an A-level or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma alongside 2 A-levels. Entry requirements are shown on each course web page. Your Extended Diploma or Diploma must be in a subject related to the course you wish to study at Brunel, and you must achieve the grades specified under each course entry, including any grades required in particular subjects.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

The IBDP is considered for entry to all courses at Brunel. The required number of points is listed under each course entry.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University welcomes applicants offering the AQA Bacc and recognises the benefits of the enrichment activity. However, offers are normally made on the basis of three A‑levels, according to the criteria stated on each prospectus and web course page.

Cambridge Pre-U

Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject and the full Cambridge Pre-U Diploma are welcomed for entry to all courses at Brunel.

Candidates will be considered on an individual basis.

OCR Level 3 Nationals

The University welcomes applicants offering OCR Level 3 National Extended Diplomas, and some courses also accept A-Levels alongside the National Diploma. Your Diploma must be in a subject related to the course you wish to study at Brunel.

Candidates will be considered on an individual basis.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)

The Government will be announcing further changes to the Disclosure and Barring Service from 1 December 2012. For current information please visit the Home office website.

The University will send you more information as part of your admissions process. For further guidance please email the Admissions Office for more information.

Currently, students registering for professional courses that involve activity with children and/or vulnerable adults are legally required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application (Enhanced). The application currently costs £51.86, but this is subject to change.

Overseas qualifications and entry requirements

International (non-EU) students can find guidance on standard entry qualifications from Brunel International's country pages. If your home country is not listed, please contact Admissions for further information.

English language requirements

There are minimum English language requirements for all individuals. Native speakers of English should normally have a GCSE or equivalent in English at minimum Grade C. Equivalent levels of English for non-native speakers are outlined on Brunel International's language requirements pages. In some cases, the university my ask you to prove our command of English.

Vocational qualifications

Vocational qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. If in doubt about the acceptability of qualifications, please contact the Admissions Office.

Mature students/non-standard applications

Brunel welcomes mature applicants and others with non-standard qualifications. Those without the required qualifications are encouraged to take an Access to Higher Education course, as these are accepted for entry to the majority of our degree programmes. Required entry profiles are listed under each course entry.

If you are interested in an Access course you will need to contact your chosen college to find out more. Access courses usually take one year to complete and can be studied full or part-time.

See the mature students page for general information about studying at Brunel.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (Exemptions)

Applicants can be admitted with an ‘exemption’ from taking one or more of the standard parts of their Brunel programme, if they can demonstrate that they have already achieved the related learning outcomes through their prior studies or experiences, either at Brunel or elsewhere. Exemptions may be granted for Prior Certificated Learning (where you have already achieved an award certificate in a relevant area), through credit accumulation or credit transfer (for university-level module credit previously achieved), or as Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (where previous practical experience, typically in the workplace, has allowed you to demonstrably meet the learning outcomes expected). Such knowledge should normally have been gained within the last five years, and remain current.

The University’s Exemptions Policy gives full details about this, with specific rules also detailed in Senate Regulations 2 (for Undergraduates) and 3 (for Postgraduates). Restrictions apply as to how much of any programme may be exempted. Applicants wishing to ask for an exemption must fill out an Exemption Request form and follow the process set out in the policy, returning the form to the Admissions Office so that any exemptions can be formally agreed and recorded.


Page last updated: Tuesday 02 December 2014