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.
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 in Summer 2015.
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 Maths GCSE 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 English GCSE – contact the Admissions Office for details.
Entry criteria 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.
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 criteria 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 (Certificate or Diploma of the Business and Technician Education Council)
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 criteria is 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.
The University will also normally consider candidates who have gained the European Baccalaureate with an overall score of approximately 60 per cent.
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 Principal Subjects as well as 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-Level 3 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 the most up to date 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 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.
Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning may be used for entry to any course and its use will determine what exemptions are possible. Any exemptions will be limited to two-thirds of an undergraduate degree programme.
You can also gain exemptions for skills and qualifications you may already have acquired elsewhere (Accreditation of Prior Learning). Since all Brunel courses are credit-rated, you can gain credit for courses joined here or at other institutions (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme). Write directly to the tutor of the course in which you are interested (listed under each course entry) with full details of your previous study. Exemptions are normally only granted where the previous study or work experience is directly comparable with a specific Brunel course.