The typical minimum entry requirements for a degree that includes a Foundation Year are 72-80 UCAS tariff points.

The points must come from full A levels (not AS) or equivalent qualifications, for example BTEC Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma, CACHE Level 3 Diploma. Other vocational qualifications at Level 3 may also be considered, such as NVQs.  

You will also need to have at least a grade D or grade 3 (or an acceptable alternative) in GCSE English language. Many linked degrees also require a grade D or grade 3 in GCSE mathematics.

Some of the Foundation Year courses have higher entry requirements and you will need more than 72 points to apply for them. Additionally, certain courses may require that you have studied a specific subject at either GCSE or A2 level (or acceptable alternatives).

Please check our online prospectus for course-specific entry requirements.

EU and international students

If English is not your first language you will also need to have IELTS 5.5 (No less than 5.5 in any section) or equivalent.

If you have not yet fully met the English language requirement for your academic course, you may be eligible to study a pre-sessional course in order to meet those requirements.

All EU and international students who are studying the Foundation Year at our campus in Manchester are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which provides additional English language, study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Practice unit.

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