Higher education – Entry requirements
Course entry requirements
Every UK higher education course sets its own entry requirements. These entry requirements are there to ensure that you have the right skills and knowledge to successfully complete the course.
You can see the entry requirements for each undergraduate and postgraduate course on the university or college’s website.
For undergraduate courses you usually need to have achieved further education qualifications (such as A-levels, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers, or equivalent qualifications from your country) in related subjects. Find out more at UCAS or ask your chosen university or college.
For postgraduate courses you usually need to have achieved a relevant undergraduate qualification.
In some cases, work experience may count towards entry to a course.
If English isn’t your first language, the university or college may ask you to take an English language test or show your English language qualifications before you can enrol. This may also be necessary for your visa application. Please visit the UKBA website for information about English language requirements for Tier 4 visas.
Visa entry requirements
Students from certain countries need a visa to study in the UK. Visas are managed by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). To find out if you need a visa and how to apply, please see our visa article.