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Higher education – Entry requirements

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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. This page on the UK Visas and Immigration website gives information about English language requirements for Tier 4 visas.

  • If you are unsure whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements, talk to the course provider or visit the UK NARIC website. See our Qualifications explained article for more details.

Visa entry requirements

Students from certain countries need a visa to study in the UK. Visas are managed by UK Visas and Immigration. To find out if you need a visa and how to apply, please see our visa article.