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2015 entry requirements

UCAS Tariff points

DMU makes offers using the UCAS Tariff points system. To see how many UCAS Tariff points are needed to apply check the  course pages | .

Qualifications not normally included in our UCAS Tariff point offers

While we welcome a broad range of qualifications the following will not normally be included within any UCAS Tariff point offers made by DMU:

  • Arts Award (Gold)
  • Asset Languages Advanced Stage
  • ASDAN Community Volunteering Qualification
  • British Horse Society qualifications
  • Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE) awarded by ASDAN and CCEA
  • Free Standing Mathematics
  • Higher Sports Leader Award
  • iMedia Users (iMEDIA)
  • IT Professionals (iPRO)
  • Key Skills
  • Music exams
  • Speech and Drama exams

If you have any questions, please contact the relevant faculty admissions team, details on the course page, or if you don’t have a subject in mind, our enquiry team on (0116) 250 60 70.

Type of courseGCSE entry requirementsA2 (or equivalent) requirements
Undergraduate degree

Five GCSEs (grade C or above) including English* and where specified in individual course requirements, Maths*. For some courses it may be necessary for applicants to have successfully passed GCSEs in other nominated subjects or to have passed specified GCSEs at grade B or above.

Some of our courses also require applicants to have a minimum of six GCSE’s at Grade C or above including specific subjects. Where these additional requirements apply, they will be clearly detailed on the course pages.

UCAS Tariff points from passes in at least two A2 Levels (or equivalent qualifications). For some courses it may be necessary for applicants to have passed qualifications in specific subjects. Please see individual course requirements on our course pages for more information. The majority of our undergraduate degrees will require at least 260 UCAS Tariff points. 
Higher National Diploma/Foundation Degree Five GCSEs (grade C or above) including English* and, where specified in individual course requirements, Maths*. UCAS Tariff points from passes in at least one A2 Level (or equivalent qualification). The majority of our HND and Foundation Degree courses will require at least 120 UCAS Tariff points.  
Minimum entry requirements

*Please note that we will not normally accept Key Skills or Adult Numeracy and Literacy as meeting the GCSE requirement for English and Maths.

We accept Functional Skills Level 2 and Essential Skills Level 2 as acceptable equivalents. Applicants with Functional or Essential Skills Level 2 must have achieved at least five other GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grade C or above alongside these qualifications.

There are two types of BTEC ‘First’ qualifications, the QCF version (from 2010) and the NQF version (from 2012) and carry the following equivalencies;

  • QCF BTEC Level 2 Diploma - 4 GCSEs
  • QCF BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate - 2 GCSEs
  • NQF BTEC Level 2 Diploma - 4 GCSEs
  • NQF BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate- 3 GCSEs
  • NQF BTEC Level 2 Certificate - 2 GCSEs  
  • NQF BTEC Level 2 Award - 1 GCSE 

OCR Level 2 qualifications (called Cambridge Nationals from 2012) carry the following equivalencies:

  • National First award – 1 GCSE
  • National Award – 2 GCSEs
  • National First Certificate – 3 GCSEs
  • National Certificate – 4 GCSEs

Applicants will still need to achieve grade C or above in GCSE English and, if applicable, Mathematics in addition to these qualifications.

Please see our Entry and Admissions Criteria policy| for further information.

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