Please note: entry criteria is subject to change. This web page will be updated with the latest information should any changes be made.
Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and Science.
Passes in Functional Skills and Key Skills qualifications at level 2 in Maths and English can be accepted as equivalents.
Plus one of the following:
- A minimum of 96 UCAS points (excluding General Studies, Key Skills and music exams)
- Typical Offer 'MMM' - BTEC Extended Diploma Applied Science / Health / Public Services
Access to HE Diploma
- Pass in the QAA Access to HE with at least 45 credits at Merit. English and Maths GCSE required as separate qualifications.
Alternative Entry Approaches
Here at DMU we recognise the commitment and achievement required to take part in national cadet programmes, particularly those with a focus on health and first aid, such as Ambulance Cadets. Where an applicant can demonstrate over two years of commitment to a cadet programme (considered from the age of 15+), supported by a letter of recommendation from their Unit Manager, Youth Team or Officer-in-Charge, we will accept this in lieu of 32 UCAS points (equivalent to a C grade at A-level). The remaining UCAS points will need to be gained through academic study. GCSE requirements still apply.
The recruitment process for this course includes assessing applicants by the content of their personal statement and interview for the core values of the NHS constitution.
The interview will include a numeracy test (set to GCSE grade C in maths) and a literacy test (again set to GCSE grade C in English).
There is no fitness test, but you are expected to be able to lift, move and carry patients.
Professional conduct during the event will also contribute to the decision-making regarding an applicant’s application.
There is no routine fitness test, but you are expected to be able to lift, move and carry patients. Candidates may be invited to undertake a trade (fitness) test where concerns about capability are identified by occupational health screening questionnaires and this will form part of the decision whether a candidate is offered a place or not.
Work experience: Yes
Applicants are required to demonstrate relevant work experience. This would normally include experience from formal or informal employment, school or college work placements, voluntary work and other relevant life experiences. Merit is placed on either health based work experience of customer service experience (i.e. working with people).
Occupational Health check: Yes
Successful applicants at interview will be offered an occupational health screening to evaluate occupational competency as part of the pre-course checks. Clearance for placements will be required prior to starting the programme.
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check: Yes
As a profession who works with the most vulnerable of people in society, a clear enhanced DBS screen will be required. Applicants with disclosures will be evaluated on an individual basis.
English language requirements:
If English is not your first language an IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.
Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.
UCAS Tariff changes
Students applying for courses starting after March 2019 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.