Students applying for Honours degrees, Foundation degrees and Diplomas of Higher Education need to fulfil the individual and specific entry requirements detailed on course pages.
Applicants will normally be expected to have two-years of experience of post-16 study. For mature students, please see the details of applying as a mature student. In order to ensure that applicants applying for Honours and Foundation degrees have sufficient depth of knowledge and understanding, they are normally required to have studied at least two subjects to A Level standard or equivalent, together with three GCSEs grade C or above. Please note that many courses require a grade C or above in English and Maths.
We welcome applicants studying a wide range of qualifications including:
GCE A Levels and/or AVCEs
GCE AS Levels and/or AS VCE Levels
AVCE Double Award
Access to HE Diploma
BTEC National Award/Certificate/Diploma/Extended Diploma
OCR National Certificate/Diploma/Extended Diploma
Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers
Irish Leaving Certificate
Open University courses
Advanced/Progression Diplomas/Extended Project
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Other recognised Level 3 qualifications
Individual course requirements do vary and some may specify particular subjects or grades. For further information about how your qualifications equate to particular course requirements, contact the UCS Infozone on 01473 338833, or email infoucs.ac.uk
UCS welcomes applications from students studying Diploma qualifications and considers the Progression, Advanced and Extended Diplomas to meet the minimum entry requirements for university study. Depending on which UCS course the student applies for and which Diploma they are studying for, UCS may require specific additional and specialist learning options, or in some cases additional qualifications. In certain cases, specific passes in GCSE subjects may be required. For further information, please contact the UCS Infozone.
Where possible, UCS will make offers based on the UCAS tariff system. You can calculate how many points you may achieve on the UCAS tariff tables. Please note that UCS are aware that the UCAS tariff does not represent an exhaustive list and that some Level 3 qualifications fall outside of the UCAS tariff. UCS considers these alongside tariff qualifications and are an acceptable entry for courses at UCS.
Non-academic Entry Requirements
All places on Nursing, Midwifery, Radiography, ODP and Social Work courses are subject to attendance at a Selection Day, satisfactory occupational health check, and a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB).
Children's Care, Learning and Development; Early Years Practice; Children Young People and Policy; Early Learning; and PGCE/Certificate in Education applicants will also be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
For further details about Disclosure and Barring Service checks please click here.
Individual applicants may be requested to attend an interview upon request of the Admissions Tutor.
Selection Days for Professional Health courses
Selection days generally include a welcome to UCS, course information and a tour of the campus as well as your individual interview. Some courses also have a group task or discussion as part of the selection day.
A high volume of applications and demand for places means places on selection days fill up quickly. You will receive a letter once you have been allocated a date. In some instances we are able to accommodation telephone interviews. This is usually for applicants living overseas. For further information please contact us on 01473 338833.
Unfortunately we are not always able to accommodate requests for alternative dates due to the competitive nature of these courses. We would recommend that you attend the selection day date offered to you in the first instance. If you are unable to attend please notify us as soon as possible. We will then offer you the first available slot on an alternative date if one becomes available and will contact you by email to confirm. You should ensure that we always have your correct contact details. You can update these on the UCS Applicant Portal. If you do not return your reply slip and fail to attend the date offered, we will assume you are no longer interested in pursuing your application to UCS and your application will be withdrawn.
Following interview one of two decisions will be made. If you are successful we will update UCAS with a Conditional or an Unconditional offer. You should accept or decline this offer on UCAS Track. If your application has been unsuccessful we will notify UCAS and will detail the reasons if possible. Please contact us if you would like any additional feedback.
If you have made an application for part-time study (BA Social Work only) all decisions will be notified to you by post. You will need to ensure that you return any reply slips as promptly as possible.
Universities are increasingly using Admissions Tests to help with selection for competitive courses. UCS receives a high number of applications to professional Health courses and admissions tests are therefore used as part of the selection process. Successful completion of these tests is a requirement for the BSc degrees in Radiography, ODP, Nursing and Midwifery.
All decisions will be made based on your scores in these tests as well as your individual interview.
Other courses may have short written tasks that you may be required to complete. Further information will be available should you be selected for interview.
Due to the competitive nature of professional health courses and limited contract places at UCS we may hold a reserve list. When you attend a selection day we may be unable to offer a place on the course due to the limited number of places available. If this is the case we will notify UCAS and write to you detailing the conditions of your reserve place.
If an applicant already offered a place declines their offer UCS Admissions will contact the next preferred candidate. Places may become available at short notice so you should ensure that you keep your contact details up to date.
Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee that vacancies will become available. If you do not get a place you will be required to reapply through UCAS for the next academic year.
Applications from European and International Students
UCS welcomes applications from candidates from across the EU and the rest of the world. We are happy to make offers of admission based on the International or European Baccalaureate, or on other qualifications considered equivalent to our general entrance requirements. For information on the entry requirements for specific countries, please see our International pages.
Where English is not the applicant's first language, UCS requires students to meet a good standard of written and spoken English. For more information, see the international pages.
Students taking the International Baccaluareate Diploma are required to achieve a minimum of 28 points for both an Honours and Foundation degree for entry in September 2013.
There are a number of Progression Accords available that facilitate access to a range of UCS courses. For further information please email infoucs.ac.uk
Art and Design Courses
All applicants will be expected to attend an interview/audition and show a portfolio as part of the application process. Application deadlines may vary for Art and Design courses across the UK, and more information is available on www.ucas.com Students considering Art and Design courses at UCS should aim for the application deadline of 15 January of the year of entry, however UCS will continue to accept applications for some courses after this date.
Nursing and Midwifery Admissions Requirements