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Am I qualified?

We accept qualifications from around the world. Find out more about what you need to study our courses.


For our International Foundation Programme, you will normally:

  • Be Age 17+ by 31 December in the year of registration
  • Hold four separate subjects at GCSE / O level (grades A*-C / 9-4), or the equivalent.
  • Meet the English language requirements.

Have a place to study at a Recognised Teaching Centre for the programme.


For our standard entry bachelor degrees (e.g. BSc / LLB) or our Diploma of Higher Education qualifications, you will normally have:

For the graduate entry routes, you will normally have

  • An acceptable undergraduate degree
  • Any specific course requirements (e.g. Mathematics);
  • English language requirements.

For the Certificate of Higher Education, you will normally have the following:

  • GCSEs at Grade A*-C / 9-4, or international equivalent (required number depends on your course).
  • Any specific course requirements (e.g. Mathematics);
  • English language requirements.

For Graduate Diplomas, you will normally meet the following:

  • Either: an acceptable undergraduate degree, postgraduate degree, or another accredited Level 7 award of at least 1 year full-time in duration.
  • Or: an acceptable Level 5 or 6 award (e.g. HND or Graduate Certificate) of at least 1 year full-time in duration, plus 2 years' relevant work experience.
  • Plus: Any specific course requirements (e.g. Mathematics).
  • And: English language requirements.

You'll find any specific requirements on your chosen course page.

Equivalent qualifications where you live

We accept qualifications from all over the world. Search our database.

We accept many qualifications that aren't listed here, including Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Higher Diplomas National Diplomas and Professional Awards.

We don't list every country, and sometimes there are several grading systems operating within a single country.

If you hold qualifications not listed, or you are unsure if yours will be valid for entry, contact us before you apply.

(Due to high volume, we are unable to advise during August, September and October.)

Consideration by the Admissions Panel

If you are not automatically eligible, our Admissions Panel will consider you on an individual basis. The Admissions Panel will consider qualifications which are not published under the Qualifications for Entrance Schedule, incomplete qualifications (e.g. diplomas / degrees) and substantial relevant work experience. If we cannot accept you with your current qualifications and experience, we will advise you what qualifications you could take in order to become eligible in the future. This could include our International Foundation Programme or Certificate of Higher Education Routes.


Requirements for our postgraduate courses (Masters / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate) or standalone modules can vary. These can all be found on our course pages.

Some of our member institutions have identified specific equivalent qualifications from around the world for entry to their distance-learning courses.

What happens after you apply?

Admissions appeal process

We are committed to ensure that all decisions taken by the Admissions Office are clear, transparent and consistent. But we understand that you may wish to appeal against decisions made by our panel.

I wish to appeal a decision concerning eligibility.