Pre-degree or foundation courses

Foundation degrees

Applicants must:

  • be in appropriate employment,
  • have a minimum of two years' relevant work experience.

A reference from your employer to support the application will be required.

Applicants must also satisfy the foundation degree interview requirements.

Applicants aged under 21 should normally have:

  • a minimum of 2 subjects at A-level or Applied A-level, with 3 or 4 at GCSE or O-level


  • a National Certificate or Diploma or other equivalent qualifications, such as GNVQ/NVQ or other Level 3 vocational qualifications,
  • Advanced Diploma Level 3.

Foundation courses

All foundation courses require a high school diploma, leaving certificate or equivalent. For further detailed requirements see specific course entries.

English language qualifications range from IELTS 5.0 to 6.5. If you don't have IELTS, then consider enrolling on one of our Academic English courses

Higher National Diplomas (HND)

Minimum entry requirements are 1 subject at A-level or 6-unit Vocational A-level (or exceptionally two at AS-level or 3-unit Vocational A-level) with 3 or 4 at GCSE, or O-level, or National Certificate or Diploma.

In addition, each HND may have particular subject requirements. The full-time course lasts 2 years, and the sandwich course lasts 3 years.

Holders of suitable HNDs are often accepted into the second year of a degree course.