Entry requirements

Canterbury Christ Church University encourages and welcomes applications from all students able to benefit from the programme offered. Applications are considered individually and we take into account academic qualifications in addition to paying great attention to the personal statement and the reference(s) provided.

The UCAS Tariff is a means of allocating points to post-16 qualifications used for entry to higher education. The UCAS Tariff is changing for courses starting from September 2017. Find out more about the new points.

For a small number of programmes there is either a national or a University requirement to achieve grade C passes in specific GCSEs or the equivalent. From summer 2017 GCSE English and Maths exams will be graded 9 (highest) - 1 (lowest) instead of A-G. From summer 2019 all GCSE’s will be graded this way. We will require applicants to achieve a 4 or higher for those programmes withGCSEs as part of the entry requirements. If you do not have GCSEs, the University will only accept Level 2 credits from accredited Access programmes completed in 2014 or earlier as the equivalent to GCSE passes. We do not accept any other Level 2 qualifications,such as Functional Skills, as the equivalent of GCSEs. O-Levels sat in, or after, summer 1975 must be at grade C or above. CSE grade 1 is accepted as equivalent to GCSE at grade C.

Most of the programmes in this prospectus can be studied part-time (although there are exceptions) and, where appropriate, individual programme entries will give specific information for part-time applicants. In general though, the University treats parttime applicants in the same way as full-time applicants via UCAS and so the information that follows in the next section is equally applicable for part-time applicants.

Generally, offers will be made in terms of UCAS Tariff points but there are notable exceptions to this.

Applicants currently at school or college will be expected to be taking a minimum of two A-levels or the equivalent and they will be asked to achieve the necessary UCAS Tariff points from these qualifications and any others that attract UCAS Tariff points.

Currently the University asks for between 240 and 300 UCAS Tariff points for 2016 entry and between 96 and 120 UCAS Tariff points for 2017 entry, depending on the degree programme. Up to date information on a programme by programme basis can be found on the UCAS course search engine.

Some University programmes require the successful applicant to achieve specific grades in the qualifications they are taking rather than asking for an accumulation of UCAS Tariff points. This will be made clear when an offer of a place is made.

Some programmes require applicants to have studied a specific subject at Level 3 (A-level or equivalent). Please check individual subject entries for specific requirements.

Grades declared following modular examinations for AS Levels at the end of Year 12 will assist us in framing conditional offers, but students taking linear assessment, who will not know their grades until Year 13, will not be discriminated against. The University does not intend to use unit grade information.

The University will not normally make offers for a place on degree programmes based on AS qualifications alone (i.e. to those with no A2 Levels or equivalent, or only one A2 Level qualification or equivalent).

The University considers applications from those with a wide range of general qualifications that attract UCAS Tariff points either on their own or in combination with others.

If you have a qualification that is not in the UCAS Tariff (other than an accredited Access programme) then you should contact Admissions for advice. The University welcomes applications from people who have, or are taking, an accredited Access qualification.

What follows is a list of frequently offered qualifications. The list is not exhaustive and if your qualification does not feature here you should not automatically assume that we do not accept it. Some applicants will offer a combination of qualifications at Level 3 and the University welcomes this.

  • A-levels
  • Vocational A-levels
  • (Accredited) Access qualifications
  • Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design)
  • BTEC Qualifications
  • CACHE qualifications
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • European Baccalaureate
  • Certificate/Diploma in Financial Studies
  • Higher Apprenticeships
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Irish Highers
  • NVQ 3 qualifications
  • OCR Qualifications
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • 14-19 Diploma

Generally, applicants will be required to have 120 UCAS Tariff points (2016 entry) or 48 UCAS Tariff points (2017 entry) inclusive of at least one A2 Level or equivalent.

Non-UK qualifications equivalent to A2 Levels, GCSEs and the others mentioned above are accepted by the University. Further information on the equivalence of non-UK qualifications can be obtained from Admissions, or, if you are based overseas, from your local British Council office.

We will consider applications to the second or third year of degree programmes from suitably qualified applicants. Applicants should have passed one year (for entry to Year 2) or two years (for entry to Year 3) of relevant degree level study. Applicants should apply through UCAS indicating which year of entry they wish to be considered for. A transcript from your current/previous study is required. 

You may be able to demonstrate learning which has occurred in the past by way of certification or experience. This is particularly useful for mature students, who may have substantial experience and who may have taken short courses or professional training.

Under normal circumstances, students may claim up to a maximum of 50% of the total credit points required for an award, usually for learning which has occurred during the previous five years.

APL relies solely on the provision of evidence of learning by way of certification from another university or college. Applicants will need to provide appropriate documentation including certificates and details of the awarding body. This process may enable you to build directly onto your existing learning if you are choosing a programme of study within the same discipline. Applicants should apply via UCAS.

Students who have completed their programme of study and become eligible for an award may obtain a supplementary document, called a European Diploma Supplement, which provides information about the award to universities and employers in other European countries.

Please contact the Admissions team for more information, or if specific eligibility for qualifications are not listed.

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Last edited: 17/02/2017 10:31:00