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    Entry requirements

    Selection process

    Middlesex University looks for motivated individuals with the necessary academic and non-academic preparation as detailed in the entry requirements for each course, who will benefit from the University's learning environment and demonstrate they can successfully complete the programme of study.

    When assessing the academic suitability and potential of applicants we normally consider the following information:

    1. Prior achievement in awarded qualifications
    2. Predicted achievement in qualifications currently being studied
    3. Personal statement or statement of purpose, for evidence of motivation and commitment to the chosen subject area(s)
    4. Reference(s), for confirmation of academic potential and personal qualities
    5. Details of time spent at another Higher Education (HE) institution, even if the course was not completed.

    In addition to the above, some programmes of study may also use additional methods to assess the suitability of an applicant, as follows:

    1. Portfolio of work
    2. Audition
    3. Interview
    4. Work experience, evidenced by a CV and/or references
    5. A skills or admissions test
    6. Set piece of work

    GCSE requirements and equivalents

    We normally require applicants to have an A*-C grade for both English and mathematics GCSE (or equivalent). For some courses it may also be necessary to have a grade C in other specified subjects (e.g. Science).

    For courses which do not require professional recognition (such as Nursing/Midwifery or Teaching) the achievement of Level 2 Functional Skills or Level 2 Key Skills in Numeracy and/or Communications are normally accepted as alternatives.

    UCAS Tariff points

    Wherever possible, we will make offers to applicants using the UCAS Tariff. Normally we calculate UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 but a maximum of 3 A levels (or equivalents such as BTEC qualifications). We also count points from AS level qualifications (or equivalents) and these can be used in substitution for up to one A level.

    We accept students with a wide range of educational experiences and recognise a variety of qualifications, either on their own or in combination with others. When offered in combination, the University does not count tariff points from qualifications in over-lapping subject areas. Please note that we do not refer to the UCAS Tariff when making offers to applicants with the IB Diploma. For a list of qualifications not included in our UCAS Tariff points offers, please see the relevant section below.

    The tariff points and any special requirements for each course are detailed on the relevant course pages. Some degrees may have additional entry requirements, for example passing a test, an interview, an audition or submitting a portfolio.

    • Tariff Points

      • GCE A Level & GCE AS levels

        GCE A Level & GCE AS levels are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Tariff points will be counted from a minimum of 2 GCE A Levels to a maximum of 3 GCE A levels. GCE AS levels can be used in substitution for up to one GCE A level (i.e. two GCE AS levels in lieu of one GCE A level). GCE A or AS levels in General Studies will normally be accepted unless specifically excluded from the terms of an offer made to an applicant.

      • AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (QCF) and AAT NVQ Level 3 in Accounting

        AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (QCF) and AAT NVQ Level 3 in Accounting are acceptable in combination with other qualifications and are worth 160 UCAS points.

      • Advanced Extension Awards

        Advanced Extension Awards are acceptable in addition to any tariff points awarded from an applicants' GCE A level.

      • Advanced Placement Programme (US & Canada)

        Advanced Placement Programme (US & Canada) are acceptable and the University will expect an applicant to have studies at least two Group A subjects.

      • BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Children's Play, Learning and Development (NQF)

        BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Children's Play, Learning and Development (NQF) is only acceptable for entry onto related programmes of study. Applicants are expected to be taking the qualification at the Diploma level and subsidiary awards (Certificate, Subsidiary Certificate, Award and Subsidiary Award) are not acceptable on their own or in combination with other qualifications.

      • BSc Honours European Nursing (Adult)

        Application and interview process

        • Applications should be made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
        • Our admission team will then consider your application. We will contact you within four weeks to inform you whether you have been shortlisted.
        • If your application is successfully shortlisted, you'll be invited to attend a maths and English test at the University's Hendon campus. These tests are compulsory even if you meet our Maths and English GCSE application requirements.
        • If you pass these tests, you'll be invited to attend an interview.
        • If you are successful at interview, you will then be offered a place on the course subject to academic, health and DBS requirements.

        We also have a more detailed summary of what you should expect throughout the application process.

        For more information, please see the course listing.

      • BTEC qualifications (QCF) (Suite of qualifications known as Nationals)

        BTEC qualifications (QCF) (Suite of qualifications known as Nationals) are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Subsidiary Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels).

      • BTEC specialist (QCF) qualifications

        BTEC specialist (QCF) qualifications are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied at least two specialist Diplomas (or equivalent).

      • CACHE Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Child Care & Education

        CACHE Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Child Care & Education is only acceptable for entry onto related programmes of study. The Diploma is acceptable in isolation, however the Certificate and the Award should be offered in combination with other qualifications.

      • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)

        CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland) is only acceptable for entry onto related programmes of study and can not be combined with other qualifications.

      • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF)

        CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (QCF) is only acceptable for entry onto related programmes of study and can not be combined with other qualifications.

      • Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects

        Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Tariff points will be counted from a minimum of two Principle Subjects to a maximum of three (or equivalent).

      • CISI Introduction to Securities and Investment

        CISI Introduction to Securities and Investment is acceptable in combination with other qualifications (for example at least one GCE A level or equivalent).

      • ABC Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Retail (NQF & QCF)

        ABC Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Retail (NQF & QCF) is only acceptable for entry onto related programmes of study and should be combined with at least one GCE A level (or equivalent).

      • Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design, and Art, Design & Media)

        Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design, and Art, Design & Media) (which include the ABC Awards level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design), the ABC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media, the Edexcel level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, the University of the Arts (UAL) Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, and the WJEC Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art, Design and Media)) is only acceptable for entry onto related programmes of study and can not be combined with other qualifications.

      • EDI Level 3 Certificate in Accounting and Accounting (IAS)

        EDI Level 3 Certificate in Accounting and Accounting (IAS) is acceptable in combination with other qualifications (for example at least one GCE A level or equivalent).

      • Extended Project

        Extended Project qualification is acceptable if taken in combination with other qualifications (for example at least one GCE A level and one GCE AS level) and not as part of the Progression/Advanced Diploma.

      • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

        Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education is acceptable and the University will award tariff points up to a maximum of six subjects taken as part of the Diploma.

      • IFS School of Finance, Level Three Certificate (CeFS) and Level Three Diploma (DipFS) in Financial Studies

        IFS School of Finance, Level Three Certificate (CeFS) and Level Three Diploma (DipFS) in Financial Studies are acceptable in combination with other qualifications (for example DipFS with at least one GCE A level or CeFS with at least one GCE A level and one GCE AS level). It is not possible to count the points from both the CeFS and DipFS.

      • International Baccalaureate Diploma

        Please note that we do not use the UCAS Tariff to make offers for applicants holding the IB Diploma, instead we will make offers as follows:

        • 260 Tariff points – at least 26 IB Points overall
        • 280 Tariff points – at least 28 IB Points overall
        • 300 Tariff points – at least 30 IB Points overall
        • 320 Tariff points – at least 32 IB Points overall
        You must have passed the full IB Diploma. In some cases applicants will also need to have studied certain subjects at Standard or Higher Level.
      • Irish Leaving Certificate

        Irish Leaving Certificate subjects are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Tariff points will be counted from a minimum of five subjects at either Higher or Ordinary Level to a maximum of seven.

      • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical

        OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical is acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Introductory Diploma, and Subsidiary Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Introductory Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels). The subject area of the Technical should normally be related to the intended programme of study.

      • OCR Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Engineering

        OCR Level 3 Certificate in Mathematics for Engineering is acceptable in combination with other qualifications (for example at least two GCE A level or equivalent).

      • OCR Nationals

        OCR Nationals is acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the National Extended Diploma or National Diploma. The National Certificate is expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the National Diploma (for example at least one GCE A level). The subject area of the OCR National should normally be related to the intended programme of study.

      • Principle Learning Wales

        Principle Learning Wales qualification is acceptable if taken in combination with other qualifications (for example at least one GCE A level)

      • Advanced Diplomas and Progression Diplomas

        Advanced Diplomas and Progression Diplomas are acceptable but will only be considered for entry on to courses in subjects closely related to the Diploma lines currently offered.

      • Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

        Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Tariff points will be counted from a minimum of two Advanced Highers or three Highers, to a maximum of 5 Scottish higher qualifications.

    Qualifications not normally included in our UCAS Tariff point offers

    There are a number of qualifications outlined below that Middlesex University will not normally accept UCAS Tariff points from. Whilst the University may not count UCAS tariff points from the awards below, they do indicate that applicants have a broad range of interests and have prepared well for higher education. The University would be pleased to see them included within an application and discussed in a personal statement.

    The University may also ask for a specific achievement in one or more of these awards if specifically relevant to the chosen programme of study (for example, Music Examinations).

    Middlesex University will not normally accept UCAS Tariff points from the following qualifications:

    • Arts Award (Gold)
    • ASDAN Community Volunteering Qualification
    • ASDAN Level 3 Award of Personal Effectiveness (QCF) (AoPE)
    • Asset Languages Advanced Stage
    • British Horse Society awards
    • Cambridge ESOL Examinations
    • Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE)
    • City and Guilds Land Based Services Level 3 qualifications
    • Edexcel Level 3 Award in Algebra (NQF)
    • Edexcel Level 3 Award in Statistical Methods (NQF)
    • Essential Skills Wales
    • Free-standing Mathematics qualifications
    • Graded Dance and Vocational Graded Dance
    • OCR Level 3 Certificate/Diploma for iMedia Professionals (iMedia)
    • IT Professionals (iPRO)
    • Key Skills
    • Music exams
    • OCR Level 3 Certificate for Young Enterprise
    • Speech and Drama exams
    • Sports Leaders UK – Higher Sports Leader Award and Level 3 Certificate in Higher Sports Leadership (QCF)

    Transfer students

    If you have achieved a Foundation Degree, CertHE, DipHE, HNC, HND or a number of modules of an undergraduate degree courses at another university, Middlesex University may be able to offer you the opportunity to enter directly into the second or third year of one of our undergraduate degree courses. More on transfer students.

    Mature applicants

    Middlesex University welcomes applications from mature applicants. Mature applicants will normally have had a significant break in studies and will be considered on an individual basis. Where individuals have been out of formal education for a number of years or need to develop their subject knowledge further, we recommend studying an Access to HE Diploma.

    International applicants

    We accept a wide variety of international qualifications. We encourage you to get in touch with one of our overseas regional offices. They have a full understanding of your qualifications and years of experience of guiding students from your country through the Middlesex application process.

    In addition to academic entry requirements, Middlesex also requires all international students to evidence their competence in English language. Therefore, International students, whose first language is not English will normally be asked to provide evidence of their English language ability.

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