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Entry requirements for undergraduates

Check what qualifications you need for your course before you start your application

Course entry requirements

We take a flexible approach to admissions that is personalised to you. There are general entry requirements as well subject-specific requirements for our courses.

We consider the following when we select students:

  1. Your prior achievement in awarded qualifications
  2. Predicted achievement in the qualifications you are currently studying
  3. Personal statement or statement of purpose for evidence of your motivation and commitment to your subject
  4. References about your academic potential and personal qualities
  5. Details of time spent at another Higher Education institution, even if the course was not completed.

On each course page you will find entry requirements for the course along with more detail on exactly what qualifications we will consider for it.

We use the UCAS tariff to show our entry requirements for most undergraduate courses. You can work out how many points are awarded to your qualifications using the UCAS Tariff Tables.

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Typical accepted qualifications

Check your chosen course page for specific entry requirements. The table elow shows typical grades required by Middlesex University, depending on your chosen course but we also consider a combination of qualifications.

UCAS tariffA LevelPearson BTEC (Level 3 National Extended Diploma)Access to HE diploma
128 ABB DDM 60 credits overall must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher
120 BBB DDM Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or higher
112 BBC DMM Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
104 BCC DMM Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be at Merit or higher
96 CCC MMM Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be at Merit or higher
64 DDE MPP Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3
48 DD PPP  

GCSE requirements

For our undergraduate courses, you are normally required to achieve passes in three GCSE subjects, including English, with a score of 4 or Grade C if awarded before 2017. For some courses it may also be necessary to have a score of 4 in other specified subjects such as Maths and Science.  With the exception of our teaching courses, we normally accept Level 2 Functional skills or Level 2 Key skills as equivalents.

General entry requirements

We consider a wide range of qualifications for your application. The information below lists the qualifications that we usually accept.

  • General entry requirements

    • GCE A Level and GCE AS levels

      These are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. A minimum of 2 GCE A Levels to a maximum of 3 GCE A levels will be considered. 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.

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Applicants with the Access to HE Diploma should normally have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course. Successful completion of this course requires students to gain 60 credits, with 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2. For some programmes of study Middlesex will require applicants to gain Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units.

      If your Access to HE course did not include GCSE equivalencies in English and/or Maths, then you will also be required to submit evidence of your GCSE English and Maths grades at Grade C or higher. We can also accept Key skills or Functional skills at level 2 instead of GCSEs. The only exception to this are our Teaching courses where we cannot accept Functional or Key skills instead of GCSEs.

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

      These are acceptable in combination with other qualifications. Applicants for BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance who have completed AAT Level 3 in Accounting are eligible to apply to the first year of the course with this qualification alone.

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

      This is only acceptable for entry onto related programmes of study and should be combined with at least one GCE A level (or equivalent).

    • Advanced Diplomas and Progression Diplomas

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

    • Advanced Extension Awards

      These are acceptable in addition to any requirement awarded from an applicants' GCE A level.

    • Advanced Placement Programme (US and Canada)

      These are acceptable to the University.

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

      This 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.

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

      These 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

      These 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 and Education

      This 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)

      This 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)

      This is only acceptable for entry onto related programmes of study and can not be combined with other qualifications.

    • Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects

      These are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. We require a minimum of two Principle Subjects to a maximum of three (or equivalent).

    • CISI Introduction to Securities and Investment

      This is acceptable in combination with other qualifications (for example at least one GCE A level or equivalent).

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

      The Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art & Design, and Art, Design & Media) includes 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. These are 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)

      This is acceptable in combination with other qualifications (for example at least one GCE A level or equivalent).

    • Extended Project Qualification

      This 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

      This is acceptable and the University will accept 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

      These 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

      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

      These subjects are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Your application will be counted if you will pass a minimum of five subjects at either Higher or Ordinary Level to a maximum of seven.

    • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical

      This is acceptable either on its own or 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

      This is acceptable in combination with other qualifications (for example at least two GCE A level or equivalent).

    • OCR Nationals

      This 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 Qualification

      This is acceptable if taken in combination with other qualifications (for example at least one GCE A level).

    • Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

      These are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications.You will require a minimum of two Advanced Highers or three Highers and a maximum of 5 Scottish higher qualifications.

Recognition of previous learning and experience

If you have been working or you have other learning experience that is relevant to your course then we can count this towards your entry requirements and even certain modules once you start studying.

How to claim for previous learning.

Qualifications not accepted

There are some qualifications that do not normally form part of a formal offer that we have listed below. However they do indicate that you have a broad range of interests and are prepared for higher education so we would be pleased to see them included within an application and discussed in a personal statement.

If you don't quite met the requirements for your selected course, our Foundation year courses could be the answer.

  • Non accepted qualifications

    • Qualifications
      • Arts Award (Gold)
      • ASDAN Community Volunteering Qualification
      • ASDAN Level 3 Award of Personal Effectiveness (QCF) (AoPE)
      • Asset Languages Advanced Stage
      • 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
      • 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)
  • Mature students

    Mature students are welcome to apply. If you have been out of formal education for a number of years or need to develop your subject knowledge further, we recommend studying an Access to HE Diploma. We may also invite you to an interview to assess your knowledge. Our Admissions Team staff can advise on individual applications and admission arrangements.

  • Requirements for nursing and midwifery

    If your application is successfully shortlisted, you will be required to book the maths and literacy tests. These tests are compulsory even if you meet our maths and English GCSE application requirements. Once you pass the tests, you will be invited to interview, which will take place on a weekday.

    Get prepared for your tests

Transfer to Year 2 or 3

Many of our undergraduate courses allow you to transfer into the second or third year if you have achieved one of the following:

  • Foundation Degree (FdA / FdSC)
  • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Credited modules

We have partnership agreements in place with almost 180 institutions in the UK and across Asia, Africa, Europe and North America that allow you to transfer credit from specific programmes to towards some programmes at Middlesex. See the full list of these partners.

If you are transferring onto a course that is accredited by a professional body, such as British Psychological Society or The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, you should be aware that you might not automatically get the accreditation. This is because some professional bodies have their own requirements for giving their accreditation such as modules completed or grades.

Typical transferring entry requirements

The following table is a general guide to what would be required if you are considering joining Middlesex for Year 2 and 3. Bachelors degrees (BSc and BA) are equivalent to 360 Middlesex University (MDX) credits or 180 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits:

Year 2             120 MDX credits60 ECTS creditsHigher National Certificate (HNC)CertHe 
Year 3             240 MDX credits129 ECTS creditsHNDDipHEFdA or FdSC

Interviews, portfolios and auditions >

In some cases, we'll ask you to come for an interview, submit a portfolio or attend a test or audition in addition to your application form.

Unconditional offer scheme

Get information about our unconditional offer scheme for 2018 applicants.

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