UK university’s undergraduate entry requirements are based on three areas: academic, English language, and non-academic requirements. Details of these three areas of requirements are provided below.

Academic requirements

Entry requirements for each course will be listed on the university or college website and can also be seen from various comparison sites. These are set by the course providers as a guide to the kinds of qualifications, subjects, and exam grades needed. Here at Pioneer, we match the course entry requirements to the students’ predicted grades to ensure they are making realistic choices, based on what they are likely to achieve.

English language requirements

The degree-level study is demanding, and students must meet both the language and academic skills requirements. English language level entrance requirements are shown on the institution’s website. It is not the same for all courses. Universities are often looking for a higher ability in English. This is to enable students to make the most of their university learning experience. Different universities, and sometimes even different university departments, require different test scores and these are often higher for courses such as medicine and law. If the student is applying to a Higher Education Institution, the institution can decide how to assess the student’s level of English.

Most universities offer comprehensive pre-sessional English language classes and exams to prepare students for university study. If students have been accepted for a particular course of study, the university will state what exam passes are needed before they can start the course.

Non-academic requirements

As well as meeting academic requirements, students’ overall suitability for the course will be considered. Course descriptions often mention other skills, interests, or experiences. It is good to have them too – applications can be quite competitive, so students should look out for these extra details. When applying for degree courses students must consider non-academic requirements as well as academic ones.

In the UCAS form, this can be done via the personal statement. Institutions will normally be looking for students to demonstrate their motivation and commitment to succeed and also to explain why they feel the course is right for them. Evidence of prior interest or involvement in activities relevant to the subject of study will strengthen an applicant’s chance of being admitted. Non-academic entry requirements are specified online or in the institution’s prospectus.

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