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Equivalence Table

This table shows how different qualifications match entry requirements for our courses compared with the standard A-Level requirement.

Level 3 Qualifications suitable for entry

In addition to A-Level qualifications, the University accepts a number of other qualifications studied at Level 3.  These can be described as "Applied General" or "Tech Level" qualifications.

The University recognises the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications as suitable for admission to some of its courses but not as a basis to fulfil course-specific subject requirements unless stipulated on the prospectus entry for courses.

These lists are not exhaustive but include all qualifications approved by the University's Qualifications Equivalence Advisory Group.

If you would like another qualification to be considered for entry, please submit a programme specification to

Level 3 Qualifications NOT suitable for entry

Unfortunately there are a number of Level 3 qualifications that the University does not accept as meeting general entry requirements.

Qualifications delivered by OCN NI, City and Guilds or NCFE are not suitable for entry.

In addition to this, a number of Pearson and OCR qualifications do not meet the entry requirements.

These are detailed below.:

In general terms, qualifications that do not provide granular grading and do not contain external assessment cannot be considered equivalent to A-Levels.

In determining suitability of a qualification for entry, the University also considers the purpose of the qualification, the type of assessment, and the content to ensure that learners are equipped with the necessary skills to progress to Higher Education.