To come to university we want you to have the necessary skills to successfully study
To study as an undergraduate you'll usually have previous qualifications and our Admissions Tutors are looking for evidence of your motivation, commitment, aptitude and potential. It's also essential you show us you have a good standard of maths or numeracy, communication and IT, along with a sound knowledge and interest in the subject area you're applying to.
Each course has its own entry requirements, which are listed on each entry in our Course Finder. It's important that you read these before applying.
As an example, we typically ask for the following for degree level entry:
- two or three GCE/AVCE A Level passes with specific grades OR
- a pass in BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma with specific grades OR
- successful completion of a recognised Access to HE course with spoecific numbers of Level 3 merits OR
- other Level 3 qualifications of a similar volume and depth of study as those listed above for example Scottish Highers, Irish Highers or International Baccaulareate
Extended Degree/Foundation Degree/HND/HNC
Typically for Extended Degree/Foundation Degree/HND/HNC level entry we might ask for:
- one or two GCE/AVCE A Level pass with a specific grade
- a pass in BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma/subsidiary with specific grades
- successful completion of a recognised Access to HE course with specific numbers of Level 3 merits
- other Level 3 qualifications of a similar volume and depth of study as those listed above for example Scottish Highers, Irish Highers or International Baccaulareate.
You'll need five GCSE passes at grade C or above – including English and Maths – for all courses. We'll also accept Key Skills Level 2 Maths and English in place of GCSEs.
UCAS Tariff points explained
Undergraduate university courses explain their entry requirements in UCAS Tariff points. For home students, many of the qualifications you hold ie GCE 'A' Levels, BTEC National or qualifications at a level comparable to them give you a Tariff point score. Tariff point requirements vary across courses so read required entries in our Course Finder or find what your qualifications are equal to in Tariff points on the UCAS website.
International entry requirements
LSBU accepts a wide range of international qualifications. Each of our country pages explains specific entry requirements. Alongside these we expect our international students to hold an English language qualification before studying here. As a guide we accept the following English language qualifications, although some of our courses may need a higher level.
|Exam name||Undergraduate level required||Postgraduate level required|
|IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)||6.0||6.5, subject to course. Check course entries in our Course Finder for specific information.|
|TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language)|
|GCSE / O-Level / IGCSE||Grade C||Grade C|
|Grade C||Grade C|
|TOEIC (Test Of English for International Communication)||750 total points||800 total points|
|Pitman City and Guilds ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language)||Upper Intermediate pass||Advanced pass|
|Edexcel London Test of English||Level 5||Level 5|
|LCCI (London Chamber of Commerce and Industry) English for Business||Level 2||Level 2|
We offer specialist support to any students who come to LSBU with a background of being in care. Read more about Care Leavers at LSBU.
Receiving an offer
We consider all the information you provide on your application form or produce at interview to decide if we can make you an offer. This includes your past academic performance, predicted grades, personal statements, tutors' preferences and any other evidence of skills, aptitude and potential.
When we write offering you a place it may be a Conditional Offer. This means you're being asked to achieve particular grades in certain subjects to secure your place. If, when you receive your results, you have not quite achieved the requested grades you should check on UCAS Track as you may still have a place at university. If we have any places left on the course at this time your place may be reconsidered.
Call our Course Enquiries on freephone 0800 923 8888.
- See our Course Finder for Pre-Study English courses at LSBU for International students whose first language is not English
- How to take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
- How to take the CAE and CPE (CambridgeAdvanced Exam, Cambridge Proficiency Exam)
- How to take the CB TOEFL and PB TOEFL (Computer based and Paperbased Test of English as a Foreign Language)
- The International Foundation Course at LSBU provides access to the British university system
- British Council and the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) can advise if your qualifications are acceptable.
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