Entry requirements - Undergraduate

South Thames Colleges Group welcomes applications from all suitably qualified students. Each application is considered individually, taking into account grades already achieved, predicted grades, the personal statement, and reference, which are all important parts of the application.

Offers made via UCAS

Many of our undergraduate course entry requirements are shown in terms of UCAS points – particularly where a course does not require certain qualifications/subjects.

The amount of UCAS points required will vary, depending on the subject. Up-to-date information can be found on individual course pages.

If you’re unsure whether your qualification attracts UCAS points, or to check how many you have, check the UCAS point calculator on the UCAS website.

South Thames Colleges Group will only give unconditional offers where an applicant has already met the entry requirements.

Additional Entry Requirements

Generally, offers will be conditional on certain qualification results such as A-Levels, BTECs, etc. There may be cases where work experience can be considered a suitable alternative where an applicant lacks relevant qualifications. Some courses may require English and Maths GCSEs at C/4 or above.

Courses in the health and education subject areas may have their own additional entry requirements, such as DBS checks.

Please check individual course pages for specific requirements. These will also be made clear when an offer of a place is made.

Franchised courses

Some undergraduate courses delivered at College sites are franchised from our university partners. For information on entry requirements for these courses, please see individual the partner institutions' websites.

Accepted qualifications

The College Group considers applications from those with a wide range of qualifications that attract UCAS points. These can either be single qualifications or a combination of several.

Below is an indicative list of commonly accepted qualifications. The list is not exhaustive - if you are unsure, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • A-levels
  • Vocational A-levels
  • Accredited Access qualifications
  • Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design)
  • BTEC Qualifications
  • CACHE qualifications
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • OCR qualifications
  • Certificate/Diploma in Financial Studies
  • Higher Apprenticeships
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Irish Highers
  • Scottish Highers
  • International Baccalaureate
  • NVQ 3 qualifications
  • European Baccalaureate

GCSEs and their equivalent

Some undergraduate courses require a pass at C or above in specific GCSEs or equivalent Level 2 qualifications. Since the summer of 2017, GCSEs are graded from 9 (highest) to 1 (lowest) instead of A to G, however GCSEs graded in the previous system are still accepted.

Applicants will need a 4 (C) or higher for courses with GCSEs as part of the entry requirements. If you do not have GCSEs, the College will accept Level 2 credits from accredited Access courses.

O-Levels sat in, or after, summer 1975 must be at grade C or above. CSE grade 1 is accepted as equivalent to GCSE at grade C.

Functional skills at Level 2 may be accepted for certain courses, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm.

Access qualifications

The College Group welcomes applications from people who have, or are taking, an accredited Access qualification.

Please check the UCAS Tariff calculator to work out your tariff points.

Higher National Certificates (HNCs), Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and Foundation Degrees (FdAs)

Generally, applicants will be required to have at least 32 UCAS points, inclusive of at least one full level 3 qualification (A2 level or equivalent).

Direct admission to year 2 or 3

We will consider applications to the second or third year of degree courses from suitably qualified applicants. Applicants should apply through UCAS indicating for which year of entry they wish to be considered.

A transcript from your current/previous study is required.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL relies on the provision of evidence of learning by way of certification from another university or college. Applicants will need to provide appropriate documentation including transcripts, certificates and details of the awarding body.

This process may enable you to build directly on your existing learning if you are choosing a programme of study within the same discipline. Applicants should apply via UCAS.

Non-UK qualifications

Non-UK qualifications equivalent to A2 Levels, GCSEs and the others mentioned above are accepted by the College. Further information on the equivalence of non-UK qualifications can be obtained from Admissions, or, if you are based overseas, from your local British Council office. The College uses UK NARIC to ascertain qualification equivalence.

Please note that students requiring a Tier 4 visa can only apply to courses delivered at Kingston College sites.

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