Aston University Entry Requirements
Entry requirements for all courses are listed on individual course webpages.
UCAS points / tariff
Some Admissions Tutors may use the UCAS points system or ‘tariff’ but we do not normally make offers based just on UCAS points. There will normally be a stipulation of particular grades at A level, BTEC Nationals or other qualifications in the tariff. Where points offers are made they will specify the exact types of qualifications from which the points can be gained, depending on how many units are being taken.
Aston University makes conditional offers to the vast majority of UCAS applicants each year (typically 80%) including those students who are predicted one or two grades lower than our entry requirements. If your predicted and expected grades are close to those stated in Aston’s typical offers and if you are keen on Aston University and the courses we offer we encourage you to apply to us as one of your 5 UCAS choices.
A and AS Levels
Three subjects at A level (A2) in specific subjects are required for entry to many of our degree programmes. We would hope that most applicants will take at least 4 AS Levels in Year 12.
Achievement at AS Level in Year 12 may be taken into account when making conditional offers but students who do not have AS results will not be disadvantaged.
AS results may be taken into account at confirmation in August 2012. Additional A/AS subjects above the standard 3-4 qualifications may be taken into account when making offers and at results confirmation.
In order to ensure sufficient depth of knowledge and understanding we would normally expect three subjects to be offered at GCE A level (A2). A levels in specific subjects are required for entry to many of our courses. We would hope that most applicants will take 4 AS levels in Year 12.
Applied A levels
A Single Award Applied A level in place of a third A level subject will be considered for all programmes. A relevant Applied A level double award plus one relevant A level will normally be acceptable, except for some programmes in the School of Life & Health Sciences.
All Aston’s courses require a minimum English at grade C or higher. All courses, except Languages degrees, require a minimum of grade C GCSE Mathematics. Some of our courses require higher grades in specific, relevant subjects.
Evidence of Key Skills may be taken into account when deciding whether to make a conditional offer and at confirmation when results are published. Key Skills will not be included within any points offer.
BTEC National Qualifications and other Diplomas
Relevant BTEC National Diplomas and other Diplomas are accepted for all programmes at Aston University unless stated. In all cases we require DDD (Triple Distinction) or equivalent. Demonstration of breadth of study is important and we also welcome applications with a mix of BTEC/OCR Diplomas and A Levels or other qualifications.
Scottish and Irish Qualifications
Aston regularly receives and welcomes applications from Scotland and Ireland for all our degree courses. As a guide, UCAS Tariff points required for A levels will normally equate to similar points from Scottish and Irish Highers.
International Baccalaureate and other International qualifications
We welcome applications from well-qualified students offering a wide range of other qualifications – including IB – as well as many international qualifications. Please contact the relevant Admissions Tutor if you would like further information.
If you have international qualifications and are not sure if they are acceptable for entry, please contact the International Office for advice.
Aston University is a member of the Open College Network (OCN). We accept applications from Access course students at colleges
which are members of OCN, or from any other QAA-accredited Access course. Offer levels vary depending on the course you are
taking, the subject you are applying to and your own qualifications and experience. As a minimum, you will be expected to achieve the Access Certificate, but most subjects will require additional credits at level 3.