University of Hertfordshire Admissions

By | 12th June 2017

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University of Hertfordshire Admissions

University of Hertfordshire Admissions

Entry requirements

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Standard entry requirements

Many of our courses have specific entry requirements and you can view these on the online prospectus page for each course.

However, the following pages give guidance on our standard entry requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at the University.

 

Entry requirements for undergraduate degrees

Getting advice at the student centreMost of our undergraduate courses have their own entry requirements. These specific entry requirements can be seen on the page for that course or in our online prospectus. However, the University has a standard set of requirements for Undergraduate courses which you can see below.

The University requires you to have at least 2 A Levels (or equivalent) to begin an Honours undergraduate degree programme or at least one for a Foundation degree. The entry requirements for undergraduate degrees are given generally in UCAS Tariff points.

You will find the tariff points and specific entry requirements for each degree programme in the course description for the course you want to apply for. Use our course search to find your course.

A level and GCSE reforms

The University of Hertfordshire has considered the forthcoming changes to A level and GCSEs from September 2015 and do not expect to make major changes to our entry requirements. Each individual course will review the new subject content and may make some changes to subject requirements prior to publication of our 2017 undergraduate prospectus (in March 2016).

  • A levels
  • GCSEs

Hertfordshire Unconditional Offer Scheme 2017

Unconditional offers allow us to target the brightest students in certain subject areas, who can demonstrate exceptional academic performance based on their predicted grades or their performance in their schooling to date. You will be required to make us your firm choice by 20 July 2017. To match your commitment to us we will make your offer unconditional ahead of your results. Successful applicants will be contacted via UCAS track.

It is important to remember however that good grades will provide a strong foundation for university-level study, and will enable you to continue to perform to a high standard. Good results are also critically important for future employability as many employers shortlist on the basis of these results. While unconditional offers remove some of the pressure for students, we believe and fully expect our applicants to achieve fantastic results.

New UCAS Tariff points

UCAS are changing the way that Tariff points are calculated. All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system however there are changes to the points and how they are calculated.

Key facts about the new tariffs

  • New UCAS Tariff points apply to courses starting from September 2017, and not before.
  • The numbers are much lower, for example an A level grade A* gets 56 points under the new Tariff, in comparison with 140 under the current Tariff. Use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to calculate your new points.
  • The new AS is now 40% of an A level – this is more accurate according to qualification regulators.
  • You’ll still need to achieve the same grades at A level, Scottish Advanced Higher, Scottish Higher or BTEC, or in any other qualification you’re taking to meet higher education course entry requirements.
  • The new UCAS Tariff points should not have any impact on your decisions about qualification choices at school or college, or your preparation or application to a higher education course.

Visit UCAS for more information about the new UCAS Tariffs, including fact sheets for parents and students.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Filling in a formAccreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the process used to assess and formally recognise any of your learning which has taken place in the past. Examples include:

  • Study undertaken at another Higher Education Institution, where qualifications and academic credits were achieved, which is referred to as ‘Accredited Prior Certificated Learning’ (APCL);
  • Experiences outside your formal education (e.g. your work experience or any in-house company training), which is referred to as ‘Accredited Prior Experiential Learning’ (APEL).

If it is relevant and current, some of this prior learning could count towards your University of Hertfordshire degree, and you could be exempted from studying one or more modules. It could also contribute to your entry qualifications for a programme where you don’t meet the formal requirements.

If you feel that you have prior learning which could provide exemption from part of a course, please state the nature of this learning on your application form. This will then be evaluated in terms of the number of credits and also the academic level of study it is equivalent to, and will often require you to provide further information in support of your request.

Please contact ask@herts.ac.uk if you have any queries regarding Accreditation of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:

Extended Project Qualification

We welcome students who are studying the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) as part of the Advanced Diploma or as a standalone qualification.

GCSE requirements

All courses require GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the old grading structure) and Science or Double Science where individually specified (or equivalent qualifications). Please note that some courses may have different requirements but these will be listed on the individual course pages.

Access to HE

For September 2017 entry onwards we will continue to make Access to HE offers outside of the new tariff as some courses have very specific entry requirements. Please see our Access programmes entry requirements (PDF – 0.08 Mb) for further details.

Returning to study

Students in a lectureIf you have prior higher education or equivalent work experience, we may be able to take this into account and allow you to enter your chosen course at an advanced level. For example, if you have an HND in an appropriate subject and want to achieve an Honours degree, you may be considered for exemption from the first two years of a full-time  degree (Level 4 and Level 5 studies).

You may also be awarded  credit for relevant prior learning such as previous courses studied, or  your industrial, professional or other experience. For example, if you have an HND you might be able to study part-time to ‘top-up’ to an Honours degree in two years.

Please email us using the ‘Contact us’ link on your chosen course information page if you think this may apply to you. Clearly identify the course you are interested in and the nature of your prior learning. Your enquiry will be forwarded to the course team for consideration.

Postgraduate degrees

Most of our taught postgraduate and research degrees will have entry requirements specific to the course. You can view these on the online prospectus page for each individual course.

Search our online prospectus here

However, below is some general guidance on our entry requirements for postgraduate study.

Master’s degrees

Most taught Master’s degrees require you to hold an Honours degree or equivalent qualification.

Detailed entry requirements for the degree you want to apply for can be found in the course description.

If you have prior higher education or equivalent work experience, we  may be able to take this into account and allow you to enter your chosen  course at an advanced level.

Please email us using the ‘Contact us’ link on your chosen course information page if you think this may apply to you.

Clearly identify the course you are interested in and the nature of your prior learning. Your enquiry will be forwarded to the course team for consideration.

Search our online prospectus here

Research degrees

To register for any form of research degree, you should normally hold a first or upper second class Honours degree in the proposed study area.

However, we are pleased to consider applicants who can demonstrate their capability by means of publications or employment responsibilities.

English language requirements

Overseas and European students are required to demonstrate suitable levels of English language competence.

All international students are tested when they arrive at the University of Hertfordshire. If the result of this test shows that you could benefit from additional English language study, you may be required to attend an English class alongside your studies.

For research degrees you would normally need an IELTS score of 6.5.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the process used to assess and formally recognise any of your learning which has taken place in the past. Examples include:

  • Study undertaken at another Higher Education Institution, where qualifications and academic credits were achieved, which is referred to as ‘Accredited Prior Certificated Learning’ (APCL);
  • Experiences outside your formal education (e.g. your work experience or any in-house company training), which is referred to as ‘Accredited Prior Experiential Learning’ (APEL).

If it is relevant and current, some of this prior learning could contribute to your entry qualifications for a programme where you don’t meet the formal requirements. You could also be exempted from studying one or more modules (unless the prior learning has already contributed towards the entry qualifications), and so count towards your University of Hertfordshire degree.

If you feel that you have prior learning which could provide exemption from part of a course, please state the nature of this learning on your application form. This will then be evaluated in terms of the number of credits and also the academic level of study it is equivalent to, and will often require you to provide further information in support of your request.

Should you have any queries regarding Accreditation of Prior Learning please contact ask@herts.ac.uk