Advice for parents about the career options for their children

Qualification requirements

All university applicants have to satisfy two different sets of criteria in order to be accepted onto their chosen course: one is the university's general entry requirements and the other are the academic qualifications needed to undertake the specific course.

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These requirements are different for each university. Each institution will outline not just the qualifications that they will accept, but also the minimum grades they will expect from applicants. You will need to check university websites and the UCAS website for specific details about each course. The admissions criteria will be listed in either specific exams or grades or in UCAS tariff points. The most accurate and up to date method of ascertaining this information however will come at the source - the admissions advisers at the particular university itself. Remember to always contact them by telephone or email for confirmation of what you have read on the various web sources.

Certain vocational courses, for example medicine, will also have a requirement for some sort of relevant work experience as well as the applicant being required to pass specific entrance tests such as the BMAT or GAMSAT for medicine or LNAT for law.


GCSEAll applicants are required to achieve a minimum level of English. This equates to a pass at grade C or above in GCSE English Language or a recognised equivalent.