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 changes to A level and GCSEs from September 2015 and we have not made any major changes to our entry requirements.

  • A levels

    We consider each application on its merits and, although we do look at AS grades (if available) as part of our selection process, we also consider the applicant's predicted grades, GCSEs, personal statement and reference when making an academic decision.

    We understand that schools have adopted a number of approaches to the reforms and we do not expect all applicants to have AS level qualifications.

    The University has a long tradition of welcoming applicants from a wide range of backgrounds taking a variety of qualifications and are used to admitting students with a combination of qualifications including A levels and BTEC/Access to HE Diplomas/vocational qualifications.

    We will require a pass in the practical element of Science A levels for certain science and engineering courses and this is clearly specified in the individual course entry requirements.

    For non-science degrees we require an overall grade with no requirement for a pass in the practical element.

  • GCSEs

    We require GCSE in English Language and Mathematics for all courses (and Science or Double Science where specified on the individual course pages).

    Under the old grading structure the required grade is C in all required subjects unless otherwise specified on the individual course pages.

    Under the new grading structure we require a grade 4 or above in all required subjects.

Hertfordshire Unconditional Offer Scheme 2018

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 4 May 2018. 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.