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Applying to City

We offer high quality, challenging courses to applicants who demonstrate the preparation and potential to succeed.

Our admissions and selection processes aim to assess you fairly and consistently. We judge applications on individual merit, taking into account your academic achievements, relevant experience and your motivation to undertake the course.

Please note, all undergraduate applications need to be made through UCAS - The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Visit the UCAS website.

General requirements

To enter a degree course at City, you must:

  • Satisfy the University's general minimum requirement
  • Satisfy the individual course requirement
  • Be accepted by the course admissions tutor.

In order to meet the University's general requirement you should have or expect to obtain before admission:

  • Passes in two subjects at GCE 'A' level or
  • One 12 unit Double Award.

Other qualifications which meet the general requirement are:

  • Cambridge Pre-University
  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • Scottish Qualification Advanced Highers (SQA) and Advanced Highers
  • The Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level
  • The European Baccalaureate
  • Business Technology and Education Council (BTEC) Nationals (Qualifications and Credit Framework - QCF)
  • An Access to Higher Education Qualification.

English and mathematics requirements

You must possess a minimum level of competence in the English language and mathematics. Passes at grade C or above in General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) English Language and Mathematics or an equivalent qualification, fulfil this requirement. Some courses will ask for more than the minimum, so please check the course-specific requirements for further details.

Requirements for specific courses

In addition to general requirements, admission to most courses also requires passes in a specific subject or subjects relevant to the course. See the course information box in each course description for more details.

Typical offers

The typical offers shown in the course information section indicate the usual standard of achievement expected on joining the course. The actual offer you receive may be different. It is important to remember that many of our courses are very competitive and possessing the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.
Alternative methods of assessment

The University is seeking to develop reliable methods to assess the potential of candidates who do not possess expected levels of formal qualifications for entry. Where appropriate and available, approved entry tests may be offered to you which, on successful completion, will be deemed equivalent to the general entry requirements of the University.

Acceptable qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering combinations of GCE 'A' levels, Advanced Subsidiary, Vocational 'A' levels and Vocational Advanced Subsidiary. Typical offers will stipulate grades to be attained in Y13. They will usually be framed around successful completion of at least 18 units or the three full 'A' level equivalents. We would hope that candidates would take four 'AS' levels in Y12, converting three of them to 'A' levels in Y13. We appreciate that we will be presented with a wide variety of subjects at 'AS' level and look favourably on applicants who offer their fourth 'AS' in a contrasting subject. We understand the differences in resources between schools and endeavour not to disadvantage applicants who have been unable to take four.

New 14-19 Diploma qualifications

We welcome the introduction of the new 14-19 Diploma qualifications. Diploma applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis where appropriate subjects have been taken. Many courses will demand an 'A' level for Additional and Specialist learning while some will require a particular Specialist Unit. More detailed information will be published on our website and our UCAS entry profiles when it becomes available.

Overseas qualifications

We have long experience of welcoming students from many countries and assessing their educational background. School-leaving qualifications that may be considered for entry include:

  • Australian school leaving certificates
  • Canadian school leaving certificates
  • Hong Kong Advanced and Advanced Supplementary
  • India Year XII
  • International Foundation course from a recognised provider
  • Iranian Pre-University
  • Malaysia Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan
  • USA Advanced Placement tests.

Please contact the International Office with any queries about University policy on overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

All applicants are required to demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficient for them to be able to benefit from and participate fully in their degree. A pass in one of the following qualifications is the minimum expectation of the University:

  • GCSE English language at grade C or above
  • International GCSE in English as a second language at grade C or above
  • IELTS test of the British Council at 6.0 or above with a minimum score of 6.0 in the writing sub-test (6.5 overall with a minimum of 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in each sub-test for Law and Journalism courses)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with 79 IBT or above (100 for Business and Law). TOEFL is not considered suitable for Journalism
  • UCLES Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) at grade C or above
  • PTE Academic with 59 or above.

If you hold a qualification that is not listed, you should contact the International Office to find out whether it is acceptable.

Non-standard entrants

Applicants who do not have the standard academic requirement but who have significant life or work experience may be considered on individual merit. The course descriptions on this website give you a general indication of an appropriate background for a course.

Although you will need to apply for the course through UCAS, it is a good idea to contact admissions tutors first. They will discuss with you whether the degree is likely to help you achieve your goals and how your experience and educational background match the course requirements.

Evidence of recent study, such as an 'A' level evening class, an Open University Foundation course or a kite-marked Access course, is helpful. Some courses at City have foundation years that prepare you for the first year of a specific bachelor's degree course.

Equal opportunities

All applications are considered on individual merit and in accordance with our equal opportunities policy. Our admissions staff will look at your qualifications, background and experience and aim to ensure that you are given full and equitable treatment in pursuing your chosen course of study.

We admit students with the potential to succeed in Higher Education and welcome applications from people regardless of their gender, religion, age, race, national origin, social background, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or disability. We are also committed to the principles of widening participation and encourage applicants from disadvantaged and non-conventional academic backgrounds.