Typical entry requirements are described on each of our courses. The wide range of qualifications that we consider
- BTEC qualifications
- International Baccalaureate Diploma and Certificates
- QAA-approved Access to HE Diplomas
- Open University courses
- Practicing professional qualifications
Our typical offer will require you to achieve
specific grades in three A-levels (or equivalent)
for most courses, although we consider additional
qualifications. For example, if your results fall short
of the offer level by a small margin, your result in
the Extended Project or an additional AS-level will
be taken into account. We want you to stand the
best chance of benefiting from an Essex Education.
We accept either General Studies or Critical
Thinking as one of your three A-levels. We will also
consider your application if you are re-taking one
or more exams. This applies to students taking modular A-level
examinations and those taking the reformed linear
Our statement on UK qualification reforms
Our general entrance requirements are a minimum of
two full A-levels and five GCSEs at grade C or above,
including English, or equivalent. Some courses also
have additional GCSE subject requirements which
you’ll find on the relevant subject pages. If you don’t
currently meet our GCSE requirements, contact our Admissions team for advice.
If you're not applying directly from school
If you are not applying directly from school or college then you need to
show recent evidence of your ability to undertake degree-level work and the
necessary study skills. Where there are course requirements, you will be
asked to demonstrate an equivalent knowledge of the subject. We will also
ask you to provide an academic reference from someone who is able to give a
professional opinion based on recent knowledge about your ability to study
at degree level. If you have not had any formal education for a period of time you may
need to undertake a preparatory course before joining us.
If you’re from outside the UK, we are more than
happy to make offers based on EU and international
qualifications that are considered equivalent to our
standard A-level offer. Contact our Admissions team for more information on specific
qualifications. Up-to-date information is also available with our course information.
Immigration and applying for a visa
If you’re applying from outside the European Economic Area and require a visa to study in the
UK, you’ll need to apply under Tier 4 of the UK
Government’s Points Based Immigration System
We are required to ensure compliance with UK
Home Office regulations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. In
some circumstances, we may be unable to make an
offer or issue a CAS if an applicant is unable to meet
all Tier 4 requirements, including when there have
been changes to these requirements made by the UK
Home Office. Find out more about immigration and applying for a visa.
You are required to have GCSE English at grade C or above (or equivalent). If English isn’t your first
language, you can demonstrate your level of English
language by achieving a specified score in IELTS or
another equivalent test that we accept. You don’t need
to achieve this level before making your application,
but it will be one of the conditions of your offer. Our
IELTS requirements are published with our course information.
requirements, including UK visas and immigration
minimum component scores:
Also see our country-specific language requirements, or contact our Admissions team for
further information about all the English language tests that we accept.
English language courses
We offer full-time, pre-sessional English language courses which can be taken before your degree.