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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree courses

Specific entry requirements for each course can be found in the course details. We are not able to list all the qualifications. If your qualifications are not included, please ring our admissions staff on 0114 225 5555 or admissions@shu.ac.uk and we can advise you.

HND courses - at least one of the following

  • a pass in one subject at GCE/VCE A level, having studied a second subject to A level
  • a BTEC/SCOTVEC national certificate/diploma
  • a GNVQ at advanced/level 3

Those without the qualifications listed above may be admitted to a course at the discretion of the University. If your qualification is not listed above, please ring our admissions staff on 0114 225 5555 or email admissions@shu.ac.uk for advice.

Postgraduate taught courses
Applicants should normally have one of the following

  • a first degree or professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to degree standard
  • an HND accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field

There may be specific requirements for courses in particular professional areas, and for these courses you will normally be expected to have relevant work experience. But we try to be as accommodating as possible.

If you do not meet our formal entry requirements, but still feel you can demonstrate the ability to complete the course successfully, please contact us for an informal chat. Use the contact details listed within the entry for the course you are interested in.

Students whose first language is not English

We usually expect applicants to be competent to the level of TOEFL 570 (paper-based tests) or 235+ (computer-based tests) or IELTS 6. For subjects like law you will need a much higher level. Check the specific requirements for any course that interests you.

All non-UK students can study English free for two or four hours per week on our University English Scheme. If your English needs improving, we suggest you to take one or more intensive English course at our TESOL centre before starting your course.

Entry with credit for previous study or experience

It may be possible to count some of your earlier study or work experience towards the qualification you wish to study. If you have successfully completed all or part of a higher education course, you may be able to use this to gain entry to the second or third year of a course. Smaller amounts of credit at higher education level could also count towards your qualification. This is called accreditation of prior credited learning.

If you have worked for some time and your learning at work is relevant, and at a suitable level for the course you intend to follow, it may be possible for this experience to count towards your qualification. This is called accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

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