Entry requirements and qualifications

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  1. What are your entry requirements?

    Entry requirements differ between courses. You’ll find entry requirements for each programme on its course page...

  2. I already have a degree - can I study another one?

    If you already have a degree and want to study a programme which is at an equivalent or lower level, you’d be classed as having Equivalent or Lower Qualifications...

  3. I started my course at another university but now want to study at Sunderland - can I transfer?

    This may be possible; the decision would be made by an academic tutor and would be based on the content of your previous study...

  4. What English language qualifications do you accept?

    We accept a wide range of English language qualifications...

  5. I’m a mature student - what is the entry criteria for a mature student?

    All students, including mature students, must meet the entry requirements for their programme...

  6. I don’t know how many UCAS points my qualifications have - can you help?

    We accept UCAS points from all qualifications on the UCAS Tariff...

  7. I studied outside the UK - how many UCAS points do I have?

    Please contact Admissions on 0191 515 3154 or studentadmin@sunderland.ac.uk if you’re unsure of how many UCAS points you have.

  8. I studied my level three qualifications a while ago - are they still valid?

    Yes - your qualifications do not expire. However some qualifications evolve over time...

  9. I don’t have GCSEs – can I study these alongside my course?

    No – you must meet the GCSE requirements of your programme before you can enrol.

  10. I have a BTEC National Diploma, can I apply to study at the university?

    Yes, we accept both BTEC National Diplomas and Certificates as long as you receive 112 UCAS points from your qualification.

  11. I have completed an Access Course, can I apply to study at the university?

    We will require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency...

  12. I’m from Scotland and took the Scottish Highers, can I apply to study at the university?

    Our typical offer is for 112 UCAS points from Scottish Higher qualifications.

  13. I’m from Ireland and received an Irish Leaving Certificate, can I apply to study at the University?

    Our typical offer is for 112 UCAS points from an Irish Leaving Certificate.

  14. I’m an international student, will my qualification allow me to study at the university?

    Please call the Student Helpline for advice on other acceptable qualifications...

  15. My Qualification isn’t listed here, am I still eligible?

    You might still be eligible even though your qualification is not listed here...

  16. I’m a mature student, will there be any help for me?

    As a mature student, you might benefit from our dedicated Returners to Learning Progression Scheme...

  17. I know some of the topics covered in my course, do I still need to study all of it?

    If you feel you already know some of the topics that are covered in your course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work...

  18. What awards does the university have?

    The University of Sunderland has been recognised for its outstanding work in widening participation within higher education...

  19. How can I prepare for my QTS numeracy skills test?

    For help and advice in preparing for the QTS numeracy skills tests, please see the links below and downloadable documents.

  20. What is your admissions policy?

    Our admissions policy is available to view and download here...

  21. Will you be attending a local UCAS fair?

    We're pleased to be attending several UCAS fairs in your local area, in the next few months...