Entry criteria

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Entry criteria for Bournemouth & Poole College

What you need to achieve

Each course has specific entry requirements.

Honours Degree applicants are expected to achieve a minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points and have passed a range of relevant GCSEs at grades 9-4 (formerly A*-C). 

Full-Time courses

If you’re applying to a Full-Time Foundation Degree or a Full-Time HND, you will need:

48 UCAS Tariff points from two A Levels, or an equivalent Level 3 qualification (e.g. Access to Higher Education Diploma, BTEC National Diploma, NVQ 3)

Four GCSEs at grades 9-4 (formerly A*-C), including maths and English or an equivalent qualification

Part-Time courses

If you’re applying to a Part-Time Higher National/Certificate/Diploma course, you will normally be expected to have achieved:

48 UCAS Tariff points from two A Levels, or an equivalent Level 3 qualification (e.g. Access to Higher Education Diploma, BTEC National Diploma, NVQ 3)

Four GCSEs at grades 9-4 (formerly A*-C), including maths and English or an equivalent qualification


Unsure about your qualifications? You can check by using the handy UCAS Tarfiff Calculator.

Please check your expected UCAS points against our benchmarks

For all courses you will be required to demonstrate a set of skills necessary to fulfil the demands of the course, including an ability to express yourself satisfactorily in written English, basic numeracy and a basic understanding of the relevant subject area. These skills should be demonstrated at a minimum of Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework. Level 2 qualifications include GCSEs, Level 2 Key Skills and Level 2 NVQ or equivalent. We may award UCAS tariff points for Key Skills achieved at Level 3.

For some courses a range of credentials, including work experience, training and portfolios of work, may be considered as evidence that you are suitable for and able to complete a course successfully. If you currently hold any of these credentials and would like them to be taken into account on your application, they will be considered on an individual basis.

Other types of qualifications that meet the benchmark requirement include:

Access to Higher Education Diploma Courses (recognised by QAA)
Advanced Diploma
BTEC National Certificate or Diploma
International/European Baccalaureate
Irish Leaving Certificate
National Certificate or Diploma
National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
Scottish Certificate of Education
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma