Admissions requirements

The following pages provide an overview of our standard admissions requirements for entry to the University. This includes details of academic requirements for specific courses and other more general requirements which apply to all applicants.

Academic requirements

English language and mathematics requirements

You must be proficient in written and spoken English, normally demonstrated by grade C or above in GCSE English Language or an acceptable English language qualification.

Acceptable English language qualifications

Please be aware that because of the nature of certain subject areas, some courses require higher levels of achievement in English language, or achievement in other GCSEs (for example GCSE Mathematics). Details of any additional GCSE requirements are included in our course specific entry requirements, available in our online prospectus at:

Online Undergraduate Prospectus

Entry qualifications

We welcome applications from students studying a range of UK, European and International qualifications that offer suitable preparation for study at the University. Details of the qualifications that we consider for entry can be found on the following webpages:

A Levels

Other accepted UK qualifications

Accepted EU and International qualifications

If you are currently deciding which Level 3 qualifications to study in Years 12 or 13 (or equivalent), you might find it useful to read the Informed Choices guide, to which the University of Sheffield contributed:

Informed Choices

Course entry requirements

All courses require you to achieve certain grades in your qualifications, and some require prior study and knowledge of specific subjects. Individual course entry requirements are available in our online undergraduate prospectus at:

Online Undergraduate Prospectus

Please note that the entry requirements listed in our paper prospectus may be subject to change. We advise you to check the online prospectus for up-to-date information. Please also note that entry requirements for some courses may change for late applicants (ie those applying after 15 January).

Other requirements

The University also requires all applicants to be capable of undertaking a period of high level study leading to a degree qualification.

Our Admissions Policy

Our Fitness to Study Policy

The University has specific procedures for the declaration of criminal convictions. Courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Speech Science, Orthoptics and Social Work also require you to undergo a full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Criminal convictions procedures and DBS check requirements