Eligibility and entry requirements

Our courses are designed specifically for mature learners who have been out of education for some time and haven’t previously accessed higher education. The requirements for entry are different from those for students wishing to enter directly onto a degree programme elsewhere in the University.

Lifelong learning student

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply, you should:

  • Have been out of formal full-time Level 3 education (usually A-Levels or Access courses) for 2+ years  
  • Have potential to succeed on your chosen course, evidenced by a combination of work, life and prior educational experience
  • Have an understanding and commitment to the subject-area of your chosen course
  • Be prepared for the demands that undergraduate degree level study will place upon you
  • Be 21 or over (see below for advice for younger applicants)

If you match all of these criteria, please check our entry requirements.


Foundation year entry requirements

You must demonstrate that you meet the University of Sheffield’s minimum academic entry requirements for English language (normally demonstrated by GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent). If you are a non-native English speaker you can demonstrate proficiency through IELTS 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

A minimum GCSE grade D/3 in Mathematics (or equivalent) may also be required. A GCSE grade C/4 may be required for some science programmes. 

You will be asked to complete literacy and numeracy assessments as part of the DLL selection process. The outcome of these tests will be used in admissions decisions.

In addition, applicants should be able to demonstrate evidence of:

  • Potential to succeed on their chosen degree programme, evidenced by a combination of work, life and prior educational experience
  • Understanding and commitment to the subject-area of their chosen degree programme
  • Preparedness for the demands that undergraduate degree level study will place upon them

If you are applying for BMus Music with Foundation Year, you must also demonstrate:

  • Evidence of prior musical learning, which could include Music GCSE, Grade V theory and/or Grade VIII practical (ABRSM or equivalent)

If you do not hold any of these qualifications you may be asked to sit a short test at interview.

See the BMedSci Orthoptics with Foundation Year page for additional specific entry requirements for this course


Additional information

Younger applicants

Non-mature applicants will only be considered where they have not been in recent, full-time, post-16 education and where they have experienced extenuating circumstances which have had a demonstrable impact on level 3 achievements.

Additional supporting information should be provided in accordance with the terms and conditions of the University’s Disrupted Studies initiative and supported by third party evidence (e.g. a medical note).

Applicants with previous higher education experience

Applicants who have previously studied at HE level are strongly advised to contact Student Finance England before applying to check eligibility for funding.

Upcoming events

Rediscover Your Potential 2019
20th November 5PM-8PM

Mature student open evening.

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The Discover Course 2019/2020

Six week courses in Barnsley, Sheffield and Rotherham. 

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