Entry requirements

As we are one of the top departments in the country our entry requirements reflect the strong competition for places.

Firm or insurance choice?

Some universities may make you an unconditional offer based on your predicted A Level grades, as long as you make them your firm choice. At Sheffield we don't think that's the right thing to do. Our advice? Aim high. If Sheffield is your top choice, firm us. If you're good enough, you'll make the grade.



A Levels ABB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject (Politics, Sociology, Childhood Studies, Psychology)
BTEC National Extended Diploma / National Diploma DDD in a relevant subject area
Access to HE Diploma We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3) in a relevant subject area to the chosen course. Of the 45 credits at Level 3, 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher.
Further information for mature students can be found here.
International Baccalaureate 33 points
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2
Scottish Highers AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB
Other qualifications

CACHE Level Three Diplomas - the entry requirement for Diplomas awarded from 2009 is a grade A

Foundation Years - we welcome applications from students currently studying on foundation year courses, such as The Department for Lifelong Learning’s Part-time Foundation Programme in Combined Studies. These applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you need further advice.

We are happy to consider BTEC National Diplomas and Extended Diplomas as entry qualifications in their own right, and other kinds of BTECs in combination with other qualifications, such as A-levels. For further information, please check the Other UK qualifications webpage, and feel free to inquire about your specific circumstances.

Other EU/international qualifications

Other requirements

  • All applicants must have GCSE Grade 4 or Grade C in English or equivalent. International students need overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification. See Equivalent English language qualifications.

  • For the work placement module in Year 2 all students undertaking work placements may require a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, which is funded by the School of Education and non-UK clearance checks where necessary (see Fees and Funding).

    Non-UK clearance is necessary if you have spent three consecutive months or more in any other country in the past five years. It is often easier to obtain the clearance while in residence in the relevant country. Please note that the clearing will become invalid if you return to that country for a period of three consecutive months or more prior to the placement.

    See Criminal records checks for overseas students.

Access Sheffield

We recognise that ability isn't always demonstrated through a standard set of A Level or equivalent qualifications. Depending on your circumstances, we may be able to give your application additional consideration when we receive it and when exam results are released under our Access Sheffield policies. For further information please visit the Access Sheffield webpage.

How to apply

All candidates for the full-time degree programme need to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You may also find it helpful to consult the general university admissions pages for prospective students.

Candidates for the full-time degree programme will not normally be required to attend for interview, but on the offer of a place you will be invited to attend an open day in the School of Education. These give you an opportunity to get to know some of our staff and to participate in a taster seminar.

Further information for anyone applying as a mature student can be found on the mature student webpage.


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