Direct entry to a degree course

Information on how to apply directly to a degree programme.

Firth Court Rotunda from Weston Park

Whether you're in the process of choosing your next steps to prepare for university or you're ready to apply for a degree, we have a long history of welcoming mature students. A mature student is somebody who will be aged 21 or over at the start of their course.

As a mature student your application is guaranteed to be given additional consideration, relating to your relevant academic, professional and life experiences.


Direct Entry to a degree course

If you are ready to apply for your chosen course please use UCAS course search or browse our online prospectus to find the entry requirements for the course you are interested in.

Remember, entry requirements vary from course to course and, in some cases, additional qualifications may be required.

Want to know the other qualifications which we consider for entry? Try our other UK qualifications page.

Applying for a place

For details of how to apply for a full-time course, go to the UCAS Apply webpages.

If you are applying for a part-time course please visit the web page for that course and follow the link to our online application form.

Our guidance on applying, including our standard requirements, can be found via our applying essentials page.


Other options

Access to HE Diploma and other courses

These courses are provided by many local colleges.

Access to HE Diploma courses

There are other options, such as Open University courses, which we consider on a case-by-case basis.

Science and Engineering Foundation Year

For courses in engineering and some science subjects, our Science and Engineering Foundation Year is intended for strong applicants who don’t have the subject background required for entry to the first year of a degree course.

Mature international students

If you are a mature international student and don't meet our entry requirements, you should contact the University of Sheffield International College to discuss their preparatory courses.

Upcoming events

Rediscover Your Potential 2019
28th November 2019 5-8pm

Our annual open evening event for adult learners thinking about University study.

Find out more 

The Discover Course 2019/2020

Six week courses being offered in Barnsley, Sheffield and Rotherham. 

Find out more