This page provides an overview of the standard requirements for entry to the University. This includes both academic requirements, designed to ensure that students are capable of succeeding on their chosen course, and other more general requirements that apply to all applicants.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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).
Foundation year courses
For Engineering and some science courses we offer foundation years for strong students who don't have the subject background required for direct entry to the first year.
Through our Department for Lifelong Learning, we also offer foundation courses in a range of other subjects designed for students who have non-standard qualifications, who have had a sustained period out of education or whose studies have been significantly disrupted.
International students can apply for a foundation course at the University of Sheffield International College, which offers guaranteed progression to our degree courses upon successful completion.
The University also requires all applicants to be capable of undertaking a period of high level study leading to a degree qualification.
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.