Other UK qualifications

We consider a range of qualifications at Level 3 or above (in the Regulated Qualifications Framework) for entry to our undergraduate courses.

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If you're taking A Levels, you can find information about our requirements on our A Levels webpage.

This page lists some of the other qualifications we consider. Precise entry requirements vary for each course, and some courses don't accept all of the qualifications listed. Courses with subject prerequisites also require specific grades/scores in individual subjects.

The information below should be read alongside our general admissions requirements. If you're taking a qualification which isn't listed, please contact the Admissions Service for advice.

If you know which course(s) you'd like to apply for, please also refer to course entry requirements in our undergraduate online prospectus and on UCAS course search.


Equivalences for UK/EU qualifications

A Level A*AA AAA AAB ABB BBB
Access to HE Diploma 60 Credits overall, 45 at Level 3 including 42 at Distinction and 3 at Merit 60 Credits overall, 45 at Level 3 including 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit 60 Credits overall, 45 at Level 3 including 36 at Distinction and 9 at Merit 60 credits overall, 45 at Level 3 including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit 60 credits overall, 45 at Level 3 including 24 at Distinction and 21 at Merit
BTEC L3 National Extended (RQF)/Extended (QCF) Diploma D*DD D*DD DDD DDD DDM
BTEC L3 National Extended (RQF)/Extended (QCF) Diploma + 1 A Level D*DD + A DDD + A DDD + A DDD + B DDM + B
BTEC L3 National Diploma (RQF)/Diploma (QCF) + 1 A Level D*D + A DD + A DD + A DD + B DD + B
BTEC L3 National Extended Certificate (RQF)/Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) + 2 A Levels D + A*A D + AA D + AB D + BB D + BB
BTEC L3 National Foundation (RQF)/90 Credit (QCF) Diploma D + AA D + AA D + AB D + BB D + BB
Cambridge Pre-U Certificates D2 D3 D3 D3 D3 D3 D3 D3 M2 D3 M2 M2 M2 M2 M2
European Baccalaureate 85% 83% 80% 77% 75%
International Baccalaureate (IB) 37 36 34 33 32
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) – 2017 onwards award H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 H3 H2 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 H3
SQA Highers AAAAA + A in Advanced Higher AAAAA AAAAB AAABB AABBB
SQA Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAAAA + A AAAAB + A AAABB + A/B6 AABBB + B ABBBB + B
SQA Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAA + AA AAAAB + AA AAABB + AB AABBB + AB ABBBB + BB
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate A + A*A A + AA B + AA B + AB B + BB
Cambridge Technical Diploma

We consider the 18-unit Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it's in a subject relevant to the chosen degree course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Diploma (for example DDD or DDM) at the same levels indicated in the table above for the BTEC Extended Diploma. Some courses specify required levels of achievement in particular units or may ask for additional qualifications to satisfy subject requirements.

We consider the 12-unit Cambridge Technical Diploma where taken alongside one, and the 6-unit Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma where taken alongside two, A Level subjects. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Diploma at the same levels indicated in the table above for the BTEC National Diploma and National Extended Certificate respectively. We advise applicants to avoid combinations of similar subjects in their Cambridge Technicals and A Levels.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

We don't require the EPQ for entry although we encourage students to complete an EPQ where possible, as we value the development of skills in independent study and research that it can offer.

Some academic departments may include the EPQ in an alternative offer where this is judged to be in a subject area relevant to the chosen degree course and is completed alongside three A Levels. More information is available on our Access Sheffield page:

Access Sheffield

NVQ Level 3

We consider applications from students offering NVQ Level 3 qualifications provided they're in a relevant subject area and are taken alongside two A Level subjects, or equivalent. We also advise students to avoid combinations of similar subjects in their A Levels and NVQs.

Open University units

We consider Open University courses where the required academic preparation and any subject prerequisites have been satisfied. As a minimum we normally require 120 credits at Level 1 in a relevant subject area for entry to the first year of our degree courses.