General Entry Requirements

Bucks New University welcomes applications from students studying a wide range of qualifications from around the world. Whilst you can find specific details of our international qualification requirements under the ‘Your Country’ page, our typical tariff for undergraduate entry is 80-96 UCAS points. Entry to taught postgraduate programmes normally requires a first degree, but relevant experience, in some cases, can substitute for this requirement.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for our three year programmes, or those who do not feel fully prepared for first year entry, can be considered for the four year programme including a foundation year. Applicants to these will have typically achieved 32 UCAS tariff points. International students with IELTS 6.0 (5.5) or below will have to undertake an enhanced curriculum in addition to the advertised programme.

Suitability for entry to our programmes can be demonstrated in a number of ways and is not limited to academic qualifications alone and applicants who do not meet our published entry requirements are encouraged to contact admissions for advice at admissions@bucks.ac.uk.

Specific professional programmes (such as Nursing and Social Work) frequently require a higher tariff for entry that can be found on the relevant course page. Applicants may also be required to undertake an additional written assessment to establish that an appropriate level of ability in English language and mathematics has been achieved.

To study at Bucks New University applicants must demonstrate they have sufficient English language ability to be able to succeed prior to their enrolment. This is typically evidenced through completion of a GCSE, level 2 and or by an equivalent programme from a majority English speaking country.

Any student who has studied in a non-majority English speaking country will typically be asked to complete an additional qualification testing English language ability (speaking, listening, reading & writing). Bucks New University accepts the following English language tests in addition to GCSE:

Language Test

General Undergraduate Requirement*

General Postgraduate Requirement*

IELTS Academic / IELTS for UKVI

6.0 (5.5)

6.5 (5.5)

Pearson Test of English

50 (42)

58 (42)

Functional Skills English (Level 2)

Pass

Pass

Adult Literacy (Level 2)

Pass

Pass

Integrated Skills in English (ISE II)

Reading: Pass; Listening: Pass;

Speaking: Pass; Writing: Pass

Reading: Pass; Listening: Pass;

Speaking: Pass; Writing: Pass

International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard Level English Language Syllabus

Grade 5 or above

Grade 5 or above

International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level English Language Syllabus

Grade 4 or above

Grade 4 or above

NCUK International Foundation Year: English for Academic Purposes Module

Grade C or above

Grade C or above

Edexcel IGCSE English Language A

Grade C / 4, or above, including Speaking and Listening

Grade C / 4, or above, including Speaking and Listening

Edexcel IGCSE English as a Second Language

Grade B / 6, or above, including Speaking and Listening

Grade B / 6, or above, including Speaking and Listening

*In some instances, courses may involve professional accreditation which requires a higher level of English language than included in the table above and a specific English test. Please refer to individual course pages for further information.

Applicants wishing to submit an English qualification not listed on the University website or that would like to book an internal language examination should contact Bucks New University Admissions at admissions@bucks.ac.uk for advice.