If you are holding or studying towards the Access to HE Diploma we need 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3. How many credits are needed at distinction and merit levels will differ depending on the course you want to study. Typical offers range from 30 level three credits at distinction and 15 at merit to 15 level three credits at distinction and 30 at merit.
At least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction a
nd in addition at least 15 level 3 credits at a minimum of merit
You will also need to meet other course requirements, for example study of specific subjects or the passing of additional tests or interviews where these are needed for entry.
If you’re studying for or have already achieved A levels then you can find the grades you’ll need for your course on our Courses Database, as well as any subjects you’ll need to have studied. Our offers are usually based on the grades you achieve from your best three A levels, with grades ranging from A*A*A to BBB, but we don’t accept General Studies. You also won’t be able to count two AS levels as one A level. You don’t have to have studied your A levels in one sitting, as we will accept grades achieved in different years.
We consider a range of BTEC level 3 qualifications in combination with A levels (or equivalent). For many of our courses, the BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma can be accepted alone, however many of our courses also require specific subject A levels (or equivalent) alongside this.
The table below shows the basic BTEC (QCF) requirements, however for some courses you will need A levels in certain subjects in addition to these grades:
The table below shows the basic BTEC (RQF) requirements, however for some courses you will need A levels in certain subjects in addition to these grades:
If you're interested in studying Primary Education and are studying the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care & Education we'd welcome your application. We require a grade A from this qualification for entry to our Primary Education course.
The Cambridge Pre-U, as either the full Diploma or individual principal subjects, is excellent preparation for a degree at Durham. Individual pre-U principal subjects can also be combined with A levels to meet our entry requirements: A* at A level = D2 in pre-U principal subject A at A level = D3 in pre-U principal subject B at A level = M2 in pre-U principal subject C at A level = M3 in pre-U principal subject Our offers exclude the Global Perspectives course.
We consider the OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma in lieu of three A levels, with grades ranging from D*D*D to DDM. The OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma is considered in lieu of 2 GCE A levels, and the OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma in lieu of 1 A level. Where a specific subject or subjects are required at A level then you will still need to meet this requirement.
The table below shows the basic requirements, however for some courses you will need A levels in certain subjects in addition to these grades:
We value the extended project as a qualification which provides you with skills in project management and extended writing which are excellent preparation for university study and a successful higher education experience, but it does not form part of our offers.
We accept the International Baccalaureate Diploma and Career-elated programme (where this includes three individual Diploma Higher Level subjects). Offers are usually made on achievement of an overall IB Diploma grade or three individual Higher Level subjects at specified grades, including specific grades in specific subjects where this is needed for the course.
If you are studying for an A level with an English examination board in a science subject that includes a practical element (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology) then you must pass this as a condition of entry for our Faculty of Science courses.
Applicants with Scottish Highers or Advanced Highers are welcome to apply. We normally make offers based on 3 Advanced Highers, but will consider you if you are have a combination of Advanced Highers and Highers, or Highers alone if your school doesn’t offer the 3 Advanced Highers option.
We welcome applications from students of outstanding achievement and potential from all educational backgrounds. We will consider applicants studying T level qualifications for entry to many of our courses.
Where a course requires subject specific knowledge and this is not covered within the T level being studied, you may need to supplement your T level studies with a suitable qualification to meet this requirement, for example at A level. Where this is needed this will be clearly stated in our entry requirements.
Detailed entry requirements can be found on individual course entries on our courses database.
We value the Advanced Skills Challenge as a qualification which provides you with skills which are excellent preparation for university study and a successful higher education experience, but it does not form part of our offers.
We value the WJEC Level 3 Applied Certificate as a qualification which provides you with skills which are excellent preparation for university study and a successful higher education experience, but it does not form part of our offers. We will consider applicants studying a WJEC Level 3 Applied Diploma for entry to many of our courses. This is considered on a case by case basis.