Our Can I get in? section explains what universities and colleges consider when deciding whether to offer you a place on a course.
Here we talk about the information we have on Discover Uni and what else to look for.
Discover Uni information on entry
Why can’t I search by my predicted or actual grades?
Published entry requirements are often only a guideline and the actual grades held by those who get accepted onto the course can be different. We don’t let you search by entry requirements because we don’t want you to rule out courses that you might be able to get into. You could be given a lower offer if you meet certain criteria, so it’s worth checking on the university or college course page to see whether that applies. This is sometimes called contextual admissions.
We publish two sets of information on Discover Uni that can help alongside published entry requirements. These are both based on data collected for students who have previously started the course.
Tariff points held on entry
This shows the actual UCAS tariff points for qualifications held by students who started the course over the last three years.
The UCAS tariff is used in university and college admissions and qualifications are assigned a tariff value based on their level, size and the grade achieved.
You can find out more about the UCAS tariff and calculate the points for your qualifications on the UCAS website.
Qualifications held on entry
This gives you an idea of what qualifications those who did the course previously had. You might find this useful if you have qualifications other than A-levels or BTECS.
Published entry requirements
As well as the grades you need to get, you can find out if you need qualifications in a particular subject on university or college websites. There are also sometimes other requirements for entry, such as needing to pass a medical for particular courses.
If your qualifications don’t appear in those listed or if you are unsure about anything in the published requirements, it’s worth ringing the admissions team.
If the course is one you apply to through UCAS, the entry requirements will be on the course page on the UCAS website too.