Entry requirements

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This page contains information on general academic entry requirements for courses, plus non-academic entry requirements for courses involving work with children, such as Initial Teacher Education courses. For specific information related to course entry requirements, please also see the relevant course profile.

UCAS Tariff

The entry requirements for 2017 are: at least 104 UCAS points (260 points on the old tariff) including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent, or a total of 96 points from a maximum of 3 A levels or a BTEC Extended Diploma. Access Diploma students will need a completed diploma with a minimum of 39 level 3 units at merit or distinction.

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language or a recognised equivalent, are also required.

Newman recognises that applicants will have differing backgrounds and experience and that they will not all have had the same opportunities to demonstrate their potential. As a result, we may consider offering applicants who have been in care or who have attended a school in an area of deprivation where the level of performance in examinations is below average a reduced offer - see below for more information on contextual admissions.

Requirements for full-time and part-time undergraduate courses
Please find below some general information about how the courses you may currently be studying will help you meet our entry requirements. For specific information related to course entry requirements, please see the relevant course profile. For more information about the UCAS Tariff please visit UCAS website. Applicants to Newman are also encouraged to visit the University during one of our Open Days.

These entry requirements are designed to enable applicants who have studied different qualifications to be treated equally in the admissions process and ensure that everyone who is offered a place has the previous experience, knowledge and aptitude to be successful on Newman’s courses. Please click on the course name that you are currently studying to find out which results you need to achieve to study on the course of your choice at Newman:

A2 Levels
AVCE, BTEC, CACHE, OCR, International or European Baccalaureate
Access Courses
HND and Foundation Degrees
Qualifications from the Republic of Ireland
Scottish and Welsh qualifications

Contextual Admissions
Newman is committed to enabling all students to reach their potential, and recognise that in some cases students will not have had the opportunity to demonstrate their full potential in their previous education.  Newman will make a offer reduced by 40 UCAS points to students who studied for their GCSEs at a school where less than 30% of students achieved 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE.  For most schools this data will be supplied by UCAS, however if you are made a higher offer but believe your school has a current 5 A*-C GCSE pass rate of 30% or under please contact Admissions with evidence to obtain a revised offer. 
 

A2 Levels

Primary Initial Teacher Education: You will normally need to have 280 UCAS points (depending on specialism) including at least two grade Cs or above at A2 level (AS, General Studies or Critical Thinking are not considered), plus you will have passed five GCSEs (or equivalent) including English Language, Mathematics and a Science related subject at Grade C or above prior to application. Recent and relevant work experience, during the last two years, in a British primary state school setting is required before the interview.  Please remember that applicants to Initial Teacher Education courses, will also need to meet DBS, and Health Clearance requirements, see the Additional Entry requirements section for further information.

Single and Combined Honours: You will normally need to have a minimum of 280 points, including a minimum of two A2 levels at Grade C or above; plus five GCSEs (or equivalent) including English Language at Grade C or above. Some Single and Combined Honours courses will require qualifications in a particular subject at A level or GCSE. Please see the course specific entry profile for more information.

AVCE, BTEC, CACHE, OCR, or other qualifications (such as International or European Baccalaureate)

Primary Initial Teacher Education: You will normally need to have 280 points (depending on specialism) such as Distinction Merit Merit or Distinction Distinction Merit at BTEC; plus you will have passed five GCSEs (or equivalent) including English Language, Mathematics and a Science related subject at Grade C or above. Recent and relevant work experience, during the last two years, in a British primary state school setting is required before the interview. Please remember that applicants to Initial Teacher Education courses, will also need to meet DBS, and Health Clearance requirements, see the Additional Entry requirements section for further information.

Single and Combined Honours: You will normally need to have a minimum of 280 points, such as Distinction Merit Merit; plus five GCSEs including English Language at Grade C or above. Some Single and Combined Honours courses will require qualifications in a particular subject at GCSE. Please see the course specific entry profile for more information.
 

Access Courses

Newman welcomes students who come to us after completing an Access course. For all Single and Combined Honour degree courses you must pass your Access Certificate course to meet our entry requirements. For Access Diplomas this is a minimum of 39 credits with Merit or Distinction.

Initial Teacher Education: You will normally need an Access Diploma with a minimum of 39 credits at Merit or Distinction for Primary ITE. Access students applying for Initial Teacher Education degrees who do not meet the GCSE English, Mathematics or Science requirement must gain GCSE equivalency. Initial teacher education students will also need to undertake recent and relevant school experience in a British state school prior to interview. Please remember that applicants to Initial Teacher Education courses, will also need to meet DBS, and Health Clearance requirements, see the Additional Entry requirements section for further information.
 

Teacher Training GCSE Science Equivalencies see PDF at base of page.

 

HND and Foundation Degrees

If you have a relevant HND or foundation degree qualification you may progress onto the final year of a relevant undergraduate degree course.

Students from the Republic of Ireland

Initial Teacher Training: You will normally need to pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with between 280 points, to include at least 2 Highers at grade A2, depending on the exact course you are applying for; plus five Ordinary passes (or equivalent) including English Language, Mathematics and a Science related subject at Grade C1 or above. Recent and relevant work experience, during the last two years, in a British primary or secondary state school setting is required before the interview. Please remember that applicants to Initial Teacher Education courses, will also need to meet DBS, and Health clearance requirements, see the Additional Entry requirements section for further information.

Single and Combined Honours: You will normally need to pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 280 UCAS points, to include at least 2 Highers at grade A2; plus five Ordinary passes (or equivalent) including English Language at Grade C1 or above.

Students from Scotland and Wales

Students from Scotland and Wales are also welcome. Scottish Advanced Higher and Wales qualifications are considered based on UCAS tariff.

Requirements for foundation degrees
Entry requirements are flexible and recognise a range of level 3 academic qualifications, as well as relevant work experience (equivalent to Level 3). In addition, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance will be required for courses that involve working with children, young people or vulnerable adults. See below for further details.


Postgraduate courses

See our postgraduate Admissions Requirements page for further information for entry requirements for PGCE, MA/MSc, EdD and other postgraduate courses.


Additional Entry Requirements

Interviews & Applicant Visit Days

Short listed applicants for all ITE teaching courses, who meet the entry criteria, are invited for testing and an interview before being offered a place at Newman. Certain drama, english and youth & community work courses will also require an interview (interview/audition for drama). Single and combined honours applicants are encouraged to visit the campus for an Open Day and subsequently an Applicant visit Dayto view its facilities and meet staff.

If you are applying for a Teacher Education course or a course involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you will be required to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. Those wishing to start an initial teacher education course will also be required to meet the requirements for Capacity to Teach.

 

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance

You will be required to apply, through Newman, for an Enhanced Disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if your course involves working with children or vulnerable adults (e.g. PGCE, ITE, EYITT, Early Childhood Education & Care, Working with Children, Young People & Families and Youth & Community Work), unless you already have a valid DBS and have paid the annual subscription fee of £13. You will need to show your DBS clearance to Admissions and provide a link to your online DBS record. If you have any queries or questions, please contact Ms Andrea Bolshaw, Registrar and University Secretary on 0121 476 1181, extension 2210, or e-mail admissions@newman.ac.uk. Alternatively, visit www.gov.uk/dbs for additional information.

Capacity to Teach
Universities must ensure that entrants on Initial Teacher Education courses have met the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental capacity to teach. Newman takes great care to ensure that whilst all candidates meet the requirements for Qualifying to Teach it does not discriminate against disabled candidates, in either the selection procedures, requirements for progression and completion of training or provision of services.
Teaching is a demanding career and teachers have a duty of care towards the pupils in their charge. The health, education, safety and welfare of pupils must be taken into account in deciding on an individual’s capacity to teach. There are a number of factors taken into account when deciding whether a candidate meets the requirements for capacity to teach. Many disabled people or people with chronic illnesses may be capable to teach, just as non-disabled candidates or those without medical conditions may be unfit to teach. If you would like to discuss Capacity to Teach please contact Ms Andrea Bolshaw on 0121 476 1181, extension 2210.

 

Contact for all admission enquiries
Telephone 0121 476 1181 (Extension 2437)
E-mail: admissions@newman.ac.uk
Fax: 0121 476 1196

 

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pdf  GCSE Science Equivalencies Teacher Training Only
Last updated: 30 January 2015

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