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Entry Requirements

We try to make our courses as accessible as possible, but since this a University validated degree course there are some entry requirements you will need to fulfill in order to come on the course. In regards to prior study there are two routes on to the course, one based on your prior study (the education route) or if you don’t meet the requirements of the education route there is also a mature entry route.
If you are aged 18 or over the you come onto the course via the education route if you have GCSE Maths and English at ā€˜Cā€™ or above, and 2 A Level passes (grade E or above) or equivalent, as long as you can provide us with copies of your certificates. If you are unsure whether or not your grades are equivalents, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.
Don’t worry if you don’t meet the requirements of the education route, we are happy to consider your application via the mature entry route. Once we receive your completed application form we will ask you to complete and pass an initial student evaluation essay, which helps programme staff to evaluate readiness to study at this level. Details are available by request to the office. Students who do not meet the level required can study on an access course offered by the college.
If you do not have traditional qualifications, you may be eligible for entry on the basis of Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (APL/APEL). We also consider applications for entry with advanced standing. Direct access to level 5 may be possible if you have completed 120 credits of a level 4 Higher Education programme, where the nature of your academic experience is deemed by the College to be equivalent to that of our programme. Direct access to level 6 may be possible if you have completed 240 credits at Level 4 and 5, i.e. students who have completed and passed a Dip HE or Foundation Degree, where the nature of your academic experience is deemed by the College to be equivalent to that of our programme.
If you are a British Citizen or have Leave to Remain and English is not your first language then we may well ask you to complete our Entry Essay regardless of your previous qualifications, or take our English Comprehension Test. This is for your own wellbeing as completing an English Undergraduate degree is hard work for native speakers and we need to be sure that your English is at a level to cope. If you are here on an EU passport and English is not your first language then we will need to ask you to complete an IELTS test. In order to come on the course you will need to score 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any component. For more information on IELTs please visit
As part of the Admissions process you will be invited to interview (usually at your local campus). This is an informal interview which gives us a chance to get to know each other, for you to see the campus and for us to find out what has led you to apply for the course.
At this time Springdale College cannot sponsor tier 4 visas. This means that we cannot accept applicants from non-EU countries onto any of our programmes, unless you already have permanent leave to remain in an EU country, or the right to work and study in the UK through the ancestral visa scheme. We cannot complete your application and offer you a place on a course without visa or residence details. If you are currently awaiting these, you can submit your application, but it will be on hold.
As you are probably aware, an exciting part of our course is the opportunity to spend a third of it at an assessed Mininstry Placement of your choice. We do not require that you have your placement figured out as part of your application, however we encourage you to start thinking about it as soon as possible. For some this is straightforward, if you are already involved in ministry at your local church or you know of an opportunity in your local then then you are welcome to use that as your placement. However, if you are unsure about what to do or don’t know of any opportunities then your local Campus should be able to help you find a suitable placement. All this will be discussed in depth at your interview.
A disclosure (DBS) is not a necessary pre-requisite for the programme, but may be required if placement activity requires engagement in Regulated Activity. DBS will be arranged through Regional Campuses, with details sent to Springdale College.
All our courses require students to be able to access and use a computer to complete enrolment processes; produce written work; access the Virtual Learning Environment [Moodle]; access on-line journal articles; access study skills advice on-line; access programme documentation and engage in on-line module activity. We recommend students have basic computer knowledge including word processing and using the internet. If students feel unequipped, Campus Tutors will advise on where computer courses can be found locally.
Our courses operate a fully open access policy in regards to age, gender, sexuality, disability, ethnicity and faith orientation.