As part of UEA’s commitment to supporting mature students into Higher Education, we work with local Access to HE providers to provide their students with a reduced offer.

These colleges include:

  • East Coast College (Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft)
  • City College Norwich
  • College of West Anglia (Kings Lynn campus)


Contextual admissions for Access to HE students:

A reduced entry offer of a pass in 45 Level 3 credits, including 30 at merit and pass in 15.

Please note this offer does not include the following courses:

  • Medicine or Medicine Pathway courses
  • Physiotherapy
  • Midwifery
  • Journalism courses accredited by the BJTC
  • Language courses may require an A Level in the relevant subject.
  • Biochemistry (BSc and MSci)
  • BSc Biochemistry with a placement year / year abroad
  • Chemistry (BSc and MSci)
  • BSc Chemistry with a placement year / year abroad
  • BSc Medical Research 
  • Medicinal chemistry (BSc and MChem) 
  • MChem Medicinal chemistry with a year in industry
  • Pharmacology and Drug Discovery (BSc and MSci)
  • Pharmacy (MPharm)
  • Social Work (MA)
  • Foundation years (these have a lower standard offer than the scheme, so are excluded by default) 

Please note that where there is a subject specific requirement, we may require 12 credits at either Merit or Distinction depending upon the course applied for.

In addition:

  • All specific subject pathways remain, including GCSE requirements stated on course listings
  • All specific content criteria remain
  • Offers may be subject to an acceptable sample of work for relevant courses
  • Offers may be subject to non-academic requirements for courses.

Where an offer is made and no prior interview or audition is required:

This will take the form of a guaranteed reduced grade offer for the course.

Where an offer is made for an interviewing course:

We will guarantee an interview (subject to the caveats listed above) and a reduced grade offer if the interview is successful and the student qualifies for an offer. This offer excludes Physiotherapy, Midwifery, Journalism courses accredited by the BJTC, and Medicine courses (including Medicine with a Gateway Year) where we are not able to guarantee an interview or give a reduced grade offer.



Admissions teams may also ask you for proof of English proficiency if your first language isn’t English. For more information, please visit our page on English Language Equivalencies.


Foundation years

Foundation years are a fantastic way for students who have had a break from education to join a university and spend a year getting to really know the courses they’re transitioning into. These are supportive mechanisms to help students to cement their existing skills into their degree study. Many students who have taken foundation years will describe the extensive insight they’ve had into subjects of interest and go on to perform very well on their main degree course. Find out more about our Foundation Year courses and hear from other students.

If you have any questions on where to complete any missing requirements, or have any questions, please contact Gemma on