When we receive an enquiry from a potential student regarding one of our degree courses we invite you in for an informal discussion which is called an Initial Advice with a Support Tutor. At this initial discussion you will receive all the information you need regarding studying at Holy Cross University Centre, how to apply, fees and funding available etc. Support Tutors will also review your existing qualifications, discuss entry requirements for your chosen course and advise on a suitable alternative pathway if relevant.
For full time courses, applications are made online through UCAS (University and College Admissions Service) which forwards your application to the university associated with your course. Support Tutors will advise you on how to make an application via UCAS.
For part time courses, applications come directly to Holy Cross University Centre. Your Support Tutor will provide you with an application form and advise you on completing it.
The UCAS Tariff system, which allocates points to a range of qualifications in university entry requirements, is changing for students joining programmes from September 2017 onwards. This means that the standard points requirements to join degrees will look lower in 2017 than 2016 although you will still have to achieve the same grades.
For example, someone taking 3 x A2 levels in 2016 may be made an offer conditional on getting 260 points (equivalent to B,C,C on the old UCAS tariff) whereas someone taking the same A2 levels in 2017 may be asked to get 104 points (equivalent to B,C,C on the new tariff).
We also understand that many of our applicants have qualifications that are not on the UCAS tariff and that they may have other skills and experience that are transferable to degree level study. We actively seek and welcome applicants with a variety of qualifications and/or experience.
At Holy Cross University Centre we work with more than one university partner and offer different types of degree programmes; this means that the entry requirements are not the same for all courses. For example: we have some courses where entry is assessed mainly on academic entry qualifications; some courses where an alternative entrance assessment is an option; and other courses which are work based and have an entrance requirement to be in a specific type of placement.
For these reasons it is important that all potential applicants come in to Holy Cross University Centre to have an initial advisory meeting with a Support Tutor so that we can spend time discussing specific circumstances and course entry requirements in more detail.