If you think that the programme is something you are interested in, it’s important to consider the eligibility criteria. You must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland and be in full-time attendance at a school or college in Northern Ireland.
- Currently be in year 1 of an acceptable (to the University) two-year Level 3 qualification such as A-Levels, BTEC etc. This means that the subjects you are currently studying meet the specific requirements for the course(s) in the Pathway you are applying to. It is also important to note that for Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy courses Level 3 BTEC, OCR and other non A-Level qualifications are not acceptable.
- Ensure that neither of your parents have attended university nor obtained an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in the UK, Ireland or abroad. However if a parent is currently studying for their first degree or has graduated within the last 5 years your application will still be considered for the programme.
- Have at least: 7 GCSEs (or equivalent acceptable to the University, such as BTEC) at grades A*-C, including English Language, of which 5 of your GCSE grades must be at grade B or above. Again, GCSE grades need to satisfy any requirements for the course(s) on your Pathway (for example, a grade B in Maths at GCSE to study Business courses).
In addition to the above, you must also meet at least one of the below criteria:
- Be eligible for or are currently receiving free school meals (FSM) and/or Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
- Be the main carer for a family member or dependant.
- Have a permanent residence postcode that is classified as being in a "disadvantaged neighbourhood” by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
- You can check the eligibility of your postcode online using the postcode checker.
- Be a Newcomer, a Refugee or an Asylum Seeker.
- If you are care experienced or currently in the care of a Health and Social Care Trust, you are automatically offered a place on the programme provided you meet the requirements of Section A: Northern Ireland resident, 1st year of a 2 year Level 3 programme and GCSE (or equivalent) grades.
Students applying with Asylum Seeker status may be limited to the courses for which they can apply and the benefits they receive from the programme. Queen's University welcomes applications from students with a disability or long term condition.
Before finalising your Pathway choice, it is advised that you research the courses you are most interested in on the website at www.qub.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate in order to ensure that you meet all of the required criteria, such as A-Level subjects and GCSE requirements.
It is also important to check the Key Dates section to make sure you are available throughout the course - especially during our Summer Schools.