are IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each language skill. Some courses require a higher level of English proficiency. Please refer to the subject pages for more information. Higher English for speakers of other languages Where we have requested Higher English as an entry requirement, we will also accept Higher ESOL. complete the course successfully within the normal duration of the course of study. Applicants should be able to demonstrate recent and relevant study. We have a Transition and Pre-Entry Adviser who can offer mature students advice on this application. You may be considered for advanced entry to a later stage of a course if you can show that you have reached the level of education that would have been achieved in the earlier stages of the course. This could be through completion of another qualification, such as a diploma, or through relevant employment experience. Entry from further education Many HNC and HNDs allow advanced entry through articulation into the second and third years of our courses. As it is not possible to list all the qualifications we accept, please see our website at www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications. Where we require a specific level of achievement in the graded units, this is detailed on the course page. Where advanced entry is not possible, then a relevant HN qualification may be sufficient for entry into the first year of a course. Entry as a mature student We welcome applications from mature students. If you do not have the normal entrance requirements for a course, but you are over 21 and can demonstrate that you are capable of sustained study, you may be considered for exceptional entry to an undergraduate course. In the selection process, the guiding principle is that you should be able to Access and foundation courses If you do not have any formal qualifications, but you would like to study one of the courses offered by QMU, a Foundation or Access course offered by a further education college or other institution could provide you with the experience and qualifications for entry. These courses are normally geared towards people who have been away from education for a period of time. The Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) offers a range of local Access courses. Details of which SWAP Access courses are recommended for entry to each course are given on our website. Before embarking on an Access or foundation programme, you are welcome to contact our Admissions staff for advice on the best way to proceed. The application process: UCAS All home and international applications to QMU’s full-time first degree courses 161 should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Our courses are all listed in the UCAS Directory and at www.ucas.com. The course codes at QMU, which you need to include in your application, are listed in this prospectus on the individual course information pages. The institution code is Q25. UCAS can start receiving applications for entry in autumn 2019 from September 2018. If possible, your application should reach UCAS by 15 January 2019. We encourage you to apply as early as possible, having made a careful and considered choice. All applications submitted before the UCAS deadline will receive equal academic consideration. Late applications are accepted by UCAS after 15 January 2019, but they are considered at QMU’s discretion. Where we receive a large volume of applications, and the number of places on a course is limited, the majority of our decisions will be made after the January UCAS deadline. UCAS application fee There is an application fee when applying through UCAS. You can pay online using a credit or debit card or you may be able to pay via your school. Deferred entry Applicants already holding an unconditional offer for a course may request to defer entry to the University by one year. If you wish to defer you must contact the Admissions Office, stating the reasons for your request. Requests will be considered on an individual basis.