Admission Entry Criteria and Requirements

Entry Requirements for HND Courses

  • Must be 18 years and above
  • a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Business or Hospitality
  • One GCE A level pass in a relevant subject and passes at GCSE level
  • a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent) and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as Maths and English
  • other related Level 3 qualifications
  • an Access to Higher Education Diploma from an approved further education institution
  • relevant work experience, or
  • an international equivalent to the above qualifications.
  • English Language – a B2 or IELTS level 5.5.
  • Literacy and Numeracy Test for all applicants
  • Formal Interview (for all applicants)

Mature applicants – a minimum of 3 years work experience at supervisory level and meet the English language requirement. Recognition of prior learning will be considered on the basis of College RPL policy.

Our Recognition of Prior Learning policy means that students’ previous learning and experience can be taken into account and they may be awarded certain qualifications or units of a qualification based on that learning or experience. Please see College RPL Policy.


The purpose of the admission interview is to create opportunity for applicants to discuss their academic goals and the reasons why they would like to embark upon the course and provide information on how they would cope with the course requirements in their learning journey.  Applicants need to prepare to explain how the course relates to their future career or academic ambitions.  This process would also give opportunity for the College to ascertain the extent to which applicants are prepared and are suitable for the course. Applicants will also have an opportunity to seek any further clarification on their course of interest.

Procedural Steps

Step I

Upon expression of interest in our higher national programmes, prospective students are required to complete an application form accessible on the College website or at the College front desk.  Prospective students can request for more pre-admission information about the programme and College by meeting the Admissions Officer in person or submitting an enquiry form or by email.  Prospective students will be provided with detailed information on the College programmes and given support to make informed choices on their courses of interest.  This provides opportunity for applicants to have adequate understanding of the implications of commitment, workload, support available and future prospects and progression upon completion.  This would also help prospective students to ensure that they are ready to commit themselves to the requirements for achievement of the qualification before deciding to go through the admissions process.

Step II

Upon submission of a fully completed application form and the required documents, the College Admissions Officer will undertake scrutiny of the application form and the documentation and compile a list of all applicants whose application forms are fully completed and documentation meeting the requirements as stated under “Entry Requirements” (para. 11). It should be noted that only those whose application forms and required documentation are fully submitted will be invited for the next stage of the process.  It is therefore advisable that applicants ensure that application forms and the required documentation are fully submitted.

Step III

The short listed applicants as forwarded by the Admissions Officer will be invited for an interview with the Course Tutor / Admissions Officer and an Independent Advisor and also sit for Numeracy and Literacy Tests.  The interview and the literacy and numeracy tests are mandatory for all applicants.  This step is in line with the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma programme specification which requires Pearson Centres, in addition to applicants meeting the stated entry requirements to develop further steps to ascertain the suitability of applicants for the higher education programmes.  A Pearson Centre has a responsibility to ensure that the students recruited have a reasonable chance of success on the programme. (Pearson Higher Nationals Business Specification, issue 3, 2022 paragraph 5.1: (

Step IV

The list of successful applicants in the interview and the numeracy and literacy tests will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and approval.  The Admissions Committee sits once a week and would therefore carry out its duties in a timely manner so that final admissions outcomes would be communicated to applicants within the 14 days’ timescale for the process.

Step V

The final list of successful applicants and those not successful will be forwarded to the Director of Studies to issue Unconditional Offer Letters and Non-Offer letters to successful and unsuccessful applicants.  Applicants have 7 working days to accept or reject the offer by completing and returning the acceptances slip attached to the offer letter.

 (full policy available on policy section of our website)
Stratford College London’s admission process is fair, transparent and consistent. The Admission Policy and Procedures are in accordance with the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education.
Stratford College London accepts students on their merits regardless of age, disability, race, nationality, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status or other personal circumstances.