Before You Apply

Before you make an application to College, there is some important information we’d like to share with you which will help you make an informed decision about choosing the right course.

Our aim is to ensure that you are on the right course so that you can reach your full potential. Therefore, we want to make sure that you are placed on the right level of programme and we have well-developed Admission processes to support this.

Please be aware you will only be able to enrol on one full-time programme of study at a time. If you do decide to apply for more than one full-time course, we will contact you for a decision of which you want to proceed with. If you need help deciding which course is right for you, come along to one of our open events held throughout the year to find out more about each course. 

Before you apply to MK College

The College operates a points-based system to guide you to the appropriate level of study. However, many courses also have specific subject and grade requirements, details of which can be found on the course finder.  

Please use the information below to help decide which level of course will be most appropriate for you before making an application:




5 points


4 points


3 points


2 points


0 points

BTEC First Diploma - equivalent to 4 GCSEs



12 points


16 points


20 points

BTEC First Certificate - equivalent to 2 GCSEs



6 points


8 points


10 points


Indicative Standard Entry Requirements


Entry and Level 1 programmes

0 - 3 points

Level 2 programmes

4- 10 points

Level 3 Programmes

11+ points

If you are a mature applicant who does not hold the standard entry criteria for the course you are interested in, please do apply and we will help you to find the most suitable course.

Remember, whether you have no formal qualifications or some, there is a place for you at Milton Keynes College.