Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Where would you like to start on your journey to higher education success? It’s time to choose how you want to study. CU Coventry offers a number of flexible study options, ensuring you can study at a pace that suits you.

Here is more information that can help answer a number of the questions we often get asked.

What is CU?

CU Coventry, CU London and CU Scarborough come together to form CU, part of the Coventry University Group. The relationship between CU campuses is like no other, as you’ll have the opportunity to move between each campus after completing an academic year (specific courses only). This means you can study in the city, on the stunning Yorkshire coast or in the UK's capital.

Delivering an innovative approach to higher education, CU allows you to fit studying around your busy life.

Gaining higher-level skills and qualifications is a goal that many of us have, but sometimes it can be difficult or virtually impossible to fit traditional ways of studying around existing commitments; this is where we come in.

CU is for people who want to benefit from high quality courses in a modern learning environment. Providing a focused teaching and learning experience, offering both academic and professional qualifications, with flexible study options at a level and pace that suits you.


Why choose us?


All of our degree courses are awarded by Coventry University

One Module

We only teach one module at a time, allowing more time for assignments

No End-of-Year Exams

No end of year exams, avoiding the need for last minute revision


Study Modes

Bachelor’s Degree with Honours

The undergraduate Honours Degree is a level 6 qualification offered by the UK university system and is what students commonly go to university to study.

Higher National Diploma (HND)

The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a level 5 qualification and is the equivalent to the second year of a degree level qualification. If you successfully pass your HND, you are guaranteed a place on the final year of an Honours Degree at CU Coventry, CU London or CU Scarborough.

Higher National Certificate (HNC)

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a level 4 qualification and is the equivalent to the first year of a degree level qualification. If you successfully pass your HNC, you are guaranteed a place on a HND at CU Coventry, CU London or CU Scarborough.

Foundation year courses

A degree with foundation year gives you a direct, accessible route to your desired higher education path. It's a four-year undergraduate course that includes an additional year of study at the start. This foundation year is designed to give you the necessary knowledge and skills to progress onto degree-level study.

A foundation year offers an introductory route to your chosen degree subject. It's an introduction to the subject you're interested and aims to help you develop the skills needed for degree-level study. On successful completion, you will be guaranteed a place on a relevant degree at CU Coventry or if you prefer, at another CU location (subject to course availability). If you know where you want to study and which degree, all you have to do is speak to your course tutor and they will organise this for you.

Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma

The Access to HE Diploma is a level 3 qualification which helps to prepare students for higher education study. Offering an introduction to a subject area, as well as providing the skills needed for higher education, an Access to HE Diploma can help to give confidence to students who do not have previous qualifications or who may be embarking on a new profession. If you successfully pass your Access to HE Diploma, you are guaranteed a place on an Honours Degree at CU Coventry, CU London or CU Scarborough.

Top Up Degree

If you already hold a level 5 qualification (such as a HND or Foundation Degree) which suitably matches our course material, subject to assessment by CU’s Registry & Admissions Team, you may be eligible to join the final year of an Honours Degree. This would allow you to top up your qualification, meaning you will then hold a full Honours Degree.

Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements for each level of study?

All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English. In addition to this, we also require:

Foundation 40 UCAS tariff points
HNC 64 UCAS tariff points
HND 80 UCAS tariff points
Degree 104 UCAS tariff points

I'm an international student, can I study at CU Coventry?

CU Coventry accepts international students. For further information on how to apply and what you can study please visit our International pages.

What level of English do you require?

For non UK students we require a minimum of 6.5 from ILETS or equivalent.

CU Coventry offer a Pre-Sessional English Language Programme. It is for European and International students holding a conditional offer for a degree programme at CU Coventry, for further information please visit our Pre-Sessional English Language page.

How many UCAS tariff points does my qualification have?

To see if your qualification will earn you tariff points, find the qualification on the UCAS tariff tables. Then check the grade you have obtained, and note the number of points given for the level you have achieved.

Please note, not all qualifications will give tariff points. Please speak to us to ensure if we are able to consider your particular qualification.


What payment methods do you provide? 

Help towards your tuition fees is available to full and part-time students. You can apply for a student loan from the Government through the Student Loan Scheme, Government conditions apply.

Please see the website for the latest information.

If you do not wish to, or are not eligible for help with your tuition fees, then you can either choose to pay for your course in full or block by block (learning blocks are a duration of 6 weeks).

What’s included in my tuition fees?

Your tuition fee covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Coventry Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials and reading rights at Coventry University's Lanchester Library.

When and how do I have to pay my tuition fees (part and full-time courses)?

For full information on how to pay for your tuition fees, please visit the Funding and Finance page of our website.

Is there any financial help available to aid study at CU Coventry?

UK and EU students studying full-time or part-time may be eligible for help with tuition fees and sometimes help with living costs.

Please visit our Funding and Finance page for further information.

Please see the website for the latest information on student loans.

Student Life

Coventry is a fantastic destination for students, with everything you would expect from a vibrant ultra-modern city and, because of the university’s city centre location, everything is within walking distance.

There are cinemas, theatres, art galleries and an ice-rink, tenpin bowling, shopping centres, markets, restaurants, cafes and bars to suit all tastes and cultures.

Spend the best years of your life in our exciting student city.

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