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CU Coventry is a diverse and exciting place to work and we share the enthusiasm of our staff and students to be the best at whatever they choose to do. We offer some impressive benefits for our staff and are committed to delivering the very best opportunities. We also have a comprehensive training, personal and professional development programme that provides our employees with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers. For both students and staff alike, now is an exciting time to join CU Coventry.

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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 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?

Together, CU Coventry, CU Scarborough and CU London form CU, a multi-campus initiative which is part of the award-winning Coventry University Group. 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, and with flexible study options available, you too can have that all important university experience, but at a level and pace that suits you.

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

Foundation Year qualifications provide an entry route onto degree level study. Foundation Years are typically suitable for those who have completed some level 3 study (such as A levels) who are keen to change subject area, or who may not yet meet the entry criteria to start an Honours Degree. If you successfully pass your Foundation Year, you are guaranteed a place on an Honours Degree at CU Coventry, CU London or CU Scarborough.

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 GCSE’s at A-C including Maths and English. In addition to this, we also require:


40 UCAS tariff points
1 year full time


64 UCAS tariff points.
1 year full time


80 UCAS tariff points.

2 years full time


104 UCAS tariff points
3 years full time


What payment methods do you provide?

Help towards your tuition fees is now available to full-time 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 and Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials and reading rights at Coventry University library.

Student Life

Coventry is a fantastic destination for students, with around 30,000 choosing to live and study in the city, according to The Complete University Guide (2014/15).

In Coventry you will find 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, restaurants, cafés and bars to suit all tastes and cultures. There is an excellent shopping centre and a traditional indoor market.