We welcome applications from talented candidates of all backgrounds and ages. MK:U students will normally have at least 96 UCAS points (three Cs at A level/T level core pass C) or an equivalent academic or professional qualification. Other relevant or prior experience may be considered as an alternative. We’ll review those applicants without the ‘headline’ entry qualifications and work with you on assessing any skill gaps.

Additional statutory requirements

To be considered, you must also:

  • Have been a UK/EU/EAA resident for at least three years prior to starting the course,
  • Have left full-time education when the apprenticeship starts,
  • Have the right to work in the UK.

Before an application is submitted for one of our MK:U programmes, prospective students need to have approval from their employer. Students have to be employed and your employer has to agree to provide you with the support and supervision needed to carry out your job role and your apprenticeship. It is a requirement of the apprenticeship funding rules that you are working at least 50% of your contracted hours in England.

A three-way agreement needs to be put in place between Cranfield University, the employer and the student.


English language

Please note: Apprentices without Level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.