Information for applicants applying with GCE qualifications.
With the exception of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, entry requirements for GCE candidates are normally expressed in terms of achievement of three A Levels at specified grades in one sitting.
This means that we expect applicants to complete three A Level examinations in one examination diet.
For Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, you should note that normally only the first sitting of subjects will be considered unless there are extenuating circumstances.
For other subject areas, if you re-sit or take A Levels over more than one sitting you may still be considered, but any offer made may be above the minimum stated entry requirements.
Most subject areas will look for breadth of study across subjects.
Please seek advice before committing to a particular course of study at your school or college, to ensure that it would meet the requirements of your intended programme of study at the University.
Entry requirements for each degree programme can be found using our degree finder.
For many degree programmes we will expect you to have studied specific subjects at A Level, AS Level or GCSE.
For particularly competitive subject areas, which attract a high number of applicants with AAA at A Level (whether achieved or predicted), we will also take into account the number of A*s achieved at GCSE.
We welcome the use of the Extended Project (EP) and, in Mathematics, the continuation of Advanced Extension Awards (AEA) as a means of stretching the most able students and encouraging an interdisciplinary approach.
However, we recognise that not all students have equal opportunity to access EPs and the AEA and so these do not normally provide any additional credit in the assessment of academic qualifications for entry purposes.
The EP will normally only be considered where offered as part of the Advanced Diploma.
The University welcomes the flexibility allowed by the Accelerated Curriculum, however early presentation for examinations may not always be in the best interest of the student.
This is especially the case if it leads them to achieve lower grades than they might otherwise achieve if examinations were to be taken later.
The University of Edinburgh does not intend to use A Level unit grade information either in selection or in offer making.
It may however choose to do so in the assessment of borderline applications in certain high demand subject areas and where applicants have narrowly missed the conditions of an offer.
The A* is not currently used in the selection process. However the A* will be used in offer-making in some of our most competitive subject areas.
You can find information on the ratio of applications, offers and accepted applicants for each of our degree programmes in our admission statistics.
This article was published on Oct 29, 2012