European Union Undergraduate Entry Requirements

France (before 2021)

Undergraduate entry requirements for students from France with qualifications awarded before 2021.

Qualifications awarded from 2021

This guidance is for applicants who achieved their qualification before the 2021 reforms. If you received your award from 2021 onwards, please check the information for the reformed qualifications.

France (from 2021)

To apply for a place at Edinburgh, you’ll need qualifications, a personal statement and a reference. You will also need to provide evidence of your English language skills through qualifications.

The qualifications and grades you need vary by degree and may include admissions tests, portfolios, interviews or evidence of relevant work experience. We call these our entry requirements. 

Qualifications we accept

From France we accept:

  • The Baccalauréat Général
  • Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB)

What grades you need

When you view a programme on our degree finder, you will see entry requirements for UK qualifications called A Levels, GCSEs and other qualifications you may require for entry.

Minimum requirements

The table below shows you what the equivalent qualification would be for your country, based on the minimum A Level offer. You must achieve these grades, or higher, to be entered into our selection process.

For some degrees, demand for places is much higher than places available, so applicants who meet the minimum requirements are not guaranteed an offer. Most offers will be made to students who achieve grades above the minimum entry requirement.

A Level minimum requirement Equivalent qualification
AAA Award of French Baccalaureate / OIB with overall average score of 16 and 14 in three subjects.
AAB Award of French Baccalaureate / OIB with overall average score of 15 and 14 in three subjects.
ABB Award of French Baccalaureate / OIB with overall average score of 14 and 14 in three subjects.
BBB Award of French Baccalaureate / OIB with overall average score of 13.5 and 14 in three subjects.

Required subjects

For some degrees, you may also see a list of ‘required subjects’. Where this is the case, your qualifications must:

  • include the specific subject/s listed for your degree, and
  • meet, or exceed, the grades specified
A Level subject requirement Equivalent qualification
Subject at A* Subject at 17.
Subject at A Subject at 16.
Subject at B Subject at 14.

GCSE requirements

Our A Level required subjects also list also list UK GCSE qualifications. GCSEs are a UK qualification typically taken two years before A Levels.

For applicants from France, we accept the French Baccalaureate / Option International Baccalaureate as the equivalent qualification for both A Level and GCSE, however we ask for a lower grade to meet the GCSE requirement.

GCSE subject requirement Equivalent qualification
Subject at A / 7 Subject at 14.
Subject at B / 6 Subject at 13.
Subject at C / 4 Subject at 12.

These GCSE equivalencies are for our academic entry requirements only. For English language all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency by holding one of the qualifications accepted by the University.

To see if your qualification can also be used as proof of English language competency, please check the information on our English language entry requirements page.

English language requirements

Additional requirements

For some degrees you may also be asked to attend an interview, sit an admissions test, submit a portfolio of your past work or provide evidence of relevant work experience.


Search for your degree’s A Level entry requirements

In the undergraduate degree finder, you can view your degree’s minimum A Level entry requirements, as well as English language requirements.

Degree finder

Medicine and Veterinary Medicine applicants

What to include in your application

You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes:

  • a personal statement
  • a reference
  • full details of all achieved qualifications, as well as any you are taking this year

Predicted grades

We need to see predicted grades for all qualifications you have not yet completed. This includes each subject you are taking in your final qualifications, so that we can ensure you meet all entry requirements.

Without predicted grades we cannot assess your application fully, and it is very unlikely to be considered in the selection process.

Although predicted grades should be added by your referee in the appropriate section of the UCAS application form, it is your responsibility to check that this has been done.   

How to apply

Contact us

If you have further questions about EU entry requirements or undergraduate applications, please use our undergraduate enquiry form.

Undergraduate enquiry form