Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

A Levels

Entry requirements for applicants with A Levels.

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Entry requirements for most of our degree programmes are three A Levels at specified grades to be achieved in one sitting, i.e. one session of exams.

Students re-sitting or taking A Levels over more than one sitting may still be considered, but any offer made may be based on grades above those usually required. For Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, only the first sitting of subjects will be considered unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Please note that for many degree programmes we will expect you to have studied specific subjects at A Level and may also require other subjects to have been achieved at specific grades to at least GCSE.

Where Mathematics and/or an approved science at a minimum of GCSE are required for entry to some programmes, approved science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Science.

Some programmes require grade A in Mathematics. Combinations of Mathematics and Physics both at grade B, or Mathematics, Science plus Additional Science all at grade B would be acceptable to meet this requirement. International GCSEs (IGCSEs) and Level 2 Certificates are accepted as equivalent to GCSEs.

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.

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.

Minimum entry requirements

You must have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, our minimum entry requirements for the programme you have applied for, to be considered for an offer of a place. Use our degree finder to find programme entry requirements.

Degree finder

Approved subjects

We accept most, but not all, A Level subjects for entry to the University. You can check which subjects we accept in our approved subjects information. Some programmes require specific subjects for entry.

Combinations of A Levels and IB subjects

We consider combinations of two A levels and one IB Higher Level (HL) subject for entry on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should outline the reasons for taking both A levels and IB HL subjects in their personal statement or ask their referee to explain this in the reference on the UCAS application.

Where grade A* is required at A level, we require grade 7 at IB HL. Where grade A is required at A level, we require grade 6 at IB HL. Depending on competition for places, where grade B is required at A level, we will require either grade 5 or grade 6 at IB HL.'

Approved subjects

GCSE grades accepted for entry

The University requires certain subjects to be achieved to a minimum of GCSE at specific grades. We equate alphabetic grades with numeric grades as follows:

GCSE grades equivalencies
Alphabetic Numeric
Grade A* Grade 8
Grade A Grade 7
Grade B Grade 6
Grade C Grade 4

Level 3 Core Maths

For degree programmes where Mathematics is required at GCSE at grade A or B, Level 3 Core Maths will be accepted in lieu of this at grade A where an A was required at GCSE and at grade B where a B was required at GCSE.

Level 3 Core Maths will not be accepted in lieu of AS or A Level Mathematics.

Students interested in applying for programmes in Primary or Secondary Education should contact the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences admissions office for advice.

Admissions offices

Unit grade information

We do not intend to use A Level unit grade information either in selection or in offer making.

We 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.

Extended Project and Advanced Extension Awards

We welcome the use of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and, in Mathematics, the Advanced Extension Awards (AEA) as a means of challenging students and encouraging an interdisciplinary approach to learning.

However, we recognise that not all students have equal opportunity to access them and so we do not require them for entry and they do not normally provide additional credit in the selection process of applicants for an offer of a place.

Accelerated Curriculum

We welcome 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 to the achievement of lower grades than might have otherwise been achieved if examinations were to be taken later.