Entry requirements for applicants with A Levels.
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.
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.
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.
GCSEs required for entry
The University requires certain subjects to be achieved to at least GCSE.
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.
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.
The University provides its students with a broad-based education. As such it is essential that you are able to demonstrate that you will have the ability to cope with the breadth, depth and volume of study that will be expected of you in your first and subsequent years.
The University's Policy on Accelerated Curriculum
The University accepts and welcomes the flexibility allowed by the Accelerated Curriculum in the hope that this will better meet the needs of individual students and will lead to an improved educational experience for students.
- The University does not wish to advantage or disadvantage students whether they are, or are not, undertaking an accelerated curriculum.
- The University would only wish to encourage the early sitting of examinations where it is clear this is in the student’s best interests.
- The University will give recognition to students taking early AS or A Levels, but would still expect that student to take a minimum of three A Levels in one academic year and to perform satisfactorily across all subjects.
- Maturity is particularly important for study at the University and students may be best advised to remain in school until the end of Year 13/Upper Sixth, or consider options for gap years, rather than coming from Year 12/Lower Sixth or earlier.
The University encourages students to seek advice before committing to a particular diet of examinations to ensure that it would meet the requirements of their intended programme of University study.