Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

A Levels

Entry requirements for applicants with A Levels.

2021 exam arrangements

Disruption from Covid-19 means 2021 exam arrangements are changing in parts of the UK. See our page on 2021 exams for the latest information.

Covid-19 disruption to 2021 exams

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for most of our degrees require that you achieve three A Levels at specified grades, in one set of exams.

Entry requirements

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

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Some of our subject areas are particularly competitive and attract many highly qualified applicants. In these circumstances we may consider the number of A*s or grade 8/9s you have achieved at GCSE, alongside your A Level grades.

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Detailed requirements

Required subjects

For many degrees 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.

GCSE requirements

Before you commit to a particular course of study at your school or college, please seek advice from the relevant admissions office to ensure your qualifications will meet the requirements of your chosen degree.

Approved subjects

We accept most, but not all, A Level subjects for entry to the University. Check our list of approved subjects to see which subjects we accept.

Approved subjects


If you are re-sitting or taking A Levels over more than one set of exams you may still be considered, but any offer we make may be based on grades above those usually required. For medicine and veterinary medicine, only your first attempt at each subject will be considered unless there are extenuating circumstances.


Covid-19 guidance on resits

If you were not happy with your centre assessed grades (CAGs) in 2020, and you are taking exams to improve your grades, we will consider these as your first attempt, and not as resits. We will accept the highest grade you achieve, whether that is your centre assessed grade or your subsequent exam grade.

Taking A Levels early

We recognise that some learners may have the option to take one or more A Level early, and we may consider early A Levels to meet entry requirements.

If you are applying for a degree in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences or the College of Science and Engineering, we can consider three A Levels taken across two years where one A Level is taken in one of those two years and two are taken in the other. This only applies where they are being taken for the first time, excluding resits, and within the two year A Level cycle. The overall grade requirements for the three A Levels will remain the same as for three A Levels taken in a single set of exams. 

However, if you are applying for degrees in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine we will still expect you to take three A Levels in a single set of exams.

Unit grade information

We will not normally consider your A Level unit grade information during our selection or offer making process.

We may, however, choose to do so when assessing borderline applications in certain high demand subject areas, or where you have narrowly missed the conditions of an offer.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and Advanced Extension Awards (AEA)

While we support these awards as a means of challenging students and encouraging an interdisciplinary approach to learning, we recognise that not all students have equal opportunity to access them.

We do not require the EPQ or AEA for entry and they do not normally provide additional credit in the selection process.

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. You should outline the reasons for taking both A Levels and IB HL subjects in your personal statement, or ask your referee to explain this in the reference on your UCAS application.

If presenting a combination of A Levels and IB to meet our entry requirements, 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.