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Approved subjects

A Level subjects accepted for general university entry purposes.

You can check which A Levels we accept for general entry by checking our list of approved subjects. For many degrees, we will expect you to have achieved certain grades in specific subjects.

We do not typically count subjects that contain a high proportion of common material (such as biology and human biology) separately.

Approved subjects

  • Accounting / Management Accounting / Principles of Accounts
  • Afrikaans
  • Ancient History
  • Ancient History and Literature
  • Anthropology 
  • Applied Art and Design 1
  • Applied Business
  • Arabic 
  • Archaeology
  • Art and Design (all strands 2: Art, Craft and Design; Fine Art; Graphic Communication; Textile Design; Three-Dimensional Design; Photography: Lens-based and light-based media; Critical and Contextual Studies)
  • Bengali 
  • Biblical Hebrew 
  • Biology 3
  • Botany
  • Business Studies / Business 
  • Chemistry / Chemistry (Salters)
  • Chinese
  • Citizenship Studies 4
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Classical History and Civilisation
  • Classical Studies
  • Classics 
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science / Computing
  • Constitutional Law
  • Critical Thinking
  • Dance 
  • Design and Technology / Technology and Design (all strands: Product Design (3D), Systems and Control Technology, Product Design (Textiles), Food Technology, Fashion and Textiles)
  • Design and Textiles
  • Digital Technology
  • Divinity
  • Drama and Theatre Studies 
  • Dutch 
  • Economic and Political Studies
  • Economic and Public Affairs
  • Economic Change and Society
  • Economic Geography
  • Economic History / (British) Economic and Social History
  • Economics
  • Economics and Business 5
  • Electronics / Electronic Systems
  • Elements of Engineering Design
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Drawing (and Design) / Technical Drawing
  • Engineering Graphics (Applied)
  • Engineering Science
  • English (and Communication) 
  • English Language and Literature / Language and Literature in English
  • English Language
  • English Literature / Literature in English
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Technology 
  • Film Studies
  • Food Studies
  • French
  • Geography / Human Geography / Physical Geography
  • Geology
  • Geometrical and Building (Mechanical) Drawing
  • German
  • Global Perspectives and Research
  • Government and Politics
  • Graphic(al) Communication
  • Greek (Ancient or Modern) / Classical Greek
  • Greek Language / Literature with Greek History
  • Greek (Literature) and Classical Civilisation
  • Greek Literature (in Translation)
  • Gujarati 
  • Health and Social Care / Applied Health and Social Care
  • Hebrew (Modern) 
  • Hindi
  • Hinduism
  • History
  • History (and Appreciation) of Art / Art with Art History
  • Home Economics
  • Horticultural Science
  • Human Biology 6
  • Industrial Studies
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Information Technology
  • Irish
  • Islamic Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese 
  • Latin
  • Latin (Language) with Roman History
  • Latin (Literature) and Classical Civilisation
  • Law
  • Life and Health Sciences (Single and Double Award)
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics: Applied/and Statistics
  • Mathematics: Mechanics
  • Mathematics: Pure / with Mechanics / and Statistics / with Statistics
  • Mathematics: Pure and Applied
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics: Pure and Applied/Pure with Mechanics
  • Media Studies / Media
  • Moving Image Arts1
  • Music / Music (Theoretical)
  • Music Technology
  • Norwegian
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Panjabi 
  • Performance Studies
  • Persian 
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Science 7
  • Physics 
  • Physics B: Advancing Physics / Physics in Context
  • Physics and Mathematics
  • Polish 
  • Politics
  • Portuguese
  • Professional Business Services 8
  • Psychology / Psychology A / Psychology B 
  • Public Affairs
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Science (Double)
  • Science (Studies)
  • Science in Society
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Social (and Environmental) Biology
  • Sociology
  • Software Systems and Development 
  • Spanish
  • Sport and Physical Education
  • Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry 9
  • Statistics/Applied Statistics
  • Tamil
  • Technical Drawing/Graphics
  • Technical Design and Graphic Communication
  • Technological Studies/Technology
  • Theatre Studies
  • Thinking Skills 
  • Theology (Christian)
  • Turkish 
  • Urdu 
  • Use of Mathematics 10
  • Welsh (First Language) / Welsh (Second Language) 
  • World Development
  • Zoology

1 Approved for entry to Art and Design degrees only (excluding MA Fine Art)

Only one Art and Design strand accepted per application unless applying for an degree in Art and Design (excluding MA Fine Art)

3 Not in combination with Human Biology

4 Not in combination with either Law or Government and Politics

5 Not in combination with either Economics or Business Studies

6 Not in combination with Biology

7 Not in combination with either Chemistry or Physics 

8 Not in combination with Business Studies

Not approved for general University entry but may be considered for Applied Sport Science or Sport and Recreation Management only

10 Not in place of or alongside A Level Mathematics

Not approved

  • Applied ICT
  • Applied Science 
  • Communication and Culture
  • Creative Writing 
  • General Studies 
  • Journalism in the Media and Communications Industry 
  • Leisure Studies 
  • Media: Communication and Production
  • Performing Arts
  • Travel and Tourism


If a subject is not showing on the approved list, it may still be accepted for entry to certain degrees. We have a process of reviewing and approving subjects for entry. However, new subjects may still be subject to formal approval. 

Contact us for advice 

Subject choice 

As long as you are sitting the required subjects listed in the degree finder for your programme, we would advise you to do subjects that you enjoy most, or the subjects you are most likely to do well in.  

Doing subjects that you are most likely to do well in, gives you the best chance of meeting the entry requirements. 


We use different terms in the degree finder like 'required' and 'preferred' subjects when talking about entry requirements.  

When we use these terms, we mean: 

  • Required: must have this subject 

  • Preferred: will get preference in selection if you have this subject 

  • Recommended: this subject is good preparation for this degree 

Understanding our entry requirements  

Degree finder 

Native language A Levels

We accept A Levels and Highers in your native language, except for some degrees where you cannot use your native language to meet a language requirement. If a native language is not accepted to meet the language requirement, this will be specified in the entry requirements section in the degree finder.

Degree finder

Related links

SQA: approved subjects

Russell Group subject choice guidance

How to apply