We welcome applications from both Home/EU and International students, as well as mature applicants, including those who hold non-standard qualifications. Details on the application processes can be found below.
A levels: BBB but in subjects that do not allow direct entry to a degree programme. Some may only have one science subject, rather than two.
GCSEs: Five GCSEs B or above including maths plus biology and chemistry or science (double) or science and additional science or core and applied science plus English, C or above.
English language requirements
International students who score 5.0 in any element of their IELTS (irrespective of the overall score) will need to take an additional 20 credits of English language modules (X10ESA and X10ESB) and will be required to achieve 55% to 65% in each module, depending on which degree they wish to progress to, for example progression to pharmacy will require 65% in each module.
Students who have IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in any element) will be considered for entry to foundation science but will be expected to complete an English language module.
Students who have IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element) will not be required to complete an English language module if they wish to progress to degrees in chemistry.
Students who have IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) will not be required to complete an English language module if they wish to progress to degrees in biosciences, life sciences, or psychology.
Students who have IELTS of 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element) will not be required to complete an English language module if they wish to progress to pharmacy.
For more information and a list of the alternative English language requirements we accept, please see our alternative requirements page.
Preparing to study in English – academic English preparation and support
The University of Nottingham Centre for English Language Education (CELE) offers high-quality academic English and study skills (presessional) programmes to prepare you to study your degree in English.
Our programmes are designed to give international students excellent preparation for their academic studies and are taught by experienced, professional tutors. CELE provides a range of programmes throughout the year, including five-week subject-specific courses (in some subjects) and a four-week course in September for students with unconditional offers, with a focus on academic study skills.
You can continue to benefit from academic English support with free classes and one-to-one consultations throughout your study (insessional programmes). For more information please visit the CELE webpage.
We encourage applications from mature students (which means all those aged 21 or over when the course begins). Mature students who hold non-standard qualifications may also be considered for entry to the programme. Typically, students offering recent study qualifications (such as Access or a BTEC) would be considered if their qualification does not have enough science for direct entry.
Students will need to show an aptitude for mathematics and science and may be invited for interview, where we will look for evidence of your ability to study at a high academic level and of commitment to the subject. If in doubt, please contact the admissions tutor, who will be happy to answer any specific queries you have about applying as a mature student. For more information please visit our mature students webpage.
General advice for applicants such as applying through UCAS, help with your personal statement, key deadlines and dates, and deferred entry can be found on our applying webpage
. Further information about the University's admission policy, flexible admissions policy, and equal opportunities policy can be found on our policies