Entry requirements

   
   

Although the majority of our applicants will have A levels, we welcome and value a wide range of alternative qualifications.

If you have a qualification which isn’t listed here, please contact the School or Department you'd like to study in for guidance.

! - Entry requirements in the prospectus may not always apply and individual offers may vary.
 
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A level and AS level requirements | English Baccalaureate | Subject requirements | Alternative qualifications |

Alternative entry pathwaysEnglish language requirements | Mature applicants | International applicants |

Timing of exams and conditional offers | What are we looking for? | The role of the school reference

A level and AS level requirements

Applicants to degree programmes will normally be expected to have studied four subjects at AS level and three subjects to A level. These applicants will therefore enter the University with three A levels and one AS level.

The University recognises that disparities in resources might make it more difficult for some schools and colleges to deliver this breadth of curriculum. As such, applicants who are not offered the opportunity to study more than three subjects at AS/A level at their particular educational establishment will not be put at a disadvantage in our admissions procedures and will still be considered for admission.

All conditional offers will still ordinarily be made on the basis of three full A levels (not including general studies) and students will only be required to have achieved a pass in the fourth subject, if taken. The grade achieved in the fourth subject may assume significance when an applicant has narrowly failed to achieve the specified grades at A level.

English Baccalaureate

Applicants are not required to take the English Baccalaureate in order to be considered for courses at Nottingham. Be aware that some courses do require specific subjects at GCSE at a specific grade and other courses require a certain number of GCSEs at A grade. We advise students to check our entry requirements carefully before applying. All GCSE requirements are outlined in the prospectus and on the UCAS Entry Profiles on the UCAS website.

Subject requirements

Compulsory subject requirements for admission to specific degree programmes are specified in course fact files.

To increase breadth of study, The University of Nottingham welcomes students who choose a contrasting fourth subject at AS level.

 

Alternative qualifications

Our admission process recognises that applicants have a wealth of different experiences and may have followed various educational pathways. While our publicity materials generally express entry requirements in terms of A levels, most of our schools and faculties accept a much broader range of qualifications which are listed in the table below.

This list is not exhaustive; the University treats applicants with other qualifications on an individual basis. If you can’t see what you are looking for, please contact the relevant school or faculty at the University to discuss the transferability of your qualification.

The entry requirements for alternative qualifications can be quite specific; for example, you may need to take certain modules and achieve a specified grade in those modules. It is important to find out any such requirements in time for you to make the right choices at school or college. If you are already well into your school/college course and have already chosen all your modules, then you need to check carefully whether these match our entry requirements. If in doubt, please contact us.

If your qualifications don’t match your first choice of course at The University of Nottingham, a related course here may be open to you. The best place to start is the UCAS entry profiles, where there is detailed information about what we require from alternative qualifications.

Qualifications considered

QualificationRequirements
Access to HE Diplomas

Most courses welcome applicants studying the Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject. Some schools will ask for additional study (usually an A level) and some do not accept Access courses where no suitable preparatory course exists.  

Check our up-to-date entry requirement information for more guidance.

Advanced Diploma The University will consider applicants offering the new Diploma qualifications at Advanced level if they have studied the appropriate subject-specific content. Individual course requirements are published in UCAS entry profiles and are available from academic schools.
Advanced Extension Awards The University welcomes the added depth provided by the Advanced Extension Awards but will not specify achievement as part of the offer.
AS/A levels (GCE) Offers will normally be made on the basis of three A level grades, excluding general studies. Specific grades in particular subjects may also be required. For certain courses, a pass in an additional AS level may be specified. Offers will not be made on the basis of individual unit grades.
BTEC Nationals

The University will consider applicants offering the Extended Diploma or the Diploma combined with other qualifications. Offers are conditional on the overall grade achieved (eg DDM). Specific grades in particular units may also be required.

Check our up-to-date entry requirement information for more guidance.

BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma

Offers are conditional on passing the qualification. Specific grades in units will also be required. Applicants studying the Higher National Diploma may be considered for second-year entry to some courses.

Check our up-to-date entry requirement information for more guidance.

Extended Project The University welcomes the added challenge provided by the Extended Project but will not normally specify achievement as part of the offer. The Extended project may be considered as an alternative to a fourth AS Level subject.
Foundation programmes The University offers and accepts a number of different foundation programmes. For more information, please see our foundation programmes web pages. 
International applicants Find out about entry requirements specific to your country on our course-specific information pages.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Offers will be made conditional on overall points and/or individual higher level grades/subjects.
Irish Leaving Certificate Offers will be made on the basis of specific grades in five or six subjects studied.
Key Skills The University welcomes Key Skills, but will not specify achievement in them as part of the offer. We recognise that key skills can be covered in other ways, such as extracurricular activities, and applicants are encouraged to highlight achievements in these areas in their application.
Scottish Advanced Highers The University accepts students studying three Advanced Highers. Offers will be made on the basis of three Advanced Highers and grades would be equivalent to the A level offer.
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma Offers will be made based on passing the overall qualification with specific grades in two or three A level subjects studied.
Other qualifications The University recognises a wide range of other qualifications. Please refer contact the school or department you are interested in for further information.
 

 

Alternative entry pathways

The University of Nottingham and partner institutions run a number of foundation years giving entry to specified courses at the University. Please see our list of foundation courses for details.

English language requirements

English language equivalencies

If you are an international student, you should also check the International Office's information about applying from specific countries.

QualificationRequirements 
IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in each element
TOEFL (iBT) 79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking) 87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements) 100 (minimum 19 with 20 in Speaking)
Pearson Test of English Academic 55 (minimum 51)  62 (minimum 55) 67 (minimum 55)
IGCSE/GCSE/O level English (as a first language)  Grade C Grade C Grade B
IGCSE English (as a second language)  Grade B Grade B Grade A
Cambridge Proficiency Test  C B B
Cambridge Advanced Test  Grade B Grade A Grade A 
International Baccalaureate English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher Level)  Grade 4 Grade 4 Grade 5
International Baccalaureate English B (Higher Level) Grade 4 Grade 4 Grade 5
International Baccalaureate English B (Standard Level) Grade 5  Grade 5 Grade 6
Warwick English Language Test CCC BBC ABB
Warwick HE Foundation Programme(English and Study Skills element) 50% 55% 60%
UETESOL BBBCC (above pass) BBBBB (above pass) AABBB
European Baccalaureate(first or second language)  6 6 7

By country - equivalent

If you are an international student, you should also check the International Office's information about applying from specific countries.

Austria Matura/Reifeprufung 2 (gut) in English when both written and oral exams have been taken 2 (gut) in English when both written and oral exams have been taken 2 (gut) in English when both written and oral exams have been taken
Belgium 8/80% or Grote avec grande distinction in English 8/80% or Grote avec grande distinction in English 8/80% or Grote avec grande distinction in English
Botswana GCSE (BGCSE) C C B
Brunei O Level Grade C Grade C Grade B
Bulgaria Secondary School Diploma Grade 5 in English Grade 5 in English Grade 5 in English
Cameroon O level  C B
Caribbean CXC CSEC English A 3 3 2
Denmark Stundentereksamen  10 in English 10 in English 10 in English
Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus 5 (magna cum laude approbatur) in English 5 (magna cum laude approbatur) in English 5 (magna cum laude approbatur) in English
French Baccalaureat (General)                           14 (bien) in English where the co-efficient applied to the subject is greater than 1 14 (bien) in English where the co-efficient applied to the subject is greater than 1 14 (bien) in English where the co-efficient applied to the subject is greater than 1
French Baccalaureate (OIB) 12/20 12/20 12/20
Germany Abitur 12 (gut) in English when taken as an achievement/ main/intensive course 12 (gut) in English when taken as an achievement/ main/intensive course 13 (sehr gut) in English when taken as an achievement/ main/intensive course
Ghana WAEC/WASSCE NECO/iGCSE 

C6

C

C5

C

B3

Hong Kong A level use of English HKCEE
HKDSE-core English Language 

Grade C-Taken pre-2007

 

Grade 3-Taken post-2007

 

4

 

Grade C-Taken pre-2007

 

Grade 3-Taken post-2007

5

Grade B-Taken pre-2007-B

Grade 4-Taken post-2007-4

 

5*

Iceland Studentsprof 8 in English when taken as a compulsory language 8 in English when taken as a compulsory language 8 in English when taken as a compulsory language
India Standard XII ISC and CBSE Boards only  70% 75% 80%
India Standard XISC and CBSE Boards only 

61%-70%

B2

7.0

71%-80%

B1

8.0 

71%-80%

B1

8.0 

Kenya/East AfricaKCSE/iGCSE (or equivalent)  C C B
Luxembourg Diplome de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires 45 (bien) in English 45 (bien) in English 45 (bien) in English
Malaysia UCLES 1119 Syllabus 6C or C 4B or B 1A or A
Netherlands VWO 8 (goed) in English 8 (goed) in English 8 (goed) in English
Norway Vitemal Grade 5 in English  Grade 5 in English Grade 5 in English
Singapore O-Level Secondary Four English Language or Language Arts (for IP students) 

C

C or CAP 2.0 

C or CAP 2.0

B

B or CAP 3.0

South African National Senior Certificate (SANSC-'matric') IEB or gov board 5 or C 5 or C 6 or B
Sweden Slutbetyg fran Komvux VG (val godkant) in English  VG (val godkant) in English VG (val godkant) in English
Switzerland Maturita 5 (gut/bien/bene) in English 5 (gut/bien/bene) in English 5 (gut/bien/bene) in English
West Africa WAEC/WASSCENECO/iGCSE 

C6

C5

C

B3

University of Reading TEEP(Confirmation of IELTS equivalent required from Reading) 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in each element
Any country Cambridge O level Grade C Grade C Grade B
 

Additional entry requirements

Admissions staff at The University of Nottingham assess many applications using only the information available on the UCAS form. Some courses use additional methods of assessment for all or some applicants. This may be for a range of reasons, including:

  • to assess your suitability for the profession linked to the course (for example, nursing or veterinary medicine)
  • to clarify the material covered by your qualifications or as part of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning
  • to assess your achievements, motivation and potential
  • to distinguish between otherwise similar applicants

Additional assessment may include interviews or tests; some courses may ask for examples of written work. Where courses use additional assessment, admissions staff will send you information explaining the nature of the assessment, what admissions staff will be looking for and how you can prepare.

Mature applicants

The University of Nottingham welcomes mature students with a broad range of experience and qualifications. In considering applications from adults we take into account a range of vocational qualifications and occupational and life experiences, as well as more traditional qualifications. For more information, see Mature students or Alternative qualifications.

Timing of exams and conditional offers

For many of you, AS level results will be available when you apply. Unconditional offers will not be made on the basis of AS levels alone and, although these results will complement the referee's A level predictions, they will not replace them for selection purposes.

You will be able take all your examinations at the end of year 13 (or equivalent) without prejudice to your application.

What are we looking for?

Consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required.

A range of factors additional to, and in some cases instead of, formal examination results is considered in the selection process. These can include:

  • the personal statement and reference
  • additional evidence of achievement, motivation and potential as gathered through interview or assessment of written materials
  • other factors as appropriate to the discipline, such as employment or volunteer work in relevant fields and sustained critical engagement with relevant issues

The role of the school reference

The potential variety in the range and breadth of qualifications presented by applicants, referred to above, makes a school reference a key aspect in informing our admissions staff of students' abilities and the context in which they have studied.

The University of Nottingham asks staff writing references to confirm in the reference any factors, if known, that might have affected the applicant’s achievement. These factors can relate to the student’s personal circumstances and background or to the educational context. Please see Our policy for details.

If a school does not offer the breadth of provision which enables students to follow more than three subjects at AS/A level then this should be stated in the reference. This will allow all students to be treated fairly.

If you are an international student, you should also check the International Office's information about applying from specific countries.

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