We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We will consider qualifications that are not listed on an individual basis.
Before you apply you should check the entry requirements for your chosen degree.
Some degrees have extra requirements such as work experience or a portfolio. Where this applies, we will make it clear in the degree information.
We will consider all qualifications that are of a suitable academic level. These include:
- A/AS levels (including International A levels)
- International Baccalaureate
- Scottish Advanced Highers/Highers and Scottish Baccalaureate
- Irish Leaving Certificate
- Access to HE Diplomas
- BTEC qualifications
- Cambridge Pre-U
- Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
Subject choices at school and college
Choosing your A-level (or equivalent) subjects carefully is really important – especially if you have aspirations to study at a leading university. The Russell Group’s guide, Informed Choices, includes advice from admissions professionals on the best subject combinations for a wide range of university courses as well as the best choices for students who want to keep their options open.
International Qualifications and English Language entry requirements
We welcome applications from international students.
Before applying you should read our information on applying for a student visa.
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an Undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for the qualifications offered in your country. Some degrees will have different entry requirements, so check specific entry requirements for each degree.
If you are not a native English speaker, you will need to show that you have an adequate knowledge of written and spoken English before you begin your studies. We list English language requirements as part of the entry requirements for each degree.
If you do not meet the English language or academic requirements for your chosen degree, you might be able to take a course run by INTO Newcastle University. This will bring you up to the required level.
Further information and support
We will consider qualifications that are not listed on an individual basis. Please contact Student Services for advice.
Admissions policy documents
- Newcastle University Admissions Policy for 2016 entry (PDF: 109 KB)
- Newcastle University Admitting Students Under 18 Policy and Procedure (PDF: 232 KB)
- Complaints Appeals ProcedureComplaints Appeals Procedure (PDF: 104 KB)
- Criminal Convictions Policy and Procedure for Undergraduate and Postgraduate AdmissionsCriminal Convictions Policy and Procedure for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Admissions (PDF: 183 KB)
A or AS Levels
Find out more about what we're looking for from your A and AS levels, and what this means for your application.
We specify typical entry levels in terms of three grades (unless otherwise indicated, the grades refer to A level, including double awards). We do not normally require applicants to have achieved more than three single-award A levels, or equivalent, for entry.
In most cases, we make conditional offers on achievement at the end of Year 13 or the final year at college.
Fourth AS level
If you are studying for a fourth AS level, we will take it into account as part of your overall application profile. Most admissions tutors are happy for this to be either a contrasting or complementary subject. If admissions tutors wish to recognise the additional achievement of a fourth AS level within a conditional offer, they may adjust their level of typical offer to make allowances for this.
If you have not taken four AS levels, however, you will not be disadvantaged in your application.
Different degrees have varying attitudes towards the inclusion of General Studies as a subject at A or AS level. Some exclude General Studies from conditional offers.
We will consider an A or AS level in Critical Thinking for entry to most degree programmes in the same way that we will consider any other subject at A or AS level.
Entering University in 2017
From 2015, A levels and AS levels are changing. You can find out more from the government website.
These changes will have minimal impact on the applications and admissions process at Newcastle University. Find out about how the A and AS Level and other qualification reforms in England from 2015 affect your application to university.
Important - Curriculum Reforms
Newcastle University is committed to fair access and encourages able, highly-motivated and enthusiastic students of all ages, and from all backgrounds and contexts, to apply to our degree programmes.
Our Approach to Curriculum Reforms
Detailed entry requirements are provided for each undergraduate degree programme. Our general approach to some of the qualification reforms taking place in the United Kingdom from 2015 is covered below.
A/AS LevelsA/AS Levels
Fourth A/AS level
We will continue to make offers on the basis of three A levels.
Applicants will not be disadvantaged if they are taking three A levels only – i.e. we do not expect applicants to take AS levels or a fourth A level.
The only time when we might take an extra A level or AS level into account would be at results time, if we had to decide between two similarly qualified applicants who had narrowly missed their offer conditions. It is rare that a decision comes down to this, but there could potentially be a case where an applicant with a fourth A level or an AS level might have an advantage over a candidate without, all other things being equal.
We understand it can be difficult for teachers to predict A level grades - and that this could become more difficult whilst new A levels are being introduced. It is, of course, in the interests of applicants that teachers are as accurate as possible in grade predictions to help their chances of securing a place on an appropriate degree.
We realise that there will be differing practice amongst schools and colleges with regard to the taking of AS levels at the end of Year 12.
We will continue to make offers on the basis of the information available in an application. This includes predicted grades and the suitability of subjects offered. GCSE performance is also likely to be considered in cases where there is no grade information available for AS levels or internal assessment at the end of Year 12.
A level grades for the different Examination Boards across England, Northern Ireland and Wales will be treated as being of equivalent standard. Similarly, international A levels are treated as being of the same standard.
Where a Science A level is required for a degree programme, we shall require a Pass in the practical element. This is explained in the entry requirements for the relevant degrees.
Where a Science A level is not required, the entry requirements for a degree will state if a Pass in the practical element is required for any applicants offering Science A levels.
Extended Project QualificationExtended Project Qualification
We value the skills of research and independent learning that the Extended Project is designed to develop.
We welcome applications from students offering an Extended Project alongside A levels.
If you offer an Extended Project, it will be taken into account as part of your application profile. Any offer may be varied in recognition of the level of study skills that will have been developed.
Core MathematicsCore Mathematics
Some of our degree programmes require GCSE Mathematics from applicants who are not taking Mathematics at A level or equivalent - usually at grade A or B.
We will accept a Core Mathematics qualification (minimum grade C) in lieu of the required GCSE Mathematics grade where an applicant has achieved grade C or 4 in the GCSE.
In some cases, we may make a dual offer to take account of a Core Mathematics qualification.
Whilst most of our degree programmes have no GCSE requirement, some have a minimum grade requirement for a certain number of GCSEs - and some require a minimum grade in a specified subject (usually Mathematics or English).
Where there is a GCSE requirement it is set out in the entry requirements for the degree.
We shall use the following grade equivalencies for the new GCSEs:
Current requirement for GCSE
New grade requirement
We shall continue to accept IGCSE qualifications as being of the same standard as GCSE.
None of our degree programmes require applicants to have the English Baccalaureate for entry.