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.
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
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 reforms in England from 2015 affect your application to university.
A and AS Level reforms in England from 2015A and AS Level reforms in England from 2015
Do I need to take additional A or AS levels to apply to Newcastle University?
If you are considering your A and AS level choices, you may wonder if you need to take more than three A levels.
In terms of receiving an offer from Newcastle University, you will NOT be disadvantaged if you are taking three A levels only. We do not expect applicants to take AS levels or a fourth A level.
If, however, we have to decide at results time between two applicants who have narrowly missed their offer conditions, an applicant with a fourth A or AS level might have an advantage over one without.
How is my application assessed? Is this changing?
We do not expect to make any changes to our entry requirements or offer-making practices as a result of the reforms (as of November 2014). The following practices will continue unchanged:
- we will continue to make entry requirements / offers on the basis of three A level grades
- we will not normally accept two AS levels in place of an A level
- admissions tutors 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.
- we will continue to review entry requirements and offer-making practice annually