Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Newcastle University


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, others require you to have studied specific subjects at a certain level prior to entry. 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)
  • Scottish Qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Access Qualifications
  • BTEC qualifications
  • Cambridge Pre-U

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.

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.

Entry grades

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.

General Studies and Critical Thinking

Different degrees have varying attitudes towards the inclusion of General Studies and Critical Thinking as a subject at A or AS level. Some exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking from conditional offers. Please check specific requirements for your chosen degree.

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.