We are happy to accept applicants with a wide variety of academic qualifications. The list below gives details of our normal entry requirements for a range of qualifications. Please note that the information given below is for guidance only - each application is considered individually.
- Useful subjects
- Access courses
- BTEC qualifications
- Cambridge Pre-U
- Engineering Principal Learning at level 3 (previously the Advanced Diploma in Engineering)
- European Baccalaureate
- English Language Requirements
- French Baccalaureate
- Foundation Programmes
- German Abitur
- Indian qualifications
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- Irish Leaving Certificate
- Scottish Qualifications
- Welsh Baccalaureate
- Other Qualifications
We believe that the two most important subjects at higher level (e.g. A2 level, International Baccalaureate Higher Level) are Mathematics and Physics as these provide the foundations for a degree course in Engineering. For the third A2 or higher level subject there is a wide variety of subjects that will be helpful when studying Engineering at University. Some of the more common subjects offered by past applicants are Further Mathematics, Electronics, Design Technology, Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, ICT, Computer Science, Geography (popular with Civil Engineering applicants), Business, Economics, English, Art, Music or Foreign languages. General studies is not accepted as a third subject. If 2 or more A2 subjects are offered with Mathematics and Physics we will consider the highest grade achieved to be part of the offer. For example, assume that a BEng applicants has a conditional offer of AAB at A2 including Mathematics and Physics. The offer holder then achieves the following four A2 results; A in Mathematics, B in Physics, A in Chemistry and C in Economics. The terms and conditions of their offer have been met as they have ABA grades, based on their Mathematics and Physics results combined with the highest of their other two subjects, A in Chemistry.
The extended project will provide excellent experience in research skills and is something that could be mentioned in the UCAS personal statement and discussed at any interview. However, the extended project will not be included in any conditional offer.
The Russell Group have written their own general guide to selecting A level, or higher level, subjects, 'Informed Choices', which you might also find helpful. Refer to http://www.russellgroup.ac.uk/informed-choices/
Candidates are expected to offer three GCSE Advanced Level (A2) subjects, excluding General Studies. A2-level subjects should normally include Mathematics and Physics. However, the School will consider very strong applicants who offer only A2 Mathematics or A2 Physics.
We are happy to consider a wide variety of third A2 subjects with Mathematics and Physics, see useful subjects, and accept A2 Further Mathematics as a full A2 subject. We are also happy to consider an alternative third qualification, such as applications from those offering A2 level Mathematics and Physics with a level 3 BTEC qualification (deemed by UCAS to be equivalent to an A2 level) in place of the 3rd A level. Refer to The UCAS Tariff Tables for confirmation at http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/explore-your-options/entry-requirements/tariff-tables .
Those applicants offering only A2 Physics should have a proven mathematical ability and a strong profile at A2 level. A proven mathematics capability would be a strong result in their most recent Mathematics qualification. If an applicant has taken, or is taking, AS Mathematics this must be at grade B or above. If an applicant is not taking AS Mathematics they must have A or A* at GCSE Mathematics. Such candidates, if admitted, replace their optional module with the module 'Foundation Mathematics' in their first year at Warwick. Strong Mathematics capability is essential for all Engineers. This entry route is intended for highly motivated applicants who have realised a little late that they want a career in Engineering and hence did not choose to study Mathematics in their first year of A level studies or perhaps did not have access in their school/college to A2 level Mathematics.
For an applicant offering only A2 Mathematics they should have a proven capability in Science and/or Physics as demonstrated by their most recent, relevant qualification, a B at AS level Physics or an A or A* in GCSE Science or Physics, as well as a strong profile at A2 level. Some additional examples classes are provided in the first year to support students who have not studied Physics to A2 level.
As each Access course is unique we review the syllabus of each course individually to assess if the content will provide a suitable preparation to enable applicants to cope with our courses. For the majority of Access courses applicants also need to offer A2 Mathematics in addition at grade A or B. This is to ensure that applicants have both the Mathematics skills required to cope and some recent examination experience to help them cope in the University exam-based environment. Please contact us if you want more information about an individual Access course.
BTEC Extended Diplomas, Diplomas and Subsidiary Diplomas
We will accept BTEC Engineering qualifications, such as BTEC Extended National Diploma (18 credits) or BTEC National Diploma (12 credits) in Electrical & Electronic, Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering but either diploma must be accompanied by A2 level Mathematics. This is to ensure that applicants have both the Mathematics skills required to cope and some recent examination experience to help them cope in the University exam-based environment.
MEng: Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma (12 credits) and A in A2 Mathematics
BEng/BSc: Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma (12 credits) and B in A2 Mathematics
The BTEC level 3 subsidiary diploma (QCFBSD) in Engineering (previously known as the BTEC AWARD) is treated as equivalent to one A-level and would be considered if offer with two A2 subjects, ideally in Mathematics and Physics. Distinction would be treated as equivalent to A at A2 level and Distinction* as equivalent to A* at A2 level.
We are happy to accept Cambridge Pre-U qualifications either alone or in combination with A levels. For subject guidance refer to the details on A levels. Typical offers are:
MEng: D3, D3, D3
BEng/BSc : D3, D3, M2
Our entry requirements for the Engineering Principal Learning at level 3 (formerly the Advanced Diploma) are shown below. After 2014 when the Advanced Diploma is withdrawn we will also be happy to consider applicants offering a combination of qualifications such as A2 levels with BTECs. See below for our current entry requirements for BTECs.
MEng: Grade A overall in the Engineering Principal Learning at Level 3, plus 2 other L3 qualifications including either B in A2 Mathematics or B in A2 Physics
BEng/BSc: Grade A overall in the Engineering Principal Learning at Level 3, plus 2 other L3 qualifications including either B in A2 Mathematics or B in A2 Physics
All applicants whose first language is English need to offer the equivalent of GCSE English Language at grade C or above. For applicants whose first language is not English please refer to this web page for explaining the University's requirements, see in particular requirements for the Science Faculty. http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/language/
MEng: 85% overall with 8.5 in Maths and Physics.
BEng/BSc: 80% overall with 8.0 in Maths and Physics.
We require the 5 period Mathematics course as a minimum for Engineering. The advanced mathematics, 8 periods, would give the student a better foundation for Engineering, in the same way that A2 level in Further Mathematics would but we will accept applicants with the 5 period Mathematics.
MEng: 14 overall with 15 in Mathematics and 15 Physics/Chemistry.
BEng/BSc: 14 overall with 14 in Mathematics and 14 Physics/Chemistry.
Within the UK and Internationally there are a great many 1 year foundation programmes aiming to provide access to higher education. Unfortunately, the quality and scope of these courses vary tremendously and it is therefore difficult to give generic guidance on our acceptance criteria.
Students studying on Warwick's International Foundation Programme (IFP) in Science and Engineering or Business Studies are guaranteed a conditional offer of a place to read engineering at Warwick, provided that they apply through UCAS before the normal deadline. Our normal offer for such students is:
MEng: 4 Distinctions
BEng/BSc: 3 Distinctions and 1 Credit.
We are also happy to receive applications from students studying on other high quality foundation programmes. Because of the differences between the various programmes it is not possible to give an indication here of which programmes would be acceptable or what our conditional offer level might be. However, where a programme is judged acceptable we will be looking for very good overall performance, with excellent marks in the mathematics component. Applicants will also need to satisfy our normal entrance requirements, including the provision of an appropriate English qualification.
MEng: Overall score of 1.3, with 14 in Mathematics and Physics.
BEng/BSc: Overall score of 1.4, with 14 in Mathematics and Physics.
Students who have completed an appropriate Higher National Diploma or Higher National Certificate may be considered for entry into the first year. The School does not normally support entry into the second year of our degree programmes. The offer level below is for an English HNC/HND. We will also consider Scottish HNC/HNDs.
MEng: 3 Distinctions and 3 credits in an appropriate HNC/HND, normally including a distinction in Analytical Methods for Engineers and distinction in Further Analytical Methods for Engineers.
BEng/BSc: 2 Distinctions and 4 credits in an appropriate HNC/HND, normally including a distinction in Analytical Methods for Engineers and at least a merit in Further Analytical Methods for Engineers.
A typical offer for students offering Class XII CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Studies also known as India-All India SSC ) or ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) would be:
MEng: 85% overall from 3 subjects including Maths and Physics
BEng/BSc: 80% from 3 subjects including Maths and Physics
Other Indian qualifications may be accepted, please contact us for details.
Candidates interested in Engineering will normally offer both Maths and Physics at the higher level.
However, the School is prepared to consider candidates offering only higher level Mathematics or higher level Physics.
If only higher level Physics is offered it must be accompanied with a grade 6 or above in standard level Mathematics for admission subject to the condition that, if admitted, they may read the first year optional module in 'Foundation Mathematics'. However, we do not normally admit candidates offering 'Maths Studies' as their only maths module.
If only higher level Mathematics is offered it should normally be accompanied with a grade 6 or above in standard level Physics. We may also consider applications from very strong candidates, with a high predicted score in higher level Mathematics but no Physics at higher or standard level Physics.
MEng: 38 points with no less than 6 at higher level in any subject including Mathematics and Physics
BEng/BSc: 36 points with 5 in Mathematics and Physics at the higher level.
MEng: AAAAAB with an A grade in Mathematics and Physics.
BEng/BSc: AAABBB with an A grade in either Mathematics or Physics.
MEng: AA at Advanced Higher level including Mathematics and Physics and a minimum of AAB in three other Higher level subjects, excluding Mathematics and Physics.
BEng/BSc: AB at Advanced Higher level including Mathematics and Physics and a minimum of BBB in three other Higher level subjects, excluding Mathematics and Physics.
Warwick's policy on the Welsh Baccalaureate is outlined on this web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry
As Engineering make a typical offer of three A2 subjects the Welsh Baccalaureate core will not be required, and it can not be substituted for one of the A levels.
Applicants with qualifications other than those above will be considered on their individual merits. For further guidance and the latest information please contact EngineeringAdmissions(firstname.lastname@example.org).