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Offer - Mathematics Undergraduate Admissions

Our Offer for A-level, IB and Scottish Highers Applicants

We make a standard offer to most applicants doings A-levels, the IB or Scottish Highers, and this is explained below. There is separate advice for

Why we make a standard offer

Applicants are often surprised when they receive an offer before they visit us. We make a virtue of giving a standard offer because

  • it is a completely transparent policy and,
  • we know that those who achieve it ALL have the potential to get the best from our degree courses.

Standard Offer for 2018 Admission: A-Level Students

  • A* (Maths A-level), A*(Further Maths A-level), A (third A-level), and grade 1 in STEP, or
  • A*(Maths A-level), A*(Further Maths A-level), A* (third A-level), or
  • A*(Maths A-level), A*(Further Maths A-level), AA (third A-level and fourth A-level)

Students who sit MAT or TMUA may receive the following reduced offer:

  • A* (Maths A-level), A* (Further Maths A-level), A (third A-level).
The offer excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking. We expect to make the reduced offer to most applicants with grade 6.5 or higher in TMUA.

Standard Offer for 2018 Admission: IB Students

  • 39 points overall, with 6,6,6 in HL subjects, including HL Maths, plus grade 1 in STEP, or
  • 39 points overall, with 7,6,6 in HL subjects, including HL Maths.

Students who sit MAT or TMUA may receive the following reduced offer:

  • 39 points overall, with 6,6,6 in HL subjects, including HL Maths.
Core points can be included in the overall IB score. We expect to make the reduced offer to most applicants with grade 6.5 or higher in TMUA.

Standard Offer for 2018 Admission: Scottish Highers Students

  • A1 (Advanced Higher Maths), A (other Advanced Higher), A (Higher Maths), AAA (three Higher subjects), plus grade 1 in STEP, or
  • A1 (Advanced Higher Maths), A1 (other Advanced Higher), A1 (Higher Maths), AAA (three Higher subjects).

Students who sit MAT or TMUA may receive a reduced offer. We expect to make the reduced offer to most applicants with grade 6.5 or higher in TMUA.

Resits Policy

We do not object to resits within the normal two year A-level period. For example, you might have taken your A-level Maths at the end of year 12, and it didn't go well; in this case we're happy for you to retake it at the end of year 13. However, we're unlikely to make offers to students who need to take resits beyond year 13, unless there are strong mitigating circumstances. In this case you should ask your school to explain these circumstances in their reference.

Which STEP paper should I take?

We do not mind in which of the three STEP papers you achieve the grade 1. There is more information about STEP here.

My school does not offer Further Maths or cannot help with STEP/MAT/TMUA

The Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP) can help. It ensures that all students who could benefit from studying Further Mathematics or taking STEP/MAT/TMUA have the opportunity to do so; it provides support of various kinds for both teachers and pupils. Check the regional page on the FMSP website for support in your area.

Will I be interviewed?

No. We do not conduct interviews.

General Entrance Requirement

All candidates must also satisfy the University's General Entrance requirement. This means some breadth in your studies - at least five different subjects to GCSE or A-level, and English to GCSE grade C or above. See the University pages for more guidance.

Taking a Gap Year

We are well disposed towards applicants who wish to take a year out between school and university. Our experience is that students often benefit from the social maturity and broader perspectives a gap year can bring.

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See our page on MAT, TMUA and STEP