We are committed to giving full and fair consideration to all entry qualification information presented by individual applicants. We welcome applications from candidates offering many different qualifications, including A and AS levels, Scottish Advanced Highers, the International Baccalaureate, the Cambridge Pre-U, Access to HE Diplomas, and many overseas qualifications. Typical offers for a number of qualifications are listed under each course entry and you should check the listed entry requirements for the course you are interested in. If you have questions regarding the acceptability of a particular qualification or the level of achievement required, we encourage you to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team.
All applicants must possess a minimum level of competence in the English Language and in Mathematics/Science. A pass at Grade C or above in GCSE English Language and in Mathematics or a Science, or an equivalent qualification, satisfies this University requirement. For many courses, requirements are above this University minimum, so you should check the relevant course-specific entry requirements.
Applicants are required to offer a minimum of three A-levels, with many courses requiring an additional fourth subject at AS level. Please refer to typical entry requirements for each course for full details.
For most courses, selectors will exclude General Studies from any A-level offer (but some may accept it for the fourth subject at AS level where this is required) and Critical Thinking is often only accepted to AS level. Breadth of subjects is valued by our selectors and therefore subjects with significantly overlapping curricula should be avoided where possible, for example Economics and Business Studies. In general terms, subjects with a higher proportion of assessed written work are likely to provide a better preparation than more practical subjects for studying a degree at Warwick.
Warwick welcomes the introduction of the A* grade in A levels and is closely monitoring emerging national information about this new grade. An A* grade is required by a small number of Warwick’s courses. In a minority of cases conditional A level offers may include achievement requirements in selected unit grades, to help differentiate highly qualified applicants, but this will only be a requirement where units of A levels required for entry are closely aligned to the degree content.
Please refer to the course information to identify which courses may include A* or unit grades in conditional offers.
* Important note on mixed portfolios of A levels and pre-Us* We have been made aware of confusing messages being given to some visitors to the University, and should like to clarify that The University of Warwick welcomes applications from students offering a mix of pre-U certificates and A levels totalling three or more, for all degree courses.
Requirements for individual Pre-U subjects (certificates) are listed with each course entry. Mixed portfolios of Pre-U and A level subjects are welcomed and essential subject requirements can be satisfied by taking either the relevant Pre-U certificate or A Level. Candidates offering both a Pre-U and an A level in the same subject should be aware that only one will count towards the overall requirement for any given course.
The Pre-U Diploma is acceptable and candidates working towards this are advised to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team regarding Diploma offer levels.
For courses which normally require three A levels and an AS level, applicants offering the Welsh Baccalaureate will typically be required to pass the core plus achieve the A level grades listed in the ‘Typical Offers’ section of each course. Where typical offers are based on three A levels only, offers will be made on this basis and the Welsh Baccalaureate core will not be required, and it can not be substituted for one of the A levels.
Candidates who are unable to fulfil this requirement are advised to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team before submitting an application.
Applicants should also ensure that they are able to meet the essential subject requirements for their chosen course.
Applicants presenting the Extended Project are encouraged to discuss their research in their personal statement and reflect on how undertaking the project will help prepare them for studying their chosen degree at Warwick. Where a department typically makes offers which include a fourth subject at AS level the Extended Project will normally be considered in lieu of this requirement.
Applicants who successfully achieve the Advanced Diploma (level 3) will be considered for entry onto Warwick degrees in some closely aligned subjects. To meet the standard entry requirements applicants may need to take specific Additional and Specialised Learning options. Please refer to the Warwick and UCAS websites for details about Diploma entry requirements for specific degrees. If you are unsure about whether your combination of subjects will meet our entry requirements please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team for advice.
Warwick welcomes the breadth of experience offered by those who successfully complete the AQA Baccalaureate and will consider activities completed towards the qualification as part of applicants’ overall profiles. However, offers will not normally be made conditional upon achievement of the AQA Bacc but will be framed in terms of A level and AS level achievement.
Warwick offers the Higher Education Foundation Programme (HEFP) for international students whose current qualifications do not equip them for direct entry to UK universities. The HEFP is a one-year intensive access course, taught in colleges near the University, and students are offered accommodation nearby. HEFP students select one of the following five specialisms: Law, Business Studies, Social Science, Science and Engineering and Biomedical Science.
Academic departments are closely involved with the HEFP and many welcome applications from HEFP students. Successful completion of the HEFP qualifies students to apply to a range of competitive degree programmes. For specific degrees at Warwick candidates may be required to have additional qualifications to meet subject requirements.
Warwick also welcomes applications from students who are studying foundation programmes offered by other institutions. If you would like advice on the suitability of the HEFP or another foundation programme for entry onto a specific degree please refer to departmental entry requirements or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Many of our courses will consider applicants presenting a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma provided that essential subject requirements are met. Please refer to individual departmental entry requirements.
Successful Warwick applicants who have taken GCSEs will have a range of subjects at good grades at GCSE level. However, we do not stipulate that applicants must offer the particular combination of subjects within the English Baccalaureate in order to achieve this. Applicants do not need the English Baccalaureate to be considered for entry to Warwick degrees but they should ensure that they can demonstrate a broad general education and that they are able to meet essential subject requirements for their chosen course.
The University recognises the value of this qualification and will consider it as part of your overall profile. Offers will not normally be made conditional on achievement of CoPE.
Key and Functional Skills will not normally be included in the terms of any offer. The University recognises the value of these qualifications and will consider them as part of your overall profile.
The University accepts a wide range of overseas qualifications, such as the Irish Leaving Certificate, French Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, German Abitur, Indian Class XII, Hong Kong DSE and Singapore H2. Further details about our entry requirements for a range of International qualifications are available on our International Office website. If you are unsure whether your qualification is acceptable, or have questions about the level we will require, you should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team or the International Office
- A and AS Levels
- Cambridge Pre-U
- Welsh Baccalaureate
- Extended Project
- Advanced Diplomas
- AQA Baccalaureate
- Foundation Programmes
- Access to HE Diploma
- English Baccalaureate
- Certificate of Personal Effectiveness
- Key and Functional Skills
- Overseas Qualifications
If you have any questions about whether your particular qualification or level of achievement would be acceptable, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team or refer to the Overseas Qualifications information provided by the International Office.