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Entry Requirements


In terms of your academic profile, for 2018 entry the typical A level/IB offers for our programmes are:

  • Politics: AAA/IB38
  • Politics and International Studies: AAA/IB38
  • Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods: AAA/IB38 (there is no specific subject requirements for this course, but applicants should be able to provide evidence of a genuine commitment to the discipline of Politics, with a particular emphasis on quantitative methodology)
  • Politics and Sociology: AAB/IB36
  • Politics, International Studies and French: AAB, with grade B or higher in French at A Level/IB36 , to include 5 in HL French
  • Politics, International Studies and German: AAB including a Foreign Language or Latin/Ancient Greek / IB 36 including 5 in Higher Level in a Foreign Language or Latin/Ancient Greek. This course offers two streams in German: Advanced (for applicants with German to A Level or IB Higher level, or equivalent) and Beginner (for applicants with no prior German qualifications or to a maximum of GCSE Level).
  • Politics, International Studies and Hispanic Studies: AAB, with grade B or higher in any foreign language at A Level/IB 36, to include 5 in a HL modern or classical language.
  • Politics, International Studies and Italian: AAB, with grade B or higher in any foreign language at A Level/IB 36, to include 5 in HL Italian or another modern or classical language.
  • BA Politics, International Studies with Chinese: AAB including some evidence of language learning ability (GSCE level or above is preferable) / IB 36 including some evidence of language learning ability (GCSE level or above is preferable).
  • Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development: AAA include grade B in English and Mathematics at GCSE/IB38, to include Mathematics and English

If you have not been educated in the British system, or if you have school qualifications other than A levels, there is guidance available for typical offers and international grade equivalence on the Warwick Study pages. PAIS degrees do not have any prerequisite subjects except as stated above for joint language degrees.

Additionally, if you are not a native English speaker and if you have not been educated in English, then you must submit an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent secure English test score.


Your personal statement is the most important component of your application after your grades; we take personal statements very seriously, so even if you are a straight-A student, you should take the time to write a really strong personal statement. PAIS is looking for intelligent, passionate students who are ready to engage with the study of politics and do their own exploration of the subject under our expert guidance. Keeping this in mind, check out the Admissions Team's excellent advice about personal statements and how to write a good application--their advice can mean the difference between offering you a place or rejecting your application.

For more information about how to make an application to one of our courses, please see our 'How to Apply' pages.