Entry requirements

Introduction

The University welcomes applications from appropriately qualified students offering a wide range of qualifications, including GCE A levels, IB, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, and Cambridge Pre-U Diploma.

You can find full details of the qualifications which are acceptable for entry on our General entry requirements and  sections.

International students

You should consult our general and subject-specific entry requirements information for A levels and the International Baccalaureate but the University also recognises a wide range of international qualifications.

You can find further information about academic requirements in our International Students section.

Details about standards of English language entry requirements are provided on this page.

Mature students

If you are considering applying as a mature student, you can find further information in our Mature students section.

Further advice

If you would like further advice on our entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office (email ug-ad@exeter.ac.uk or phone 0300 555 60 60 (UK callers)* +44 (0)1392 723044 (EU/International callers)).

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General entry requirements

To meet our general entrance requirements you will need one or more of the following:

  • GCE A levels with a minimum of three passes;
  • We encourage students to extend their studies beyond the traditional choice of three A levels, eg, by studying four GCE AS levels in Year 12, by studying the Extended Project, or by other equivalent methods;
  • Award of the International Baccalaureate Diploma, including at least two Higher-level subjects with achievement at Grade 4 or above; 
  • Award of the European Baccalaureate;
  • Award of an acceptable Advanced Diploma;
  • Award of the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma;
  • Award of Cambridge International Level 3 Pre-U Certificates in Subject (Principal)
  • Award of the AQA Baccalaureate;
  • Three Advanced Scottish Highers. Holders of those offering less than three Advanced Highers but who have at least five Scottish Highers passed at an appropriate level will be considered;
  • Award of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma (WBAD);
  • Irish Leaving Certificate which show passes in five approved subjects at the higher level achieved at minimum grade C1;
  • Award of a BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND);
  • Completion of the first year of a UK Foundation Degree, achieving at least 50% overall. Second and third year entry will be considered on a case by case basis;
  • Award of a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject (candidates must also satisfy the normal 'required subject' where stated ie, be offering an additional A level subject in addition to a BTEC National Diploma);
  • Award of an OCR National Extended Diploma in a relevant subject;
  • Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE);
  • Graduates of universities and institutions of Higher Education in the United Kingdom and other recognised institutions outside the UK;
  • Holders of international qualifications not listed above will be considered on an individual basis and are advised to contact the Admissions Office for further advice;
  • Holders of Certificates of the University will be considered for entry to the second year of an undergraduate degree programme on an individual basis;
  • Holders of a validated Access to HE Diploma course;
  • Holders of Open University credits with a minimum of 60 credits;
  • Other students who can demonstrate that their qualifications and experience are appropriate for entry to the programme for which they are applying.

In addition to the above, you will need to show evidence of acceptable levels of literacy. This is normally evidenced by GCSE English with a minimum pass of Grade C. Higher grades may be specified for individual programmes of study.

Course-specific requirements

All courses have specific entry requirements which are shown in each individual course page.

Some courses require prior study of specific subjects and may also have minimum levels of attainment required at GCSE or equivalent, particularly in English Language and/or Mathematics. These requirements are shown in the entry requirement tab on each course page under ‘Required subjects’.

The grade requirements in terms of GCE A level and International Baccalaureate (IB) grades are shown in the key facts panels at the top of each course page as ‘Typical Offer’. This includes offers for specific A level subjects or in the IB at the Higher Level (HL). You can find entry requirements for qualifications other than these on the UCAS Entry Profiles website.

For some courses where we receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants, we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve (or who have already achieved) our typical offer. We will therefore consider additional academic achievements alongside the personal statement in deciding whether are able to make an offer. Information about these additional criteria is given in the entry requirements tables in the individual subject entries.

Find further information in our offer and decision section.

Qualifications

The University recognises a wide range of qualifications and equivalencies. Further information regarding some of the most popular qualifications is provided below. If the qualifications you are taking are not listed below please contact the Admissions Office for further guidance about their suitability for entry to our programmes.

UK qualifications

Our programme listings and the UCAS website show entry requirements for each specific programme. This table of UK equivalencies for qualifications also shows our standard UK equivalencies.

A levels and AS levels

The University recognises these qualifications and our programme listings give full details of the grades and subjects required. Our offers are usually made over the best three A levels (excluding General Studies). All other A levels are accepted on an equal basis although some programmes do require specific subjects. Where this is the case this information is shown in our programme specific entry requirements. We do not routinely look for four subjects to be studied to AS level although this is a requirement for our BMBS Medicine programme.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

The University recognises this qualification and our programme listings give full details of the grades and subjects required. Our offers are usually based on the overall IB Diploma grade but could also include achieving specific grades in specific subjects.

BTEC Level 3 qualifications

The University recognises these qualifications. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is the most commonly offered of these qualifications and this is suitable for entry, although where a specific A level is required in our programme specific entry requirements this will be required in addition to the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. Typical offers for the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma range from D*DD to DDM. Depending on the grades achieved the BTEC Level 3 Diploma can be considered in lieu of two A levels against our general entry requirements, and the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in lieu of one A level. Further information about our typical offers for this qualification are published via UCAS.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

The University welcomes applications from students who are either studying towards the full Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or individual Principal Subjects alongside A levels as we believe that the qualification will provide very appropriate preparation for our degree programmes. Conditional offers will be set on an individual basis but where an A grade in a GCE A level is required then a grade D3 in a Principal Subject will be specified. Where a B grade is required then a grade M2 in a Principal Subject will be specified. Further information about our typical offers for this qualification are published via UCAS. For students applying from September 2013 onwards we will also accept Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Research in lieu of a third A-level or equivalent with a D3 grade being regarded as equivalent to an A and an M2 grade equivalent to a B.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

The University recognises this qualification and typical offers range from 33 Level 3 Credits at Distinction grade to 21 Level 3 Credits at Merit grade. Further information about our typical offers for this qualification are published via UCAS.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

The University recognises these qualifications and our typical offer ranges from AAA in three Advanced Highers to ABBBB in five Highers. Further information about our typical offers for this qualification are published via UCAS.

Extended Project

The University values the Extended Project and its role in preparing students for a successful higher education experience and would wish to recognise and encourage this extended piece of independent work undertaken by the learner. We would also accept the Extended Project in lieu of a fourth AS level for BMBS Medicine.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma (Core) will be accepted as equivalent to an A level and can count towards our general entry requirements. Applicants would normally be expected to offer at least two A levels or equivalent in addition to this qualification. For applicants offering graded versions of this qualification from 2015 we will accept an A* grade as equivalent to an A* at A level, A as equivalent to an A at A level, and B as equivalent to a B at A level and a C grade as equivalent to a C at A level.

AQA Baccalaureate

We welcome the introduction of the AQA Baccalaureate. The extended project and enrichment activities will be a helpful preparation for students at university level study. Applicants offering the AQA Baccalaureate will be expected to achieve specified grades in the three approved GCE A levels within their Baccalaureate.

ifs Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Financial Studies

When applicants achieve A grades in both the Certificate and Diploma combined we will consider this as equivalent to GCE A level Economics Grade A.

AAT level 3 NVQ in Accounting

We accept AAT Level 3 as equivalent to GCE A level Accounting Grade A.

English GCSE Baccalaureate

The University of Exeter welcomes applicants with the English Baccalaureate but we do not have plans to use this award as part of our entry requirements. We may look at individual GCSE results (as is our current policy) as part of our holistic assessment of an application, but this will be made clear in the individual GCSE entry requirements for each undergraduate programme we offer. We are aware that any change to our stance on this issue would require giving potential applicants sufficient notice to make the correct GCSE choices. We would therefore anticipate that any changes to our policy regarding the English Baccalaureate would only occur after sufficient notice had been given.

EU qualifications

The University recognises a wide range of qualifications and equivalencies. Further information regarding some of the most popular qualifications is provided below. If the qualifications you are taking are not listed in our equivalencies table below please contact the Admissions Office for further guidance about their suitability for entry to our programmes.

UK Undergraduate Equivalency Guide 2015

International qualifications

The University recognises a wide range of qualifications and equivalencies. For further information regarding a specific international qualification please contact the Admissions Office for further guidance about their suitability for entry to our programmes.

English language requirements

Students who are nationals of a majority English-speaking country may be accepted without an English qualification if during the application process it has been demonstrated that you are able to understand written and spoken English to the required level.

Majority English speaking countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada*
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA

*Canadian nationals are exempt from English Language requirements, but non-Canadian nationals who have studied in Canada are required to meet standard English Language requirements due to Home Office policy.

If you reside in one of these countries, you are not required to submit evidence of English language proficiency if you:

  • Have undertaken a full degree in one of these countries and completed it no more than two years before the intended start of your chosen undergraduate programme.
  • The degree certificate is successfully verified with the issuing body on receipt. Any applicant found to have submitted a fraudulent score will have their application withdrawn.

Accepted English language tests

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System – academic version)
  • TOEFL IBT
  • Pearson Test of English Academic
  • Other English language tests

Please note, we do not accept TOEFL institutional testing programme (ITP / TOEIC).

What test scores do I need?

The table below lists English language requirements for our programmes if you have completed an IELTS (Academic), TOEFL IBT or Pearson Test of English.

These tests are only valid for entry for 2 years. As a result the qualification must have been completed no more than 2 years prior to enrolment.

English language requirements
SubjectIELTS (Academic)TOEFL IBTPearson Test of English (Academic)
All subjects except those listed below at least 6.5 overall and no less than 6.0 in the writing section and no less than 5.5 in any other section

at least 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking

Please see below for important information regarding TOEFL and Tier 4 visa applications

58 with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills
Accountancy, Business, Economics, English, History, Law and Psychology (including Combined Honours) at least 7.0 overall and no less than 6.0 in any other section

at least 100 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking

Please see below for important information regarding TOEFL and Tier 4 visa applications

65 with no less than 55 in all skills
BSc Medical Imaging
BSc Medical Sciences
at least 7.0 overall and no less than 6.5 in any other section

at least 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking

Please see below for important information regarding TOEFL and Tier 4 visa applications

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) IELTS band 7.5 or above with no less than 6.0 and at least 7.0 in each of the Speaking and Listening sections

Overall score of 110 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 25 for listening, 22 for reading and 25 for speaking

Please see below for important information regarding TOEFL and Tier 4 visa applications

73 with no less than 65 in all communicative skills

Acceptability of TOEFL tests

The Home Office confirmed on 21st May 2014 that the removal of TOEFL as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for the purpose of obtaining a UK visa, does NOT affect Higher Education Institutions' ability to choose their own method of assessing English language competence for degree level programmes.  This means universities will still be able to decide what English language tests and scores to accept as evidence of a degree student's ability to speak English at the appropriate level, even if the test is taken after the Immigration Rules regarding TOEFL are formally changed.

The University is therefore pleased to confirm that it will accept TOEFL test scores as evidence of linguistic ability (subject to meeting our minimum requirements) for applicants joining the university* in 2015/16. * Applicants to programmes offered by INTO University of Exeter, including pre-sessional, Foundation and Diploma must provide a SELT test (e.g. CPE, IELTS or Pearson PTE) as evidence of their linguistic ability. This is due to a different ruling by the Home Office regarding non degree level programmes.

In addition the University continues to recognise a variety of other Tests (including CAE, CPE, IELTS or Pearson PTE) as evidence of English ability.

Other accepted English language tests

We also accept a number of other English language tests, as detailed in the table below. These qualifications must have been completed no more than 4 years prior to enrolment.

QualificationMinimum alternative English language qualifications for programmes requiring equivalent of IELTS 6.5 with 6 in writing and no less than 5.5 in any sectionMinimum alternative English language qualifications for programmes requiring equivalent of IELTS 7 overall and no less than 6 in any sectionMinimum alternative English Language qualifications for Medical related programmes
A or AS level English Grade D or above Grade C or above Grade B or above
GCSE English Language/Cambridge GCE O level/Cambridge Overseas School Certificate Grade C or above Grade B or above Grade A. English as a second language not accepted
Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language Grade C or above Grade B or above Grade A or above 
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Grade B or above Grade A or above Not accepted
Cambridge Pre-U Literature in English (Principal Subject) P2 or above M3 or above M2 or above
Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BTGCSE) Grades 3-6 (credit); Grade C Grades 1 and 2 (distinction); Grades A and B Not accepted
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C or above Grade B or above Grade A
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade C or above Grade B or above Grade B
East African Certificate of Education English: Grade C or above English: Grade B or above Not accepted
Edexcel IGCSE English as a First Language Grade C or above Grade B or above Grade A or above
Edexcel IGCSE English as a Second Language Grade B or above Grade A or above Not accepted
European Baccalaureate L1: English: 60% or above
L2: English: 70% or above
L3: English: 70% or above
L1: English: 70% or above
L2: English: 80% or above
L3: English: 80% or above
L1: English: 75% or above
L2: English: 85% or above
L3: English: 85% or above
French Baccalaureate (option International du Baccalaureat) English: Grade 10 English: Grade 10 English: Grade 10.5
International Baccalaureate English Standard Level Grade 5 or Higher Level Grade 4 or above Standard Level Grade 5 or Higher Level Grade 4 or above Standard Level Grade 6 or Higher Level grade 5. English as a first language only acceptable
Hong Kong applicants HKDSE English (Core) Level 5 overall (no less than Level 4 in any sub-section) HKDSE English (Core) Level 5* overall (no less than Level 4 in any sub-section) HKDSE English (Core) Level 5** overall with no less than 4 and at least 5* in each of the Speaking and Listening sections
Indian Standard XII English at first attempt (ISC/CBSE/West Bengal Boards) at least 65% at least 75% At least 85% from ISC/CBSE Board only. Other State Boards not accepted
Indian Standard XII English at first attempt (Maharastra Board) at least 70% at least 80% Not accepted
Indian Standard XII English at first attempt (Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Boards) at least 75% at least 85% Not accepted
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education English: Grade C (4) or above English: Grade B or above Not accepted
Malawi Certificate of School Education (MCSE) Grades 3 and 4 (credit); Grade C Grades 1 and 2 (distinction); Grades A and B Not accepted
Malaysian SPM English (1119/O level paper only) Grade C or above Grade B or above Grade A
Norwegian Vitnemal – videregaende opplaering English: Overall score of 4 or above  English: Overall score of 5 or above English: Overall score of 5 or above
Ontario Secondary School Certificate English Grade C (75%) or above English Grade B (80%) or above English Grade A (85%) or above
Singaporean Applicants

Singapore-Cambridge O level English grade C or Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 English Language/Language Arts grade C or better

Note: General paper is not acceptable proof of English Language proficiency

Singapore-Cambridge O level or Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 English Language/Language Arts grade B or better

Note: General paper is not acceptable proof of English Language proficiency

Singapore-Cambridge O level English grade A or Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 English Language/Language Arts grade A or better

Note: General paper is not acceptable proof of English Language proficiency

South African National Senior Certificate/South African Matriculation Certificate English: Grade 4 English: Grade 5 English: Grade 6
West African Examinations Council SSCE in English at first sitting English: Grade C6 or above English: Grade B3 or above Not accepted
Uganda National Examinations Board Certificate of Education (UCE) Grades 3-6 (credit); Grade C Grades 1 and 2 (distinction); Grades A and B Not accepted
USA High School Graduation Diploma English Grade C (75–79%) or above English Grade B (80–89%) or above Considered on a case by case basis
USA SATS II (Subject) Will be considered on an individual basis subject to academic background and grades Will be considered on an individual basis subject to academic background and grades Considered on a case by case basis
Zambian School Certificate Examination English Language Grade A1 Grade A1 Not accepted
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education O level English Grade C or above Grade B or above Grade A
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education Advanced level English (ZIMSEC) Grade D or above Grade C or above Grade B or above

Conditions

All test scores are verified with the issuing body on receipt. Any applicant found to have submitted a fraudulent score will have their application withdrawn and UCAS will be advised.

The University reserves the right to change minimum English Language requirements during an application cycle in-line with any compliance guidance released by the UKBA. In the event of a change in UKBA policy which affects entry requirements the University will notify affected applicants in writing.

English programmes at INTO University of Exeter

If you do not reach the required English standard in one of the above recognised English language tests, undergraduate study at Exeter could still be a possibility if you successfully complete a Pre-Sessional Course at the INTO University of Exeter Centre. These intensive six- or ten-week courses are designed for students who wish to improve their ability in English and study skills before they start their degree programme.

The tables on the INTO website show if you will need to attend a pre-sessional course based on your TOEFL/IELTS test scores. If you have taken any other acceptable test and wish to confirm if a pre-sessional English course is required or recommended, please contact us.

If you successfully complete a pre-sessional course and meet the progression requirements from the programme for entry to your academic course of study, it is not necessary to undertake an additional IELTS or TOEFL test at the end of the course to demonstrate your English language proficiency. Please note that we do not accept pre-sessional courses accepted by other bodies.

If you do not meet the pre-sessional entry requirements or want to have longer to understand and learn new skills, the Centre also offers a number of other English Language options such as the English for university study course.