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.
The University of Exeter understands that potential applicants, as well as parents, schools and colleges are seeking guidance from universities on the impact following the significant reform which is currently underway for UK qualifications. Guidance on how the University view these changes can be viewed on our 2016 admissions policy statement on qual reform pdf.
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.
If you are considering applying as a mature student, you can find further information in our Mature students section.
If you would like further advice on our entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office (email firstname.lastname@example.org 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;
- 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 60% overall. Second year entry will be considered on a case by case basis. Entry into the final year of a degree programme is not normally considered or permitted;
- 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 Language with a minimum pass of Grade C (4 with the new GCSE grading structure). Higher grades may be specified for individual programmes of study.
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.
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.
This table of UK equivalencies for qualifications also shows our standard UK equivalencies.
- A levels and AS levels taken in the UK or overseas
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
- BTEC Level 3 qualifications
- Cambridge Pre-U
- Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers
- Extended Project
- Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
- AQA Baccalaureate
- ifs Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Financial Studies
- AAT level 3 NVQ in Accounting
- English GCSE Baccalaureate
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.
The University recognises this qualification and our programme listings give full details of the grades and subjects required. Our offers are usually based on having achieved or achieving an overall IB Diploma grade or three individual Higher Level subjects at specified grades, and they could also include achieving specific grades in specific subjects.
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. You can find the general grade equivalence on the table of UK equivalencies for qualifications.
The University welcomes applications from students who are either studying towards the full Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or individual 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 Pre-U Subject will be specified. Where a B grade is required then a grade M2 in a Pre-U Subject will be specified. Further information about our typical offers for this qualification are published via UCAS.
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.
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. You can find the general grade equivalence on the table of UK Undergraduate Equivalency Guide 2015.
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.
The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma 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. We 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.
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.
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.
We accept AAT Level 3 as equivalent to GCE A level Accounting Grade A.
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.
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.
The University recognises a wide range of qualifications and equivalencies. If you are studying outside the UK the grading system and level of qualification in your country may not be the same as in the UK. If you are unsure whether your qualification meets our entry requirements, you can find out more information from our EU qualifications pages or our International Office 'In your country' pages, by clicking on the country or region in which you have studied. Alternatively, you may wish to contact the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) or the Admissions Office for further guidance about their suitability for entry to our programmes, providing as much detail as possible.
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
- The Bahamas
- New Zealand
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
*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|
|Subject||IELTS (Academic)||TOEFL IBT||Pearson 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
|58 with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills|
|Business, Economics, English, History 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
|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
|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
|73 with no less than 65 in all communicative skills|
Other accepted English language tests
From 6th April 2015 there have been changes to the Home Office Secure English Language Test (SELT) list for the purpose of obtaining a UK visa. These changes do 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 6th April 2015 changes.
The University is therefore pleased to confirm that it will accept all qualifications stated on this page as evidence of linguistic ability (subject to meeting our minimum requirements) for applicants joining the University* in 2016/17.
*Applicants to programmes offered by INTO University of Exeter, will need to view the INTO University of Exeter website for information on acceptable English language qualifications. This is due to a different ruling by the Home Office regarding non-degree level programmes.
These qualifications must have been completed no more than 4 years prior to enrolment.
|Qualification||Minimum alternative English language qualifications for programmes requiring equivalent of IELTS 6.5 with 6 in writing and no less than 5.5 in any section||Minimum alternative English language qualifications for programmes requiring equivalent of IELTS 7 overall and no less than 6 in any section||Minimum 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 English: Advanced or Proficiency (post Jan 2015)||176 overall, no less than 169 in writing and no less than 162 in any other section||185 overall, no less than 169 in any element||191 overall, no less than 185 in Speaking and Listening and no less than 169 in any other element|
|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, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi,
Goa, Kerala Boards)
|75%||80%||At least 85% from ISC/CBSE Board only. Other State Boards not accepted|
|Indian Standard XII English at first attempt (West Bengal Board)||70%||75%||80%|
|Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education||English: Grade C (4) or above||English: Grade B or above||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|
|Canada Year 12 Secondary School Certificate / High School Diploma (except Quebec)||English Grade C (75%) or above||English Grade B (80%) or above||English Grade A (85%) or above|
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|
|Trinity ISE exams (SELT variant only)||ISE III (SELT variant only) with merit in writing section and pass in all other sections||ISE III (SELT variant only) with merit in writing and one other section and pass in all other sections||ISE III (SELT variant only) with distinction in speaking and listening and nothing less than merit in other sections|
|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|
|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|
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 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 test at the end of the course to demonstrate your English language proficiency. Please note that we do not accept pre-sessional courses provided 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.
Study Abroad, International Exchange and Erasmus students (credit mobility)
Tier 4 Visa
Any student applying for a Tier 4 visa to come to the UK to study is required to demonstrate a minimum proficiency in English language equivalent to B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) *. The University’s minimum English Language requirements are specified above. *With the exception of students applying to come to the UK for a study abroad programme as part of a university degree course in the USA
Short-Term Study Visa
The underlying assumption is that applicants from these countries who have the necessary academic qualifications for entry to a degree programme will also have a sufficiently high level of English to undertake a programme of academic study in the UK, as evidenced by their application and supporting documentation. Therefore credit-mobility students entering the UK on a Short-Term Study visa will be exempt from the English Language requirements above if the following requirements are met:
- The student studies at a Partner Institution for which we hold a formal Student Exchange Agreementwhereby English is the language of instruction; the student supplies and meets criteria of all other supporting documentation as defined on the Study Abroad webpages, OR
- The student is a speaker of English who has taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve in one of the countries on the UKVI list of recognised countries but who are not entitled to an automatic waiver under UKVI guidance as they are not a national of those countries, OR
- The student is able to evidence in the last 7 years via an ‘Other’ accepted test e.g. Singapore O levels, that they meet the necessary minima (including phone interview if required) and they can demonstrate through their application that they have continued to study in an English medium. Students planning to take modules from across different departments will normally need to satisfy the higher of any linguistic minima required; for example students taking one English module and two Archaeology modules will need the higher grade of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent, as defined above