Undergraduate Study

FCH subject specific entry requirements

Accounting

GCSE Mathematics grade B or AS-Level / A-Level Maths.

GCSE English Language grade B.

No specific A-Levels are required.

Ancient History

No specific A-Levels required.

Anthropology

No specific A-Levels required.

Arabic

No specific A-Levels required.

Archaeology

No specific A-Levels required. 

Art History & Visual Culture

No specific A-Levels required.

Biochemistry

GCSE Mathematics grade B.

Either GCSE Double Award Science or GCSE Chemistry at grade C.

A-Level Biology and Chemistry grade B, within the overall offer range.

IB HL Biology and Chemistry 5 within the overall offer range. 

Biological Sciences: Molecular and Cellular Biology

GCSE Mathematics grade B.

Either GCSE Double Award Science or GCSE Chemistry at grade C.

A-Level Biology grade B or IB HL Biology grade 5.

British Sign Language

British Sign Language can be taken as a language-only, 30-credit pathway through the Foreign Language Centre. There are no prior language requirements for this.

Business (Penryn Campus)

GCSE Mathematics grade B or AS-Level / A-Level Maths.

GCSE English Language grade B.

No specific A-Levels are required. 

Chemistry

GCSE Mathematics grade B.

Either GCSE Double Award Science or GCSE Chemistry at grade C.

A-Level Chemistry plus Maths or Biology or Physics grade B, within the overall offer range.

IB HL Chemistry plus Maths or Biology or Physics grade 5 within the overall offer range.

Classical Studies

No specific A Levels required. 

Classics

A-Level Latin or Greek grade B.  IB HL Latin or Greek 5. 

Computer Science

A-Level Mathematics grade B.  IB HL 5 Mathematics.

Criminology

No specific A-Levels required.

Drama

No specific A-Levels required.

We try to see as many applicants as possible before making an offer. A large proportion of applicants are invited to attend two days of workshops and an interview. A short interview with an individual member of staff is combined with staff-led and separate student-led studio sessions. Working and talking with each other and with present students are important features of this experience. This will involve an overnight stay in Exeter. 

Economics

GCSE Mathematics grade A or AS/A-Level Maths equivalent. GCSE English Language Grade B. No requirement for Economics to have been studied previously.

English

GCSE English Literature and/or English Language grade A.

A-Level English Literature grade A or A-level English Language and Literature grade A.

IB HL English grade 6

Environmental Law (Penryn Campus)

No specific A-Levels required.

Exercise and Sport Sciences

An A-Level grade B or IB HL5 in a science subject.

AL or HL science subjects include: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.

*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one ‘science’ but could count as two A levels towards our general requirements.

Film Studies

No specific A-Levels required. 

French

• Advanced Route: A-Level grade B or IB HL 5 in French
• Beginner Route: GCSE in a modern foreign language (A-Level or IB HL/SL French is not required)

Beginners French entry is also available through the Foreign Language Centre as a 30-credit pathway. Students following this route may not be able to take non-language modules in the French Unit, as these are usually for ML students.

Geography

  • Human Geography: A-Level grade B or IB HL 5 in humanities or social science subject.
  • Physical Geography: A-Level grade B or IB HL 5 in a science subject (see list below).

Note – you can study either human or physical Geography, or indeed a combination of both, but you may not be able to take some of the physical Geography modules if you don’t have a science A-Level or equivalent.

AL or HL science subjects include: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.

* If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one ‘science’ but could count as two A levels towards our general requirements

German

• Advanced Route: A-Level grade B or IB HL 5 in German
• Beginner Route: GCSE in a modern foreign language (A-Level or IB HL/SL German is not required)

Beginners German entry is also available through the Foreign Language Centre as a 30-credit pathway. Students following this route may not be able to take non-language modules in the German Unit, as these are usually for ML students.

Greek (ancient)

No specific A-Levels required.

History

GCSE English Language grade B.

No specific A-levels required.

International Relations

No specific A-Levels required. 

Italian

• Advanced Route: A-Level grade B or IB HL 5 in Italian
• Beginner Route: GCSE in a modern foreign language (A-Level or IB HL/SL Italian is not required)

Beginners Italian entry is also available through the Foreign Language Centre as a 30-credit pathway. Students following this route may not be able to take non-language modules in the Italian Unit, as these are usually for ML students.

Japanese

Japanese can be taken as a language-only, 30-credit pathway through the Foreign Language Centre. There are no prior language requirements for this.

Korean

Korean can be taken as a language-only, 30-credit pathway through the Foreign Language Centre. There are no prior language requirements for this.

Latin

A-Level Latin grade B.

IB HL Latin grade 5.

Law (Penryn Campus)

No specific A-Levels required. 

Leadership

No specific A-Levels required.

Chinese (Mandarin)

• Beginner Route: GCSE in a modern foreign language (A-Level or IB HL/SL Mandarin Chinese is not possible, as no Advanced Route currently exists)

Beginners Chinese entry is also available through the Foreign Language Centre as a 30-credit pathway. Students following this route may not be able to take non-language modules in the Chinese Unit, as these are usually for ML students.

Management

GCSE Mathematics grade B or AS-Level / A-Level Maths.

GCSE English Language grade B.

No specific A-Levels are required.

Mathematics

A-Level Mathematics grade A.

IB HL Mathematics grade 6. 

Medical Sciences

At least one grade A and one grade B in GCE AL science subjects, one of which must be Biology.

At least one HL6 and one HL5 in IB science subjects, one of which must be Biology.

AL or HL science subjects include: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.

*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one ‘science’ but could count as two A levels towards our general requirements.

Mediterranean Studies

No specific A-Levels required.

Middle Eastern / North African Studies

No specific A-Levels required. 

Philosophy

No specific A-Levels required.

Politics

No specific A-Levels required.

Portuguese

• Beginner Route: GCSE in a modern foreign language (A-Level or IB HL/SL Portuguese is not possible, as no Advanced Route currently exists)

(Please note that Portuguese is not available through the Foreign Language Centre.)

Religion

No specific A-Levels required.

Russian

• Advanced Route: A-Level grade B or IB HL 5 in Russian
• Beginner Route: GCSE in a modern foreign language (A-Level or IB HL/SL Russian is not required)

Beginners Russian entry is also available through the Foreign Language Centre as a 30-credit pathway. Students following this route may not be able to take non-language modules in the Russian Unit, as these are usually for ML students.

Sociology

No specific A-Levels required.

Spanish

• Advanced Route: A-Level grade B or IB HL 5 in Spanish
• Beginner Route: GCSE in a modern foreign language (A-Level or IB HL/SL Spanish is not required)

Beginners Spanish entry is also available through the Foreign Language Centre as a 30-credit pathway. Students following this route may not be able to take non-language modules in the Spanish Unit, as these are usually for ML students.

Sustainability

No specific A-Levels required.

TESOL

No specific A-Levels required.

Theology

No specific A-Levels required.