Undergraduate Study

Entry requirements

Our programme listings and the UCAS website show entry requirements for each specific programme in 'A’ Levels, IB and BTEC’s, however, a wide range of other qualifications are accepted. If the qualifications you are taking are not listed below please contact the Admissions Office for further guidance.

International qualifications

The University recognises a wide range of European qualifications and equivalencies. Further information regarding some of the most popular qualifications can be seem within the below table. 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.

EU UG Qualifications Equivalency Guide 2020

The University recognises a wide range of international 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 on our '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.

International foundation programmes

If your previous academic qualifications and/or English language ability do not meet the entrance requirements for one of our Bachelors degrees you can apply for an international foundation programme either at the INTO Centre based on our Streatham campus or one of the other accepted foundation programmes.

INTO University of Exeter offers Foundation and International Year One programmes for international students who do not meet the academic and/or English language requirement for direct entry to the University. These programmes are designed to develop the academic study skills and high levels of English language competence necessary for undergraduate study at the University of Exeter.

The INTO University of Exeter Centre is based on the University’s Streatham Campus, where teaching is delivered by highly qualified teachers with many years of teaching experience, in an inspiring learning environment. Successful students are guaranteed a place on an appropriate degree programme at the University.

NCUK foundation pathway programmes

The University of Exeter is a proud University Partner of NCUK. NCUK is a consortium of leading universities dedicated to helping international students access and succeed at university. Since 1987, NCUK has helped over 30,000 international students gain access to university.

NCUK offers foundation pathway programmes which are taught and quality assured by its global network of more than 50 Study Centres around the world. All NCUK qualifications include a unique language and study skills preparation module, English for Academic Purposes (EAP). This module will equip you with the skills you need to succeed in your studies at a UK university.

NCUK also has a dedicated University Admissions and Placement Services team, who will support you at all stages throughout your university application process.

To find out more information about NCUK and how they can help you progress to the University of Exeter, please visit the NCUK website and NCUK EAP requirements for masters courses

Foundation programme requirements for 2020 entry

Please select your subject of interest below to view acceptable foundation programmes:

UK qualifications 

This table of UK equivalencies for qualifications also shows our standard UK equivalencies. 

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

The University recognises this qualification and typical offers range from 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction grade and 15 Level 3 Credits at Merit grade to 25 Level 3 credits at Distinction grade and 20 Level 3 credits at Merit grade. Information on our typical offers for individual programmes are published via UCAS.

  • The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate - Skills Challenge Certificate 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.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma - Core is also acceptable as equivalent to an A Level when a grade C is achieved.

The University recognises these qualifications and will consider a mixture of reformed and unreformed A levels. 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.

Whilst the University recognises the benefits for learners in studying for AS levels, we understand that some schools and Colleges will be unable to offer AS Levels. We can confirm that applicants will not be disadvantaged if applying without AS Level results.

  • 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.

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 may 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.

Students studying towards either the full Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or individual Subjects alongside A levels can apply 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. You can find the general grade equivalence on the table of UK equivalencies for qualifications.

The University of Exeter supports the Core Maths and this is considered acceptable in lieu of GCSE Grade A, where a grade A has been achieved. However, this will not be acceptable in lieu of A 'Level Maths.

The University of Exeter welcomes applicants with the English Baccalaureate, however we do not accept 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.

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.

Following reforms in 2017 entry we will accept a mixture of GCSEs, those which have been taken under the new format and those which have not. The University of Exeter will consider the follow new grading equivalent to the current grading format:

Old grading

New grading

A* 8
A 7
B 5
C 4

GCSE Methods in Mathematics and Applications of Mathematics will be considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics, however applications will be considered based on the grades achieved in both subjects areas and where grades are different the application will be considered based on the lowest grade achieved.

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. 

Applicants taking the International Baccalaureate Career-related programme will be consider where this includes three individual Higher Level subjects.

A LevelsInternational Baccalaureate
A*AA IB 38 or 766 in 3 Higher Levels
AAA IB 36 or 666 in 3 Higher Levels
AAB IB 34 or 665 in 3 Higher Levels
ABB IB 32 or 655 in 3 Higher Levels
BBB IB 30 or 555 in 3 Higher Levels
BBC IB 28 or 554 in 3 Higher Levels
BCC IB 26 or 544 in 3 Higher Levels
CCC IB 24 or 444 in 3 Higher Levels

IB Middle Years will be accepted in lieu of GCSE subjects where required. IB Middle Years grade 5 in lieu of GCSE Grade B/5 and IB Middle Years grade 4 in lieu of GCSE grade C/4.

Changes to IB Mathematics:

In development for first teaching in September 2019, and first examination May 2021 are the following two new Maths subjects:

  • Mathematics: Analysis and approaches HL and SL - Analytic methods with an emphasis on calculus – appropriate for pure mathematicians, and those with an interest in analytic methods. Current calculus option content will form part of the HL course. 
  • Mathematics: Applications and interpretation HL and SL - Applications and interpretation with an emphasis on statistics and use of technology during assessment – appropriate for social scientists, economists, those with an interest in the applications of mathematics and how technology can support this. SL will be appropriate for students who would previously have taken Mathematical Studies SL. Current HL content from the statistics and discrete options will form part of the HL course.

What does that mean for Exeter?

  • For programmes within our College of Life and Environmental Sciences or College of Medicine and Health where a ‘Science’ subject is listed as a requirement, either of these Mathematics subjects will be considered as an acceptable science subject
  • For programmes within our Business School which have a ‘Maths’ subject requirement, either of these Mathematics subjects are acceptable
  • For programmes within our College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences which have a ‘Maths’ subject requirement, ONLY Analysis and approaches will acceptable. Where a ‘Science’ subject is listed as a requirement, either of these Mathematics subjects will be acceptable.

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

The University recognises these qualifications. The OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma is suitable for entry, although where a specific A level is required in our programme specific entry requirements this may be required in addition to the Extended Diploma. Typical offers range from D*DD to DDM. Depending on the grades achieved/predicted the OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma can be considered in lieu of two A levels against our general entry requirements, and the OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma in lieu of one A level.

Holders of Open University credits with a minimum of 60% in 60 credits will be considered.

The University of Exeter supports the practical science element and will expect applicants to take this element where possible. 

The University will consider applicants who do not have the practical science element for science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) subjects, where the applicant has a good overall grade and strong science subject profile.

The University recognises both Highers and Advanced Highers and, depending on grades achieved/predicted, applicants can be accepted with either of these qualifications or in combination.

Further information about our typical offers for these qualification are published via UCAS. You can find the general grade equivalence on the table of UK equivalencies for qualifications.

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