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Undergraduate Study

Alternative qualifications

UK qualifications

The University of Exeter welcomes applications from students holding a variety of different qualifications. Our Admissions pages contain details of how we handle each qualification and their UK equivalences. In addition, this table of UK equivalencies for qualifications (2021) also shows our standard  UK equivalencies for a larger number of qualifications.

We understand that understanding entry requirements can be confusing, and so we have summarised our approach to key alternative UK qualifications below:

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 BTEC 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.

We welcome the Extended Project and Core Maths Qualifications as excellent preparation to support progression for university study. In recognition of this, where applicants are taking EPQ or Core Maths we may be able to make an alternate offer (providing you meet the eligibility criteria*) giving you more flexibility in how you meet our requirements. Alternative offers will state that for applicants who achieve a grade A in either the EPQ or Core Maths, we will guarantee to confirm their place if they achieve 1 grade below our offer, excluding any subject conditions.

*Excludes contextual offers

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.