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Main entry requirements
ABB including a Science subject Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio-economics factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Computer Science. Required subjects: Biology and Chemistry, plus a Pass in the practical element of both subjects General Studies and Critical thinking A-levels are not accepted At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9-4 including English and Mathematics are also required.
AABBB including an acceptable Science subject. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Computer Science.
ABB including an acceptable Science subject. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Computer Science.
Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject plus one A-level grade B in an acceptable Science subject. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Computer Science. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a Science subject. Substantial Maths content is required. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Computer Science. At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.
6,5,5 at Higher Level, including a 5 at Higher Level in an acceptable Science subject, with a minimum of 32 points overall. Acceptable Science subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Geology, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, Computer Science.
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers67%
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Tuition fee & financial support£9,250
Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.
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- Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
- Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
- Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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