How to get into the most selective universities
Many teachers are asked by students, “what A Level grades do i need to get into the most selective universities?” to which the teacher will reply…. What exactly?
The requirements don’t really roll off the tongue. But we can help.
Today, in our final installment of the Dear Headteacher series, we are happy to share with you the complete collection of grades needed, by subject, for a student to get into the UK’s leading research intensive universities.
This resource was originally formed by Philip Rogerson of Sherborne School, whose extensive experience in education had informed our entire 2-week HE advice series from the start. Philip consulted EVERY prospectus of the UK’s leading universities to gather this information firsthand…
What are the most selective universities?
The “most selective” universities, for the vast majority of degree courses, are those which were members of The Russell Group and The 1994 Group in 2012 : i.e. leading UK research universities.
These leading institutions are:
|Cardiff||London: King's College||
|East Anglia (UEA)||London: Queen Mary||Southampton|
|Edinburgh||London: Royal Holloway||Surrey|
How do students get into these institutions?
Below you will find a list of how many of these universities require A*AA, AAA, AAB, etc. at full A-Level, against most of the undergraduate degree subjects which they offer.
When looking at this resource, please note the following:
- For science & engineering, grades given are required for a 4 yr. Master’s course, (if offered).
- Highest grades largely reflect highest number of applicants.
- There is a lot of competition for some of the courses requiring AAA or A*AA: this is not just an Oxford and Cambridge issue.
- Most courses require three good A-Level grades: AAC can be a severe disadvantage.
- Some courses also require a good AS grade in a fourth subject.
- These grade requirements are increasing every year: e.g. for Economics, 6 unis. needed AAA in 2008, 12 needed A*AA or AAA in 2010, but 20 need A*AA or AAA for 2014 entry.
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