Do you prefer A-levels or the IB?
A-levels and the International Baccalaureate are both eligible qualifications for entry to our undergraduate degrees. We do not weight either of these qualifications as ‘better’ than the other, since both are eligible for entry, and all applications are considered very carefully on their individual merits.
Our entrance requirements are as follows:
- A-levels: A*AA in three A-levels taken in the same academic year. Applicants are required to offer Chemistry (compulsory) AND at least one from Biology, Physics and Mathematics.
- International Baccalaureate: Overall score of 39 (including core points), and scores of 7, 6 and 6 in subjects taken at Higher Level. Applicants are required to offer the following subjects at Higher Level Chemistry (compulsory) AND at least one from Biology, Physics and Mathematics.
As long as applicants fulfill these requirements (or equivalent), we do not hold any preference whatsoever for one type of qualification over another, and do not differentiate between applicants who are taking A-levels or the IB (or in fact other eligible qualifications; please see our academic entrance requirements page for further information).
The success rates for students applying with the IB and students applying with A-levels are broadly similar, and that the choice of qualification plays no part in the selection criteria for our courses. We would advise students to select the qualification which they feel best offers the teaching style from which they would most benefit.