Aberystwyth University UCAS Points

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University UCAS Points

UCAS Application

The standard offer for the following qualifications is 300 UCAS tariff points:

  • A/AS Level
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificate

Applicants offering A/AS level qualifications must include at least one Grade B from a minimum of two A Levels, and may include one or more A/S level qualifications. There are no preferred subjects, although an Advanced GCE in either Politics and Government or History is considered favourably. All AS and A2 subjects are accepted, including General Studies and Critical Thinking, as are Key Skills (Level 3) where noted on the UCAS form.

In accordance with the University’s widening access policy applicants may, in some circumstances, be made an offer below the standard offer of grades BBB. Please contact the Admissions Administrator for further details.

International students without these qualifications may study the International Foundation Certificate at Aberystwyth University.  The International Foundation Certificate will provide you with the academic and language skills needed for success as an undergraduate. It also provides a solid introduction to your degree subject, and gives you the opportunity to get to know your future department.

Other Qualifications


Access courses provide one of several routes of admission for candidates who do not possess conventional qualifications. Applicants who have achieved a ‘merit’ in 50% of level 3 modules may apply as part of the Aberystwyth University’s enhanced accessibility strategy.

BTEC/Vocational Certificates

Some students enter higher education through vocational qualifications that also earn equivalent points at AS and A levels. Applicants who hold one of these qualifications should consult with the Admissions Administrator before applying.

Qualifications from Outside the UK

A growing number of students are choosing to pursue an undergraduate degree in the Department of International Politics. The threshold for applicants holding the International Baccalaureate qualification is 30 points. Applicants holding other qualifications should consult with the Admissions Administrator.

English Language Requirements

All applicants are required to have pass the GCSE (or equivalent) English Language (or Welsh Language) at grade C or above. Non-native English speakers are required to take an Aberystwyth University recognised English language proficiency test. The minimum requirement for the IELTS is 7.0, Applicants who take the TOEFL test must achieve a score of 610 on the paper-based test or a score of 250 on the computer test, with an essay rating of no less than 5.5

Applicants seeking a place on undergraduate degrees should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).  The ‘standard offer’ for admission is the equivalent of three Grade Bs at A’level with at least one B grade at A-Level. AS and A2 subjects are accepted, including General Studies/Critical Thinking, as is the Welsh Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications provided they are noted on the UCAS form. International students without these qualifications may study the International Foundation Certificate at Aberystwyth University, which will provide a pathway onto one of our undergraduate degree schemes. Additional information about entry requirements is available online or by contacting Elaine Lowe, Academic Operations Administrator.

The Department welcomes applications from mature candidates (applicants who will be at least 21 years of age when commencing an undergraduate course) as well as those who do not possess conventional entrance qualifications.  Candidates falling into these categories are normally interviewed as part of the admissions process, the cost of which is reimbursed by Aberystwyth University.

All applications are assessed on an equal opportunities basis.  Selection is based on consideration of all aspects of the application, including a candidate’s motivation, academic potential, and examination results.  All applicants must satisfy relevant English language requirements.  In all cases the Department takes an inclusive and flexible approach to entry requirements.  In that respect the most important qualification of all is a desire to learn and the commitment to achieving a degree.

Our Competence standards are:

1. To possess the capacity or potential to acquire, comprehend and use, by whatever means*, information and knowledge of the academic literature and debates within the chosen field of study.

2. To possess the capacity or potential to produce, by whatever means*, coherent essays, dissertations and other written work that provides arguments and analysis which is supported by appropriate evidence from the academic literature.

3. To possess the capacity or potential to participate, by whatever means*, in group discussions of the academic literature, argument and knowledge within the chosen field.

*Examples of adaptations would include, use of a sign interpreter, amanuensis, screen reader and other computer technology, extra time, Braille, recording of lectures/seminars, alternative assessment methods, audio books etc.

Contact for this page:
Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, SY23 3FE Wales
Tel: 01970 622708 Fax: 01970 622709 Email: interpol@aber.ac.uk