University of Nottingham Requirements
University of Nottingham Requirements
Although the majority of our applicants will have A levels, we welcome and value a wide range of alternative qualifications.
If you have a qualification which isn’t listed here, please contact the School or Department you’d like to study in for guidance.
A level and AS level requirements
Applicants to degree programmes will normally be expected to have studied four subjects at AS level and three subjects to A level. These applicants will therefore enter the University with three A levels and one AS level.
The University recognises that disparities in resources might make it more difficult for some schools and colleges to deliver this breadth of curriculum. As such, applicants who are not offered the opportunity to study more than three subjects at AS/A level at their particular educational establishment will not be put at a disadvantage in our admissions procedures and will still be considered for admission.
All conditional offers will still ordinarily be made on the basis of three full A levels (not including general studies) and students will only be required to have achieved a pass in the fourth subject, if taken. The grade achieved in the fourth subject may assume significance when an applicant has narrowly failed to achieve the specified grades at A level.
Applicants are not required to take the English Baccalaureate in order to be considered for courses at Nottingham. Be aware that some courses do require specific subjects at GCSE at a specific grade and other courses require a certain number of GCSEs at A grade. We advise students to check our entry requirements carefully before applying. All GCSE requirements are outlined in the prospectus and on the UCAS Entry Profiles on the UCAS website.
Compulsory subject requirements for admission to specific degree programmes are specified in course fact files.
To increase breadth of study, The University of Nottingham welcomes students who choose a contrasting fourth subject at AS level.
Alternative entry pathways
The University of Nottingham and partner institutions run a number of foundation years giving entry to specified courses at the University. Please see our list of foundation courses for details.
English language requirements
Additional entry requirements
Admissions staff at The University of Nottingham assess many applications using only the information available on the UCAS form. Some courses use additional methods of assessment for all or some applicants. This may be for a range of reasons, including:
- to assess your suitability for the profession linked to the course (for example, nursing or veterinary medicine)
- to clarify the material covered by your qualifications or as part of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning
- to assess your achievements, motivation and potential
- to distinguish between otherwise similar applicants
Additional assessment may include interviews or tests; some courses may ask for examples of written work. Where courses use additional assessment, admissions staff will send you information explaining the nature of the assessment, what admissions staff will be looking for and how you can prepare.
The University of Nottingham welcomes mature students with a broad range of experience and qualifications. In considering applications from adults we take into account a range of vocational qualifications and occupational and life experiences, as well as more traditional qualifications. For more information, see Mature students or Alternative qualifications.
Timing of exams and conditional offers
For many of you, AS level results will be available when you apply. Unconditional offers will not be made on the basis of AS levels alone and, although these results will complement the referee’s A level predictions, they will not replace them for selection purposes.
You will be able take all your examinations at the end of year 13 (or equivalent) without prejudice to your application.
What are we looking for?
Consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the programme of study and achieve the standards required.
A range of factors additional to, and in some cases instead of, formal examination results is considered in the selection process. These can include:
- the personal statement and reference
- additional evidence of achievement, motivation and potential as gathered through interview or assessment of written materials
- other factors as appropriate to the discipline, such as employment or volunteer work in relevant fields and sustained critical engagement with relevant issues
The role of the school reference
The potential variety in the range and breadth of qualifications presented by applicants, referred to above, makes a school reference a key aspect in informing our admissions staff of students’ abilities and the context in which they have studied.
The University of Nottingham asks staff writing references to confirm in the reference any factors, if known, that might have affected the applicant’s achievement. These factors can relate to the student’s personal circumstances and background or to the educational context. Please see Our policy for details.
If a school does not offer the breadth of provision which enables students to follow more than three subjects at AS/A level then this should be stated in the reference. This will allow all students to be treated fairly.
If you are an international student, you should also check the International Office’s information about applying from specific countries.