We're looking for well-qualified students from all backgrounds.

We consider all aspects of your application to assess your suitability for the course. This will include your academic qualifications, personal statement, academic reference and any additional relevant experience. We consider a wide range of qualifications for entry, so you can be assured of flexible and individual consideration of your qualifications profile.

Course-specific requirements

Before you apply, you should check the specific grade and subject requirements of the course you are considering, as well as any additional requirements such as work experience or submission of written work. For some courses you may be asked to attend an interview as part of the application process. We'll let you know if this is the case.

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English language requirements

If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability.

Typical requirements

These are the typical academic qualifications and requirements that we would normally consider.

Contextual offers

You could be eligible for a reduced offer through our contextual offers scheme (typically one or two grades below the standard offer) if any of the following applies to you (UK students only):

    • you live in an area in the UK with low progression to university
    • you’ve spent time in care
    • you’ve taken part in a widening participation programme at York.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process our Admissions team will be happy to help.

Undergraduate Admissions
ug-admissions@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 324000

A levels

To get evidence of your ability to sustain concentrated and progressive study, we normally ask for completion of three subjects to be taken to A level.

Our typical offer range is A*AA-BBB. We consider all aspects of your application when making a decision, so if you fall outside this range we may still be able to make you an offer in some cases.

If you have completed an AS qualification before application we will normally wish to see a good level of achievement in it as evidence of your general ability and – where it is relevant to your application – of your subject competence.

If you have found it impossible to study a normal load of A level subjects then your application will be considered and you may still be made the offer of a place, although it may depend on the level of competition for places and the reasons for your situation.

We consider the following circumstances on a case by case basis, depending on the course you're applying to and the information supplied in your application:

  • A levels taken over three years
  • Resits
  • Modern foreign language A levels taken by native speakers
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking A levels

Other UK qualifications

Other UK qualifications considered by us include, but are not limited to, the following:

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Our typical offer would be between:

  • Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 21 credits at Distinction and 24 credits at Merit or higher; and
  • Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Distinction.
Welsh Baccalaureate

We will consider this qualification alongside A Levels, as equivalent to one A Level. You would need to pass the qualification with a grade A-B in the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

BTEC awards

Depending on the BTEC qualification taken we will consider them as equivalent to up to three A Levels, we may ask for an additional A Level subject.

We may require the BTEC to be in a specific subject, this is determined by the department and their typical entry requirements. Some departments will require the specific subject to be from an A Level qualification instead of the BTEC. You should check with the relevant department if a specific subject is required.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma if you are taking three Principal Subjects with grades ranging from D2, D3, D3 to M2, M2, M2.

We would also consider a Cambridge Pre-U Certificate in a Principal Subject in conjunction with other qualifications, eg  A levels.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

We recognise the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and its role in preparing students for success in higher education. In acknowledgement of this some of our departments will make a reduced offer where the EPQ is taken alongside three A levels or equivalent. See course-specific entry requirements for more information.

The EPQ can also contribute to the requirements of the Realising Opportunities scheme aimed at helping students from underrepresented groups.

Core Maths

We welcome the introduction of the Core Maths qualifications and recognise the benefits that they bring, not only to university study, but also to future employment.

In acknowledgement of this, some of our departments will make a reduced offer where a Core Maths qualification is taken alongside three A levels or equivalent. 

Core Mathematics will however not be acceptable as a substitute for an A level Mathematics requirement.

Open University courses

We consider modules worth 60 credits or more on a case-by-case basis.

We also consider:

  • Advanced Diplomas
  • OCR National qualifications
  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications
  • Higher National Certificates
  • Higher National Diplomas

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

We welcome applications from International Baccalaureate students. Our offers are based on your overall International Baccalaureate score, but we may also require specific grades in relevant Higher Level subjects. Our course pages give full details of the grades and subjects required. Our typical offer ranges from 31-37 points. From 2021 entry we will accept Higher Level Mathematics: applications and interpretation, or Higher Level Mathematics: analysis and approaches, for entry to courses where we currently require Higher Level Mathematics.

European Baccalaureate (EB)

We welcome applications from students studying for the European Baccalaureate (EB). Our offers are based on your overall EB score, but we may also require specific grades in relevant subjects. Our course pages give full details of the grades and subjects required. Our typical offer ranges from 75% to 87%.

International pathway courses

If you're an international applicant and you don't meet the direct entry requirements for your chosen course at York you can prepare via an international pathway course.

The Certificate of Maturity (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

The Baccalauréat is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

The Certificado de Habilitacoes (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

The Mijnakarg Yndhanur Krtoutian Attestat (Certificate of Completed Secondary Education) is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

The Атэстат аб агульнай сярэдняй адукацыi (Certificate of General Secondary Education) or Дыплом аб сярэдняй спецыяльнай адукацыi (Diploma of Specialised Secondary Education) are not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York.

You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

Qualification

Diploma o položenom maturskom ispitu (RS) / Diploma o završenoj srednjoj školi (FiBH) (Secondary School Leaving Diploma)

Requirement

Overall score of 4 to 5

Qualification

Cameroon GCE A levels are sufficient to be considered for entry to undergraduate course.

Requirement

AAA-BBB

The Baccalauréat is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

The Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate and the Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Examination are not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

Qualification

Stúdentsprógv

Requirement

Contact Admissions:
ug-admissions@york.ac.uk

If you've taken the Danish curriculum see: Denmark: Information for prospective students.

The West African Senior School Certificate Examination is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

The Sashualo Ganatlebis Atestasi (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

The Bachillerato is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

Qualification

Stúdentspróf

Requirement

7-7.5 overall

Qualification

Bagrut

Requirement

Overall score of between 70 (plus 70 in three 5-unit subjects) and 85 (plus 80 in three 5-unit subjects).

Qualification

Matura certificate (Type B or Type E)

Requirement

From 5 overall to 5 overall with 5 in all subjects.

Qualification

Secondary School Leaving Diploma from Gimnazija

Requirement

Overall score of between 4 to 5

The Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC) would be considered for entry to undergraduate courses at York.

The Malawi School Certificate of Education is not sufficient for entry. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

Qualifications

  • Baccalauréat
  • Baccalauréat avec Option Internationale

Requirement

  • Overall score of between 12 and 15 (Baccalaureat)
  • Overall score of between 11 and 14 (Baccalauréat avec Option Internationale)

The Basic Education Standard X Examination / Matriculation Examination is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

Qualification

Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC) / GCE A level

Requirement

AAA-BBB

Qualification

Secondary School Leaving Diploma

Requirement

Achieve between 3.8 and 4.5

Qualification

The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

The Sudan School Certificate is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

Qualification

Baccalauréat

Departments that have specific A level subject requirements may also require up to two A-levels to be studied.

Requirement

An overall score between 17/20 and 19/20

The Título de Bachillerato Diversificado is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

The O'rta Ma'lumot To'g'risida Shahodatnoma (Certificate of Completed Secondary Education) is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

The Titulo de Bachiller is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

Qualification

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)

Requirement

From 1,1,1,1,1,1 to 1,1,1,2,2,2 in six units

The Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate) is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

The Zambia School Certificate is not sufficient for entry to undergraduate courses at York. You will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be:

  • a recognised foundation course such as our Foundation Certificate programme at our International Pathway College
  • A levels
  • the International Baccalaureate
  • or other equivalent qualification.

My country isn't listed

If your country isn't listed please email ug-admissions@york.ac.uk with:

  • the name of your qualification (we may also ask you for the curriculum of the course)
  • the awarding institution
  • the course that you intend to apply to at York

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process our Admissions team will be happy to help.

Undergraduate Admissions
ug-admissions@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 324000