International Baccalaureate Entry Requirements

Queen’s welcomes applicants who have completed or are currently studying for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The Certificate is not acceptable for admission to undergraduate degree programmes.

Offers will normally be conditional upon successful completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma, to include three subjects at Higher Level (with scores between 6,6,6,- 5,5,5), in addition to an overall total score (normally between 29 and 37 points). Points obtained for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge can count towards the total.

The table below shows the International Baccalaureate Diploma requirements compared to the University’s UK A-level entry requirements. Applicants should refer to the Undergraduate Course Finder for details of the A-level grades required for each programme.

Where a degree programme has subject-specific requirements at A-level, the subjects must be offered at Higher Level in the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Details of specific subject requirements for each programme may be found in the Course Finder.

Please note that these grades should be treated as a guide as variations may occur in certain circumstances.

A-level gradesInternational Baccalaureate Diploma
AAA 36-37 points overall including 6,6,6 at Higher Level
AAB 34-35 points overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level
ABB 33-34 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level
BBB 32 points overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level
BBC 30 points overall including 5,5,5 at Higher Level
BCC 29 points overall including 5,5,5 at Higher Level

English Language Requirements

Applicants should also hold an acceptable English language qualification at the appropriate level. English (Syllabus A) with a score of 4 at Standard Level or 4 at Higher Level will normally meet the English language entry requirement for the majority of our programmes. English (Syllabus B) with a score of 5 at Standard Level or 4 at Higher Level is also acceptable. However, please note that English language requirements may vary depending on your chosen programme. Please refer to the Course Finder for English language requirements by programme.

Applicants who are not studying English as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma should refer to the full list of other acceptable English Language qualifications.