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International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Entry Requirements

Queen’s welcomes applications from International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students.

Offers will normally be conditional upon successful completion of the IB, to include three subjects at Higher Level (with scores between 6,6,6,- 5,5,5), in addition to an overall score (normally between 29 and 36 points). Points obtained for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge can count towards the total.

The table below shows the IB requirements compared to the University’s UK A-level entry requirements. We may also require specific grades in relevant Higher Level subjects.  Details of the A-level grades and any specific subject requirements for each programme may be found in our 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 points overall including 6,6,6 at Higher Level
AAB 34 points overall including 6,6,5 at Higher Level
ABB 33 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 our 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 requirements.

Mathematics Requirements

We will accept both Mathematics Standard Level and Mathematical Studies Standard Level in lieu of GCSE Mathematics.  The corresponding grade requirements are:

GCSE IBD Standard Level
A 6
B 5
C 4