General Entrance Requirements English Language Requirements for International Students Recognised Subjects Policy Statement on Qualifications Reform Across the UK Criteria for Offers A-Level and Irish Leaving certificate entrance requirements Offers for International students Other qualifications
The General Entrance Requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways as shown below. In all cases GCSE English Language at grade C/4, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, must be offered.
The University accepts Level 2 Essential Skills in Communication in lieu of a grade C/4 in GCSE English Language. Applicants whose first language is not English should refer to the section under the heading ‘English language requirements for international students’ since different requirements apply.
Please note that the same subject cannot be counted at different levels in satisfying the General Entrance Requirement.
One of the under-noted approved tests in English may be offered in place of GCSE English Language:
Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available at qub.ac.uk/home/International/Internationalstudents/Applying/English-languagerequirements
Details of the English Language requirements for entry to each undergraduate degree programme can be found in the individual course descriptions.
Applicants who require a visa for study, and who intend to undertake a Pre-sessional English course prior to commencing their degree must hold a Secure English Language Test (SELT) approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) – see gov.uk/visas-immigration
All subjects set by recognised examination boards are, in principle, acceptable in fulfilment of the General Entrance Requirement.
The University will take account of restrictions imposed by the examination boards and possible overlap between subjects.
In considering applications from applicants, individual Schools or Faculties reserve the right to take account of the range, content and number of subjects being offered.
A/AS-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not normally included as part of conditional offers.
The acceptability of a native language (where two different specifications are not available for those sitting it as a first or second language), taken in Year 13 or 14 (Year 12 or 13 in England and Wales), is considered on an individual basis.
Applicants who require advice about the acceptability of any subject should contact the Admissions and Access Service (email@example.com).
The University recognises that qualifications reform across the UK, which will be introduced on a phased basis, will result in applicants presenting with different qualification profiles.
Furthermore, we appreciate that the opportunities available to applicants will often be dependent on school/college policy.
Queen’s has extensive experience of admitting students with a wide range of qualifications, many of which are non-modular (linear) in nature.
Based on this, we would like to provide reassurance that we will continue to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged by the reforms and decisions made by schools/colleges, as appropriate to their individual circumstances.
The following information represents our approach and this policy will be kept under review as further details become available.
Please refer to our website at qub.ac.uk/ado for the most up-to-date position.
A-level qualifications offered by the Examination Boards in Northern Ireland and Wales have the same structure as previously though the AS component of the A-level has a reduced weighting and we wish to confirm that the results obtained in linear and modular A-levels will be treated on the same basis.
Currently, in terms of selection for the most competitive courses, emphasis is placed on GCSE performance with AS-level results taken into account in borderline cases or where they are significantly better than the GCSEs and this will continue.
We would encourage schools and colleges to outline what qualifications they offer to their students in the UCAS reference.
This will inform our decision and allow us to use alternative factors in the selection process to ensure applicants, who have not undertaken any AS-levels at the time of application, are not disadvantaged.
The only programme where a fourth AS-level is necessary is Medicine and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is acceptable in lieu. Where a school does not offer AS-levels or the EPQ, a lower grade in a fourth A-level will be acceptable.
For all other degree programmes, offers are made on the basis of three A-levels though, following release of results, additional qualifications may be taken into account in borderline cases, as at present. Those with a fourth AS/A-level or the EPQ may therefore be at an advantage.
A Grade C in GCSE English Language (or equivalent, acceptable to the University) is a general entrance requirement and for a number of degree programmes, there are GCSE subject requirements at Grade C or above. In addition GCSE performance may be used as part of the selection criteria when deciding whether or not to make an offer or in shortlisting for interview.
In terms of the new 9-1 grading scale, the University will equate A* to grades 8 and 9, A to grade 7, B to grade 6 and C to grade 4. These mappings will be kept under review.
The results obtained in linear and modular GCSEs will be treated on the same basis.
A pass in the practical element of the reformed Science A-levels from the English Awarding Bodies and Eduqas will be a requirement and this will be specified in offers. Information can be found at qub.ac.uk/ado and this will be updated on a regular basis.
The Prospectus is prepared well in advance of the academic year to which it relates. Therefore, the target grades stated here and in the A–Z of Degrees section are for guidance only.
Please refer to the Course Finder on the University’s website, which will have current grade requirements: go.qub.ac.uk/coursefinder All applicants are considered individually on their merits and the full information on the application, including the personal statement and reference, is taken into account.
Competition for places varies considerably between courses and it is to be expected, therefore, that the factors taken into account by individual Course Selectors differ.
The following general points are likely to apply:
Further details about selection procedures are available in the individual degree programmes listed at go.qub.ac.uk/coursefinder under ‘Entry Requirements’. This includes a section on ‘How we Choose our Students’
The A-level and Irish Leaving Certificate Course Requirements table lists all subjects that can be studied at Queen’s, singly or in combination, as a significant part of a degree. A guide to the table and the table are available in the prospects from page 61 onwards. You can find it here.
As there are separate intake quotas, for some courses the entrance requirements for students from outside the European Union may be lower than those listed, depending on competition for places. Details are published in the International Prospectus available online here.
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