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Entry Requirements - Psychology

Minimum Entry Requirements

Details of the minimum academic requirements for entry into the programmes described above are tabulated below.

The following applies to both BSc Psychology (C800) and BSc Psychology with Professional Placement (C810).

GCSE Minimum Requirements

English Language/Welsh 1st Language: B

Mathematics: B

GCE A Level Qualifications (All Courses)

GCE Students should offer three A-levels at A2 level. A combination of AVCE (including double award) and A2 is acceptable. The School does not consider applicants offering fewer than three A-Levels with a combination of AS Levels.

The typical offer is AAA/A*AB or AAB.

If a candidate has studied one of the following subjects – Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Human Biology– the typical offer would be AAB.

If the student has not taken any of these subjects, a typical offer would be AAA/A*AB.

General Studies is not acceptable at AS or A Level.

Welsh Baccalaureate

In addition to a grade A in the core, AA or AB in 2 GCE A level subjects If a candidate has studied one of the following subjects — Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics — the typical offer would be A in the core and AB at A2 If a candidate has not taken any of these subjects, the typical offer would be A in the core and AA at A2.

General Studies is not acceptable at AS or A level.


Graduate applicants should have achieved a minimum of grade ‘C’ in GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics plus grade ‘C’ in GCSE English Language or Welsh First Language. At A level, they are expected to have achieved a minimum of ‘BBC’ grades (or BCC if the student has taken one of the following subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths). Graduate applicants must have, or expect to achieve, at least an upper second class Honours degree.

Scottish Qualifications

‘AAAAB’ grades in Scottish Highers, AA at advanced highers.

Irish Qualifications

‘AAABBB’ grades at Higher level in final year qualifications. 

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Applicants require an overall total of 36 points for entry, at least 18 of which must be at Higher level.

Other Qualifications

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD in a relevant subject.

Diploma and subsidiary diploma are also considered in combination with standard A-levels.

BTEC National Diploma: 3 Distinction grades overall, no individual modules below Merit, at least 6 Distinction grades in Year 2 modules.

BTEC National Certificate: 2 Distinction grades overall, no individual modules below Merit, plus a GCE A-level at Grade A.

BTEC National Award: Distinction grade overall, no individual modules below Merit, plus two GCE A-levels at grades AA.

Access to Higher Education Courses

The typical requirement is 60 credits overall, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Distinction grades should be achieved in at least 50% of Level 3 subjects. All Mathematics modules taken at Level 2 must be obtained with Distinction. All Maths modules taken at Level 3 must be obtained with a Merit. Where Level 2 Mathematics modules are only offered on a Pass/Fail basis the applicant must produce evidence of a standard that is equivalent to a Distinction (e.g. a GCSE Grade B or a reference from the course tutor about the applicant's mathematics ability). The School may also invite applicants offering an Access course to interview and to provide examples of written work as part of the basis for assessment. Access qualifications are considered as a basis for entry only when accompanied by the presence of significant personal and/or occupational experience (typically a minimum of 3 years), preferably relevant to Psychology.

UK Applicants who have been out of full-time education for 3 years or more

For applicants offering a combination of qualifications and work experience, the following general criteria apply. The admissions team recognises the difficulties involved in assessing a combination of relevant personal and occupational experiences alongside some formal qualifications, and will scrutinise all borderline cases closely.

English/Welsh 1st Language and Mathematics/Statistics (Grade C GCSE or equivalent).


Evidence of successful completion of recent academic study (i.e. in the same year as the application is made).


A minimum of 3 years during which professional and/or personal experience (preferably relevant to the selected degree programme) has been acquired.


Either 1 or 2:

  1. A-level / A2 / AVCE at grades BBB or above (or BBC if the student has taken one of the following subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths). An Advanced GNVQ (Full Award – pre Curriculum 2000) at Distinction level may be submitted in lieu of 2 A-levels, and an Advanced GNVQ (Single Award) at Distinction level may be submitted in lieu of 1 A-level.
  2. Foundation Programme or Access to Higher Education course (see preceding detail on Foundation and Access qualifications).
UK Applicants

Applications from students with diverse social, cultural and educational backgrounds are encouraged. Minimum entry criteria for a range of qualifications are given above. The list above is not exhaustive, and information on criteria for qualifications or combinations of qualifications not provided there can be obtained by contacting the School of Psychology.

Overseas Applicants

Applications from overseas students are welcome. Our typical entry requirements for international students are AAB at A-level, or 36 points overall in the International Baccalaureate, 18 of which must be at Higher level.

The School of Psychology offers scholarships to international students of full fee-paying status. Our scholarships are based on academic achievement and reward students who achieve excellence in their examinations. Those students who successfully obtain a scholarship receive a substantial reduction on fees for the following year. Please refer to the International Scholarships section of the School of Psychology's website for more information and terms and conditions.

Overseas applicants should ensure that they have adequate financial resources to support them throughout the undergraduate course. The University will require a financial guarantee that all fees can be met.

Overseas applicants - English language requirement

Overseas applicants who have not been educated in the UK and for whom English is not their first language are required to offer an internationally recognised English Language qualification (this may be waived in certain cases where the primary language of tuition has been English). The qualification must include reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Qualification Minimum Score
IELTS 6.5 in each area (reading, writing, listening, speaking)
IGCSE English Language Grade B
TOEFL paper-based 580
ESOL Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade A
ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade C
International Baccalaureate Diploma (English Language at SL) Grade 6

Please see the School's own International Webpages for information about country-specific requirements. 
Additional Requirements for Admission

There are no specific additional requirements for admission.

Resit Candidates

The School of Psychology takes the view that one important indicator of ability is achieving appropriate qualifications while having a high workload. For this reason, applicants re-sitting will be considered only when there are exceptional circumstances (e.g. serious medical or personal issues) that can explain the initial under-achievement. These circumstances should be noted on the UCAS form where appropriate or provided to the School of Psychology Admissions Team.

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