GCSEs and Universities
The grades you achieve at GCSE and the subject choices you make at this point can have a significant impact on whether or not a future application made to University is successful. The following points should be considered:
- Virtually all university courses now stipulate a minimum entry requirement of 5 GCSE subjects at grade 5 or above, including English language and mathematics. Several courses require at least a GCSE grade 6 in English language or mathematics and in some cases, both subjects
- For a degree in English language, universities often look for applicants to have a GCSE grade 5 or above in a modern foreign language
- A grade 6 in GCSE mathematics, and sometimes a science subject, is often required for certain degrees such as psychology and physiotherapy
- A number of university medical and veterinary science courses require a minimum of 7 GCSE subjects at grade 8/9
Students are strongly advised to carefully check entry requirements for each of their preferred university choices using university websites and prospectuses. If in any doubt, students should contact the relevant admissions tutor to seek clarification. Further information regarding GCSE entry requirements to university courses can be found in the 'Course Search' section of the UCAS Website.