Undergraduate Entry Requirements

The entry grades outlined in the table below indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This table is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application.

If you are seeking information on the offer level for a dual honours or major:minor degree course you should look at the offer levels for BOTH subjects: the higher offer level is the one which will apply. Any subject specific requirements for both courses will apply.

Entry Requirements Information

GCSE Requirements

Students entering Keele are required to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above or equivalent.  

GCSE Mathematics or Science at grade C or above is also required unless the ‘Additional GCSE Requirements’ column on the Entry Requirements Table states that only Mathematics is acceptable and/ or grade B is required.

If you do not have the required GCSEs, please contact the Admissions Office for advice.

General Points about Admission to Keele

We judge all applications on their individual merits and take account of all the information provided on the UCAS application forms, including: predicted grades, AS-level results if certificated, the referee’s report, candidate’s personal statement, GCSE results and non-academic achievements.

For some courses, depending on individual circumstances, there may be some flexibility for students who have chosen two AS levels in place of a third A2 subject.

We welcome applications from candidates with non-traditional qualifications and will take into consideration prior learning and experience and alternative qualifications. Applicants are normally required to have completed a period of recent study in the last 3 years. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.

We do not have preferred or specified subject combinations. We welcome applicants whose studies cross traditional boundaries e.g. science/arts combinations but equally we are happy to consider applicants whose studies are in more cognate areas

We are happy to accept applications for deferred entry for the majority of our courses, provided that you have constructive plans for your year out. Under the UCAS scheme it is not possible to defer entry for more than one year

Interviews are held for all students applying for the following courses only:

  • Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Social Work

Some students with non-traditional qualifications will also be invited for interview, depending upon their recent study experience.

Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB) Check Process for Entry to Professional Degree Courses

  • Nursing (pre-registration degree and diploma)
  • Midwifery (pre-registration degree)
  • Pharmacy (degree)
  • Physiotherapy (degree)
  • Medicine (MBChB)
  • Social Work (BA and MA)

If you apply and are offered a place on one of the degree programmes listed above, you will also be required to apply, through the University, and obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure (this may also include Barring List checks) from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The University follows the DBS Code of Practice in these issues (click here for further information) and can provide a copy of this Code on request. The University also has a policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders, which will be made available to you should you wish to apply. Please note that having a criminal record is not necessarily a bar to obtaining a place on one of these courses.

Age on Entry

Keele University will consider all applications from students, regardless of their age. However, for those professional courses where there are placements with external agencies (including the NHS) as part of the course, there may need to be a minimum age restriction to comply with health and safety regulations. Information will be available at Open Days or by contacting the relevant School or the Admissions Office.

UK Qualifications

A/AS Levels

  • Keele’s conditional offers to candidates are usually made in terms of specified A level grades.
  • Some of our degree courses require a specific subject background, please see the entry requirements table for further details.
  • We shall not make unconditional offers on the basis of AS-level results alone. Equally, we shall not discriminate against a candidate who has performed poorly in AS-level examinations if other indicators (GCSE performance, reference, and predicted grades) are satisfactory. We would encourage schools/colleges to indicate in the reference if a candidate’s performance in AS-levels is below the expected standard, and offer reasons for this.

If candidates are not taking AS-level examinations at the end of Year 12 but proceeding straight to A-level assessment, their applications will be considered on the basis of other information on the UCAS application form and they will not be disadvantaged. Again, it would be helpful if the reference would indicate whether or not a candidate had the opportunity to receive AS-level certification.

BTEC Qualifications

We accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) for entry on to the majority of our degree courses and usually ask for grades DDM-DDD overall. The BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF) and Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) are also acceptable combined with additional A level or equivalent Level 3 qualification(s). Please note that for some of our courses there are subject-specific requirements, please see the entry requirements table for details.

GCSE requirements (see course table for details) are also required in addition to BTEC qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

Offers will be based on an overall Diploma points score. Offers are normally in the range of 30-34 points (except for Medicine and Health related courses). Some courses may require a specific points score in a relevant subject. We also require an acceptable level in English Language and a Science or Mathematics (some courses will require a particular level of attainment in Mathematics). Please see the entry requirements table for details.

Access to Higher Education

We accept Access to HE Diplomas for entry onto our degrees, however, for courses that have a subject specific requirement you will need to have studied specific subjects at Access or equivalent level and so will need to contact us for further advice. As a guide, for courses that require ABB at A Level we will be looking for 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit or higher. For courses that require ABC or BBB at A Level we will be looking for 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction. Please see the Entry Requirements table for further details.

GCSE requirements (see course table for details) or Access to HE Diploma GCSE equivalence are also required.

14-19 Diplomas

We welcome the introduction of the 14-19 Diplomas and will accept the Advanced Diploma as equivalent to three A-levels. Please note that for entry to a number of degree courses at Keele, particular subject backgrounds at Level 3 are required. Please see the entry requirements table for further information. In some such cases, subject-specific prerequisites may be met by including a qualification from a list specified by the relevant  programme as the ‘Additional and/or Specialist Learning’ element in the Diploma. We would also expect students to demonstrate a high level of attainment in all their Diploma work. We would advise all students taking the Advanced Diploma to contact the Admissions Office before they make their UCAS application to discuss their options. Further information is also available on the UCAS website.

Scottish Advanced Highers and Highers

The University accepts 3 Advanced Scottish Highers or may consider Scottish Highers in combination with Advanced Highers for certain courses. Grade requirements vary across courses. Please contact the Admissions Office for the offer range for your particular course combination. In addition to this, we require English and in Mathematics, or for some courses a science subject is acceptable in lieu of Maths, at National 5, grade 3 or above.

Other UK Qualifications

We accept the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma (Core) towards entry onto the majority of our degrees.

Candidates offering alternative qualifications e.g. NVQ Level 3, should contact the Admissions Office before making an application.

Please note that we will usually require you to be undertaking some formal study before you enter Keele, even if you have previously gained the necessary qualifications for entry.

If you are not currently undertaking any formal study, or have been out of formal education for more than three years and are not qualified to A-level or BTEC standard, we may be able to offer you entry to our Foundation Year programmes. Please see the Foundation Year pages for further information.

Candidates offering qualifications not mentioned here may still be considered for admission to the University provided that their qualifications satisfy the Senate Regulations and show the candidate to be acceptable for the courses offered at Keele. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.

Contact Details

If you have any queries regarding admissions or applying to Keele University please contact:



Telephone: 01782 733632

Email: medicine@keele.ac.uk


Nursing and Midwifery:

Telephone: 01782 679558

Email: nursing.admissions@keele.ac.uk



Telephone: 01782 733833

Email: pharmacy@keele.ac.uk



Telephone: 01782 734191

Email: shar.admissions@keele.ac.uk


Social Work

Telephone: 01782 734532

Email: a.a.greatrex@keele.ac.uk


Foundation Year:

Telephone: 01782 733507

Email: foundationyear@keele.ac.uk


For all other undergraduate degrees please contact:


Telephone: 01782 734010

Email: admissions.ukeu@keele.ac.uk  (UK/EU applicants)

Email: admissions.international@keele.ac.uk (International applicants)