Undergraduate Entry Requirements

The entry grades outlined in this section 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.

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 ‘GCSE Requirements’ column on the Entry Requirements Table does not include this qualification or states that only Mathematics is acceptable or grade B is required.

From 2017, for applicants taking the reformed GCSE qualifications in England, we will consider the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a grade C; however we will require at least a Grade 5 if the subject relates to the degree programme.
If you do not have the required GCSEs, please contact the Admissions team for advice.
Core Mathematics qualifications
Keele University welcomes Core Mathematics qualifications. Skills in Mathematical and statistical problem solving, data analysis and interpretation can provide a useful preparation for applicants wishing to progress to degrees in Business, Health, Psychology, Sciences and Social Sciences. As Core Mathematics is not a compulsory requirement at post 16 we would not normally include it in the conditions of an offer. However, we would look positively on applicants offering Core Mathematics qualifications and may take it in lieu of a GCSE Maths B grade requirement.


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.

General Studies/Critical Thinking
For the some of our courses, we do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking A levels. Please see the Entry Requirement table for more information.
AS levels
We are aware of the changes within the new A level framework in England and would not expect all applicants to have AS level qualifications stated on their application. If they are stated, we will take these grades into consideration but we will also consider the predicted grades supplied*, qualifications taken at other levels (GCSEs for example), the personal statement and reference. 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.
*Please note that this excludes applications to Medicine
We would encourage schools/colleges to indicate in the reference if an applicant has experienced restrictions on their curriculum offer i.e. breadth of subject/qualification choice. It is recommended that a link to a webpage with the School/College policy statement/curriculum context is provided so that the majority of the reference is focussed on the applicant. It would also be helpful to indicate if an applicant’s performance in AS levels is below the expected standard, and offer reasons for this.
Science Practical
From 2017, for applicants taking the reformed A levels in Biology, Chemistry or Physics in England and applying for our Medicine and science based programmes, we will require a pass in the practical element as indicated on our Entry Requirement table.

BTEC Qualifications

We accept the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (QCF) for entry on to the majority of our degree courses as indicated on the Entry Requirement table. 

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (QCF) and National Extended Certificate (previously known as the 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 Requirement table for details.

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

International Baccalaureate

Our entry requirements are 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.

From 2017, we will also consider Higher level components on an individual basis if combined with additional A level or equivalent Level 3 qualification(s).   Please contact the Admissions team for further advice.

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.

Scottish Qualifications

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 team 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.

Welsh 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 team before making an application.

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 available), the referee’s report, applicant’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 studied 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 team 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.