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UK entry requirements

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Entry requirements and selection procedures will vary according to the course of study, so it is important to check specific entry qualifications within our online prospectus for your choice of course. 

UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

King’s welcomes applicants with the UK Access to HE Diploma, and will usually specify a certain number of Level 3 credits required at Distinction and Merit level.

Where our entry requirements specify compulsory or preferred subjects, you may be asked for additional information on the subject content of your Diploma. Please check our online prospectus carefully for subject specific requirements. However, where accepted, as a general guide:  

Equivalent Access to HE requirements
A-level requirementsEquivalent Access to HE requirements
A*AA 45 Level 3 credits: 39 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining level 3 credits at Merit
AAA 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining level 3 credits at Merit
AAB  45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining level 3 credits at Merit
ABB 45 Level 3 credits: 30 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining level 3 credits at Merit
BBB 45 Level 3 credits: 30 credits must be from units awarded at Distinction, 12 from units awarded at Merit, and 3 from units awarded at Pass

Thinking of taking an Access to HE Diploma?

Please check our online prospectus carefully to check acceptability for your preferred programme of study at King's. You can find a list of accredited Access to HE courses in your area on the Access to HE Diploma website.

Predicted grades

We recognise that many referees may not feel in a position to accurately predict Access to HE results early in the application cycle – we would still encourage referees to provide as much detail as possible and indicate if we can contact them at a later date for an update on the applicant’s progress.

A-levels and AS-levels

How many subjects?

King's usually expects A-level applicants to have taken four AS-level subjects with three of these continued to A2-level. Most of our conditional offers are based on three A-level subjects, but some will ask for a 'fourth' subject at AS-level. If your school or college does not permit you to take a 'fourth' AS-level, they should ideally mention this in the opening paragraph of their academic reference.

The majority of our programmes require three A2s to be taken together in one sitting. High achievement in the ‘fourth’ AS-level subject may compensate for an applicant who narrowly fails to achieve the A-level offer.

Grades and predictions

AS-level results are usually available when an application is made through UCAS. If you can, please provide your AS-level results, AS unit grades, and/or Unit Mark Scores (UMS).  These results supplement a referee’s A-level predictions but do not replace them for selection purposes. Applicants may take all examinations at the end of year 13 (or equivalent) without prejudice to their application.

For the majority of programmes at King’s, you are not asked to achieve specific grades in particular A2-level units (exceptions include certain mathematics courses). Individual unit grades may be taken into account if a candidate falls just short of the conditions of their offer.

Early sittings

Please note that whilst King’s encourages students to stretch themselves academically, students who are entered early for their examinations should have the potential to achieve the same grade as might be expected if they were entered in the standard year. Therefore, if you gain an AS-level B in Year 11, this will not be considered as good as a student who achieved a grade A in year 12.


AS/A-levels in General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King’s as one of your A-levels or AS-levels. However, the grade may be taken into account if a candidate falls just short of the conditions of their offer.

Qualification reform

The College has provided guidance for schools and colleges adapting to curriculum change to the GCSE and A-level system.

BTEC Level 3

Most of our programmes will consider the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma or a combination of the Level 3 Diploma and other Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels). Typical combinations include:

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma with one A-Level

  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma with two A-levels

We will usually be asking for Distinctions. Please check our online prospectus for programme-specific requirements for BTEC qualifications as they become available for 2017 entry. Where our entry requirements specify compulsory or preferred subjects, applicants may be asked for additional information on the subject content of their Diploma and offers may specify that Distinctions are achieved in specific units, in addition to an overall result for the Diploma. 

Cambridge Pre-U

King’s welcomes applications from students studying the Pre-U. Each programme will require a specific level of achievement in the three Principal subjects. We recognise that some students might offer a mixed portfolio of Pre-U and A-level qualifications and are experienced in assessing such applications.

Extended Project

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) has the potential to develop many skills which may prove beneficial when studying at King’s and may be considered in place of a ‘fourth’ (non-subject specific) AS-level subject.

The EPQ will not however be considered in place of standard A-level (or equivalent) requirements.


GCSE requirements

Some programmes require students to have achieved a certain standard(s) at GCSE (or equivalent) in addition to higher qualifications (such as A-levels). For example, students applying for a degree or postgraduate diploma leading to registration as a nurse or midwife must have achieved five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language, Mathematics and Science.

Mature applicants with O-levels/ CSE levels from the UK are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office to check GCSE grade equivalency (where applicable).

GCSEs taken earlier than Year 11

Please note that whilst King’s encourages students to stretch themselves academically, students who are entered early for their public examinations should have the potential to achieve the same grade as might be expected if they were entered in the standard year. This means that a student who gains a GCSE Grade B in Year 10 will be considered to have Grade B and will not be considered favourably when compared to students who achieved Grade A in the standard year of examination.

Note: If GCSE is your highest qualification, you will need to undertake further study before you are eligible to apply for a programme at King's.

GCSEs (9 to 1)-England & Wales

In summer 2017, students' GCSE English and GCSE Maths exam results will be graded from 9 - 1 instead of from A* - G. From summer 2019, all GCSE subjects will be graded this way. King's has agreed the following grade equivalencies:

GCSE (9 to 1)
 GCSE (A*- G) GCSE (9 to 1)
 A*  8 and above
 A  7
 B  6
 C  5


Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers & Curriculum for

Some programmes will accept applicants based upon Highers alone, but most programmes will also require applicants to undertake two Advanced Highers as well.

Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma

King’s would normally expect applicants taking the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma to have studied three subjects to A-level as part of their qualification, and would make an offer based on these A-level grades. However, where a school or college is unable to offer students a third A-level alongside the Welsh Baccalaureate, King’s would consider making an offer based on the Core element of the Advanced Diploma alongside two A-levels. In these cases, a statement must be included in the first few lines of the UCAS reference to inform us of the school’s policy in this regard.

 The Core of the Advanced Diploma may also be accepted in place of a ‘fourth’ (non-subject specific) AS-level subject.


International qualifications taken in the UK

International Baccalaureate (IB)

King’s welcomes students from the UK and across the globe studying the IB Diploma.  Our offers will usually specify certain marks in three subjects at Higher Level, in addition to an overall point score for the whole Diploma. Our point score includes points for Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and the Extended Essay (EE). As a guide:

Equivalent IB requirements
A-level requirements Equivalent IB requirements
A*AA 35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 766
AAA 35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666
AAB 35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 665
ABB 34 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 655
BBB 32 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 555

Some courses may also specify certain subjects to be taken at Standard Level or in the Middle Years course. 

King’s will consider applications from students who have chosen not to enrol in the full IB Diploma Programme (DP) and have, instead, chosen to complete independent DP subject courses and the core components of Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay.

Students who have chosen not to enrol in the IB Diploma Programme must still meet King’s Higher Level, Standard Level and overall score requirements as detailed above,  assessment is based on the Diploma Programme course results (DPCR).

Compulsory and preferred subjects

Some of the programmes we offer require you to have studied a subject or subjects to a certain level before commencing your undergraduate studies. These are specified in the course entry requirements as compulsory subjects. Preferred subjects indicate that you may be at an advantage if you are studying the subject(s); however it is not compulsory for admission.


The majority of our courses will consider applicants who are re-sitting their exams to achieve higher grades, but we advise checking the online prospectus for any guidance or restrictions on re-sits for your chosen course. Medicine, for example, will only accept re-sits where there have been significant mitigating circumstances affecting your first 'sitting'.

Mixed qualifications

We understand that some applicants may offer a combination of qualifications taken at the same time, for example, A-levels and Cambridge Pre-U, or  A-levels and BTECs at level 3. Our Admissions Office is happy to advise you on the suitability of your combination.

Non-academic requirements

Our online prospectus  will have further details of any other requirements to be considered for entry to your chosen course. You are welcome to contact the Admissions Office in advance of your application if you have any questions, but we have summarised the common additional requirements below:

Aptitude tests

All the programmes below require students to take an aptitude test in addition to meeting other entry requirements. This provides us with additional information about an applicant's abilities and potential. 

These tests are compulsory so it is important that you check the online prospectus entry for your programme for further details of how these test results are used in selection, and to ensure that you make arrangements for taking the test in good time (where applicable).

Aptitude tests

 Course Aptitude test Deadline for taking test

Law (M100, M121, M122, M190)


By 20 January for all 2016 applicants

Politics, Philosophy & Law (LM21)


By 20 January for all 2016 applicants

Dentistry (A205, A206, A202)


Before applying

Medicine (A100, A101, A102)


Before applying

Nursing & Midwifery pre-registration courses

King's own selection tests

Required if invited to a selection day

PGCE (Teacher training) courses

Professional Skills tests for teachers

Required of all offer holders

A few things to note:

  • You must take the exact test specified: for example, for Medicine A100 we require the UKCAT, and we will not accept the BMAT.

  • If you usually require special arrangements for assessments (for example, extra time or a particular test environment) due to a learning difference or disability, make sure that you inform the test provider in good time.

  • Some test providers will charge a fee for taking this test. However, usually the provider will be able to waive fees or provide a discount/bursary for applicants in financial need: exact arrangements may vary so please do check with the test provider.

Interviews and selection days

Some of our programmes (such as Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Midwifery) will require you to attend an interview in order to assess qualities which can’t be seen from the UCAS application alone (or perhaps when a student is presenting non-traditional qualifications). 

Not all applicants are asked to attend an interview and for some programmes a telephone or Skype interview may be arranged. Detailed information about this is available on each relevant programme page in the online prospectus.

Notes: If you have a disability or health condition for which you think you might require adjustments either to the interview format or building location/access please let your Admissions team know as soon as possible once you receive an application. You'll be able to do this through the King's Apply messaging system. Further guidance for applicants with a disability can be found here.  

Work experience

We may sometimes require. or strongly prefer, applicants to have relevant work or voluntary experience. If so, we will mention this in our online prospectus, and you should describe any relevant experience including what you have gained from it in your UCAS personal statement.

Criminal record and occupational health checks

Some of our programmes have additional requirements where you will need to satisfactorily pass criminal record checks (through the Disclosure and Barring Service), or occupational health checks. See our Admissions Policy page for further information.

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