General entry requirements
King’s welcomes students with a range of qualifications from all over the world. Entry requirements and selection procedures will vary according to the programme of study, so it is important to check specific entry qualifications within our online Prospectus for your choice of programme.
We hope this general guidance below will be useful:
Compulsory & preferred subjects
Some of the programmes we offer require you to have studied a subject or subjects to a certain level before starting your undergraduate studies. These are specified in the programme 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 programmes 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 programme: medicine, for example, will only accept re-sits where there have been significant mitigating circumstances affecting your first 'sitting'.
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.
Access to HE Diploma
A-Levels and AS Levels
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, applicants may be asked for additional information on the subject content of their Diploma.
If you are 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 programmes in your area on the Access to HE Diploma website.
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.
BTEC Level 3
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 courses 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 programmes). Individual unit grades may be taken into account if a candidate falls just short of the conditions of their offer.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers & Curriculum for Excellence
Some programmes also 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).
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. Thus a student who gains a GCSE B in Year 10 or AS-level B in Year 11, will be considered to have B grades and may not be considered favourably when compared to students who achieved A grades in the standard year.
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.
Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma
Some programmes will accept applicants based upon Highers alone, but most programmes will also require applicants to undertake two Advanced Highers as well. Updates on our Curriculum for Excellence Policy will be made available here in spring 2014.
King’s welcomes applications from those studying the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma. A Pass at the core element of a successfully completed Advanced Diploma is usually considered as the equivalent to one non-subject specific A-level.
International & EU qualifications
King’s students come from over 148 countries across the globe and our admissions staff is experienced in assessing a wide range of qualifications. If you would like to know which qualifications from your country are acceptable for direct entry to our undergraduate programme:
Find your country/region information in our International pages. Here will have useful guidance on the type of qualifications and grades we are usually looking for. You can also find detailed information relevant to your region, including when a King’s representative will next be visiting.
Our online prospectus will give specific entry requirements for your chosen programme. Find your programme, and in each entry you will find course information, and an 'Entry Requirements' section. Select your country from the drop-down list.
If you can't find information on your qualification please feel free to contact the Admissions Office for further advice.
Remember: if your qualification is not quite suitable for direct entry to Year One of an undergraduate programme, you may be interested in our International Foundation programme in the Humanities & Social Sciences, or our International Science Foundation programme.
TIP: See our English Language Requirements page for details of requirements where English is not your first language.
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 (usually in the ranges of 766-665), in addition to an overall point score (maximum 35) for the whole Diploma. Some programmes may also specify certain subjects to be taken at Standard Level or in the Middle Years programme.
Our offers for the IB changed slightly for the 2014 entry cycle. For further background to this review see the summary of our Revisions to IB requirements .
Our online prospectus will have further details of any other requirements to be considered for entry to your chosen programme. 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:
Interviews & Selection Days
Some of our courses (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 interview may be arranged. Detailed information about this is available on each relevant programme page in the online prospectus.
Criminal Record & Occupational Health Checks
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 - and what you have gained from it - in your UCAS personal statement.
Some of our courses 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 Policy pages for further information.