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Third Level Education

Students are strongly encouraged to take time to engage in independent career research and investigate 3rd level courses and their entry requirements.

The entry profile for many degree courses will state only the grades or UCAS points required. In this situation many subject combinations are deemed appropriate. Some degrees require specific A-level subject combinations and the information presented below is a basic guide to some of the requirements for entry.

Students considering any of the degree courses outlined below are advised to research requirements across a range of university websites, not all universities apply the same ion criteria.

Veterinary Science

A number of universities accept two A-level Science subjects and one other academic subject but other universities require three A-level Science subjects or alternatively two A Level Science subjects plus Maths. (Minimum grade requirement AAB with a grade A preferred in Chemistry). Most universities will require applicants to have studied 3 science subjects at GCSE level or have completed a course in Double Award Science.

Medicine

A number of universities accept two A-Level Science subjects but others require three A-level Science subjects. The minimum A-level grade requirement is AAA along with an AS grade A in a fourth subject. (Grade A required in A level Chemistry). All universities will require applicants to have studied 3 science subjects at GCSE level or have completed a Double Award in Science.

Pharmacy

Two Science A-levels and one other A-Level subject. (Minimum grade requirement is AAB with a grade A in Chemistry preferred in some universities, essential for others. Biology is preferred as the second Science subject).

Dentistry

A minimum of two A-Level Science subjects to include Chemistry. If Biology is not taken at A2, an AS Biology at grade B is required. (Minimum A-Level grade requirement AAA along with an AS grade A expected in a fourth subject. Grade A expected in A2 Chemistry). All UK universities will require applicants to have studied 3 science subjects at GCSE level or have completed a course in Double Award Science.

Dietetics

Two Science A-level subjects from Chemistry / Biology / Physics / Home Economics / Mathematics with Chemistry preferred in many institutions.

Engineering

Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering courses demand a Maths A-Level and one other subject taken from Physics/ Chemistry/Biology/Technology and Design. Take note that most universities will require A levels in both Maths and Physics for Engineering degree courses.

Computer Science

Universities place a strong emphasis on A level Mathematics in addition to A levels in Computing and other Science based subjects.

Physiotherapy

One A-Level Science or Mathematics required.

Radiography/Radiotherapy

One A-Level Science Subject required. Applicants must have GCSE Physics or Double Award Science.

Optometry

Two A-Level Science subjects from Chemistry / Biology / Physics / Maths. Applicants must have GCSE Physics or Double Award Science.

Environmental Health

A grade A is expected from one science based subject Physics / Chemistry / Biology / Maths or Home Economics.

Teaching

Applicants to St Mary's University College may require AAA grades or equivalent and there are specific A level subject combinations that must be researched. In England, the A level entry requirements for teacher training courses range from ABB- BBC. All applicants are expected to have a grade C or higher in English, Maths and Science. Some institutions will favour a grade B in English and Maths.

*It is not possible to detail subject specific guidelines for all UK degree courses and students are advised to check subject choices with a careers advisor and university admissions departments before finalising options.

GCE A Level

Grade

Tariff Point

A*

140

A

120

B

100

C

80

D

60

E

40

GCE AS Level

Grade

Tariff Point

A

60

B

50

C

40

D

30

E

20

 

40

CAO Tariff Tables

The Central applications office in the republic of Ireland also operates a tariff point system for entry to university courses. The current point system is outlined below. Universities in the Republic of Ireland do not accept applied courses such as BTEC Courses. Many degree courses do not favour applied subjects so students hoping to apply to institutions in ROI need to research options carefully.

ROI Universities and Institutions of Technology Tariff Point

Grade

GCE A2 
(best 3 only)

GCE AS (if 4th subject at AS level)

4th A2 Level (if 4th subject at A2)

A*

180

Not Applicable

60

A

150

30

50

B

130

25

45

C

100

20

35

D

65

15

20

E

45

10

15

 

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