University subjects

The information provided below can change and therefore pupils should always consult university websites for admissions criteria.

Degree ProgrammeSubjects
Accounting/ Finance Maths A level essential or HL at IB, alongside other facilitating subjects. Worth checking GCSE requirements too particularly in Maths.
Agriculture  These degree programmes vary, but many focus on business, crop development or animal science. BTEC Agriculture would be an asset, or Biology A level or another science.
AnthropologySome programmes require a science (may be Biology) – subjects which involve cultural elements in study will be advantageous (e.g. Geography, Psychology, Philosophy, History)
ArchaeologySome programmes require a science (may be Biology) – depends on emphasis in the course. History will be advantageous.
ArchitectureA diverse combination is often a strength. Portfolio submission is very likely which is very hard unless Art or Design is studied. In addition, Physics and Maths may be required for some courses.
ArtArt + portfolio submission.
BiologyBiology plus 1 other science and maths e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths. In IB, Maths Standard Level is acceptable. 2 sciences should be taken (e.g. Chemistry and Biology) at Higher Level.
BioscienceChemistry and Biology usually both required. A third ‘Science’ (i.e. Maths or Physics) also helpful. In IB, Maths Standard Level acceptable. Other Sciences should be Higher Level.
Business & ManagementMathematics required for some courses (check GCSE requirements too). Business Studies/Economics may be an advantage. Consider a range of subjects that shows a diversity of skills in numeracy and literacy.
ChemistryChemistry plus 1 other Science and Maths (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Maths). In IB, Maths Standard Level is acceptable. 2 sciences (e.g. Chemistry and Biology) should be taken at Higher Level.
Classics Latin and/or Greek required. Many courses allow ab initio entry where only one of these is taken (usually only Latin).
Computer ScienceComputer Science A level alongside Maths and another facilitating subject would be advantageous. Evidence of independent programming and project work would complement a personal statement.
Dentistry   As for medicine. Also note requirement for BMAT / UKCAT aptitude test – a mix of Science questions, aptitudes and skills and essay writing.
Drama/ Performing artsTheatre Studies A level or H/L at IB alongside a facilitating subject. You will be required to attend auditions/ interviews and should have as much extra-curricular ‘evidence’ of performances to draw from and refer to.
EconomicsMathematics required for many courses, Higher Level Maths / Further Mathematics required for some. Highly competitive. Different courses will look for slightly different profiles in terms of raw academic profile and an engaging personal statement.
EngineeringMathematics and Physics required. Further Mathematics or Maths Higher Level required for many courses. IB students must take Physics and Maths Higher Level.
EnglishEnglish Literature required. Additional essay-based subjects will be an advantage as may be a Modern Foreign Language or Classical Language.
Film Studies   Entry requirements vary and no specific subjects are required however, subjects such as Digital Music Technology BTEC or A level and Drama / Theatre Studies may help provide ‘evidence’ for a good personal statement.
GeographyGeography required. Science / Maths vs. other Humanities / Languages might be preferred depending on route as Social Science or Science in the degree (sometimes available as BSc or BA).
GeologyChemistry and another Science are key. Mathematics is an asset. Depends on type of geology / geophysics course. If the latter, then Physics will be important. Other, environmental subjects such as Biology or Geography may be helpful but not essential. IB students should take 2 sciences at Higher Level. Mathematics Standard Level is perfectly acceptable for some courses – students should check. Geo-physics is likely to require Maths Higher Level as well as Chemistry and Physics Higher Level. For A level, further mathematics would be required for these courses.
HistoryHistory required. Modern Language often seen as an advantage, or a classical language (depending on modern or ancient history chosen).
International RelationsNo specific requirements although ability to convey current knowledge of real world issues may be an advantage – e.g. Philosophy and Ethics/ Economics / Geography. A Foreign Language has obvious relevance.
LawNo specific requirements. ‘Traditional’ subjects preferred, such as English and History. Ability to convey logic, to handle large amounts of information, skills of analysis etc. Note requirement for LNAT or other aptitude test (at Cambridge) a requirement. Study of evaluative subjects – e.g. from humanities, literature, foreign language an advantage. Maths and/or Science a possible benefit. Whatever taken, students must achieve high results.
Materials SciencePhysics and Mathematics. Chemistry likely to be useful. In IB, Physics and Maths should be Higher Level. Chemistry is likely to be Higher Level.
MathematicsAs much Mathematics as possible. Physics likely to be an advantage as a complement. Further Mathematics a requirement of many courses if taking A level (otherwise Maths Higher Level is fine). STEP Maths preparation course might also be necessary. IB students should seek advice in this area.
Media Production Entry requirements vary and no specific subjects are required however, subjects such as Digital Music Technology BTEC or A level may help provide ‘evidence’ for a good personal statement.
MedicineBiology and Chemistry. Mathematical skills are important. An essay-based subject can also assist. Work experience essential – greatly preferred to show a long term (substantially over 1 year) commitment to entry to the profession. Work experience should be varied – not just work shadowing (E,g, care home work). Highly competitive. Performance in interview critical. BMAT or UKCAT required for virtually every course. A level students could take Physics instead of Mathematics to show the mathematical skills. For IB, Biology and Chemistry must be Higher Level subjects, Maths is perfect as Standard Level. Maths Studies Standard Level is acceptable in some courses.
MidwiferySubject combination similar to that for medicine. Work experience in medically-related areas and performance in interview essential.
Modern LanguageFirst modern language, a second modern foreign language is likely to be an advantage. Depending upon the course, additional study of literature may be advantageous. In IB, one of the languages may be a Standard Level – depends on the course chosen.
MusicMusic. Other subjects may influence depending on type of music degree applied for. For example, study of history, literature, language or other evaluative subject can be relevant. BTEC Digital Music production would be beneficial to production/media courses.
Natural ScienceSpecific requirements depend on the exact course and the university chosen – this degree subject varies notably in content and options between institutions. Two sciences plus Mathematics would be the base-line requirement. In IB, the Maths Standard Level is perfectly acceptable for Biological Nat. Sci. Physical Nat. Sci. should take Maths and Physics Higher Level as the starting point, likely also Chemistry Higher Level.
PharmacologyChemistry plus two other sciences including Maths (e.g. Chemistry, Biology, Maths). In IB, the Maths Standard Level is perfectly acceptable.
PhilosophyMathematics an advantage for many courses (logic). In IB this would mean Maths Standard Level if results will be high but Maths Studies Standard Level is perfectly acceptable for most. Diversity of subjects may be an advantage with at least one essay-based subject. Foreign or classic language can be helpful as can RS / Philosophy.
PhysicsAs much Physics and Maths as you can! For IB this means Maths Higher Level and Physics Higher Level. For A level, take Physics and Further Maths. Other subjects such as Chemistry can help – depends on exact course – see Natural Sciences.
PoliticsNo specific requirement. Ability to show engagement with current issues (e.g. economics, geography) will be useful as may be knowledge and study of History or Philosophy / RS. Foreign language likely to be a strong asset.
Psychology       Mathematics and Biology, or at least one of these, is strong advisable. In IB, Maths Standard Level or Maths Studies Standard Level is perfectly acceptable – no need for Maths Higher Level. Courses vary – check entry requirements according to the route – depends on how scientific / medical the course is.
Real EstateNo specific subject requirements. Maths could be advantageous due to the financial elements of the course, Geography would help with property development and planning and a Business or Economics A level.
Sports Science/ CoachingBTEC Sport or an A level in Biology would be an asset alongside extra-curricular ‘evidence’ of team sports and helping to coach younger players for a good personal statement.
TheologyNo specific requirements. Philosophy / RS, History and Modern or Classic Language likely to be an advantage.
Veterinary Science   As for medicine. Also note requirement for BMAT / UKCAT aptitude test – a mix of science questions, aptitudes and skills and essay writing. Work experience essential. Diversity of work experience highly advisable – farms, domestic, volunteering in zoos, animal welfare, abattoir. Highly competitive – even more so than for medicine.
ZoologyA Biology A level or BTEC Agriculture (when choosing 5 or more Biological modules) would be an advantage, but check with the individual university.