UK requirements for international applications
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
In terms of Advanced (A) Level grades, minimum requirements are A*AAA or A*A*A in Maths,
Chemistry and further relevant A-levels. We insist on candidates offering Mathematics and Chemistry
at A-level in addition to another one or two subjects at A-level (such as Physics or Biology or
Economics or Further Maths for instance).
Minimum entrance requirements for International Baccalaureate (IB) applicants are 7 in Mathematics,
6 in Chemistry and 6 in Physics, Biology or Economics (at higher level), in addition to 39+ points.
Applicants with other qualifications, including leaving certificates of various non-UK national systems
and other Baccalaureates (e.g., European or French) are very much welcomed. The eligibility of such
qualifications can be checked with the Admissions Tutor before making a formal UCAS application.
GCSE achievements are also considered, as are the references provided.
The undergraduate courses in chemical engineering are intended for able students who are selected
on the basis of academic ability as well as motivation. The former will normally be judged by
performance in examinations, while the latter will be assessed at an interview which all applicants
attend if they live within reasonable travelling distance, or if they can meet one of our staff overseas.
All applications that meet the minimum grade requirement of A*AAA or A*A*A will be considered.
Actual offers may vary and the majority of offers are A*A*AA to include:
- A* in Mathematics
- A* or A in Chemistry
- Remaining A-levels in relevant subjects including Physics, Biology, Further Mathematics, and Economics
We also consider GCSE achievements, or their equivalent.
If you are applying for a course with a year in France, Switzerland, Spain or Germany you must show ability in the appropriate language. A pass at grade A in GCSE, or a pass at AS-level, will usually be required. You must be willing to continue language study once at the College.
For students following the International Baccalaureate, all applications that meet the minimum grade requirement of 39 points overall will be considered. This should include:
- 7 in Mathematics at higher level
- 6 in Chemistry at higher level
- 6 in Physics, Biology or Economics at higher level
Actual offers may vary and the majority of offers typically require an overall score of 41 points overall, to include:
- 7 in Mathematics at higher level
- 7 or 6 in Chemistry at higher level
- 7 or 6 in Physics, Biology or Economics at higher level