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.
The number of applicants substantially exceeds the number of places available. The academic entry requirements are high to ensure that accepted students are capable of sucessfully completing the course.
All students will require an English language qualification. The standard requirement is grade B in GCSE English, or an equivalent in IELTS.
A-level / Advanced Higher
A* in Mathematics
A in Physics
A in a third subject
The third subject can be any from the list below, but the preferred subject is Further Mathematics.
Acceptable third subjects: Applied ICT, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computing, Design and Technology, Economics, Electronics, English Literature, Further Mathematics, Geography, History, Languages (Classical and Modern), Music Technology, Music, Statistics or Technology.
If your school/college does not offer Further Mathematics, you may wish to investigate your local Further Mathematics Network Centre http://www.fmnetwork.org.uk/
We prefer Further Mathematics as it provides a better grounding for the material taught in the first year of the course; but it is not essential.
Applicants are normally expected to gain their A levels at first attempt (that is by end of Year 13). It is acceptable to re-take individual AS and A2 modules during years 12 and 13. We will consider applicants who are re-taking A-levels having taken them in Year 13.
For applicants taking Advanced Highers our entry requirements are AAA in Maths, Physics and a third subject.
We can only consider the A-level element into consideration. The requirements are the same for A-level (above).
Distinction in all principal subjects with D2 in Mathematics.
Mathematics and Physics are compulsory. Acceptable third subjects are: Biology, Chemistry, or Further Mathematics.
We will also consider a mixture of Pre-U and A2 level Mathematics and Physics subjects.
Around 15% of our students have taken International Baccalaureate exams. For those taking IB our entry requirements are 6 in Higher Level Mathematics, 6 in Higher Level Physics, and 38 overall (which can include bonus points).
We welcome qualifications from a wide range of international exam systems. Typical requirements would be
Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAAAB with A in both Maths and Physics
European Baccalaureate: Maths and Physics at 85%, with an overall mark of 80% or higher
Advanced Placement Tests: 3 subjects at grade 5, including Calculus BC and Physics C:E&M, OR Calculus BC and Physics C: Mechanics
Greece: Apolyterion with 19 in Mathematics, Physics and third specialist subject, AND the same subjects in the Pan-Hellenic/Vevaisoi Provasis exam with 19 overall
India: ISC/CBSE with 95% in Mathematics, 90% in Physics, and 90% in a further core subject and an overall average of 90% over five class XII subjects. The Department will additionally require applicants to be interviewed by Skype and may also ask for a JEE score, or STEP in Mathematics.
Singapore Integrated Programme: three subjects at H2 with grade A . Maths and Physics are compulsory. Acceptable 3rd subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Computing or Economics.
Singapore Polytechnic Diploma: will be considered for 1st year entry if awarded the dipolma with a GPA of 3.8+
We can not accept applicants with BTEC National Certificate, BTEC Higher National Diploma, GNVQ or City and Guilds qualifications or from Access courses.
We currently accept students from the following two high-quality UK Foundation courses. These are specialised courses for overseas students whose home qualifications are not usually accepted for study at UK universities:
UCL UPCSE: the University Preparatory Certificate for Science and Engineering is a high quality foundation programme. We would typically look for scores of 80%+ in Maths and Physics.
Warwick HEFP: The Higher Education Foundation Programme has a Science and Engineering specialisation. We would be looking for Distinction in Maths, Physics and further subject.
If your qualification is not shown above, please see the College's further information on Undergraduate Academic Requirements http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/requirements/
Direct entry to 2nd year
We do not accept direct entrants to the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year. It is not possible to transfer credits from another univeristy to our courses.