We welcome applications from students taking A levels, whether you are taking them inside or outside the UK.
A Level candidates need to have achieved or be predicted to achieve our standard A Level offer. The grades required depend on the course you apply for:
The standard A Level offer is A*, A*, and A for Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, and Natural Sciences. In addition to A Levels, candidates for Maths must take STEP papers.
The standard A Level offer is A*, A, and A for all other courses. This applies to Anglo Saxon, Norse and Celtic; Architecture; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Classics; English; Geography; History; History and Modern Languages; History and Politics; History of Art; Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS); Law; Linguistics; Modern and Medieval Languages; Music; Philosophy; Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS); and Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion.
You will also need to be taking suitable subjects for your chosen course. See the relevant subject page for more information.
What Will I Need to Provide?
If you have not taken the following qualifications in the last three years, then you will need to send a transcript as part of your application:
six or more GCSEs or IGCSEs
five or more Scottish National Qualifications
The transcript can be submitted electronically via the additional Cambridge application form.
If UMS scores are available for some or all of the AS / A level qualifications you are taking then you will be asked for these in the additional application form. If you do not have UMS marks then your teachers will be required to comment on your progress as part of your UCAS reference. Their comments may include the results of internal school exams in the reference, if appropriate.
When assessing applications, we look at grades and scores in the context of the whole of your application and assess you on your academic potential for your chosen course.
An A-Level is normally a two-year course in an individual subject. Students in the UK take their A-Level exams at the end of Year 13 (the final year of school), and we make offers on the basis of three A-Level subjects, not including General Studies or Critical Thinking. Lots of students take A-Levels outside the UK and this is especially useful to do if your local qualifications are not listed among our standard Entrance Requirements. Students who take A-Levels outside the UK normally use the CIE exam board. We advise you to contact your local branch of the British Council to find out where you can do this.
A-levels are the most common qualifications that students study to get into UK universities. Accounts by students who took A-levels before studying at King's include:
Further information about A levels is available on the exam board websites.