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Policy Statement on A Level and GCSE Reform.

A levels and AS levels

Our minimum General Entry Requirement is that all  A-level students should hold at least five GCE/GCSE passes, including two at GCE A-level.

We normally require candidates to have passes in at least three A-levels or their equivalent, and we may require specific subjects for certain courses.  We recognise that since 2015  English students may be studying a mixture of old and reformed AS and A-levels, but we are not distinguishing our offers between modular or linear.  

We will not disadvantage a student who does not carry a fourth AS-level.  At results time, if a student fails to meet the entry requirements, we will pay particular attention to any additional qualifications, the type of A-level undertake, and qualification policy of the School, the GCSE performance, predictions, references and personal statement.

Revised Science  A levels

Where a Science A Level subject has a practical element, we will require a pass.  If you are given a conditional offer, we should state this requirement.  If you do not pass the practical element, we will reassess your application, taking into account your results, personal statement and reference.

GCSE reform in England

UEA is reviewing our GCSE policy on an annual basis as more subjects in England are moved to the revised programme, with the numeric grading system.  We anticipate that we may see a small number of students presenting with the reformed GCSEs in 2017.  We also recognise that many students will be wanting to use their GCSE results as a guide for A Level choices. At UEA we require students to achieve a Grade C or Grade 4 in GCSE English, and GCSE Mathematics for matriculation purposes.  However, some of our courses require a higher grade at GCSE. 

If a student is required to achieve a Grade B at GCSE we will be asking for a Grade 5.

If a student is required to achieve a Grade A at GCSE We will be asking for a Grade 7.

Where we have a subject specific requirement for a GCSE we will show the subject and grade required on the Course requirements page.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

UEA recognises the importance of this qualification and the value it places on independent research.  As well as giving you the opportunity of applying for our 'Bright Spark' Scholarship in 2017 we will give you an alternative offer, including the EPQ, alongside the standard offer.  Applicants who present with the EPQ can achieve one grade lower on the A Levels if an A Grade is achieved in the EPQ.  Details of the exact offer will be transmitted to you via UCAS.

BTEC's and CTEC's

Students must normally hold at merit overall to be considered and each course will specify the requirements.  If an Extended Diploma is studied the BTEC or CTEC must be in a relevant subject.  We accept combinations of A Levels and a BTEC or CTEC.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

The University welcomes applications from Scottish students, and applicants qualify for entry to courses at the University either with suitable Highers, or Advanced Highers, or with a combination of the two. In assessing combinations for entry, admissions staff will look for breadth of study across 4 or 5 subjects, but may require specific grades in certain subjects.

International Baccalaureate

The University welcomes applications from students holding the International Baccalaureate diploma.

Students should offer at least 28 points overall and we may in some instances require you to have a specific number of points in subjects taken at Higher level.

Details of specific International Baccalaureate scores are listed in the undergraduate prospectus.

European Baccalaureate

The University welcomes applications from students holding the European Baccalaureate diploma.

Students should offer at least 7 points (70%) overall and we may in some instances require you to have a specific number of points in certain subjects.

Details of specific European Baccalaureate scores can be obtained from individual schools of study.