Entrance requirements

There are no formal requirements for entrance, but candidates are expected to have Physics and Mathematics to A-level; Advanced Higher; Higher Level in the IB; or another equivalent qualification.

Conditional offers are made on the following expectations:


A*AA, with an A*A in Physics and Mathematics (i.e. A* in either Physics or Mathematics and a further A).

Specifically either:

  • A* Physics, A Maths plus another A
  • A Physics, A* Maths plus another A
  • A Physics, A Maths, A* Further Maths

Further Mathematics can be helpful to candidates in completing this course, although it is not required for admission.

Other qualifications

  • Advanced Highers: AAAAB or AAAAA usually supplemented by two or more Advanced Highers. Offers made to candidates on the basis of the Advanced Higher subjects are likely to be set at AA for two subjects, and AAB for three subjects
  • IB: 39 (including core points) with 766 at HL (the 7 should be in either Physics or Mathematics)

Guidance on the typical requirements for other qualifications can be found on the University International Qualifications webpage. Where qualifications offer options to study some subjects in greater depth, we would expect students to have taken Physics and Maths courses.


There are no formal requirements for performance at GCSE; the majority of successful candidates have between 4 and 9 A* grades at GCSE, but it is not unusual for candidates to be accepted with fewer than 4 A* grades, or to be rejected with more than 9 A* grades.