The following information aims to provide guidance on Lancaster’s approach to undergraduate admissions in light of the current UK qualification reforms.
We accept the reformed A level, GCSE and BTEC qualifications and will formulate offers on an equivalent basis to the pre-reformed qualifications. We have not made changes to our overall entry requirements based on these reforms, but we have made minor adjustments to subject requirements for individual degree programmes.
- A levels remain the most popular entry qualification for our students and the qualification is also highly valued by employers. We encourage schools and colleges to continue to offer a range of A levels to their students.
- We do not expect students to take four or more A levels. Offers are based on the results of the best three A levels, with subject-specific requirements for some courses, with the exception of Medicine and Surgery in some cases.
- We believe that the practical skills in the sciences are integral to the understanding and appreciation of the subjects. In the reformed A level in Biology, Chemistry and Physics we expect applicants to achieve the required grade in the written examination (typically A or B) and pass the practical skills assessment.
- We appreciate that some students may apply to University with a mix of old and new style A and AS levels. We will not discriminate between the different qualifications and will be flexible on our entry grades to ensure that all students are treated fairly.
- We review our offer levels annually and monitor national fluctuations in grades as a result of curriculum changes.
More information on the reform of A level and AS level qualifications
Applied General Qualifications
Lancaster University accepts a number of Applied General qualifications, such as Pearson BTEC National qualifications and OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications. Many of these have undergone significant reforms. We will continue to consider both legacy and reformed variants, although this may vary according to the subject requirements of specific degree programmes.
T levels are to be taught by selected colleges and schools from September 2020, and are currently under development. Lancaster University will be monitoring their development and considering information as it is released to us, before formulating an approach in terms of our own entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate Mathematics
The structure of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma mathematics has been revised, and IB students who complete a Diploma from 2021 will take one of the following courses:
- Mathematics: analysis and approaches SL
- Mathematics: analysis and approaches HL
- Mathematics: applications and interpretations SL
- Mathematics: applications and interpretations HL
For any of our degree programmes that specify A level in Mathematics as an entry requirement, we will accept either of the HL courses at grade 6 as equivalent. Please note that other subject requirements may apply, and you can find information about these on our individual course pages.
For our Engineering degrees, we will also accept Mathematics: analysis and approaches SL at grade 7 alongside Physics HL at grade 6 or Chemistry HL at grade 6 (for Chemical Engineering).
Where we specify a GCSE Mathematics requirement at B/C or 6/5/4, we will accept any of the IB Diploma Mathematics courses at grade 5 as meeting this requirement.