Each course has specific entry criteria. For some you will need to have a certain level of knowledge in a subject before you begin the degree – this is called a subject requirement. Entry onto all courses is dependent on you reaching a particular standard in your education and achieving certain exam grades.
Most courses will list a typical offer with their course information. Entry to all courses at the University of Reading is competitive, so even if you hold (or are predicted to achieve) grades matching our typical offer, you are not guaranteed an offer of a place on a degree course.
Note that entry requirements shown on our course pages are only an indicator. We sometimes update entry requirements throughout the year, so check online or contact the Admissions Office for the latest information. In addition, we treat each application on individual merit, so don’t rule yourself out.
If you are unsure whether your predicted grades would be acceptable for entry, contact our Admissions Office staff for advice. If you are made an offer of a place, the conditions that you need to meet to take up your place on the course will be detailed in your offer letter.
Our typical offers are expressed in terms of A level and International Baccalaureate requirements. However, we also accept many other qualifications. Below you will find some useful notes on the most common qualifications. If the qualification you are taking is not listed or you have any additional questions, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +44 (0) 118 378 8372.
A levels/AS levels
Typical offers for most of our courses are expressed in terms of achievement across three A levels. Please note that all offers exclude General Studies.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
We welcome students presenting the IB diploma. If you are offered a place, we will specify an overall score that you will need to achieve. Where a course requires specific-subject knowledge equivalent to A level, you will be asked to achieve a particular grade at higher level.
BTEC National Diplomas
We are happy to consider applicants with BTEC National Diplomas. Where there are subject-specific requirements, the BTEC modules must be comparable to those at A level, or the A level must be studied alongside. See our course pages or contact us for more information.
We are also happy to consider applicants with BTEC HND and HNC qualifications. If you are interested in being considered for entry into the second year, please be prepared to supply full specifications of your current course so that we can check that the curriculum is compatible.
We accept a wide range of overseas qualifications including (but certainly not limited to) the Malaysian STPM, Hong Kong A levels and Diploma of Secondary Education, Advanced Diplomas, Singapore A levels and Brunei A levels. You can find country and region-specific information on our international pages.