Entry requirements and qualifications

The University of Liverpool welcomes applications from everyone with the potential to succeed in higher education. There are a wealth of entry requirements and qualifications, here we explain what our general entry requirements are and which qualifications we accept, including English language requirements for international students.

We usually express entrance requirements in terms of A levels, but for EU applicants we have a list of what country-specific EU qualifications you will need to meet the required A level grades.

General requirements

We require all applicants for undergraduate programmes to demonstrate a good general education, which includes acceptable levels of literacy and numeracy, normally equivalent to at least grade C at GCSE in English and Mathematics.

Individual programmes may have additional requirements, and these are outlined on our online course pages.

English language requirements

International students must have an internationally-recognised English language qualification. For further advice on the acceptability of a full range of qualifications for students whose first language is not English, see our English Language entry requirements.


While many of our school-leaving applicants apply with A/AS-levels, we also consider a wide range of UK and international qualifications.

A/AS levels

A large proportion of our school-leaving applicants from England, Wales and Northern Ireland apply to us with four or more AS-levels that they have studied in year 12, with three or four of these taken to A-level in year 13.

We accept both GCE A/AS-levels and A/AS-levels in Applied Subjects. We will normally ask for at least two subjects to have been studied to full A-level, which means that it may be acceptable in some departments to take an additional AS-level in year 13 and apply with two A-levels and two AS-levels.

Other UK qualifications

We consider a wide range of UK qualifications, including:

  • Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher
  • 14 to 19 Advanced Diplomas
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • BTEC Awards
  • AQA Baccalaureate
  • Cambridge Pre-U
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma. 

Read more about the Access to Higher Education Diploma.

EU qualifications

The University of Liverpool accepts a wide range of qualifications and usually expresses entrance requirements in terms of A levels. Please view our online course pages to see the A level entrance requirements for any given programme and our EU qualifcations page for the equivalent EU country qualifications.

EU entry requirements for Foundation to Health & Veterinary Studies (Year 0) Programme

NARIC Certificates must be sent to shs@liv.ac.uk showing evidence of equivalency to 5 GCSEs at Grade B or Grade C, as outlined in the entry criteria.

Students whose native language is not English must show evidence of proficiency in English to a standard equivalent to average academic level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no component lower than 7.

Age restrictions

The University admits students on the basis of individual merit and does not discriminate on grounds of age. However, special arrangements are in place for students who will be under the age of 18 on arrival at the University. For more information, please see the Undergraduate Admissions Policy (PDF download). Applicants who will be under 18 when they start their course are asked to submit their application via UCAS by 31 May of the year in which they intend to study (ie 31 May 2016 for entry in September 2016), so that the University can ensure all the appropriate checks have been carried out in advance of their arrival.