Entry requirements and qualifications


UK qualifications

Please see our information on UK qualifications for undergraduate entry.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

You need to achieve a certain level of English to qualify for a place on your chosen course.

Each course specifies one of six language profiles, which is the level of English required for entry onto that particular course.

You do not need a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) in English for any application to the University of Bristol.

Typical and contextual offers

When you check the entry requirements for individual courses, you will see two types of offer listed - typical and contextual.

Typical offer

The A-level or IB Diploma (International Baccalaureate) typical offer shows the grades we usually request when we make an offer.

We consider applications on their individual merit and the entry requirements shown are indicative only. If you receive an offer, it may differ slightly from the typical offer.

We welcome applicants with other UK qualifications equivalent to the typical offer. We accept a wide range of international qualifications.

Contextual offer

As part of our commitment to the UK national agenda on widening participation, we consider the educational context in which grades have been achieved and may offer you a contextual offer.

Contextual offers are usually two grades lower than the typical offer.

You may be eligible for a contextual offer if you are applying from a state school or college ranked in the bottom 40 per cent in one of these categories:

  • average score per A-level entry
  • average score per A-level entrant
  • percentage of students applying to higher education.

If you are currently attending school, you must apply through a school/college in this list to be eligible:

2016/17 schools and colleges eligible for contextual offer (PDF, 273kB)

If you are not currently attending school, you must have been in full-time education in the 2015/16 academic year at a school/college in this list:

2015/16 schools and colleges eligible for contextual offer (PDF, 258kB)

We use the 'applying from' school code or the education history on your UCAS form to determine your eligibility for a contextual offer. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure these are correct.

It is important to stress that a school/college's inclusion on the contextual offer list is not a judgement of the quality of the school or college. We recognise that many of the schools and colleges on the list have been deemed outstanding in many respects.

Admissions tests

  • UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)
    You need to take the UKCAT test if you are applying for a medical or dental degree at Bristol.
  • National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)
    You need to take the LNAT test if you are applying for a Law LLB course. We cannot offer you a place until you have taken the test, unless the test is unavailable in your country of residence.

International Foundation Programme

The Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies has information on entry requirements for the International Foundation Programme.

How your application is assessed

Our undergraduate admissions statements provide detailed information on the selection procedures and how your application will be assessed.

We follow a clear set of policies and procedures when dealing with admissions.

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