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', a profile is the level of English required for entry on to that particular course if English is not your first language.

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 make you a contextual offer.

Find out whether you may be eligible for a contextual offer

Admissions tests

  • University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
    You need to take the UCAT test (formerly UKCAT) 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 Academic Language and Development 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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