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Applying to City

We offer high quality, challenging courses to applicants who demonstrate the preparation and potential to succeed.

Our admissions and selection processes aim to assess you fairly and consistently. We judge applications on individual merit, taking into account your academic achievements, relevant experience and your motivation to undertake the course.

Please note, all undergraduate applications need to be made through UCAS - The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Visit the UCAS website.

General requirements

To enter a degree course at City, you must:

  • Satisfy City's general minimum requirement
  • Satisfy the individual course requirement
  • Be accepted by the course admissions tutor.

In order to meet City's general requirement you should have or expect to obtain before admission:

  • Passes in two subjects at GCE 'A' level or
  • One 12 unit Double Award.

Other qualifications which meet the general requirement are:

  • Cambridge Pre-University
  • The International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • Scottish Qualification Advanced Highers (SQA) and Advanced Highers
  • The Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level
  • The European Baccalaureate
  • Business Technology and Education Council (BTEC) Nationals (Qualifications and Credit Framework - QCF)
  • An Access to Higher Education Qualification.

English and mathematics requirements

You must possess a minimum level of competence in the English language and mathematics. Passes at grade C or above in General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) English Language and Mathematics or an equivalent qualification, fulfil this requirement. Some courses will ask for more than the minimum, so please check the course-specific requirements for further details.

Requirements for specific courses

In addition to general requirements, admission to most courses also requires passes in a specific subject or subjects relevant to the course.

Typical offers

The typical offers shown in the course information section indicate the usual standard of achievement expected on joining the course. The actual offer you receive may be different. It is important to remember that many of our courses are very competitive and possessing the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.
Alternative methods of assessment

City is seeking to develop reliable methods to assess the potential of candidates who do not possess expected levels of formal qualifications for entry. Where appropriate and available, approved entry tests may be offered to you which, on successful completion, will be deemed equivalent to the general entry requirements of the City.

Unconditional Offer Scheme

Read full details, terms and conditions for the City, University of London Unconditional Offer Scheme

Acceptable qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering combinations of GCE 'A' levels, Advanced Subsidiary, Vocational 'A' levels and Vocational Advanced Subsidiary. Typical offers will stipulate grades to be attained in Y13. They will usually be framed around successful completion of at least 18 units or the three full 'A' level equivalents. We would hope that candidates would take four 'AS' levels in Y12, converting three of them to 'A' levels in Y13. We appreciate that we will be presented with a wide variety of subjects at 'AS' level and look favourably on applicants who offer their fourth 'AS' in a contrasting subject. We understand the differences in resources between schools and endeavour not to disadvantage applicants who have been unable to take four.

New 14-19 Diploma qualifications

We welcome the introduction of the new 14-19 Diploma qualifications. Diploma applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis where appropriate subjects have been taken. Many courses will demand an 'A' level for Additional and Specialist learning while some will require a particular Specialist Unit. More detailed information will be published on our website and our UCAS entry profiles when it becomes available.

Overseas qualifications

We have long experience of welcoming students with qualifications from around the world.  High school leaving certificates from outside the UK can be used for direct entry to undergraduate bachelor degrees in some instances whereas in others completion of a recognised foundation course is required.  For guidance on the admissions requirements for a specific country please refer to our country pages.

English language requirements

All applicants are required to demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in English is sufficient for them to be able to benefit from and participate fully in their degree.  In addition, all students requiring a Tier 4 visa must demonstrate their English proficiency as part of the visa application process.  English requirements differ between courses therefore please refer to individual course pages for details.

Non-standard entrants

Applicants who do not have the standard academic requirement but who have significant life or work experience may be considered on individual merit. The course descriptions on this website give you a general indication of an appropriate background for a course.

Although you will need to apply for the course through UCAS, it is a good idea to contact admissions tutors first. They will discuss with you whether the degree is likely to help you achieve your goals and how your experience and educational background match the course requirements.

Evidence of recent study, such as an 'A' level evening class, an Open University Foundation course or a kite-marked Access course, is helpful. Some courses at City have foundation years that prepare you for the first year of a specific bachelor's degree course.

Equal opportunities

All applications are considered on individual merit and in accordance with our equal opportunities policy. Our admissions staff will look at your qualifications, background and experience and aim to ensure that you are given full and equitable treatment in pursuing your chosen course of study.

We admit students with the potential to succeed in Higher Education and welcome applications from people regardless of their gender, religion, age, race, national origin, social background, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or disability. We are also committed to the principles of widening participation and encourage applicants from disadvantaged and non-conventional academic backgrounds.

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City, University of London is an independent member institution of the University of London. Established by Royal Charter in 1836, the University of London consists of 18 independent member institutions with outstanding global reputations and several prestigious central academic bodies and activities.