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Information for applicants regarding GCSEs

From 2015 the way GCSE levels are graded will differ between England, Northern Ireland and Wales. In England GCSEs will be graded numerically where Northern Ireland and Wales will retain their existing letter grading structures.

The University of Manchester does not have a blanket policy on preferred subjects at GCSE, aside from English Language and Maths, which are required at a minimum of Grade C or above or Grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England. Some of our courses require additional GCSEs, sometimes in specific subjects and/or with higher grades.

In relation to GCSE reforms we can confirm our position in terms of equivalencies:

  • A* = 8
  • A = 7
  • B = 6
  • C = 4

Students are advised to refer to the specific entry requirements for their chosen course with regard to GCSE requirements.

International GCSEs (iGCSEs)

The University accepts International GCSEs (iGCSEs) as equivalent to GCE GCSEs and accepts them on a grade for grade basis.

In terms of different examining boards, we will accept International GCSEs from the main examining boards (Cambridge International Exams (CIE), Pearson/Edexcel and Oxford International AQA Exams) and will not make a distinction between them in terms of offers made or grades required.

Applied GCSE Mathematics courses

Applied GCSE Mathematics courses (e.g. WJEC Mathematics – Numeracy) at Grade C are considered to have an acceptable level of numeracy for entry to the majority of our courses. They are not accepted for entry to some courses, for instance where GCSE Mathematics is a specific requirement. Students are advised to refer to the specific entry requirements for their chosen course.

English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

The University welcomes applicants who have achieved the English Baccalaureate; however, we currently have no plans to make this award a requirement for students in England for entry to the University.