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Which Universities Have The Toughest Entry Requirements?

29/04/2015 12:57 | Updated 01 May 2015
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Some universities are harder to get into than others. But which ones ask for the highest marks? Sorted by UCAS points, the Complete University Guide's 2016 league table can give you an idea of which institutions need which results.

The entry requirements are measured in UCAS points. While A-levels will make up the majority of an applicants UCAS points in most cases, there are other ways to boost your score. BTECs, music exams and diplomas are amoung the many different qualifications which can contribute to a UCAS score. So if you're a bit short, try thinking outside of traditional exams to boost your score.

If you don't think your scores are quite at this level yet, don't fret - just keep working and you'll get there. And remember, this is just a tiny sample of higher education institutions, so if you don't get in it's really not the end of the world. Chances are you'll find another university you'll love.

  • 1 1) Oxford - 601
    dullhunk/Flickr
    Unsurprisingly, Oxford has the highest entrance requirements of any UK university. With an average of 601 UCAS points needed to gain a place, you need four A*s at A level (540) and then another 41 points either from another exam or elsewhere.
  • 2 2) Cambridge - 571
    foshie/Flickr
    Again, 4 A*s at A level plus another 11 points. There's a reason these universities are so hard to get into.
  • 3 3) Imperial College London - 566
    Cristiano Betta/Flickr
    At just over the boundary of 4 A* A levels, you might get away with not having those 6 extra points. But then again - places are so competitive, you might not want to risk it.
  • 4 4) London School of Economics - 532
    SomeDriftwood/Flickr
    Finally, a score under that of 4A*s! But not by much. To be honest, you're probably still going to need 4 A*s to get in here. However you've got another option, as 4 A*s and 1 A at A level comes to 540 points.
  • 5 5) Durham - 521
    Bods/Flickr
    You could definitely get away with 4 A*s and 1 A at A level here, almost comfortably. If that makes you feel any better.
  • 6 6) St Andrews - 516
    garethjmsaunders/Flickr
    Comparatively low compared to Oxford, this is well under the 540 points that come from 4 A*s and 4 As. Doesn't mean you can slack off, though.
  • 7 7) University College London - 500
    stevecadman/Flickr
    Pretty much the same score is needed here. Keep working, guys.
  • 8 8) Bristol - 486
    James F Clay/Flickr
    This score is only just over the boundary of 4 As at A Level, which equals 480 points.
  • 9 9) Edinburgh - 482
    dun_deagh/Flickr
    With barely a squeak between this and Bristol, there's little to choose between them in terms of trickiness of getting in.
  • 10 10) Warwick - 480
    Ian Halsey/Flickr
    And finally the bottom of the bunch of this group of extremely competitive universities, Warwick comes in with a minimum of 4 As at A Level.

  • 1 1) Oxford - 601
    dullhunk/Flickr
    Unsurprisingly, Oxford has the highest entrance requirements of any UK university. With an average of 601 UCAS points needed to gain a place, you need four A*s at A level (540) and then another 41 points either from another exam or elsewhere.
  • 2 2) Cambridge - 571
    foshie/Flickr
    Again, 4 A*s at A level plus another 11 points. There's a reason these universities are so hard to get into.
  • 3 3) Imperial College London - 566
    Cristiano Betta/Flickr
    At just over the boundary of 4 A* A levels, you might get away with not having those 6 extra points. But then again - places are so competitive, you might not want to risk it.
  • 4 4) London School of Economics - 532
    SomeDriftwood/Flickr
    Finally, a score under that of 4A*s! But not by much. To be honest, you're probably still going to need 4 A*s to get in here. However you've got another option, as 4 A*s and 1 A at A level comes to 540 points.
  • 5 5) Durham - 521
    Bods/Flickr
    You could definitely get away with 4 A*s and 1 A at A level here, almost comfortably. If that makes you feel any better.
  • 6 6) St Andrews - 516
    garethjmsaunders/Flickr
    Comparatively low compared to Oxford, this is well under the 540 points that come from 4 A*s and 4 As. Doesn't mean you can slack off, though.
  • 7 7) University College London - 500
    stevecadman/Flickr
    Pretty much the same score is needed here. Keep working, guys.
  • 8 8) Bristol - 486
    James F Clay/Flickr
    This score is only just over the boundary of 4 As at A Level, which equals 480 points.
  • 9 9) Edinburgh - 482
    dun_deagh/Flickr
    With barely a squeak between this and Bristol, there's little to choose between them in terms of trickiness of getting in.
  • 10 10) Warwick - 480
    Ian Halsey/Flickr
    And finally the bottom of the bunch of this group of extremely competitive universities, Warwick comes in with a minimum of 4 As at A Level.
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