Wales

This page outlines the entrance requirements for students who normally live in Wales and wish to study at the University of St Andrews. This includes the academic and English language requirements, as well as information on fees, scholarships and visas.

Undergraduate - academic requirements

If you are interested in undergraduate study at St Andrews, you must meet the University's entrance requirements as outlined below.

  • A-level candidates are expected to obtain grades ranging from AAB to AAA. Candidates are strongly encouraged to 'cash-in' AS-level grades and report them on their UCAS application form. The University will consider applicants with A* grade A-level qualifications on an individual basis.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate awards until 2017 are expected to obtain a Pass at Core Certificate (level 3) plus AA at A-level.  

    Candidates from 2018 onwards are expected to obtain a grade equivalent to the requirement for A-levels (or equivalent). If the A-level requirement is AAB, candidates should obtain at least A in the Baccalaureate plus AB at A-level or B in the Baccalaureate plus AA at A-level.

    The University will not accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as part or in place of any subject-specific requirement.

  • International Baccalaureate candidates are expected to obtain scores ranging from 35 to 38 points, with the majority of offers for subjects in the Faculty of Arts and Medicine being at the upper end of this range or higher.
  • European Baccalaureate candidates are expected to obtain scores above 80% and offers may ask for specific grades in relevant subjects.

We do not require a minimum number of GCSE A* grades from our candidates, but the overall number will be a factor when reviewing the annual applicant pool.

You will also be expected to meet the entrance requirements set by the relevant Faculty for your programme of study. 

Applicants to Medicine should refer directly to the School of Medicine or the International Foundation Programme for Medicine.

This information is for general guidance; we consider each application on its own merits, as outlined in the admissions policy.

Postgraduate - academic requirements

Postgraduate candidates will be expected to hold a GPA of 3.6 or above or a good first degree with Honours (at least 2.1) from a recognised UK university or equivalent.

Postgraduate entrance requirements may be higher depending on the School and the programme you wish to study. For more information please contact the international team in Admissions by emailing pgrecruitment@st-andrews.ac.uk

The degree of MD (Medicine) requires a medical qualification that is recognised by the UK General Council.

This information is for general guidance; we consider each application on its own merits, as outlined in the admissions policy.

English language requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at St Andrews.

We accept a wide range of language tests and qualifications as proof of English language proficiency. If you were educated outside the UK and/or use English as an additional language, you should include information about your English language proficiency with your application.

Undergraduate English language requirements

For full information about the language tests and qualifications that the University accepts for undergraduate applicants, please see the English language requirements for undergraduates.

Postgraduate English language requirements

For information on the language tests and qualifications which the University accepts for postgraduate students, please see the the English language requirements for postgraduates.

Pre-sessional courses

In order to fully prepare yourself for academic study, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses. These combine language development with academic skills and orientation and provide an excellent introduction to university life.

It may be a condition of your offer that you are required to take a 10-week or 4-week pre-sessional course.

You can find out more about pre-sessional courses in the pre-sessional courses section.

Visas and English language proficiency

Overseas students typically need a visa to study in the UK. See the visa section below to find out more about the English language proficiency tests required to obtain a visa.

Fees and funding

Undergraduate

Undergraduate applicants to the University of St Andrews are classed as either Home (Scotland and the EU), RUK (rest of the UK) or Overseas for fees purposes. Information regarding fee status can be found on the UKCISA website. UKCISA is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of students and those who work with them.

The current tuition fees for undergraduate students, as well as more information about financial assistance, can be found on the undergraduate tuition fees pages. To find out more about the scholarships available to undergraduate students, take a look at the undergraduate scholarships page.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate applicants to the University of St Andrews are classed as either Home (EU) or Overseas for fees purposes. Information regarding fee status can be found on the UKCISA website. UKCISA is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of students and those who work with them.

The current tuition fees for postgraduate students, as well as information about financial assistance can be found on the postgraduate fees and funding page. For information on postgraduate funding and scholarships, take a look at the postgraduate scholarships page.