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Choosing your uni for 2015

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Narrowing down your choice of University

Choosing which university to go to can be a daunting task, after all, they all look amazing when you compare their websites and prospectus. But your university is going to be your home for the next three or four years so it’s important to be as sure as you can that you’re making the right choice

You can create a shortlist of potential universities by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Which universities offer the course I want to do?
  • Which courses offer modules that I’m interested in?
  • Does the location of the university suit me? (E.g. rural or city? Home or far away?)
  • Does the university have a good academic reputation?
  • Does the university offer opportunities for sports and social activities?

How do you know what university offers are likely to be?

Article _choosingyouruni 02Although there are the university league tables that you can look at we’ve got the only comparison table for how universities make their offers.

We’ve also got information on everything from crafting the personal statement to what to expect at a university open day.

How grades equate with UCAS points

The first thing to do when figuring out whether you’ll meet the grades required by your top choice universities is to convert your target grades into UCAS points using the table below:

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University points tables

Now you know the points you’ll have if you meet, or exceed, your predicted grades you’ll be able to see which universities are likely to accept you. 

Russell Group
University Points min Points max
Oxford University 360 400
University College London 360 400
University of Warwick 340 400
University of Cambridge 380 380
Imperial College, London 360 380
University of Durham 340 380
King's College London 340 380
London School of Economics 340 380
University of Bristol 320 380
University of Exeter 320 380
University of Edinburgh 260 360
University of Leeds 360 360
University of York 340 260
University of Birmingham 320 360
Cardiff University 320 360
University of Liverpool 320 360
University of Manchester 320 360
University of Sheffield 320 360
University of Southampton 320 360
Newcastle University 320 360
University of Nottingham 320 360
Queen Mary, University of London 320 360
Queen's University Belfast 300 340
University of Glasgow 320 340


Alliance Group
University Points min Points max
University of Huddersfield 280 360
Northumbria University 280 340
University of West England 300 320
Bournemouth University 280 320
Oxford Brookes University 280 320
Plymouth University 280 320
University of Salford 280 320
University of Hertfordshire 280 300
Sheffield Hallam University 280 300
Cardiff Metropolitan University 240 300
Nottingham Trent University 240 300
University of Portsmouth 240 360
University of Lincoln 280 280
Liverpool John Moores University 260 280
Coventry University 240 280
Kingston University 240 280
Manchester Metropolitan University 240 280
Teesside University 240 280
University of Southampton 320 360
University of Greenwich 260 300
University of South Wales ---- ---

Million+ Group
University Points min Points max
Bath Spa University 260 320
Abertay University 260 300
University of Bolton 240 300
University of Sunderland 220 300
Edinburgh Napier University 240 280
London Metropolitan University 240 280
Staffordshire University 240 280
Middlesex University 200 280
Anglia Ruskin University 160 260
University of the West of Scotland 140 260
University of Cumbria 240 240
University of East London 240 240
University of Bedfordshire 200 240
University of West London 200 240
London South Bank University 200 260
Canterbury Christ Church University --- ---


University Points min Points max
City University 340 360
University of Strathclyde 320 360
University of Winchester 280 360
Brunel University 320 360
University of Dundee 320 340
Aston University 300 340
University of Kent 300 340
University of Hull 280 340
Swansea University 280 340
Aberystwyth University 240 340
Glasgow School of Art 320 320
Heriot-Watt University 320 320
The College of Law 320 320
University of Brighton 300 320
University of Gloucestershire 280 320
Heythrope College, University of London 280 320
Roehampton University 240 320
Aberdeen University 300 300
Keele University 300 300
Liverpool Hope University 300 300
Edge Hill University 280 300
Bangor University 260 300
University of Buckingham 260 300
University of Northampton 260 300
University of Chester 240 300
Royal Agricultural College 240 300
University of Ulster 240 300
University of Worcester 240 300
Newman University, Birmingham 280 280
Norwich University of the Arts 280 280
University of Stirling 280 280
University of Westminster 240 280
University of Chichester 220 280
Buckinghamshire New University 200 280
Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts 180 280
Queen Margaret University Edinbrugh 160 280
LCA Business School, London 260 260
Robert Gordon University 240 260
York St John University 200 260
University of the Highlands and the Islands 160 260
University of Wales Trinity St David 120 260
European Business School London 240 240
Glyndwr University 240 240
University for the Creative Arts 220 240
Southampton Solent University 200 240
Swansea Metropolitan University 200 240


Of course, the traditionally high achieving Russell Group universities require the highest minimum grades in order to be made an offer.

Other major university groups, for example and Million+ group are spread throughout the tables so you’ll find they require lower minimum grades to be made an offer.

University grades table

The nitty gritty – how this data was collected

To put our table together we looked at the current entry requires for five courses at each university, spread between arts courses, humanities, and the sciences (for example, English, Maths, Business, Biology, and History).

This data showed that:

  • If you are expected to get three A* grades you could be accepted into any university in the table
  • If you are expected to get BBB you could get into a Russell Group university, but are more likely to be offered a place at a middle level institution
  • If you are expected to achieve lower than CCC you still have several choices of lower level universities offering around 180-220 UCAS points

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UCAS Points TableSome important notes

Although we’re sure you’ll find this table useful you should remember that it’s only a guide and you’ll need to check the individual requirements of the universities that you’re applying to.

You might find it tricky to locate the entry requirements so it’s worth contacting them directly by email or telephone to double check you have the right information.

On A Level results day if you find yourself with 20 to 40 points lower than you expected check your UCAS page before giving up hope of being made an offer. If your chosen university liked your personal statement and you’ve made a good impression you could still be accepted.


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