How Tough Are The Entry Requirements at Lancaster University?

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 applicant’s UCAS points in most cases, there are other ways to boost your score. BTECs, music exams and diplomas are among 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 - and student home - you'll love.

1) Oxford - 601

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) Cambridge – 571

 Again, 4 A*s at A level plus another 11 points. There's a reason these universities are so hard to get into.

3) Imperial College London – 566

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) London School of Economics – 532

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) Durham – 521

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) St Andrews - 516

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) University College London - 500

Pretty much the same score is needed here. Keep working, guys.

8) Bristol - 486

This score is only just over the boundary of 4 As at A Level, which equals 480 points.

9) Edinburgh - 482

With barely a squeak between this and Bristol, there's little to choose between them in terms of trickiness of getting in.
 

10) Warwick – 480

 

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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