A level applicants
Most British applicants to Sussex offer a mix of A and AS level qualifications, but there is no set pattern in terms of what we expect. Most applicants will be offering at least three A levels (often combined with additional AS levels), but we treat each application on its individual merits and will be looking at the individual array of qualifications being presented. We also look at the spread of when qualifications are taken, and are most interested in results achieved within a single sitting (ie three or more A levels taken at the same time). However, where an applicant has achieved a top grade in a relevant A level taken early, some departments will reward this by adjusting the conditions of the offer. Similarly, the University is pleased to receive applications from students resitting A levels in order to improve their results.
We are pleased to consider applicants offering all A and AS level subjects, including those in applied areas, as well as the Double Award. We also welcome applications from students offering General Studies or Critical Thinking within their qualifications array, with the exception of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, run jointly with the University of Brighton.
Standard A level offers
When we make offers we will normally set conditions in terms of three A level grades (obviously adjusting these for students taking the Double Award). However, the variety and combinations of qualifications offered by different applicants, and the fact that we look at each application individually when setting conditions, makes it hard to state the ‘standard’ offer for any particular subject.
For each course accessible via Undergraduate study, we have simply given an indication of the likely level of the grades we would expect for a particular subject in terms of three A levels. This should give you an idea of the sort of results we look for from our successful applicants, but the conditions we actually set in a particular offer may vary. In addition, the typical offer levels shown indicate the anticipated offer level, on rare occasions this may be subject to change.
A* at A level
For most subjects, Sussex does not require A* at A level. However, we do have a few degree courses – for example the specialist Physics (research placement) degree – where we will expect applicants to be achieving this top level. In addition, we recognise the value of the A*, and achieving this grade may help you in meeting the conditions of an offer. For example, if you are asked to achieve AAB in your offer, we may make alternative conditions of A*BB in recognition of the high level of ability needed to achieve the A*.
The University makes offers in terms of overall A level results and does not set conditions in terms of the individual unit grades that make up a full A level. Although we may consider available unit grade information as part of the selection process (as we would GCSE and AS results), we will not be asking for particular unit grade results within the conditions of the offer. We may, however, refer to unit grades during the confirmation period (when the A level results are published) in reviewing the applications of students who have missed the conditions of their offer.
If you are in any doubt about the suitability of your combination of qualifications or have any other questions about our A level requirements, please telephone Undergraduate Admissions for advice T +44(0)1273 678416.
Typical A level offers and their equivalents
|A level grades as quoted in the subject areas accessible via Undergraduate study:|
|Advanced Diploma||Pass with grade A in the Diploma and A in the Additional and Specialist Learning||Pass with grade A in the Diploma and A in the Additional and Specialist Learning||Pass with grade B in the Diploma and A in the Additional and Specialist Learning||Pass with grade B in the Diploma and B in the Additional and Specialist Learning|
|BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma||DDD||DDD||DDM||DDM|
|European Baccalaureate||Pass with overall result of 85%||Pass with overall result of 80%||Pass with overall result of 77%||Pass with overall result of 75%|
|International Baccalaureate (IBD)||Pass IBD with an overall score of 36 points||Pass IBD with an overall score of 35 points||Pass IBD with an overall score of 34 points||Pass IBD with an overall score of 32 points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma||Pass the core plus AA in the options||Pass the core plus AA in the options||Pass the core plus AB in the options||Pass the core plus BB in the options|