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Competition for places at Russell Group universities is generally high so you will want to familiarise yourself with the entry requirements for any programmes you are interested in at an early stage. See the courses information on our university websites (right) to see what grades are expected or see the UCAS course search to check any subject or grade requirements for programmes which interest you.

If university applications are still a little way off, it is still important to be aware – at least in a fairly general way – of likely entry requirements for different subject areas and to consider the implications of these for your pre-university subject choices. Admissions officers from Russell Group universities and the Institute of Careers Guidance have used their combined experience of supporting university applicants to put together some helpful guidance on Making Sensible Choices  to support you with this task.

Remember that universities will also want to hear about your non-academic achievements and to understand the motivation behind your choice of programme. In a competitive environment, what you tell us in the personal statement part of your UCAS application often plays an important part in enabling admissions tutors to decide which of many equally well-qualified candidates will be best placed to succeed on their programme.

There are also many other helpful resources, designed to support you with the important and exciting challenge of choosing the right university and right programme for you. You will find links to some of them below:

University and higher education


Times/Sunday Times University Guide

Guardian University Guide