Entry Requirements

What do I need to get in?

Admissions tutors don’t just look at exam grades. Instead we look primarily at the individual. Written work samples and references are all critical for assessing each applicant’s potential to flourish in our rigorous academic environment. However we place far more importance on meeting candidates directly through open days and interviews with senior academic staff. Many of our successful candidates will achieve AAA “A” level grades or 36 points at IB Diploma (or equivalent). However, we have accepted candidates with AAB and ABB “A” level grades on the basis that we believe in their potential, which otherwise might not have been reflected in their one-off performance in an exam room.

To enrol for the University of London degree, you will have to produce evidence that you meet the University of London entrance requirements. In practice the College’s entrance requirements exceed these requirements in nearly every case so this is not usually an issue.

As a very general guide, the College regards the following qualifications as approximately equivalent to AAA at A-level or 36 points at IB Diploma. We can also assess almost all international qualifications not listed here:

A-level

AAA and five GCSEs, however, we have accepted candidates with AAB and ABB “A” level grades on the basis that we believe in their potential, which otherwise might not have been reflected in their one-off performance in an exam room.

IB Diploma

36 points (including core points) with 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level. There are many parallels between our ethos and that of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme making NCH an excellent choice for IB students looking to continue their studies at degree level. The NCH curriculum reflects the broader syllabus studied through the IB hexagon and provides the opportunity for students to continue studying a variety of disciplines.

Pre-U

D3D3D3

Scottish Highers

AAABB (AA at Advanced Highers)

European Baccalaureate

85% overall

Advanced Placements

555

Belgian Certificat d’Enseignement 

18

French Baccalaureate

Overall score of 15, or 14 if taken with the International Option

German Abitur

1.3 overall

Irish Leaving Certificate

AAAAAB at Higher/Honours Level

Italian Esame di Stato

Average score of 95

Spanish Título de Bachillerato

Overall score of 9

Swiss Certificat de Maturité

Overall mark of 5

Additional subject specific requirements

Economics BSc

A-Level Mathematics, preferably Higher Level in Mathematics although we will consider students with Standard Level Mathematics or Mathematical Studies in the IB Diploma, or completion of an NCH summer Mathematics course.

English BA

A-level English or Higher Level English in the IB Diploma.

Politics BSc

GCSE Maths with a minimum grade of C