School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

General undergraduate entry requirements

The following details our general entry requirements which cover most undergraduate programmes but please make sure to also check individual programmes for specific requirements.

We tend to refer to entry requirements in terms of standard British qualifications (e.g. A-levels) however, admissions tutors at Queen Mary are familiar with international qualifications and welcome applications from students with equivalent qualifications. 

The admissions information on this web page reflects our current standard admissions criteria (which does change from time to time) and supersedes any information in printed publications.

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Our A-level entrance requirements are typically based on 3 A-levels. The standard grades required are:

  • BSc/BEng programmes: ABB
  • MSci/MEng programmes: AAB.
In our offer, we may require particular grades in specific subjects. Our recommendations (in order, best first) are:
  1.  At least one subject in group A and one or two other subjects, ideally from groups B or C. Examples are: Computer Science, Maths & Business Studies or Maths, Design Technology & ICT.
  2.  Three subjects from group B: two or three from group B1 and up to one from group B2. Examples are: Geography, Economics & Politics or Biology, Chemistry & Psychology.
  3.  At least two subjects from group B with no more than one from group C. An example is: Economics, History & ICT.

A: Core subjects

Maths and further maths; Computer science / computing

B1: Supporting subject (science and technical)

Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Economics, Electronics, Physics, Psychology

B2: Supporting subjects (language skills)

English Literature, French, German, (Ancient) Greek, History, Latin, Philosophy, Politics, Religious studies, Spanish

C: Other acceptable subjects

ICT, Business studies, Design technology, Sociology; Especially for Creative Computing: Art, Drama, Music

For most computer science programmes, we accept a wide range of subjects. We welcome the new Computer Science school curricula (at both GCSE and A Level), but it is not necessary for you to have learnt programming before starting your degree studies: our first year programmes caters for all levels of previous experience, from accomplished programmers to complete novices. The skills required to be successful at Computer Science – logical reasoning, problem solving, resilience – can be developed though many subjects. Mathematics is important: you must meet our minimum requirements but more than this will help you succeed. Verbal reasoning and being able to express yourself in writing is also very important.

These guidelines are not definitive. We consider every application in detail, looking at your full academic record, including GCSEs. If you have written computer programs but not taken exams (for example, at a club) be sure to tell us about this in your personal statement. We make offers to all applicants who we believe will be adequately prepared for our programme, even if the A level subjects do not exactly match our recommendations.

GCSE: Minimum Maths and English Requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements in English and Maths. For UK applicants we require English Language GCSE minimum grade C (or 4) and Mathematics GCSE minimum grade B (or 5). We will also accept Core Maths (grade C) to meet the minimum maths requirement instead of GCSE grade B.

BTEC National Extended Diploma (180 Credits/ 1080 GLH)

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010) and the new BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) (from 2016) are accepted. See also

For computer science related programs, in addition to a minimum GCSE maths grade B:


Typical BSc Offer

Additional Recommendations

Information Technology (RQF, 2016)


We recommend applicants to choose programming units if possible.

Computing (RQF, 2016)


We recommend applicants to choose programming units if possible

For engineering programmes, our minimum maths requirements must be met and applicants will be required to pass an A level standard maths test .


Typical BSc Offer

Additional Recommendations

Engineering (RQF, 2016)


We recommend applicants to choose maths units

English Language

Students from non-English-speaking countries normally require IELTS (6.0 average) for admission. For more information on other English Language Qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

  • BSc/BEng: 32 points or above overall, with 3 subjects at Higher Level with 6,5,5 points
  • Msci/MEng: 34 points or above overall, with 3 subjects at Higher Level with 6,6,5 points

Some programmes require maths and science qualifications. Where these subjects are specified in the A-level requirements, they should be included (with at least five points at Higher level). Please see the individual programmes for specific requirements.

European Baccalaureate

You will need an award of EB at 80% or above overall.

Some programmes require maths and science qualifications. Where these subjects are specified in the A-level requirements, they should be included (at grade eight minimum). Please see the individual programmes for specific requirements.

Access to HE Diploma

We consider applicants who are studying Access to HE diploma (level 3) in the following - Computing, IT and Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

  • Entry will normally only be to our BEng or BSc programmes.
  • The typical offer is ‘Pass with a minimum of 45 level 3 credits including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or higher.

Extended Project Qualification

We welcome applicants with EPQ and may make more flexible offers to applicants offering an EPQ; see: the college's central web page for more information on EPQ

Foundation Programmes from other universities

We consider applicants who have completed foundation programmes related to Computer Science or Engineering at a recognized institution. These qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis. Students should be achieving very high grades in their studies. Entry will normally be to BEng or BSc

All applications should be made through UCAS before the 15th January UCAS deadline. Before a decision is made applicants may be invited to a Maths test at Queen Mary.

Advanced Entry

We consider applicants who have successfully completed their first year at another University, but entry into the second year is not always possible as courses often differ. We may request detailed information about your programme. Any advanced entry applications must be made through UCAS, with a reference from your current University before the 15th of January deadline.

Other qualifications

We accept a wide range of other qualifications, and will be happy to advise you on your circumstances. For information please contact us.