If you know what you want to study at university

First check the entrance requirements on university websites, or on our course chooser.

'I want to be a doctor but because I chose to do physics, biology and maths A levels I found I was limited to applying to the few medical schools who don’t insist on chemistry.' Alex, year 12 student from London.

  • Some medicine, veterinary science and certain engineering courses may, for example, require three specific subjects.

For most other courses you won’t necessarily need to have studied three facilitating subjects at A level.

  • Some courses require one or two facilitating subjects, while for other courses there are no specific subject requirements.
  • Some universities publish a list of preferred A level subjects which are acceptable for general admission, as well as specific requirements for individual courses. Do your research!

If you have a specific career in mind, check to see if you will need particular A level subjects.

  • Look at the job profiles on the National Careers Service site, or our career profiles, to find out more.

Remember – if you have a specific degree course in mind

  • You need to check the entry requirements.
  • Some university courses are very particular about the A Level subjects required – other degree subjects are very flexible.
  • Don’t be afraid to email or telephone the universities during year 11 to ask for their advice about the subjects required for a course you are interested in. Get in touch with the universities' Admissions Offices or the Schools Liaison Teams.