University Admissions Tests and Qualifications

Confused by university entry requirements and admissions tests? Worry not. The following are summaries of the qualifications most commonly used in the UK for entry to universities and other higher education providers.

Students are admitted to UK universities every year with many other qualifications and those with alternative post-16 qualifications should not be deterred from applying. All students should make sure that they meet or exceed the entry requirements for their course applications. If in any doubt contact the universities directly.

A Levels (General Certificate of Education Advanced Level)

Scottish (SQA) Highers


IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Admissions tests

Please note that these tests, and the universities that administer them, vary from year to year, and even within the year. The UCAS website has a definitive list.

LNAT (National Admissions Test for Law): entry to Law at universities including Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, SOAS, Glasgow, King's College London, Nottingham, Oxford and University College London.

MAT (Mathematics Aptitude Test): Mathematics courses and Computer Science courses at Oxford. 

STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper): Mathematics at Cambridge, Warwick, Bristol, Bath, Oxford and Imperial College London.

BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test): entry to some courses in Biomedical Sciences, Medicine and Veterinary Science at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Cambridge, Imperial College London, Keele, Lancaster, Leeds, Oxford, the Royal Veterinary College and University College London. 

GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test): Nottingham, Peninsula, St George's Hospital and Swansea Medical courses for graduate entry, and Peninsula also for the five-year Medical degree. 

HPAT (Health Professions Admission Test): Medicine at Ulster.

UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test): a Medical and Dental entry test is used by universities including Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee, Durham, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Hull York Medical School, Keele, King's College London, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Queen Mary, Queen's Belfast, Sheffielld, Southampton, St Andrews, St George's Hospital, Warwick.

TSA (Thinking Skills Assessment): some interviewees at Cambridge, Oxford and UCL may be required to take this test. 

BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test): Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biomedical Science and Dentistry courses at Cambridge and Oxford.

MML (Modern and Medieval Languages test): Modern Languages at Cambridge.  

Cambridge Law Test: Law at Cambridge.

CAT (Classics Admissio s Test): Classics at Oxford

ELAT (English Literature Admissions Test): English at Oxford.

HAT (History Aptitude Test): History and Joint History at Oxford. 

MLAT (Modern Languages Admissions Test): Modern Languages at Oxford.

OLAT (Oriental Languages Aptitude Test): Oriental Studies at Oxford.

PAT (Physics Aptitude Test): Engineering, Materials Science and Physics at Oxford.

PHIL (Philosophy Test): Philosophy and Theology at Oxford.

Other course providers have their own admissions test; see the UCAS website for a full list.

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