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The University of Warwick is a popular destination for American students choosing to study overseas. We welcome applications for our Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research courses. If you need any advice or guidance on the qualifications below, our North America Team are here to help. Contact them at northamerica@warwick.ac.uk 

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)

For applicants who would like to apply for our IFP, we would require you to achieve the US High School Diploma, with a overall GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 in the final year.

Undergraduate Courses (2022 entry)

2022 entry requirement equivalencies should be taken as indicative of typical minimum entry requirements for 2023 entry.

Throughout our website and prospectus you will find our A Level and GCSE requirements which vary by course. For applicants who are studying or have completed the US High School Diploma at an accredited school within the US, we typically require qualifications which are the equivalent of:

  • 3 A Levels (at scores such as A*, A, B)

and

  • GCSE English and Mathematics/Science (at scores such as A or 7, B or 6, C or 4)
Equivalent qualifications to 3 A Levels

Our A Level requirements can typically be met through a combination of:

  • 3 AP Tests or SAT Subject Tests (taken prior to cancellation in 2021) in separate subjects (including any subject requirements) plus completion of the High School Diploma (for which we do not require a specific GPA)

We can accept any combination of these requirements, for example 1 AP test and 2 SAT Subject Tests. These exams will be considered when taken within the past 4 years before enrolling on your chosen course.

Some of our courses will consider applicants substituting a maximum of 1 honors class or 1 college level class in place of 1 AP test / SAT Subject Test (except for meeting subject specific requirements). For example, some of our courses may consider an applicant with 1 AP test, 1 SAT Subject Test, plus 1 honors or college level class (all in separate subjects, and with any subject specific requirements met through the AP test or SAT Subject Test).

Due to the volume of applications we receive, combined with the vast range in schools and grading scales across the US, we cannot provide pre-application confirmation as to whether specific departments and courses will consider a specific honors or college level class in place of an AP test or SAT Subject Test. Consideration of applicants presenting an honors or college level class in substitution of an AP test or SAT Subject Test will be on a case by case basis after the application is received. For the most selective courses, preference is likely to be given to applicants presenting a full suite of 3 AP tests or SAT Subject Tests.

It is not necessary to have taken a full suite of AP tests or honors/college level classes at the time of application. Applicants who will be taking these tests or classes in their senior year and are on track to achieve the scores detailed below will be eligible to apply.

The typical scores that we consider equivalent to 3 A Levels are::

A-Level Requirements AP Equivalency SAT Subject Test (SAT II) Equivalency
A*A*A* 5, 5, 5 720, 720, 720
A*A*A 5, 5, 5 720, 720, 700
A*AA 5, 5, 5 720, 700, 700
AAA 5, 5, 5 700, 700, 700
AAB 5, 5, 4 700, 700, 650
ABB 5, 4, 4 700, 650, 650

For applicants aiming to substitute 1 honors class or 1 college level class in place of 1 AP or SAT Subject Test (excluding those for which there is a subject specific requirement), the typical scores that we consider equivalent to 1 A Level are:

A-Level Requirements Honors Class Equivalency* College Level Class Equivalency**
A* A+ A+
A A A / A-
B A- / B+ / B B+ / B / B-

*High School honors classes should be names as 'honors', 'hons' or 'college prep' (or abbreviations thereof) on the high school transcript.

**College level classes should be in a named academic subject (rather than practical or recreational) and must be the equivalent of 3 units/credits or 1 semester in length.

What do we mean by "separate subjects"?

Please note that when we say ‘separate subjects’ we mean for example, AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC would not count as two separate subjects because they are both Mathematics. Similarly, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics would not count as two separate subjects.

Subject Specific Requirements

No specific AP tests or SAT Subject Tests will be required for courses that do not have specific A Level or GCSE requirements. Specific AP tests and SAT Subject Tests required for courses that have specific A Level requirements or GCSE requirements at scores of A or 7 (or above) are detailed below as per 2021 entry. Please note that our academic departments review entry requirements at the beginning of the application cycle, after UCAS opens but before they issue decisions on applications. For this reason, we are not fully able to confirm requirements in advance of accepting applications and variations from 2021 requirements may occur. 2021 entry requirements should be taken as indicative of likely requirements for 2022 entry.

Mathematics Requirements  

Departments and courses

Mathematics requirements

Not acceptable as alternatives

Warwick Business School (BSc Accounting & Finance only)

AP Calculus AB at grade 5 or

AP Calculus BC at grade 5

SAT Subject Test in Maths 1

SAT Subject Test in Maths 2

Department of Computer Science (all courses)

AP Calculus BC at grade 5 or

SAT Subject Test in Maths 2 at grade 720

SAT Subject Test in Maths 1

AP Calculus AB

Department of Economics (all courses)

AP Calculus AB at grade 5 or

AP Calculus BC at grade 5 or

SAT Subject Test in Maths 2 at grade 720

SAT Subject Test in Maths 1

School of Engineering (all courses)

AP Calculus AB at grade 5 or

AP Calculus BC at grade 5 or

SAT Subject Test in Maths 2 at grade 700

SAT Subject Test in Maths 1

Warwick Mathematics Institute (all courses)

AP Calculus BC at grade 5 + STEP, MAT or TMUA (see below)

SAT Subject Test in Maths 1

SAT Subject Test in Maths 2

AP Calculus AB

Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE)

AP Calculus AB at grade 5 or

AP Calculus BC at grade 5 or

SAT Subject Test in Maths 2 at grade 650

SAT Subject Test in Maths 1

Department of Physics (all courses)

AP Calculus BC at grade 5

SAT Subject Test in Maths 1

SAT Subject Test in Maths 2

AP Calculus AB

Department of Statistics (all courses)

AP Calculus BC at grade 5

SAT Subject Test in Maths 1

SAT Subject Test in Maths 2

AP Calculus AB

All courses in Warwick Mathematics Institute will require STEP, MAT or TMUA in addition to AP Calculus BC at grade 5. These tests are available internationally and do not require travel to the UK. For further information visit:

Physics Requirements

Departments and courses

Physics requirements

Not acceptable as alternatives

School of Engineering (all courses)

Physics AP tests at grade 5

(in any of the Physics subjects)

SAT Subject Test in Physics

Department of Physics (all courses)

Both AP Physics C: Mechanics and AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism at grade 5

(in this case, the two Physics C AP tests would be considered as two separate subjects)

SAT Subject Test in Physics

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2

Specific AP tests or SAT Subject Tests may be required for courses that have other specific A Level or GCSE subject requirements. To find out more email the North America team at northamerica@warwick.ac.uk and detail:

  • Grades of AP tests and SAT Subject Tests that you’ve completed
  • AP tests and SAT Subject Tests that you plan to take
  • Undergraduate course(s) or subject areas that you’re interested in applying to
Equivalent qualifications to GCSE English and Mathematics/Science

All courses require applicants to possess a minimum level of competence in the English Language and in Mathematics/Science. These minimum requirements depend on the course that you are applying for and are listed as a GCSE or an equivalent qualification in English and Mathematics. More information can be found on our admissions pages, but for students from the USA we would typically require one of the following:

  • ACT Composite Score of 28 or 29 (depending on the course)

or

  • SAT-R at a score of 1340/1600 with no less than 540 in any subject

or

  • Grade 12 English and Mathematics/Science classes (as part of the US High School Diploma) at scores of B or above as an equivalent to GCSE scores of B; or at scores of C or above as an equivalent to GCSE scores of C

For students outside the USA these minimum requirements can also be fulfilled by other international qualifications. You might also wish to consult our English Language requirements pages for more information.

Non-Standard Qualifications

Although these are Warwick's typical entry requirements, we may be able to consider students studying other qualification mixes. To find out if you are eligible for consideration please email northamerica@warwick.ac.uk with your qualifications, your degree programme of interest and information about the qualifications/subjects available at your school.

Postgraduate Taught Courses

To be considered for a Master’s degree at Warwick you typically need to achieve (or be studying towards achieving) a Bachelor’s degree (120 credits) with a minimum average overall grade. On our website we list Bachelor’s requirements in UK terminology. This typically translates to:

UK Requirement

Typical US Requirement (from a GPA scale of 4.0 or 4.3)

First Class Honours Bachelor's Degree (also known as a First) Bachelor's degree with a minimum overall cGPA of 3.7 or above
Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor's Degree (also known as a 2:i or 2:1)* Bachelor's degree with a minimum overall cGPA of 3.3 or above*
Lower Second Class Honours Bachelor's Degree (also known as a 2:ii or 2:2) Bachelor's degree with a minimum overall cGPA of 3.0 or above

*An Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor’s degree (or 2:i or 2:1) is required for the majority of our Master’s degrees. Only a few departments require a higher grade or will accept a lower grade.

For courses that require a ‘High 2:1’, grade requirements would typically range from midway and upwards between the minimum grades stated between a 2:1 and a First. Similarly, for courses that require a ‘High 2:2’, grade requirements would typically range from midway and upwards between the minimum grades stated between a 2:2 and 2:1.

Should you wish to check on the specific equivalencies for your institution, please contact the North America Team.

Personal Statements and Recommendation Letters are also essential components of the application. More details are available via:

Postgraduate Research Courses

To be considered for a PhD at Warwick you typically need to achieve (or be studying towards achieving) a Master’s degree from a recognised US institution. For most departments, identifying a potential supervisor to discuss research interests and developing a Research Proposal is an essential component of the application. The Personal Statement and Recommendation Letters are also essential components of the application. More details are available via: