The University of Southampton

We accept a range of qualifications at the appropriate academic level. The Engineering Foundation Year offers students without the standard entry requirements the opportunity to access our BSc/BEng courses.

Southampton University ECS entry requirements
A levels

For direct entry to all our three or four year degree courses starting in 2018, we require passes in three subjects at A level. Specific subject requirements vary for different courses, and are often one grade higher for our four year Masters courses.

For MEng courses:

  • Aerospace Electronic Engineering: A*AA, including Mathematics and Physics. In some cases, Physics may be substituted by Further Mathematics or Electronics
  • Biomedical Electronic Engineering: A*AA, including Mathematics and Physics. In some cases, Physics may be substituted by Chemistry, Further Mathematics or Biology
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering: A*AA, including Mathematics
  • Electrical Engineering: A*AA, including Mathematics and Physics. In some cases, Physics may be substituted by Further Mathematics or Electronics
  • Electronic Engineering: A*AA including Mathematics and Physics. Physics may be substituted by Further Mathematics, Computer Science, or Electronics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering: A*AA, including Mathematics and Physics. In some cases, Physics may be substituted by Further Mathematics or Electronics
  • Mechatronic Engineering: A*AA, including Mathematics and Physics. In some cases, Physics may be substituted by Further Mathematics or Electronics

For BSc/BEng courses:

  • Aerospace Electronic Engineering: AAA, including Mathematics and Physics. In some cases, Physics may be substituted by Further Mathematics or Electronics
  • Biomedical Electronic Engineering: AAA, including Mathematics and Physics. In some cases, Physics may be substituted by Chemistry, Further Mathematics or Biology
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering: A*AA, including Mathematics
  • Electrical Engineering: AAA, including A in Mathematics and A in Physics
  • Electronic Engineering: AAA including Mathematics and Physics. Physics may be substituted by Further Mathematics, Computer Science, or Electronics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering: AAA including Mathematics and Physics. In some cases, Physics may be substituted by Further Mathematics or Electronics
  • Mechatronic Engineering: AAA, including A in Mathematics and A in Physics
BTEC Extended Diploma (IT Practitioners, level 3)

Our typical offers are:

  • Computer Science and Software Engineering: Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction plus A in A level Maths
  • Electrical Engineering: BEng: Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction in all relevant subjects plus A in A level Maths, MEng: Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction plus A in A Level Maths
  • Electronic Engineering: BEng: Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction in all relevant subjects plus A in A level Maths, MEng: Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction plus A in A Level Maths
  • Mechatronic Engineering: BEng: Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction in all relevant subjects plus A in A level Maths, MEng: Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction plus A in A Level Maths
BTEC Diploma (IT Practitioners, level 2)

Our typical offers are:

  • Computer Science and Software Engineering: Two Distinctions* plus A in A level Maths
  • Electrical Engineering: BEng: Two Distinctions in all relevant subjects plus A in A level Maths and Physics, MEng: Distinction*,  Distinction plus A in A level Maths and Physics
  • Electronic Engineering: Two Distinctions in all relevant subjects plus A in A level Maths
  • Mechatronic Engineering: BEng: Two Distinctions in all relevant subjects plus A in A level Maths and Physics, MEng: Distinction*,  Distinction plus A in A level Maths and Physics
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (IT Practitioners, level 1)

Our typical offers are:

  • Computer Science and Software Engineering: Distinction* in BTEC plus grades AA at A level, including A level Maths
  • Electrical Engineering: Distinction in all relevant subjects plus A in A level Maths and Physics
  • Electronic Engineering: Distinction in all relevant subjects plus A in A level Maths and Physics
  • Mechatronic Engineering: Distinction in all relevant subjects plus A in A level Maths and Physics
International Baccalaureate (IB)

We welcome students with the International Baccalaureate. Our typical offers are:

  • Computer Science and Software Engineering: 38 points, 18 at higher level, including 6 in maths
  • Electrical, Electronic and Mechatronic related programmes: BEng: 36 points, MEng: 38 points, 18 at higher level, including 6 in maths and 6 in physics 
Transfer Students

If you are currently studying at another University and wish to transfer to one of our courses this may be possible. However all transfers are required to hold pre-University qualifications that are comparable to our normal offers, and students wishing to transfer into Part II must also be able to demonstrate good performance on a compatible Part I course. 

GCSEs

If you are a UK applicant, you should also have GCSE grades A-C in English, and also in Mathematics for the majority of our programmes.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way may be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

International applications

We welcome applications from international students with good qualifications for any of our courses. All applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Depending on your academic background and achievements, we may also be able to accept you as a visiting student, or allow you direct entry into the second year of a degree courses.

If you have not studied science-based subjects to the required standard, you should consider our four-year courses which include the a Foundation Year

If English is not your first language, you will need to have already reached a satisfactory standard in an approved test in English. For undergraduate programees we would ask for IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each competency. For more information on this and other accepted English language tests, please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_language.

Mature students

Applications from mature students (over 21 years in the October of the year of entry) are welcome. Applications will be considered on an individual basis. Contact us for advice.

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If you have any queries about your qualifications, the course requirements or the application process, please contact our admissions team before you submit your application.

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