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Durham University


Admissions policy

Our Admissions Policy is based on the core principles of fairness, transparency, consistency and operating a professional admissions process.

Our aim is to operate a fair and transparent admissions process to select the most able and motivated applicants who can best benefit from a Durham University education. Every application is important to us and we welcome applications from all students irrespective of background.

Multiple factors are taken into account by our admissions selectors to identify the most able candidates. These factors include (1) A-Level (or equivalent) grades; (2) GCSE (or equivalent) grades; (3) the personal statement; (4) the reference; (5) the development of study skills; (6) motivation for the degree programme applied for; (7) independence of thought and working; (8) skills derived from non-academic extra-curricular activities such as engagement in sport, the arts or voluntary and community work; and (9) contextual consideration of merit and potential.

Durham University is a hugely popular choice for prospective students and as a result we receive considerably more high quality applications than the places we have available. In some subjects Durham is now as competitive as Oxbridge for entry and in many subjects three As is the minimum entry qualification. If students do not apply they will not gain entry, so even though it is competitive the most able students from all schools are strongly encouraged to apply and compete for entry.

Information on Durham's admissions policy is available publicly. For more information please visit: Undergraduate Admissions Policy

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