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Durham University

Supported Progression

SP Subject Specific Requirements

In addition to the eligibility and selection criteria, certain subjects have specific requirements that applicants should be aware of. In all cases, SP students are expected to be taking three or more subjects at A level (or equivalent). So the subjects below are to be seen as included within your overall portfolio i.e. if your subject requires one specific A level, you will still be expected to be taking three or more overall.

Please note:

  • blank boxes mean there are not currently any specific subjects required for SP
  • these requirements are based on the University's requirements for 2020 entry and are subject to change for 2021 entry.
SP Subject Required subjects and/or grades for SP
Ancient History & Classics
Biosciences Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology at A-level, or equivalent, plus another science subject (Psychology, Maths and Geography count as a science) at A-level, or equivalent.

Maths at A level OR Grade 7 or above in Maths GCSE OR Grade B or above in the Core Maths Qualification

Chemistry Maths and Chemistry at A level (or equivalent).
Computer Science Maths at A level (or equivalent).
Criminology & Sociology
Earth Sciences At least two science subjects, which can include Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Geography, Economics, Biology, and Psychology. Biology and Psychology taken together count as one science A level and another science is also needed.
Economics Maths at A level (or equivalent).
Education Studies
Engineering Maths and Physics at A level or equivalent.
English Literature English Literature (or combined English Language and Literature) A level (or equivalent) for this subject.
Geography At least one science subject (Geography is accepted as a science) if you wish to pursue the BSc (physical).
History History at A level (Ancient History does not count in lieu of ‘History’).
Mathematics Maths and Further Maths at A level (or equivalent).
Modern Languages and Cultures French, German, or Spanish at A level (or equivalent).
Music Music at A level (or equivalent) OR if I you are not taking Music, you will be expected to have or be working toward ABRSM Grader VIII Theory. Please contact us for advice.
Physics Maths and Physics at A level (or equivalent).

Must be taking at least one Humanities or Social Science subject at A level, or equivalent, This includes:

Ancient History, Anthropology, Business, Business Studies, Classical Civilisation, Classical Greek, Classical Studies, Economics, Economics and Business, English Language, English Language and Literature, English Literature, Geography, History, Languages (any), Music, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, and Sociology.

Please note this does not currently include Government and Politics at A level.

Primary Education Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and a Science subject at GCSE (or equivalent).
Psychology 5 (or grade B) in GCSE Maths (or equivalent).
Sport Please note you do not need to have Sport or PE at A level for this subject.
Theology & Religion