Coronavirus information and guidance

Entry requirements

Sitting exams in 2020-2021

Information on sitting exams in 2020-2021 for applicants who were unable to sit exams in summer 2020 due to Covid-19.

The University of St Andrews offers a variety of flexible entry options in order to ensure our doors remain open to all students, regardless of background or personal circumstances.

Although entry to St Andrews is competitive, we recognise a range of different qualifications and consider all aspects of your application, including context, your personal statement and references. Grades alone will not guarantee you admission, and actual offers may be higher or lower than the listed minimum grades required by each programme.

We have clarified our entry requirements for applicants living in the UK and applying for 2020 entry. More information about our entry requirements can be found in academic entry explained and UK-based applicants can use our indicator to see which set of entry requirements they need to look at. All non-UK based applicants should look at our standard academic entry requirements.

The University also offers alternative entry routes for applicants who come from areas where we receive limited applications and who are unable to obtain the required grades, or for those who are returning to education after an extended period of time.

Alternative entry routes for Scottish students

There are several alternative entry routes available for students presenting Access criteria.

Entry requirements by country

Please select your country from the A–Z list below to view the entry requirements and further information on academic and English language entry requirements, along with tuition fee guidance.

You may also satisfy entry requirements with other equivalent qualifications. If your qualifications are not published here, please email Admissions at