Access to the University

Access to the University depends on the results obtained in the AS/ A Level exams to be taken at the end of each of the courses that make up the baccalaureate, Year 12 – Year 13.

At this level, approved subjects or subjects are considered those with a grade of A, B, C, D and E.

In general, for University access in the UK, depending on universities and/or faculties, are necessary at least two approved subjects of the GCE (General Certifíícate of Education).

However, in many cases, among which are the most recognized universities, at least three approved subjects with a B rating or higher are required.

With the intention of unifying criteria, in the United Kingdom, the score obtained according to the “TABLE OF UCAS POINTS” which assigns a numerical assessment to the scores obtained in the AS/A2 exams.

On the other hand, access to the Spanish Universities requires obtaining a numerical qualification from 0 to 14.

The final grade thus obtained allows access to the different university studies according to the cutting notes that are established in each case.

University access to Spanish universities for students who have studied in foreign centres of education systems belonging to the EU, also requires obtaining a numerical note.

This can be obtained by two ways: University access for EU students or by taking the Selectivity exam.

Access to college
EU students

No Selectivity exam required

Aimed at students who have studied in foreign centres (belonging to the EU), they are required to meet the same academic requirements as they allow university entry in countries or educational systems of origin, in this case the Kingdom Kingdom.

As in the United Kingdom, this route means that the student can access the University directly.

To homogenize the criteria required between the British Universities themselves, the UCAS POINTS TABLE is used, which assigns a numerical value to the grades, from A* to E.

The requirements for university access require a minimum number of A Levels of two with an E (pass) rating, and 140 UCAS points (equivalent to a final rating of 5 in the Spanish system – minimum aprobative).

This equivalence is made using the above table as a reference.

College access
via selectivity

The preparation of the Selectivity exam is carried out in the last high school years (Year 12 and Year 13) and without interfering with the preparation of the A Levels exams.

Students who have passed a minimum of two GCE subjects – A Levels- (taken in KS5) plus five subjects of the GCSE/IGCSE (taken in KS4) meet the requirements for obtaining, through the approval procedure, the Spanish graduate degree.

At the end of Year 13 and being in possession of the Bachelor’s degree, students can take the Selectivity – Science or Humanities, Arts, Health or Scientific-Technological modality.

Access to the university with British Schools Group

Key Stage 5 Rating and Ratings System

The British College ratings system is based on the system used in the UK.

The note scales of the A Levels are as follows: from A* to U, with A* being the maximum grade and E being the minimum pass. The U-note is a suspense.

In Spain, among the following subjects, students must present at a maximum of 4 A Level and a minimum of 3:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Business Studies
  • Maths
  • French
  • Geography
  • Spanish
  • Computer Science
  • Psychology

A Levels are configured in two phases:

  1. AS – exams are normally held in Year 12, although it can also be done in Year 13
  2. A2 – exams are normally held in Year 13

In the subjects of Italian, Art and English Language & Literature, the A Level exam is taken directly at the end of Year 13.

Students have two options to upload their General Phase Note by up to 4 additional points (in the Specific Phase):

Automatic conversion of the two specific A Levels (verified by Spanish universities).

Each A Level has the value of up to 2 points. The note obtained in the A Level of the subject related to the path of the selected University Degree is converted according to the following table:

UCAS Points
A Level ratingA Level LevelsAS ratingAS levels

Two Specific Phase subjects (PCE UNED tests) directly related to the chosen career. Each subject has a value of up to 2 points.

The grade obtained from the Specific Phase exam will be multiplied by 0.1 or 0.2, depending on the affinity with the University Degree to which you want to access.

The A Level notes are subsequently converted into a Note of up to 10 points, for access to the Public University in Spain, using an official conversion table.

Official conversion table

Examples of note conversion

tabla de ejemplo de conversión de notas grado farmacia acceso a la universidad