United Kingdom (UK) Patterned Education

General admission requirements


One of the following:

  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or
  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE);

and one of the following:

  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) or
  • International Advanced Levels (IAL).

All credential documents must be awarded by one of the following UK awarding bodies: Cambridge, Pearson Edxcel, AQA, or OCR.

Required subject areas

  1. English
  2. Mathematics*
  3. Laboratory Science* (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
  4. Social Studies or Modern/Classical Language*
  5. Elective

*Students who are missing an eligible course in one of subject groups 2, 3 or 4, who apply for admission to a program that does not require completion of these courses, will be considered for general admission. In this case, an eligible course in subject groups 1, 2, 3 or 4 may be used to substitute the missing course. Students who are missing eligible courses in two subject areas should contact admissions@mun.ca.

General admission criteria

Grade requirement
  • Completion of the GCE including a minimum grade of C/4 in the required subject areas at the Ordinary (“O” or IGCSE) Level and at least three Advanced Subsidiary (“AS”) Level or two Advanced (“A”) Level subjects with a minimum grade of C.
  • Exceptional candidates with grades of A*/9 in each of the required subject areas at the Ordinary (“O” or IGCSE) Level may be considered for general admission.
English language proficiency
  • Proof of English language proficiency is normally not required.
  • Applicants who have completed English as a Second Language as the course used to fulfill the English subject area requirement, will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency through a standardized test
Competitive program entry (if applicable)
  • Admission to some programs is competitive for a limited number of spaces. A higher admission average and/or supplementary information may be required as part of the faculty-specific admissions.

Additional notes

Completion of AS or A Level subject examinations with minimum scores may qualify accepted applicants for course-based transfer credit.

General Paper may be considered as equivalent to IGCSE/O Level English, but cannot be used toward the AS/A Level requirement.

BTEC or Applied Advanced Level subjects are not an ideal preparation for admission. General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Key Skills subjects are not acceptable.


Supporting documents required

If you have not yet completed A/AS Levels

When you apply (early acceptance)
  • Copy of the final GCSE/IGCSE certificate and AS/A Level predicted grades or Provisional Results Slip, uploaded to the admissions portal or sent to admiss.docs@mun.ca.
  • Official English proficiency test result (if required). See general admission criteria section above.
  • Supplementary information required for competitive-entry programs may be required with your application.

When you have completed A/AS Levels

All official GCSE/IGCSE and GCE/IAL Final Certificates or Statement of Results Certificates are required.


Certificates that can be verified through Cambridge* should be uploaded to the admissions portal or submitted to admiss.docs@mun.ca.

*We are not able to verify Cambridge certificates issued before 2017 or from the following countries at this time: Bahamas, Botswana, Brunei, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Singapore. Please follow the instructions for other awarding bodies below.
Other awarding bodies

Certificates should be submitted directly from the awarding body (e.g. AQA, Oxford AQA, Pearson, etc.) or ministry of education via email, post or courier.

Additional documents

If you have attended a post-secondary institution


Submitting your documents

Supporting documents should be sent to:

Office of the Registrar
Memorial University
P.O. Box 4200
St. John's NL  A1C 5S7

Office of the Registrar
Memorial University
Room A2000
Arts and Administration Building
230 Elizabeth Ave.
St. John's NL  A1C 5S7

Documents: admiss.docs@mun.ca (Documents only, no replies sent.)
Inquiries: admissions@mun.ca