Subject Requirements for 2019 Entry 


A LevelsChemistry student

Minimum entry standard for 2019 entry: AAA overall.

Typical three A-level offer: A*AA – A*A*A.

  • A* / A in Chemistry (A* is required if Mathematics is offered at grade A)
  • A* / A in Mathematics (A* is required if Chemistry is offered at grade A)
  • A in one of the following preferred subjects:Biology, Physics or Economics**

If made an offer, you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer. The practical endorsement is part of the reformed English linear A-levels.

**Please see note under Combination of Subjects in the “What do you look for in an application?” Q&A section.


IB Score

We require an overall minimum score of 38 points (typically 38-39), including:

  • 6 / 7 in Higher Level Chemistry (7 is required if Mathematics is offered at grade 6)
  • 6 / 7 in Higher Level Mathematics (7 is required if Chemistry is offered at grade 6).
  • 6 in a third preferred subject at Higher Level: Biology, Physics or Economics**


Advanced Placements (AP)

We require the following AP subjects (where taken alongside SATs or ACT):

  • 5 in AP Chemistry and 5 in AP Calculus BC
  • 5 in a third preferred AP subject: Biology, Physics C (either stream), Microeconomics or Macroeconomics**

We are unable to accept SATs or ACT on their own in the place of Advanced Placements.


Cambridge Pre-U

Our typical offer:

  • D2/D3 in Chemistry (D2 is required if Mathematics is offered at grade D3)
  • D2/D3 in Mathematics (D2 is required if Chemistry is offered at grade D3)
  • D3 in one of the following preferred subjects: Biology, Physics or Economics**


Scottish Advanced Highers

  • A in Chemistry and A in Mathematics
  • A in one of the following preferred subjects: Biology, Economics, Physics**

We are unable to accept Scottish Highers, only Advanced Higher qualifications.


European Baccalaureate

Typically, we require 82.5% overall, including:

  • 9 in Chemistry and 8.5 in Mathematics.**


Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Levels (SIPCAL)

  • A in Chemistry at H2 level and A in Mathematics at H2 level
  • A in one of the following preferred subjects at H2 level: Biology, Economics, Physics**

 A Merit in a subject at H3 level would be accepted in lieu of A at H2.


Other Qualifications or Subject Combinations

Please contact the Chemistry Admissions team (details on the left) for more detailed information and enquiries, or click here for minimum college entry academic requirements.


Language Requirements


Language requirements for MSci Chemistry with “a Language” for Science

For students applying for MSci Chemistry with French, German or Spanish for Science (F1R1, F1R2, F1R4), we require grade B at AS-level in that language, or equivalent qualification (CEFR Level B1-B2).


English Language Requirements for ALL students

All candidates must have a minimum English language qualification of at least grade B / 6 at GCSE/iGCSE or other equivalent qualification (equivalent to CEFR level A2-B1, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL).

For details of acceptable English language qualifications, and the minimum grades required by the College, please see the English language requirements for undergraduate applicants webpage.


 Applicants for 2019 entry can to view a pdf of the admissions, accommodation and finance talks given at the Chemistry Interview Days in 2018-19, by clicking on the following link:

 UCAS Interview Day presentation UG Admissions Presentation  


Admissions: Q&A

Should I apply for more than one course?

We recommend applying for only one of our chemistry degree courses. There are no individual quotas for each course and our entry criteria are the same. In addition it is easy to swap between the chemistry degree courses at a later date

Is it easy to change between the Chemistry courses offered?

Yes. Years one of all programmes follow the same core course content supplemented by one ancillary module that is designed for specific degree programmes. This structure allows many of our students the opportunity to transfer to a different degree programme up until the end of Year 1 providing they have studied the appropriate ancillary subject.

Are entry requirements different for BSc and MSci courses?

The minimum entry requirements for all our courses are equivalent and are currently a minimum of AAA at A-level including Maths and Chemistry. The third A-level is specified by us in your offer and is dependent upon the A-level subjects you are studying and the course applied for (see [put in link here to individual course info])

What do you look for in an application?

Your predicted grades should meet our entry requirements and your personal statement should convey an enthusiasm and commitment towards studying Chemistry at University.

Will I be required to attend an interview?

We require all students currently resident or studying within the UK and Europe to attend an interview day at Imperial College. In addition to a 30 minute interview there will be a tour of the department, informative talks on studying at Imperial College including a question and answer session, and the opportunity to meet and talk to current undergraduate students informally over lunch.