Guidance on A Level subject combinations
Students taking A Levels are normally expected to present at least three GCE A Levels for entry to our undergraduate courses. It is important that the subjects you study at A Level provide you with the preparation required for your chosen degree course. In many cases, our offers require applicants to achieve a certain grade in a relevant subject.
However, we are also looking for a suitable overall combination of subjects, and the following lists indicate which combinations provide the best preparation for a Sheffield degree. Please note that we advise you to avoid offering a combination of very similar subjects.
If you are at the point of making your A Level subject choices, and are thinking about subsequently applying to the University of Sheffield, then these lists may help you to decide which subjects to pick. Alternatively, if you have already applied to Sheffield, you might have received an offer which specifies that you achieve particular grades in "acceptable subjects" as defined on this page. If you have any queries about our A Level subject requirements, please contact our Admissions Service via the Applicant Information Desk.
Acceptable A Level Subjects
The table below lists A Level subjects which develop the knowledge-based, theoretical and conceptual learning most relevant to courses at Sheffield. Some of our courses will require A Level students to present one or two A levels from this list. In these cases the requirement will be included in the relevant online prospectus entry.
Students studying the Advanced Diploma plus one A Level, the Welsh Baccalaureate plus two A Levels, or Level 3 BTECs with A Levels, are normally required to present A Level subjects from this list only.
|Accounting||Government and Politics|
|Archaeology/Ancient History||History of Art|
|English Language||Religious Studies|
|English Literature||Science in Society|
|English Language and Literature (Combined)||Sociology|
|Further Mathematics||Theatre/Performance Studies (including Drama and Theatre Studies Combined)|
*Languages includes modern foreign/community languages taken as individual subjects (eg French, Spanish, Urdu, Gujarati) and classical languages (eg Biblical Hebrew, Latin).
A Level Subjects Acceptable in Combination
The table below lists A Level subjects which primarily develop practical and/or applied learning. Some of our courses only consider these subjects for entry where they are offered with one or two A Levels from the list of acceptable A Level subjects above. In these cases the requirement will be included in the relevant online prospectus entry.
|Applied Art and Design||Film Studies|
|Applied Business||General Studies**|
|Applied Information and Communication Technology (ICT)||Health and Social Care|
|Applied Science||Information and Communication Technology (ICT)|
|Art and Design||Leisure Studies|
|Communication and Culture||Media Studies|
|Creative Writing||Music Technology|
|Critical Thinking||Performing Arts/Drama|
|Design and Technology (including Home Economics, Food Technology)||Travel and Tourism|
|Electronics||Use of Maths|
**Some courses do not accept General Studies as part of any combination. If you want to check whether General Studies is acceptable for your chosen course, please contact the Admissions Service.