- Number of A levels required:
- Typical offer:
- Required subjects and grades:
- A level grade B or equivalent in your chosen Modern Language is required if you plan to take it at Advanced level. To study a language at Beginners level you will need to have studied a modern foreign language at GCSE with grade 6/B or above
Please see our guidelines for prohibited combinations before you make your application.
For the English Literature pathway, A level English Literature or English Language and Literature is required.
For the English Language pathway, A level in English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature or a Modern Foreign Language is preferred. We also welcome applications from candidates who can demonstrate an interest in and an aptitude for the study of language, so other combinations of complementary Humanities and Social Science subjects will be considered. Please contact us to discuss.
6,6,5 in Higher level subjects plus 32 points overall. You also require a Higher Level or equivalent in each modern language that you plan to study at Advanced level, plus HL 6 in English Language & Literature / English Literature.
- BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM, plus AB at A-level in the required subject/s mentioned above.
- BTEC Diploma: DD, plus AB at A-level in the required subject/s mentioned above.
- BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: D, plus AB at A-level in the required A-level subject/s mentioned above.
Independent language diplomas:
If you would like to study advanced French, Spanish, German, Italian or Russian as part of your programme but are not currently studying the required language at A level, we are happy to consider applications from those offering an independent language diploma at B2 level as demonstration of advanced language skills.
The independent language diplomas we would consider are as follows; DELF-B2 (French), DELE-B2 (Spanish), Goethe-Zertifikat-B2 (German), DILI-B2 (Italian) and TRKI 2nd Certificate (Russian). These diplomas are assessed against the criteria set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and can be studied for in your own time or through a language centre. These diplomas will be considered when taken in addition to three A levels or equivalent qualifications as outlined above.
Other qualifications are considered - learn more about entry requirements.
Pathways to Birmingham
The University of Birmingham has a long history of welcoming students from a wide variety of social and cultural backgrounds. We are proud to offer prospective applicants at one of our partner institutions the support of our Pathways to Birmingham programmes to access a degree at the University.
We have a range of initiatives for Year 12 students to help make informed decisions about higher education. Our Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme, for Year 13 students, allows participants to experience university study and prepare for the transition to university.
Successful completion of one of our Pathways to Birmingham programmes means students may be eligible for extensive financial support and an alternative offer, typically up to 2 grades below the standard offer, along with other benefits.
To find out more, please visit the Pathways to Birmingham webpage.
Please see here for a full breakdown of which Modern Languages levels and weightings are available in combination with English. Please note: you cannot study English Language with German due to timetabling reasons.
BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are all considered on a case by case basis.
Please be aware that you will need to meet the subject specific requirements for both subject areas within the degree programme - please check their Single Honours coursefinder entries for more information. If you need further guidance please contact us.
Other qualifications are considered – learn more about
We welcome applications from international students and invite you to join our vibrant community of over 4500 international students who represent 150 different countries. We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.