How to Get Into Warwick University

I’ve lost count of how many times students have asked me: ‘How do I get into Warwick University?’ I can tell you what I do remember though, and that’s the answer. Here at The Profs, 95% of our students get into their first or second-choice universities! 

It’s important to recognise that not all Russell Group universities are the same. Many look out for different characteristics from one another so you should tailor your application to your chosen universities. Indeed, Warwick University has its own specific set of criteria that it looks out for. It has so many applicants that it can be hard to stand out but I know how.

Many of our team members have worked in admissions for top-tier universities. So, if anyone has the know-how to make your application as perfect as possible, it’s us. In our experience, we’ve seen that very few students know how to write an undergraduate university application that targets Warwick’s unique admissions criteria. Thankfully, we offer the right support and preparation to aid you in submitting an application that stands out and maximises your chances of an offer. 

Read on for insider information from our team of admissions experts.

Is Warwick a Russell Group university?

The University of Warwick is one of the 24 Russell Group universities. It is a leading university in the UK; the Complete University Guide ranks Warwick as the 11th best Russell Group university.

What are Warwick’s entry requirements?

Warwick University’s entry requirements vary depending on the course you’re applying to study and the country you’re applying from. The table below shows the UK qualifications and some of the most common international qualifications accepted by Warwick, and the entry requirements for each.

QualificationEntry requirements
A LevelsA*A*A*-ABB, depending on the course.
International Baccalaureate (IB)39 (with 7, 6, 6 in three higher level subjects) to 32, depending on the course.
Baccalauréat Général (France)17-13 overall, depending on the course. Specific subject requirements may also apply (e.g. grade 18-17 where an A* is required at A level).
Arbitur (Germany)Minimum 1.2 (A*A*A)-1.6 (ABB) overall, depending on the course.
Indian Standard XII (CBSE/ISC)92%-85% overall, depending on the course. Specific subject requirements may also apply (e.g. 92% where an A* is required at A level).
Other international qualificationsCheck the full list of international qualifications accepted by Warwick.

Warwick accepts a wide range of international qualifications. It displays international qualifications by country on its individual course pages, so always check there before applying. For more information on how to apply to Warwick as an international student, check on the university’s own support page, read our guide for international applicants, or get in touch with The Profs for one-to-one support from one of our international admissions experts.

Does Warwick give contextual offers?

Warwick does take into account circumstantial information when making offers, and some state school students may be eligible for its contextual offer scheme (for example, if they have spent time in care or meet a contextual ‘flag’ such as living in an area with high deprivation levels).

If you meet the criteria, a reduced offer may be made of up to 2 A level grades (or 4 International Baccalaureate points) lower than the standard offer for entry to that course. You may also be made an offer that removes an additional requirement such as an admissions test (e.g. the STEP requirement for Mathematics).

Many students won’t be eligible for Warwick’s contextual offers (including all independent school students), however it is always worth checking. Use Warwick’s contextual admissions eligibility tool to find out if you are eligible.

6 tips for getting into Warwick

1.  Is your academic record as polished as possible?

The entry requirements for Warwick differ greatly between courses – not just in terms of grades, but also the specific subjects required. 

For example, BSc Mathematics requires applicants to have A*s in both Maths and Further Maths at A level, and an A in a third subject, so long as they have a strong score in a Maths admissions test (grade 2 in STEP, 64 in MAT, or 6.5 TMUA). If you do not take the STEP, MAT or TMUA, you will be required to achieve an A* in your third A level, or achieve As in a third and fourth subject. If you want to maximise your chances of getting into Maths (or a Maths-related course), you might want to consider completing an admissions test as well as achieving top results at A level.

It’s worth noting that Warwick does not require/recommend admissions tests for most of its courses. Hence, for most applications, the spotlight will be on your A levels, meaning that these grades need to be excellent. However, if you’re applying for Medicine you’re required to take the UCAT, and if you’re applying for Maths it’s recommended that you take the STEP, MAT or TMUA. Check what’s expected so that you have lots of time to prepare. Don’t underestimate the difficulty or importance of your admissions test. Just like your A level (or equivalent) grades, any tests will play a crucial role in whether or not you are considered for a place on your chosen course, so it’s important to treat them with as much attention as your final exams. 

We have excellent tutors for the STEP, MAT, TMUA, and UCAT. Just reach out for an expert helping hand.

Due to the competitiveness of Warwick courses, the university may also consider other measures of your academic performance when it comes to making final offer decisions. For example, they may look at your GCSE grades to see whether you have a track record of high achievement in a particular subject. So, ensure that you brush up on your GCSEs, especially for subjects related to your course. You should also ensure that you have a 5 (C ) at minimum in Maths and English. 

If there is anything in your educational history that demonstrates this high achievement, such as a particularly high grade in a subject/piece of coursework or an award/competition win (such as the UK Maths Challenge or an essay prize), including it in your personal statement could help you stand out from the crowd.

If you need support improving your grades to meet Warwick’s competitive entry requirements or making your application stand out, then reach out to The Profs’ admissions consultants today. We’ll offer a free discovery call to determine your likelihood of achieving a place at Warwick and set up any additional support you may need. We also have expert GCSE retake and A level tutors. Don’t settle for handing in a sub-par application!

Insider tip: If your GCSE grades are particularly strong, especially in relevant subjects for your course (e.g. you got an A* in GCSE Mathematics and are applying for any Maths-based degree course), you should consider highlighting these in your application. You can either do this in your personal statement or by asking your referee to note it in their reference for your application. Warwick is more focused on your historic grades than other Russell Group universities so this could boost your application. 

2.  How to ACTUALLY go beyond your school syllabus

When it comes to writing your personal statement, showing a genuinely passionate and in-depth understanding of your subject goes a long way. Warwick University values academic, independent, and well-read students, so citing wider reading and other extracurricular activities you’ve done to specifically enhance your knowledge of your chosen subject area will help you stand out to them.

Make sure that every book and article you’ve read, club you’ve taken part in, or organisation you’ve volunteered with is clearly relevant to your subject. Warwick won’t want to see lots of space in your personal statement taken up with strictly personal interests and wider passions – everything you include should go towards demonstrating that you are a great candidate for your course and are ready for degree-level study. 

If you’re not sure what to include in your personal statement, reach out to our team of tutors today. We can help you to identify where your strengths are and advise you on how to develop your academic and extracurricular profile ready for submitting your application to Warwick University.

Insider tip 1: You cannot include details about the specific Warwick course you’re applying for in your personal statement because this statement will be sent to all of the universities you apply for. However, you can (and should) still do your research into your chosen course at Warwick and use this information to subtly tailor your statement. 

For example, look at notable tutors/lecturers working in the department and see what research they have done and what modules they teach. If you see something that aligns with your interests, consider citing a piece of research or book they have written, or talk in depth about a specific topic they cover in a module. This could give you a one-up over other applicants when the department comes to making final decisions about who to offer places to.

Insider tip 2: Look at the modules you might cover on your chosen course at Warwick and learn some of this material so that you can prove you’re already working at university level. Warwick has a reading list database for its courses here, so you can use this as a helpful starting point. However, you should go beyond Warwick’s reading lists as well as obvious materials that most other students will reference. Stand out. The more niche and specific your wider reading is, the better!

3. Lay the ‘groundwork’ for acceptance

To help prove your commitment to your long-term goals outlined in your personal statement, you should look to gain relevant work experience in your field. Whether paid or unpaid, having experience working in your desired field will provide you with invaluable real-life knowledge about the industry.

For some Warwick courses, such as Law, work experience is valued extremely highly, so it’s important that you get experience in relevant settings. For example, Law applicants should try to gain experience in a courtroom, law firm, charity, or governmental organisation. Read our guide to applying for Law for more information on this competitive degree programme.

Some courses are harder than others to find direct work experience for. If you can’t secure work experience relevant to your chosen subject, try to engage in as many extracurricular activities related to your chosen subject area as you can instead. For instance, if you’re applying for Computer Science, you could join a school Computing club or learn a new programming language in your free time in order to gain valuable extra skills to supplement your application. This will still help to strengthen your application and show your commitment to the subject area.

Similarly, extracurriculars are not to be overlooked. If they are related to your discipline or demonstrate skills that are valued by Warwick then they could boost your application. Highlight any relevant experiences, extracurricular activities, research, or projects that demonstrate your commitment and enthusiasm for your subject. Remember, always remain relevant to your course.

Unsure what extracurricular activities or work experience you should have under your belt to stand out for your degree? We can advise you. In fact, we can even help you with your access and applications to the ideal experience. 

Insider tip: Warwick is looking for enthusiastic students who will be active participants in their university community and are dedicated to Warwick. So, show that you intend to get involved in societies and/or teams on campus. Warwick runs Creative Chillout and Stamp it; it also has an Arts Centre (see here). Indicate awareness of this, that you’d get involved, and would be a good fit at Warwick.

4. Invest in your personal statement

It may seem obvious given the tips above, but making sure that you’re investing plenty of time into writing your personal statement is crucial to the success of your application. For many of Warwick’s most competitive courses, lots of applicants will achieve the grades required for entry. Warwick, like other top universities, will therefore be relying on applicants’ personal statements to decide who to offer places to, so it’s really important to submit the best personal statement possible. 

Why do you want to study this course and why are you a brilliant candidate for this course? Demonstrate enthusiasm, academia, motivation, and willingness to learn. But always remain on the topic of your course. Your personal statement is about why you’re the perfect fit for your chosen degree at Warwick and what you offer them, it’s not about how great you are.

Use your personal statement as a chance to express what makes you more academic and more committed than most. Keep a record of all of your academic achievements, career ambitions, skills, and experience, and use these to build a solid personal statement that explains exactly why you would be an excellent candidate for your chosen course. 

Crafting an excellent personal statement takes time and expertise. That’s where The Profs can help; we have expert personal statement tutors!

Our experienced admissions tutors work with you throughout the university application process, providing guidance on how to enhance your academic profile and ultimately write a stand-out statement that is tailored to Warwick and your specific course. Thanks to our support, more than 95% of students we work with receive an offer from their first or second choice university. For more information on how we can help, get in touch with our team today.

Insider tip 1: Warwick specifically outlines valuing innovation, inclusion, regional leadership and internationalisation (read here). How do you fit in with these principles? You could use these words in your personal statement and indicate how you follow them as a student to show Warwick that you’re their perfect candidate.  

Insider tip 2: A good referee is important. Warwick specifically mentions the importance of an applicant’s referee demonstrating their readiness for higher education and their suitability for their chosen degree programme. Get to know your referee so that they can get to know you. Obviously, you want them to speak highly of you, but ideally, they will highlight your skills and qualities that are relevant to your chosen degree. For this reason, as well as for the general impression of your application, it is best to choose a referee who teaches your chosen subject or within your discipline. It is also a good idea to choose a referee who knows you well enough to write you something of quality. 

Note that all students applying to university for 2023, 2024 or 2025 will still be required to submit a UCAS personal statement as normal. However, from January 2025 onwards (October 2024, for Oxbridge applicants), there will be changes to the UCAS application process and students will no longer be required to write a personal statement. Instead, all applicants will answer a series of shorter, more tailored questions provided by UCAS.

5. You’ve mentioned a solid 5-year plan, right?

Getting into Warwick is a great goal to have, but it’s also important to think about the long-term plan. Like Oxbridge, LSE, Durham, and other top UK universities, Warwick will not only want to see a genuine passion and commitment to studying your chosen course, but also a plan of how the skills and knowledge you will develop on the course will help you achieve longer-term goals. 

Make sure that your goals are specific to the course you are applying for. For example, if you are applying to study Computer Science, is there an area of programming that particularly interests you? If so, how have you already taken steps to pursue this interest, and how will Warwick’s Computer Science degree course help you to expand your knowledge and go on to work in that specific industry?

Your long-term goals don’t have to be industry-specific; they may be academic (such as wanting to study a Master’s or PhD) and you may be at the very beginning of your exploration. Warwick won’t expect you to be super detailed or stick to your plan at this stage, but it’s good to show that you are motivated and driven, especially considering the reputation Warwick has amongst employers. In fact, Warwick is ranked in the top 10 for ‘Career after 15 months’ in The Guardian University Guide 2022 and 5 years after graduating, its graduates are within the UK top 10 for highest earnings in over 11 subjects.

For more support on coming up with a career plan or simply tailoring your personal statement to a university like Warwick, get in touch with our team.

6. Remember the purpose of your interview

Warwick University does not interview most of its candidates and it’s unlikely you’ll be invited to an interview. If you’re required to attend an interview or take an additional paper/task, the admissions team will contact you. However, it’s best to research your course page on Warwick’s website as much as possible to have an idea of what to expect.

Generally, you will almost certainly be interviewed if you are applying to Warwick as an undergraduate for: BA English and Theatre Studies and BA Theatre and Performance Studies. These interviews may be held online or in-person and will differ depending on the specific course you’re applying to. 

If there is a chance that you will be invited for an interview, we recommend that you do not wait until you receive an offer, but start preparing as soon as you have submitted your UCAS application.

If you are called for an interview, it’s not to be overlooked! How you perform could make or break your offer. Check out our previous article on how to prepare for an online university interview.

Talk to our experienced and knowledgeable interview coaches for expert advice! We have helped many students smash their interviews at top-tier universities and receive offers. Why shouldn’t this include you?

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At the Profs, we have many admissions consultants who can guide you through the process of applying to Warwick University, as well as Oxbridge, UCL, and other top universities. 

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FAQs

What is the Warwick acceptance rate?

In 2021, the undergraduate Warwick acceptance rate was 14.2% (based on data by UCAS). The university received 42,260 applications and granted places to just 6,000 students. However, with the help of The Profs’ expert Warwick consultants, more than 95% of students receive an offer from their first or second choice university, so get in touch with our team to maximise your chances of getting in.

Which subjects is Warwick known for?

Warwick is a great all-rounder university that specialises in a range of subjects and disciplines. It is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for 20 subject areas, including Economics, English, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, and Computer Science. For 2021, it is also rated as the best university in the UK for Accounting and Finance, beating the likes of LSE, King’s College, and Leeds to the title.

Does Warwick University offer Medicine?

The University of Warwick does not offer Medicine at undergraduate level but does offer a graduate-entry Medicine course (MB ChB Medicine). This course is four years long and requires applicants to have, or be predicted to gain, a minimum 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in any subject. Applicants must also take the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) and have completed 70 hours of work experience across a minimum of two placements in the last four years.

Where is Warwick University?

Warwick University is located on the outskirts of Coventry, between the counties of Warwickshire and the West Midlands in England. It is around 2 to 2.5 hours northwest of London by car, or around 1.5 hours by train. It is also a short bus ride away from Coventry city centre, and less than an hour away from Birmingham city centre via public transport.

Is Warwick a good university?

Warwick is one of the best universities in the UK. It is ranked as the 11th best in the UK according to Times Higher Education and features in the top 10 in many other university league tables. Warwick was also awarded University of the Year Runner-Up in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2022.

Is Warwick a campus university?

Warwick is a campus university, with its central campus being located on the outskirts of Coventry. There are a range of facilities on Warwick’s main campus, including student accommodation (halls), Warwick Arts Centre, a 24 hour library, and lots of green and public spaces.

Does Warwick University do Clearing?

Warwick University does offer spaces via Clearing. You can apply to any course at Warwick via Clearing as long as you meet the stated entry requirements for that course. Sometimes universities, including Warwick, lower their entry requirements for Clearing places, however this is not always the case, so make sure you check directly with Warwick via its Clearing Hotline when it opens.