hardest unis to get into 2021

The hardest UK universities to get into in 2021

There’s always a lot of hemming and hawing over which are the best UK universities to put on your CV to attract employers after uni is (sob) over.

But what we see a lot less debate about is which universities are the hardest to get into in the UK, in the first place.

Thankfully, The Complete University Guide‘s new rankings have provided an answer to this question for the 2021 year.

They’ve ranked every higher education institution in the UK according to ‘entry standards’, based on ‘the average UCAS tariff score of new undergraduate students’, amongst other criteria. Here’s how they rank.

Check out the full list below, from easiest to get into to hardest…

130. Ravensbourne University London – 315

129. University of Suffolk – 360

128. Plymouth Marjon University – 363

127. University of Bolton – 373

126. Glyndwr University, Wrexham – 380

125. Canterbury Christchurch University – 395

124. Buckinghamshire New University – 406

123. University of Bedfordshire – 409 

122. Leeds Trinity University – 414

121. University of Wolverhampton – 415

120. Newman University Birmingham – 417 

118. London Metropolitan University – 429 

118. Leeds Beckett University – 429 

117. University of Cumbria – 430

116. University of East London – 440 

115. University of Buckingham – 443 

114. Royal Agricultural University – 445 

113. Anglia Ruskin University – 465

112. University of Brighton – 472

111. University of Westminster, London – 476

109. University of West Scotland – 477

109. University of Northampton – 477

108. University of Sunderland – 478

107. St Mary’s University, Twickenham – 479

106. Bishop Grosseteste University – 486

105. University of Winchester – 488 

104. University of Worcester – 489

103. York St John University – 491

102. University of South Wales – 505

100. Solent University – 512

100. Kingston University – 512

99. University of Derby – 521

98. Middlesex University – 527 

97. University of Gloucestershire – 530

96. Abertay University – 531 

95. Teesside University, Middlesborough – 534 

94. University of Chester 540 

93. Bath Spa University – 541 

92. University of Salford – 547 

91. University of Wales Trinity Saint David – 551 

90. University of Greenwich – 553 

89. London South Bank University 556

88. Glasgow Caledonian University – 559 

87. Cardiff Metropolitan University – 573 

86. Bournemouth University – 574

84. Brunel University London – 576

84. Birmingham City University – 576 

81. University of Roehampton – 578 

81. De Montfort University – 578

81. University of Hertfordshire – 578 

77. University of West London – 579

77. Norwich University of the Arts – 579 

77. Falmouth University – 579

77. Edinburgh Napier University – 579 

75. Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh – 580

75. Staffordshire University – 580

72. Robert Gordon University – 589

72. Bangor University – 589

72. University of Chichester – 589

71. University of Plymouth – 591

70. University of Central Lancashire – 593 

69. University of Bradford – 594

68. Goldsmiths, University of London – 600 

67. Sheffield Hallam University – 602

66. Liverpool John Moores University – 610 

64. Bristol, University of the West of England – 612

64. University of Hull – 612

62. Edge Hill University – 624

62. Liverpool Hope University – 624

61. University of Portsmouth – 625 

60. Ulster University – 627

59. St George’s, University of London – 631 

58. Aberystwyth University – 642 

57. City, University of London – 644 

56. Keele University – 652 

54. Coventry University – 654

54. Manchester Metropolitan University – 654 

53. University of Huddersfield – 660 

52. Northumbria University, Newcastle – 661

51. University of the Arts London – 665 

50. University of Lincoln – 666

48. Oxford Brookes University – 667

48. Arts University, Bournemouth – 667 

47. University of Kent – 669 

46. Nottingham Trent University – 672

45. University of Stirling – 680

44. University for the Creative Arts – 681

43. Aston University, Birmingham – 683 

41. Harper Adams University – 684

41. University of Essex – 684

40. University of Sussex – 699

39. University of Reading – 706

38. University of Leicester – 709

37. SOAS University of London – 712

35. University of Strathclyde- 720

35. Queen Mary University of London – 720

34. University of Surrey – 729

33. University of Liverpool – 731

32. Swansea University – 732 

31. University of Dundee – 736 

30. Cardiff University – 739 

29. Heriot-Watt University – 740 

28. University of Sheffield – 744

27. Queen’s University Belfast  -746

26. University of Aberdeen – 747

25. University of East Anglia UEA – 751

24. Royal Holloway, University of London – 761 

23. Newcastle University – 764 

22. University of York – 767

20. University of Nottingham – 773

20. King’s College London, University of London – 773

19. University of Glasgow – 789

17. University of Southampton – 803

17. University of Manchester – 803

16. University of Leeds – 804

15. University of Edinburgh – 810

14. University of Bristol – 811

13. University of Birmingham – 812

12. University of Exeter – 834

11. University of Warwick – 845

10. UCL (University College London) – 858

9. University of Bath – 871

8. Lancaster University – 885

7. Durham University – 900

6. Loughborough University – 902

5. Imperial College London – 915

4. London School of Economics and Politics – 941

3. University of St Andrews – 959

2. University of Oxford – 992

1. University of Cambridge – 1000

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