hardest unis to get into 2021

The hardest UK universities to get into in 2022

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 2022 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. London Metropolitan University – 95

111. York St John University – 107

109. Anglia Ruskin University – 108

109. University of Winchester – 108

108. Solent University (Southampton) – 109

105. University of Suffolk – 110

105. University of Brighton – 110

105. University of Bolton – 110 

104. Bournemouth University – 111

101. Ravensbourne University London – 113

101. Royal Agricultural University – 113

99. University of Worcester – 114

99. Teesside University, Middlesbrough – 114

89. Oxford Brookes University – 115

89. University of South Wales – 115

89. University of West London – 115 

89. University of Gloucestershire – 115 

89. Coventry University – 115

89. Staffordshire University – 115 

89. Sheffield Hallam University – 115

89. Liverpool Hope University – 115

89. Plymouth Marjon University – 115

89. University of Greenwich – 115 

87. Kingston University – 116 

87. University of Derby – 116

84. University of Sunderland – 117

84. University of Essex – 117

84. University of Chester – 117  

81. Aberystwyth University – 118

81. University of Lincoln – 118

81. University of Westminster, London – 118

78. Brunel University London – 119 

78. Birmingham City University – 119

78. Bangor University – 119

76. University of Cumbria – 120 

76. Nottingham Trent University – 120 

72. University of Huddersfield – 121

72. University of Buckingham – 121 

72. University of Chichester – 121

71. Falmouth University – 122

67. Keele University – 123

67. Bristol, University of the West of England – 123

67. University of Central Lancashire – 123 

67. University of Hull – 123

62. University of Bradford – 124 

62. Cardiff Metropolitan University – 124

62. Goldsmiths, University of London – 124

62. Aston University, Birmingham – 124 

62. University of Reading – 124

61. University of Kent – 125 

60. University of Salford – 126

59. Ulster University – 127

57. Manchester Metropolitan University – 128

57. Norwich University of the Arts – 128

56. University of Plymouth – 577

53. Edge Hill University – 130

53. University of Leicester – 130 

53. University for the Creative Arts – 130 

52. Royal Holloway, University of London – 131

50. Swansea University – 132

50. City, University of London – 132

48. University of the West of Scotland – 133

48. University of East Anglia (UEA) – 133 

47. University of Wales Trinity Saint David  -135

45. University of the Arts London – 137

45. University of Sussex – 137

43. Northumbria University, Newcastle – 138

43. University of Surrey – 138

42. Liverpool John Moores University – 139

40. Abertay University – 140 

40. University of Liverpool – 140

35. Newcastle University – 144

35. Edinburgh Napier University – 144

35. Lancaster University – 144

35. Cardiff University – 144

35. Arts University Bournemouth – 144

34. Queen Mary University of London – 146

30. University of Nottingham – 147 

30. St George’s, University of London – 147

30. Queen’s University Belfast – 147

30. SOAS University of London – 147

28. Robert Gordon University – 149

28. University of York – 149

26. Loughborough University – 150

26. University of Sheffield – 150 

24. University of Southampton – 152

24. University of Birmingham – 152 

23. Queen Margaret University – 153 

21. University of Leeds – 157

21. University of Exeter – 157

20. University of Warwick – 162

18. University of Stirling – 163

18. Glasgow Caledonian University – 163

17. University of Bristol – 164

16. University of Manchester – 165

15. King’s College London – 166

14. University of Bath – 168

13. Heriot-Watt University – 171

12. London School of Economics and Politics – 177

11. University of Dundee – 179

10. University of Aberdeen – 182

9. Durham University – 184

8. University College London (UCL)- 185

7. University of Edinburgh – 186

6. Imperial College London – 194

5. University of Strathclyde – 198

4. University of Glasgow – 199

3. University of Oxford – 200

2. University of Cambridge – 205

1. University of St Andrews – 208

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