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The Russell Group Entry Programme

The Russell Group is a group of elite UK Universities. Many are ranked amongst the best in the world. Places at these universities are highly sought after because they confer such a major advantage to the people who go there. most of the leading figures in British Society today attended one of these universities, including the majority of the cabinet and many captains of industry.

A few years ago they decided to work together in a number of areas and are now referred to as the Russell Group after the name of the hotel the Vice-Chancellors used to meet in. There are a few elite universities who choose to belong to a different group known as the 1994 group e.g. Loughborough but in the main they are comprised of the most highly sought after universities.

These are the most competitive universities in the country and amongst the best in the world. They are Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Imperial College London, King’s College London, Leeds, Liverpool, London School of Economics and Political Science, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Queen’s University Belfast, Queen Mary, Sheffield, Southampton, University College London, Warwick and York.

You will need to have at least 5 A*/A grades at GCSE and be aiming for 3 A*/A grades at A-Level. Choosing your A-Level subjects is vitally important if you wish to apply to a Russell Group University. By choosing the facilitating subject you will keep more options open to you. Have a look at the Russell Group website ‘informed choices’ before you make your final decision.