International Foundation Year

General entry requirements

Academic: Good High School graduation grades (see table below)

Age: 17+ years of age

Nationality: Course is only available to overseas students (non-UK and non-EU)

English Language level entry requirements

The table below shows both the minimum English language entry requirements needed to study either the International Foundation Year or the English Language Preparation course.

 
Course Required English language level*
International Foundation Year IELTS 4.5 (minimum 4.5 in writing)
English Language Preparation (for International Foundation Year) IELTS 4.0 (with minimum 4.0 in writing)

Academic entry requirements by subject route

Country Academic qualification
Bahrain Tawjahiya with an average grade of 60% or above, including relevant subjects.
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with grades 50% or SSCs 60%. Intermediate Certificate or Polytechnic Diploma with passes in 4 or more subjects.
Brazil Ensino Medio in a minimum of 4 subjects with an average grade of 6.9 - 5.0.
Brunei Cambridge O level with grades A-C required in 4 or more subjects.
China SH2 (Gao Er) with 70% average across the year in a minimum of 4 academic subjects or SH3 (Gao San) with 65% average across the year.
Colombia Bachillerato in 5 relevant subjects including Maths at grade A and ICFES in 4 relevant subjects including Maths at grade 50% or above.
Ghana West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate grades 1-8 or A-E in 4 or more subjects.
Hong Kong HKCEE 4 x E's in academic subjects or Form 5 in a minimum of 3 academic subjects (grades will be assessed on a case by case basis) or HKDSE with minimum grades of 222 in relevant subjects.
India Standard 10+2 at 45-47% and above or Standard 10+1 at 55% and above or Standard 10+ at 65%.
Indonesia SMU 2 at grade 6.5 or SMU 3 at grade 6.0 in 4 relevant subjects.
Iran High School Diploma (3 years) with a GPA of 11/20 in 4 relevant subjects.
Iraq Adadiyah with minimum grades of 50% or above, in 4 relevant subjects.
Japan Kotogakko - Year 12 (Senior 3) with an average GPA of 2.0 in 4 or more subjects. Year 11 (Senior 2) with an average GPA of 2.0 in 4 or more subjects.
Jordan Tawjihi with an average grade of 50% or above in 4 or more subjects, including relevant subjects.
Kazakhstan Year 11 with passes in 4 or more subjects.
Kenya East African School Cert or Cambridge Overseas School Cert/Kenyan Certificate (KCSE) at grades 1- 8 in 4 or more subjects.
Korea Korean High School graduation equivalency exam - 60%+ including relevant subjects.
Kuwait Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama (General Secondary School Leaving Certificate) average grade 60% or above, including relevant subjects.
Libya Secondary Education Certificate with an average grade of 60% of above.
Malaysia SPM (Malaysia Certificate of Education) with average of 25-30 in the best 5 relevant academic subjects including English.
Myanmar Basic Education High School Matriculation with a minimum grade of 60% in 4 relevant subjects.
Mexico Bachillerato with average grade of 65%.
Nigeria West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate with grades 1-8 (A-E) in 4 or more subjects.
Oman Thanawiya Amma with an average grade of 60% or above in a minimum of 4 relevant subjects.
Pakistan Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) / Intermediate Certificate / Polytechnic Diploma with an overall grade of 50%,with passes in 4 or more subjects. Year 11 with an overall grade of 60%. SSC with an overall grade of 65%. All require 50% minimum for relevant subjects.
Qatar Thanawaya Aam Qatari with average grade of 60% or above including relevant subjects or QSSC in 5 subjects including Advanced Level at grades A-D.
Russia Attestat with GPA of 3.5 or above.
Saudi Arabia Tawjihi with average grade of 60% or above with passes in 4 or more subjects.
Singapore Singapore/Cambridge O level with grades A-C required in 4 or more subjects.
Taiwan Senior High 3 at an average of 55% or above or Senior High 2 at an average grade of 60% with passes in 4 or more subjects.
Thailand MAW5 or MAW 6.0 with a GPA of 2.0 or above in relevant subjects, 6 with an average grade of at least GPA 2.0.
Turkey Devlet Lise Bitirme Diplomasi completion - minimum overall grade 45%, including relevant subjects.
UAE Tawjihiyya with an average grade of 60% or above in 4 or more subjects, including relevant subjects.
Uganda Ugandan Certificate of Education - grades 1 - 8 in 4 or more subjects.
Ukraine Attestat with GPA of 4.5 or above.
Vietnam Secondary School Graduation/Year 12 (Bang Tu Tai) with a GPA of 6.0 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 for Maths and Science subjects.Year 11 with GPA of 6.5 in Year 10 and 11 and with a GPA of 6.5 and above for Maths and Science.  

  • If your qualification or country is not listed then please contact us for more information.

Other qualifications  
The Diploma of the International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) and the Diploma Programme Course (IB Certificate) 20 points
IGCSE/GCSE/O-Levels 4 passes at A-C in relevant subjects (excluding native language) with a C in English. New grades 9-4 in English and Maths.
A/AS levels 40 UCAS points
USA High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or 70%
Canada and Australia Successful completion of Year 11 with equivalent grades to the GCSE/IGCSE requirements

* Academic IELTS for UKVI (if you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English).

The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ.

If you are applying to study in the UK under the Tier 4 student route it may be necessary for you to submit a Secure English Language Test (SELT) as part of your visa application.

Find out more about valid test providers and approved test centre locations for tests taken on or after 6 April 2015. To find out if you are exempt from the SELT requirement and to find out about acceptable English language tests please contact us.

Country Academic qualification
Bahrain Tawjahiya with an average grade of 60% or above, including relevant subjects.
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with grades 50% or SSCs 60%. Intermediate Certificate or Polytechnic Diploma with passes in 4 or more subjects.
Brazil Ensino Medio in a minimum of 4 subjects with an average grade of 6.9 - 5.0.
Brunei Cambridge O level with grades A-C required in 4 or more subjects.
China SH2 (Gao Er) with 70% average across the year in a minimum of 4 academic subjects or SH3 (Gao San) with 65% average across the year.
Colombia Bachillerato in 5 relevant subjects including Maths at grade A and ICFES in 4 relevant subjects including Maths at grade 50% or above.
Ghana West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate grades 1-8 or A-E in 4 or more subjects.
Hong Kong HKCEE 4 x E's in academic subjects or Form 5 in a minimum of 3 academic subjects (grades will be assessed on a case by case basis) or HKDSE with minimum grades of 222 in relevant subjects.
India Standard 10+2 at 45-47% and above or Standard 10+1 at 55% and above or Standard 10+ at 65%.
Indonesia SMU 2 at grade 6.5 or SMU 3 at grade 6.0 in 4 relevant subjects.
Iran High School Diploma (3 years) with a GPA of 11/20 in 4 relevant subjects.
Iraq Adadiyah with minimum grades of 50% or above, in 4 relevant subjects.
Japan Kotogakko - Year 12 (Senior 3) with an average GPA of 2.0 in 4 or more subjects. Year 11 (Senior 2) with an average GPA of 2.0 in 4 or more subjects.
Jordan Tawjihi with an average grade of 50% or above in 4 or more subjects, including relevant subjects.
Kazakhstan Year 11 with passes in 4 or more subjects.
Kenya East African School Cert or Cambridge Overseas School Cert/Kenyan Certificate (KCSE) at grades 1- 8 in 4 or more subjects.
Korea Korean High School graduation equivalency exam - 60%+ including relevant subjects.
Kuwait Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama (General Secondary School Leaving Certificate) average grade 60% or above, including relevant subjects
Libya Secondary Education Certificate with an average grade of 60% of above.
Malaysia SPM (Malaysia Certificate of Education) with average of 25-30 in the best 5 relevant academic subjects including English.
Myanmar Basic Education High School Matriculation with a minimum grade of 60% in 4 relevant subjects.
Mexico Bachillerato with average grade of 65%.
Nigeria West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate with grades 1-8 (A-E) in 4 or more subjects.
Oman Thanawiya Amma with an average grade of 60% or above in a minimum of 4 relevant subjects.
Pakistan Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) / Intermediate Certificate / Polytechnic Diploma with an overall grade of 50%,with passes in 4 or more subjects. Year 11 with an overall grade of 60%. SSC with an overall grade of 65%. All require 50% minimum for relevant subjects.
Qatar Thanawaya Aam Qatari with average grade of 60% or above including relevant subjects or QSSC in 5 subjects including Advanced Level at grades A-D.
Russia Attestat with GPA of 3.5 or above.
Saudi Arabia Tawjihi with average grade of 60% or above with passes in 4 or more subjects.
Singapore Singapore/Cambridge O level with grades A-C required in 4 or more subjects.
Taiwan Senior High 3 at an average of 55% or above or Senior High 2 at an average grade of 60% with passes in 4 or more subjects.
Thailand MAW5 or MAW 6.0 with a GPA of 2.0 or above in relevant subjects, 6 with an average grade of at least GPA 2.0.
Turkey Devlet Lise Bitirme Diplomasi completion - minimum overall grade 45%, including relevant subjects.
UAE Tawjihiyya with an average grade of 60% or above in 4 or more subjects, including relevant subjects.
Uganda Ugandan Certificate of Education - grades 1 - 8 in 4 or more subjects.
Ukraine Attestat with GPA of 4.5 or above.
Vietnam Secondary School Graduation/Year 12 (Bang Tu Tai) with a GPA of 6.0 or above, with a minimum of 6.0 for Maths and Science subjects.Year 11 with GPA of 6.5 in Year 10 and 11 and with a GPA of 6.5 and above for Maths and Science.

  • If your qualification or country is not listed then please contact us for more information.

Other qualifications  

The Diploma of the International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) and the Diploma Programme Course (IB Certificate)

20 points
IGCSE/GCSE/O-Levels 4 passes at A-C in relevant subjects (excluding native language) with a C in English. New grades 9-4 in English and Maths. 
A/AS levels 40 UCAS points
USA High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or 70%
Canada and Australia Successful completion of Year 11 with equivalent grades to the GCSE/IGCSE requirements

* Academic IELTS for UKVI (if you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English).

The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ.

If you are applying to study in the UK under the Tier 4 student route it may be necessary for you to submit a Secure English Language Test (SELT) as part of your visa application.

Find out more about valid test providers and approved test centre locations for tests taken on or after 6 April 2015. To find out if you are exempt from the SELT requirement and to find out about acceptable English language tests please contact us.

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