Studying abroad could be the exciting next step in your academic journey. Find out if you are ready to study at the International Study Centre by checking out the entry requirements for our preparational programmes below.

For courses starting in September 2021, you can choose how you study so you can either join us at the Centre or start your studies online from home and join us at the Centre at a later date — find out more here.

English Language level entry requirements

The table below shows both the minimum English language entry requirements needed to study each of our courses. 

Course Required English language level*
International Foundation Year IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (minimum 4.5 in writing)
International Year One IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in writing and minimum 4.5 in other components)
English Language Preparation (for International Foundation Year) IELTS for UKVI 4.0 (minimum 4.0 in writing)

Please not that due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests for entry in October 2021.

International Foundation Year

General entry requirements

Academic: Good High School graduation grades (see country specific entry requirements)

Age: 17+ years of age (view our under-18s guidance)

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

Country specific 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 school: Form 5, Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 4 subjects to include English and Maths
Mexico Bachillerato with average grade of 65%.
Morocco Diplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 10
Myanmar Basic Education High School Matriculation with a minimum grade of 60% in 4 relevant subjects.
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 Form 5: Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 4 subjects to include English and Maths
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 Student 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 Student visa 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 school: Form 5, Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 4 subjects to include English and Maths
Mexico Bachillerato with average grade of 65%.
Morocco Diplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 10
Myanmar Basic Education High School Matriculation with a minimum grade of 60% in 4 relevant subjects.
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 Form 5: Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 4 subjects to include English and Maths
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 Student 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 Student visa 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.

International Year One

General entry requirements

Academic: Good High School graduation grades (see country specific entry requirements)

Age: 17+ years of age (view our under-18s guidance)

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

Country specific entry requirements

Country Academic Qualification
Bahrain Tawjahiya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) and evidence of 1 year of further study (e.g. 1st year of 2 year Diploma)
Bangladesh Year 12(HSC/Intermediate Certificate/Alim): 3.5 overall
Brazil Ensino Medio - 4 subjects min (8.9 - 7.0 / bom / B / 4) or Ensino Medio - 4 subjects min (6.9 - 5.0 / regular / C / 3) + 1 further year
Brunei Cambridge A level/Matriculation = A Level Standard. BDTVEC National Diploma = BTEC National Diploma
China Year 12 (Senior High 3)with 60% or above in 4 or more key subjects (including relevant subject and no further year study requirement);
Year 11 (Senior High 2) with 65% or above in 4 or more key subjects(including relevant subject) plus successfully completed 1 year of further year of study with a pass;
Colombia Bachillerato - 5 relevant subjects inc. Maths (A) Acceptable or above plus extra year study
Ghana OND/Ghanaian A Levels/Polytechnic Diploma
Hong Kong HKDSE 332 Chinese language accepted. Can accept Chinese History and Chinese Literature. Higher Certificate is considered comparable to BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) standard. Honours Diploma (from Shue Yan College) is considered comparable to BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) / Foundation degree standard. Higher Diploma (2 years)
India Year 12 HSC - 45% or above
Indonesia 6.5 SMU 3 ( 4 subject passes)
Iran High School Diploma (3 years) with a GPA of 11/20 in 4 relevant subjects.
Iraq Transcript of High School Diploma Theoretical stream (3 years) GPA 11/20 plus further year. OR Pre Uni Year Peeshdaneshgahe 12/20.
OR 1 year Kardani 12/20, or 2 year Kardani 11/20.
Japan High School/Upper Secondary School leaving certificate and evidence of further study but High School leaving certificate with 3.0 GPA accepted alone, lower if there is one more year of further study. Further part study includes Junior College Diploma / Technical Associate Degree / Vocational Training Certificate / Diploma (inc.Koutou Senmon Gakko and Senmon Gakko) awarded by Vocational Training Colleges of Ministry of Labour is considered comparable to VCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level / BTEC National Certificate
Jordan Completion of Year 12 Tawjihi 70% without the need for further year of study
Kazakhstan Certificate of Secondary Education and evidence of 1 year of further study - to equate to 13 years of education (to approx A level equivalency). Part study of Specialist Diploma. Diplom o srednem spetsialnom obrazovanii (Diploma of Specialised Secondary Education until 1991) is considered comparable to BTEC National Diploma standard.
Kenya KCSE plus successful completion of 1 year of further study
Korea High School Diploma (4th Grade, or lower is okay if student also has 1 further year of study) or Junior Vocational College Diploma.
Kuwait Year 12 (GSEC): 60% each in 4 or more academic subjects including relevant subjects + 1 year of further study (e.g Vocational Training Centre Certificate/Diploma/part study of Bachelor's degree)
Libya Year 12 (GSEC): 60% overall and 60% in relevant subjects + 1 year of further study
Malaysia STPM or A Levels with 2 grade D, or UEC with aggregate of not more than 42 points for 6 subjects inc English
Any recognised Malaysia foundation programme - 40%
Mexico Bachillerato 75% or 65% + 1 year HE (pass)
Morocco Completion Moroccan Bacc 12/20
Myanmar 1 year further study or GAC - GPA 1.00
Nigeria WAEC, SSCE or GCE grades A1-B3 in 5 or more subjects
Oman Year 12 (General Education Diploma): 50% overall and 50% in relevant subjects + 1 year further study (can be from Diploma/Technical Industrial College Diploma, 1 year Certificate, Higher/Advanced Diploma)
Pakistan Year 12 (HSC/ Intermediate certificate(Part I & II): 55% overall
(Note: 40% in relevant subjects required)
Qatar High School certificate and evidence of 1 year of further study - to equate to 13 years of education (to approx A level equivalency). Part study of Vocational Secondary Diploma/Secondary Technical Certificate/Diploma in Technology/Bachelor Degree inc. QABP at 70%
Russia Attestat with minimum 3.5 plus 1 year of successful completion of further studies
Saudi Arabia 1 year of further study eg. diploma level studies. Diploma provided by Higher Institutes and Technical Colleges. Technical College Certificate (2 years) = BTEC National Certificate. Higher Technical Institute Diploma = BTEC National Diploma. College of Technology Diploma (2 years) = BTEC National Diploma. Higher Diploma = 2 years of Bachelors
Singapore Singapore/Cambridge A Levels – see UCAS points for assessment or1 year completion of study of Polytechnic Diploma / Polytechnic Certificate / Polytechnic Advanced Diploma H1 = AS level UCAS H2 = A levels UCAS
Taiwan SH3 70% or 1 year of completed further study if below 70%
Thailand Year 12 (MAW 6) completion with GPA 2.3 OR Completion of 1 year of post-secondary study (university or college) with an average grade of 65%.
Turkey Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 55% overall
UAE High School certificate (Tawjihiyya) and evidence of 1 year of further study - to equate to 13 years/approx A level equiv. Part study of Specialist/University Diploma or Associate Degree.
Uganda Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate/East African Advanced Certificate/Higher Diploma/National Certificate/National Diploma
UACE Grades A- E
Ukraine Attestat/11th Grade - GPA 9/12.
Vietnam Completed Year 12: Year 12 completion report with GPA 6.5 overall, and with 6.5+ for Math and science subjects. Lower grades require further year of study.

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

Other qualification
The Diploma of the International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) and the Diploma Programme Course (IB Certificate) 20 points
A/AS levels 40 UCAS points

** Academic IELTS for UKVI (if you do not need a Student 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 Student visa 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.

Important information

Joining us on campus

You can start your studies with a UKVI- approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), provided you have met all the programme entry requirements.

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • Language Cert SELT

Starting your studies virtually from home and coming to the Centre at a later date

You can start your studies virtually with a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) as above or you can provide proof of your English language proficiency with an alternative test. This is possible because you do not need a Student Visa to start virtually from your home country.

You will need to obtain a SELT with the required minimum score to make a Student Visa application in order to come to the Centre.

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS Indicator
  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • Language Cert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT/iBT Home addition
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo

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