entry requirements

What do I need to be accepted?

To be accepted to study at the International Study Centre, you will need to meet specific admission or entry requirements. These include academic requirements which can vary by country, English language requirements and a minimum age requirement. Other qualifications may apply depending on your programme. All of our study programmes are available for international and EU students.

International Foundation Year

To study the International Foundation Year you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Academic:
    Top high school graduation grades or equivalent academic study (country-specific requirements in the table below)
  • English:
    Academic IELTS for UKVI* 4.5 overall (minimum 4.5 in writing and reading and minimum 4.0 in other skills)
  • Age:
    17 years of age or above.
Country Qualification
Albania Secondary school Leaving Certificate (year 11) overall average grade 7 including 7 in relevant subjects. Diploma of State Maturita (year 12) overall grade 6
Angola Secondary school Certificate (Grade 12) with overall GPA at least 10 with at least 10 in relevant subjects
Azerbaijan 11th Grade - passes in 4 or more subjects
Bahrain Tawjahiya (Secondary school leaving Certificate) - average grade of 60% or above, including relevant subjects
Bangladesh Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) / Intermediate Certificate / Polytechnic Diploma - HSC 45% overall or SSC 55% overall. Passes in 4 or more subjects with pass required for relevant subjects such as Maths and Sciences
Belarus Attestat/11th grade - minimum GPA 5.5
Botswana Cambridge Overseas School Certificate - grades 1 - 8 in 4 or more subjects
Brazil Ensino Medio - 4 subjects  minimum grades 6.9 - 5.0/regular/C
Brunei Cambridge O level -  A-C required 4 or more subjects
Cambodia Diploma of Upper Secondary school - 4 subjects minimum grade D including relevant subjects. Grade C in Maths required for Business students
Cameroon Baccalaureat or Certificat de Probation - minimum overall Grade of 10/20 with minimum 10 in all relevant subjects
Canada Completion of Year 11 - with equivalent grades to the GCSE/IGCSE requirements - 4 Subject passes at A- C in relevant subjects /minimum 60% achieved
China SH2 (Gao Er) - 65% average across the academic year, minimum 4 academic subjects
SH3 (Gao San) - 60% average across the academic year to include relevant subjects
Colombia Bachillerato - 5 relevant subjects inc. Maths (A) Acceptable or above
Ethiopia Grade 12 HE Entrance Qualification Certificate - grade over 251 average, including relevant subjects
Gambia West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate - grades 1- 8 in 4 or more subjects
Georgia Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Sashualo Skolis Atestat) - successfully completed
Ghana West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate - grades 1-8 (A-E)  in 4 or more subjects
Hong Kong Form 5 - Successful completion of Form (pass)
HKDSE: 211
HKDSE - minimum 3 relevant subjects - 222. Must have Maths
India 10 + 0 - 65% overall. Minimum 50% relevant subjects such as Maths and Sciences
10 + 1 - 55% overall. Minimum 50% relevant subjects such as Maths and Sciences
10 + 2 - 40% overall. Minimum 50% relevant subjects such as Maths and Sciences
Indonesia SMU 2 - grade 6.5 overall. 4 relevant subjects required
SMU 3 - grade 6.0 overall.  4 relevant subjects required
Iran High School Diploma - 3 Years - passes in 4 or more subjects. Overall GPA requirement 11/20 including relevant subjects
Iraq Certificate of Preparatory Education (Adadiyah) or Secondary School Certificate or Sixth Form Baccalaureat - minimum of  50% in 4 relevant subjects
Japan Upper Secondary School Certificate  - Kotogakko - Year 12/Senior 3
Passes in 4 or more subjects GPA 2.0
Upper Secondary School Certificate Year 11 / Senior 2  - passes in 4 or more subjects GPA 2.0
Jordan Tawjihi (General Secondary Education Certificate) - minimum 50% in 4 or more subjects, including relevant subjects
Kazakhstan Attestat/Certificate of Secondary Education (Grade 11) - passes in 4 or more subjects
Kenya East African School Certificate or Cambridge Overseas School Certificate or Kenyan Certificate  (KCSE) - grades 1- 8 in 4 or more subjects
Korea SH3: : 6th Grade average in rank, with at least 6th grade in relevant/prerequisite subjects
SH2: 5th grade average in rank.
Kuwait Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama (General Secondary School Certificate) - 60% passes in 4 or more subjects
Laos Baccalaureat/11th grade - 4 subjects combining C and D including relevant subjects
Lebanon Baccalaureate - minimum 10 points inc relevant subjects or 50% in General secondary certificate with 50%  in relevant subjects
Macau iGCSE/'O' Levels  - grade C in 4 relevant subjects including English
Completion of Form 5 or Senior Middle 2 - with 60-65% average
Malaysia SPM school: Form 5, Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 4 relevant academic subjects to include English and Maths. SPM (Malaysia Certificate of Education) with 4 C grades or above in relevant subjects, to include English and Maths.
Mexico Bachillerato - 65%+ overall
Moldova Attestat/11th grade - minimum GPA 5.5
Morocco Diplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 10
Myanmar Basic Education High school Matriculation of 11 years - minimum of 60% achieved overall, including 60% in 4 relevant subjects
Nepal Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) - 55% or above
School Leaving Certificate - 65%
Nigeria West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate - WAEC - grades 1- 8 (A - E) in 4 or more subjects
Oman Thanawiya Amma (School Leaving Certificate) - 60% or above in a minimum of 4 relevant subjects
Pakistan Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) / Intermediate Certificate / Polytechnic Diploma - passes in 4 or more subjects. HSC grades 50%, year 11 60% or SSC grades 65% .40% min. required for relevant subjects
Philippines High School Diploma - 75% pass from Top Schools or 80% all other schools
Qatar Thanawaya Aam Qatari (School Leaving Certificate) - average pass mark of 60%, including relevant subjects
QSSC - minimum 5 subjects including Advanced level , grades A - Ds
Russia (and Chechnya) Attestat/11th grade – passes in 4 or more subjects. Attestat/11th grade - Minimum GPA 3
Rwanda Rwandan Advanced GCSE - 3 subjects 40% (Grade D)
Saudi Arabia Tawjihiya (General Secondary Education Certificate) - 60% Passes in 4 or more subjects, including relevant subjects
Singapore Secondary 4 (O or A Level programme, Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 4 subjects to include English and Maths. 4 x O levels grades A -C, includng English and Maths.
South Africa Senior Cert with Matriculation Endorsement = Four E's (relevant subjects) or National Senior Certificate = four subjects grade 3 or above (relevant subjects)
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) - 5 x O Levels at Grade C or above. 2 x A levels at E or above.
Taiwan Senior High School Year 3 - average 55% with passes in 4 or more subjects
Senior High School Year 2 - average 60% with passes in 4 or more subjects
Tanzania East Africa Certificate or Cambridge Overseas School Certificate or Certificate of Secondary Education - grades 1 - 8 in 4 or more subjects
Thailand Year 11 (MAW 5) completion with GPA 2.0
Year 12 (MAW 6) completion with GPA 2.0 in last two years.
At least 2.0 in academic subjects inc Maths and Science.
Turkey Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 50% overall inc relevant subjects
UAE Tawjihiyya (School Leaving Certificate) - minimum 60% in 4 or more subjects to include relevant subjects
Uganda Ugandan Certificate of Education - grades 1 - 8 in 4 or more subjects
Ukraine Attestat/11th grade - GPA 4.5
USA High School Diploma - minimum GPA 2.0 / Grade C- / 70%
Uzbekistan Attestat/11th grade - grade 3 or above in 4 or more subjects
Venezuela Titulo de Bachiller (Bachiller de la Republica) - 4 subjects minimum 12/20
Vietnam Year 12 (Bang Tu Tai) - completion report with GPA 6.0 overall, and 6.0+ for Maths and Science subjects
Year 11 - GPA 6.5 in Year 10 and 11  with 6.5+ for Maths and Science subjects
Zambia Zambian School Certificate - grades 1 - 8 in 4 or more subjects
  • IGSCE / GCSE / O-Level: 4 passes at 9-4 (A-C) in relevant subjects (excluding native language)
  • IB Diploma Programme: 20 points (IB Certificate accepted)
  • A/AS levels: 12 UCAS points (formerly 40 UCAS tariff points (excluding native language)

International Year One

To study the International Year One you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Academic:
    Top high school graduation grades
  • English:
    Academic IELTS for UKVI* 5.5 overall (min 5.5 or equivalent in each component)
  • Age:
    17 years or above.

Country-specific entry requirements

Country Qualification
Bangladesh Successful completion of first year of degree/Diploma level studies at 50% in relevant subjects 
China (Mainland) SH3/Senior High 3 with 80% or above in 4 or more subjects
China (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE) 2 x E, (Chinese language AS level not to be included for UCAS points). Higher Certificate, Honours Diploma and Higher Diploma
China (Macau) Cambridge Overseas Higher School Cert A-E (COHSC), part study of Diploma, Higher Diploma or Associate degree
China (Taiwan) SH3 plus evidence of further study. Part study of Junior College Diploma / Technical College / Institute or Polytechnic Diploma / Senior Vocational High School Leaving Certificate
Ghana OND/West African Higher School Certificate/Ghanaian A Level/Polytechnic Diploma
India 10+2 (60% or above) or part study of College/Polytechnic Diplomas
Indonesia High School certificate (SMA/SMU) plus evidence of further study/SKN = NVQ or diploma (D1 - D4)
Iran 4 yrs High School Diploma, Pre-University Certificate, Associate Degree or Kardani
Japan High school plus further year of study or High school only with minimum GPA 3.5
Jordan High School certificate (Tawjihi) plus evidence of further study. Community College Certificate / Diploma / General Vocational Secondary Education Certificate
Kazakhstan Certificate of Secondary Education plus evidence of further study. Part study of Specialist Diploma. Diplom o srednem spetsialnom obrazovanii
Korea High School Diploma or Junior Vocational College Diploma
Libya Secondary Education Certificate (General Secondary Schools) - 80% or above plus evidence of further study post completion of secondary school
Malaysia  -
Mexico Bachillerato 85% or 70% + 1 year Higher Educations (pass). IB : 24 points
Nigeria West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate - WAEC grades A1/2 (1 Exc/2 v good), B3/4 (3 good/4 credit), C5/6 (credit) in 4 or more subjects. Plus evidence further study e.g. National Diploma/Certificate or 160 UCAS points for A levels
Pakistan HSC grades 3.0-5.0 (60%/A&B) plus completion of 1st year of degree / diploma level studies
Qatar High School certificate plus evidence of further study. Part study of Vocational Secondary Diploma/Secondary Technical Certificate/Diploma in Technology/Bachelor Degree
Russia Attestat with minimum GPA 4.0 plus successful completion of 1 further year (= GPA 3.0)
Saudi Arabia Part study of diploma level studies - Diploma provided by Higher Institutes and Technical Colleges / Technical College Certificate / Higher Technical Institute Diploma / College of Technology Diploma / Higher Diploma
Singapore  -
South Africa National Senior Certificate in 5 relevant subjects at grade 5 or Senior Certification with Matriculation Endorsements with 5 Cs in relevant subjects
Thailand High School certificate (MAW6) plus evidence of further study. International Baccalaureat from an International School. Diploma in Vocational Education / Higher Certificate (Technician Level) or part study at associate/degree level.
Turkey Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 70% overall
UAE High School certificate (Tawjihiyya) plus evidence of further study. Part study of Specialist/University Diploma or Associate Degree
Ukraine Attestat/11th grade – with minimum GPA 7.0 (all good and excellent grades) + plus Successful completion of 1 further year (= GPA 5.0)
Vietnam Completed Year 12 plus further study (University, College or standard foundation).

Bahamas (BGCSE)
Brunei O level
Cambridge Ordinary (O) Level
Cameroon O level
CaMLA (Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments)
CIEP IOB French Baccalaureate (international option) City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills
CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council) English
European Baccalaureate English Language 1 or 2
GCE AS Level English
GCE AS Level English Language and Literature
GCSE English (A or B after this just refers to the different syllabuses)
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Studies (Single or Double Award)
HKDSE (Hong Kong Certificate of Education) English Language
HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education) English Language
IB English A Lang Lit
IB English A1
IB English A2
IB English B
IGCSE (CIE) English as a First Language
IGCSE (CIE) English as a Second Language
IGCSE English Language Short Course
Indian Central Board of Secondary Education and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education HSSC (standard 12)
International Certificate of Christian Education
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
Malaysian O level SPM 1119
NECO (Nigerian Examinations Council)
Romanian Baccalaureat
Singapore O level
SQA National 5/ Standard Grade (Scottish)
South African National Senior Certificate
Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education
Trinity ISE
Uganda Cert of Education
Undergraduate Degree from UKVI defined majority English speaking country
US High School Graduation Diploma (Taught in the USA)
West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE, awarding body WAEC).
Zambian School Certificate / GCE
Zimbabwe O level

Pre-Sessional English entry requirements

If you need to improve your IELTS score before studying on the International Year One, then you can choose to study either the 5 week or 10 week Pre-Sessional English programme. You need to meet the following entry requirements:

  • Academic:
    Top high school graduation grades
  • English:
    Academic IELTS for UKVI*:
    • 5 weeks: 5.5 overall (5.5 in 3 sub-skills including listening)
    • 10 weeks: 5.0 Overall (5.0 in all sub-skills)
  • Age:
    17 years of age or above.

Pre-master’s

To study the Pre-master’s, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Academic:
    Recognised higher/advanced diploma in related subject area, or recognised degree in related field, or Honours degree in any subject
  • English:
    Academic IELTS for UKVI* 5.5 overall (min 5.5 or equivalent in each component)
  • Age:
    20 years or above
Country Qualification
Bangladesh Recognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate BA (hons) at 50% or 3 year diploma at 65%
China (Mainland) 3 year Vocational Diploma at 70% or above / recognised first degree (4 years) at 60% or above
China (Hong Kong) Recognised first degree (honours/ordinary) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above
China (Macau) Recognised first degree (honours/ordinary) with a minimum GPA of 2.0
China (Taiwan) Recognised first degree/Bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 2.0
Ghana Bachelor degree or HND (in related subject)
India Recognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate BA (hons) at 45% or 3 year Diploma at 60%
Indonesia Recognised first degreeof D3/D4 with a minimum GPA of 2.5
Iran Recognised first degree
Japan Recognised first degree with 55% or above
Jordan Recognised first degree, GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
Kazakhstan Recognised first degree/Bakalavar/Specialist Diploma/Kazakh Diploma (4-5 years) with grades 3/4/5
Korea Recognised first degree with 60% or above or Ordinary Bachelors at 70% or above
Libya Higher Diploma in a related subject
Malaysia Recognised first degree or Advanced Diploma in a related subject area (A, B & C/2.0+)
Mexico Recognised Bachelor Degree in related field at 80% or above
Nigeria Recognised first degree or HND (in related subject)
Pakistan Recognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate (hons) at 50% or above
Qatar Recognised first degree, GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
Russia Bakalavar or Specialist Diploma (4/5 years) with a minimum GPA of 4.0
Saudi Arabia Recognised first degree, GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
Thailand Recognised Bachelor degree with a minimum GPA 2.3
Turkey Lisans Diplomasi or Muhendis Diplomasi at GPA 2.1 or above
UAE Recognised first degree,GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
Ukraine Recognised first degree/Bakavalar/Ukrainian Diploma with a minimum GPA of 7.0
Vietnam Recognised first degree with GPA 6.5 or above

Bahamas (BGCSE)
Brunei O level
Cambridge Ordinary (O) Level
Cameroon O level
CaMLA (Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments)
CIEP IOB French Baccalaureate (international option) City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills
CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council) English
European Baccalaureate English Language 1 or 2
GCE AS Level English
GCE AS Level English Language and Literature
GCSE English (A or B after this just refers to the different syllabuses)
GCSE English Language
GCSE English Studies (Single or Double Award)
HKDSE (Hong Kong Certificate of Education) English Language
HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education) English Language
IB English A Lang Lit
IB English A1
IB English A2
IB English B
IGCSE (CIE) English as a First Language
IGCSE (CIE) English as a Second Language
IGCSE English Language Short Course
Indian Central Board of Secondary Education and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education HSSC (standard 12)
International Certificate of Christian Education
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
Malaysian O level SPM 1119
NECO (Nigerian Examinations Council)
Romanian Baccalaureat
Singapore O level
SQA National 5/ Standard Grade (Scottish)
South African National Senior Certificate
Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education
Trinity ISE
Uganda Cert of Education
Undergraduate Degree from UKVI defined majority English speaking country
US High School Graduation Diploma (Taught in the USA)
West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE, awarding body WAEC).
Zambian School Certificate / GCE
Zimbabwe O level

English for Pre-master's

To study the English for Pre-master's programme you need to meet the following requirements:

  • English:
    Academic IELTS for UKVI*
    • 1 term: 5.0 (5.0 in all components)
    • 2 term: 4.5 (4.5 in all components)
  • Age:
    Age of 20 years or above.

* If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

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.