Entry requirements for international students in the UK

Academic entry requirements will vary between courses. Please check the individual course page and use the equivalency tables below to work out the specific requirements for your course.

 Academic requirementsMinimum English language requirements
University English
  • Minimum of a High School leaving certificate or equivalent
  • UKVI SELT approved IELTS 4.5 with 4.0 in all skills*
International Foundation Diplomas
  • High School Diploma/High School leaving certificate
  • International Baccalaureate, 20 points
  • British A levels, EE
  • British AS Level, CCC
  • iGCSE, 5 subjects at grade C/4 or better
  • UKVI SELT approved IELTS 4.5 with 4.0 in all skills*
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Four-year degree with integrated foundation
  • High School Diploma/High School leaving certificate
  • International Baccalaureate, 24 points
  • British A levels, CCD or 88 UCAS tariff points
  • IELTS 5.5, with 5.5 in all skills
  • Pre-sessional University English
  • Some alternative qualifications
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Undergraduate
  • A-levels, from BCC
  • Recognised foundation course
  • International Baccalaureate, from 29 points
  • IELTS 6.0-7.0, with 6.0 in reading and writing, and 5.5 in listening and speaking
  • GCSE / O-level grade C and above (not for second or final year entry onto Business degrees)
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Pre-master's
  • Honours degree, acceptable diploma or equivalent work experience
  • IELTS 5.5, with 5.5 in all skills
Postgraduate taught
  • A good honours bachelor’s degree
  • For MBA you must also have 3 years professional work experience
  • IELTS 6.0 to 7.0 overall, with 6.0 in reading and writing, and 5.5 in listening and speaking
Postgraduate research
  • Postgraduate master’s degree or good honours bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject
  • IELTS 6.0 to 7.0 overall, with 6.0 in reading and writing, and 5.5 in listening and speaking

**Entry requirements vary depending on the course you are applying for. Equivalent academic qualifications can be accepted and we are happy to consider applicants on a case by case basis.

*For our Pre-sessional University English and 1 year foundation courses you must take a IELTS for UKVI test at a UKVI approved test centre. For other courses we can accept any academic IELTS test and some alternative English qualifications. For further information please visit our English language requirements page.