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Pre-Masters Programme entry requirements

Studying the Pre-Masters Programme

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparatory programme for progression to a postgraduate degree at Kingston University, London. To study this programme, you must meet certain academic and English language requirements.

For courses starting in September 2021, you can choose how you study so you can either join us on campus or start your studies virtually from home and come to campus at a later date. Find out more here.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests for entry in September 2021.

You can start your studies in September 2021 with either a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), or an accepted alternative equivalent assessment, provided you meet 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.

This applies if you:

  • come to campus, or
  • start your studies virtually and join us on campus at a later date.

UKVI-approved SELTS include:

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

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • IELTS Indicator
  • IELTS Academic
  • LanguageCert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo*

*If you are enrolling with an ICAS, you will require a Duolingo score of 95 overall, 95 in all sub-scores

Study Group is permitted to assess students’ suitability for entry onto programmes which are degree level and above under the registration for the UK Office for Students. You are therefore not required to have a UKVI SELT to obtain a Student Visa when you come to campus.

If you begin your course virtually and transfer to the UK to complete your programme, you may be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) based on the Academic English Skills module assessments (as part of your Pre-Masters).

A CAS for a Student Visa will only be issued if you have met the minimum language requirement of CEFR B2 in all skills, and the academic entry requirements for your chosen programme.

If you do not meet the English language requirements for your pathway programme, you can join an English language preparation course first.

To progress to your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you will be required to successfully complete your pathway programme and achieve the required grades.

Entry requirements

Age: 20+

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 in all skills**.

Nationality: Any non-UK or EU national.

Academic entry requirements

Academic: Recognised higher/advanced diploma in a related subject area, or recognised degree in related field or honours degree in any subject.

Check the academic entry requirements for your country:

CountryQualification*
BangladeshRecognised first degree - 3 Year Undergraduate (Hons) 45%, 3 Year Undergrad (Regular Pass) 50%, 4 Year Undergraduate (Any) 45%, 3 Year Diploma (not a degree)
ChinaRecognised first degree or JCD 60%
GhanaRecognised first degree
Hong KongRecognised first degree (Honours/Ordinary).
IndiaRecognised first degree - 3 Year Undergraduate (Hons) 40%, 3 Year Undergrad (Regular Pass) 45%, 4 Year Undergraduate (Any) 40%, 3 Year Diploma (not a degree) 50%
IndonesiaRecognised first degree
JapanRecognised first degree with 60% or above
KazakhstanRecognised first degree
KoreaBachelor’s degree with grade average 70%+. Grade C or of 2.0 on the 4.5 scale or 2.0 on the 4.3 scale
MacauRecognised first degree (Honours/Ordinary) GPA 2.0
MalaysiaRecognised first degree
NigeriaRecognised first degree
Pakistan2 Years degree graduation from Pakistan with 55% (Total education 14 years); HND
RussiaRecognised first degree
Saudi ArabiaRecognised first degree GPA 2.0/4.0 scale or 2.5/5.0 scale
TaiwanRecognised first degree or Bachelor Degree (at 60% or above)
ThailandRecognised first degree
TurkeyRecognised first degree Lisans Diplomasi or Muhendis Diplomasi at GPA 2.0 or above
UAERecognised first degree GPA 2.0/4.0 scale or 2.5/5.0 scale
UkraineRecognised first degree
VietnamRecognised first degree or Bachelors Degree

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

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

EU student definition

EU students include:

  • EEA (European Economic Area) migrant workers and their families in the UK who have lived in the EEA for 3 years
  • EU nationals and their children who have lived in the EEA for 3 years
  • Refugees (recognised by the UK government) and their families
  • People who have applied for asylum and have been granted leave to enter/remain, and their families
  • The rules on whether you are classified as a ‘home’ or ‘overseas’ student are strictly defined by the British Government; universities do not have discretion.

English language tuition

If you need to improve your level of English language to enter the two-term Pre-Masters Programme, additional English language training is available at the International Study Centre. You will need an Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (with no skills less than 4.5) or equivalent to study the English Language Preparation for the Pre-Masters Programme.

Please visit the entry requirements page for more information.

Prepare for Success

5 weeks before you start your programme, you will be automatically enrolled in our complimentary online programme Prepare for Success. You'll benefit from useful insights into studying abroad and have the opportunity to gain key skills before you start your pathway programme.

Apply now

If you meet the requirements stated above, you can start your application to study the Pre-Masters Programme at the Kingston University International Study Centre now. Take a look at our online application form today.

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