Country-specific entry requirements

International Foundation Year entry requirements

Students applying to study the International Foundation Year course are usually 17 years of age or above.

English language level*

The table below show the minimum English language levels required for entry to the International Foundation Year.

All students' English and numeracy skills will be tested on arrival, and study plans may be altered accordingly. (This may incur additional costs).

Course
Required English language level*
International Foundation Year Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (minimum 5.0 in writing and no other element less than 4.0)**
English Language Preparation (for International Foundation Year)
Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.0 (min 4.0 in all bands)**
International Foundation Year for progression to Pharmacy (MPharm) Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 or above overall and in all skills

* 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 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.

Contact us to 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.

Academic entry requirements

The table below show the minimum academic levels required for entry to the International Foundation Year. Please note in addition for Pharmacy (MPharm) progression degree only a minimum Mathematics at grade C (or 4) or Naric equivalent will be needed.

Country Qualification*
Bangladesh Successful completion of High School Certificate at an average grade of 50%
Bahrain Successful completion of Tawjahiya (secondary school leaving cert) average grade 60% or above, including relevant subjects
China Successful completion of Senior High 2 at an average grade of 70% or Senior High 3 at an average of 65% or above
Georgia Successful completion of Secondary School Leaving Certificate (year 11 or 12)
Ghana Successful completion of the WAEC West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate - grades 1 - 8 (A - E) in 4 or more subjects
Hong Kong Passes in 3 or more academic subjects or successful completion of HKDSE 22
Kuwait Successful completion of Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama (General Secondary School Leaving Certificate) average grade 60% or above, including relevant subjects
India Successful completion of Standard 10 with 65% or year 11 55%
Indonesia Successful completion of Grade 6.5 SMU 2 or Grade 6.0 SMU 3 
Iran Successful completion of High school Diploma (3 years ) in 4 or more subjects with an average grade of 11
Japan Successful completion of Kotogakko with grade average of 2.0
Jordan Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 50% in 4 or more subjects
Kazakhstan Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education in 4 or more subjects
Korea Successful completion of Korean high school graduation equivalency exam - 60%+ including relevant subjects
Libya Successful completion Secondary Education Certificate with average of 60%
Macau Successful completion of Bachillerato 65%+
Mexico Successful completion of Bachillerato with average of 70%
Nigeria Successful completion of WAEC West African School Certificate or Senior School Certificate - grades 1 - 8 (A - E) in 4 or more subjects
Oman Successful completion of Thanawiya Amma (School Leaving Certificate) average grade 60% or above, including relevant subjects
Pakistan Successful completion of High Secondary Certificate (50%) or SSC (65%)
Qatar Successful completion of Thanawaya Aam Qatari with an average grade of 60% in relevant subjects
Russia Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education
Saudi Arabia Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 60%, including relevant subjects
Taiwan Successful completion of Senior High 2 at an average grade of 60% or Senior High 3 at an average of 55% or above
Thailand Successful completion Mathayom 6 with GPA 2.0 (2.0 in Maths and Science subjects)
Turkey Successful completion of Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 50% overall including relevant subjects
UAE Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 60%, including relevant subjects
Ukraine Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education with a minimum GPA 4.5
Vietnam Successful completion of Year 12 with average grade 6.0 overall (with 6.5 for maths and science subjects)

Other qualifications

Qualification Award
IB Diploma Programme 20 UCAS points (IB Certificate accepted)
A/AS levels 12 UCAS points (formerly 40 UCAS tariff points)

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.