International Foundation Year entry requirements

Studying the International Foundation Year

The International Foundation Year is a preparatory programme for progression to an undergraduate 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.

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 campus 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 campus.

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

Entry requirements

Age: 17+

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (minimum 5.0 in writing and no other skill less than 4.0)**, or a higher entry requirement for progression to MPharm in Pharmacy (5.5 in all skills).

Nationality: Any non-UK or EU national.

Academic entry requirements

Academic: Good high school grades or equivalent.

Check the academic entry requirements for your country:

The table below shows the minimum academic levels required for entry to the International Foundation Year. Please note, in addition:

  • progression to MPharm Pharmacy degree is subject to a successful interview during the International Foundation Year.
  • progression to the Architecture degree is subject to a successful interview and design portfolio review with the university.
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 65% or Senior High 3 at an average of 60% 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 Form 5 : Passes in 3 or more academic subjects or successful completion of HKDSE 221
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%
Morocco Successful completion of Diplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 10
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)

* 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 International Foundation Year, additional English language training is available at the International Study Centre.

You will need an Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.0 (min 4.0 in all skills) or equivalent to study the English Language Preparation for International Foundation Year.

Apply now

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

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