Entry requirements

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The International Foundation Programme is intended primarily for international students who have completed secondary school and achieved good results in their national school-leaving examinations when those examinations are not equivalent to A-levels. Since the Programme began, we have accepted students with qualifications from over 75 different countries.

Students who have taken GCE/GCSE examinations in their own country are also eligible to apply for entry to the International Foundation Programme. We do not normally offer a place on the Foundation Programme to students who have taken A-levels or another foundation course but failed to obtain the grades they need. However, individual applications will be considered if there are exceptional circumstances.

You may apply to join the Foundation Programme before you have completed your secondary education. You may then be offered a place based on your academic achievements to date, with the offer being conditional on your results in your final school leaving examinations.

To view the list of entry requirements by country please view the academic entry requirements.

English language level

Your level of English must be sufficient to enable you to cope with the demands of the Foundation Programme. The English level you require is different depending on which International Foundation Programme you take and which degree you intend to progress on to.

To view the list of entry requirements by subject and programme type please view the English language entry requirements.

You can submit an application before you take an English test. If you meet the entry requirements in all other respects, an offer will be made to you conditional on your meeting the English language entry requirement. You cannot join the Programme unless you are able to provide evidence of your level of English.

Applicants who are not nationals of one of the countries listed here https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/knowledge-of-english must show proof of English language ability.

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