Entry requirements

Are you from outside of mainland China?

You can find more information through Kaplan International Pathwaysour trusted education partner for applications and admissions to the International Foundation Programme.

Academic requirements for mainland China

QualificationGrade
Senior Secondary School Certificate

Senior Middle 3 with a minimum grade average of 80% with 80% in required subjects
Senior Middle 2 with a minimum grade average of 85% with 85% in required subjects

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of 26 points, with a minimum of 4 in any required subject
GCSE grade B or equivalent in required subjects

A Levels

A minimum of 3 passes at grade C
GCSE grade B or equivalent in required subjects

 Some undergraduate degrees will need higher grades than required for the International Foundation ProgrammeSome degrees also require a minimum GCSE or equivalent grade in a specific subject. 

If you are applying from outside of mainland China, please find your country-specific academic requirements through our trusted partner Kaplan International Pathways.

Pathway requirements

You will need to provide a valid Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate with scores that meet our entry requirements.

Accepted SELTs include:

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI from authorised test centres only
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • LanguageCert ESOL SELT
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Arts and Humanities

IELTS minimumLanguage CERT
ESOL
Trinity ISE
(Level III or IV)
Pearson PTE
IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each part of the test B2 Communicator Pass Pass in all skills 59 overall, minimum 54 in writing and 46 in any band

Social Sciences and Law

IELTS minimumLanguage CERT
ESOL
Trinity ISE
(Level III or IV)
Pearson PTE
IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each part of the test B2 Communicator Pass Pass in all skills 59 overall, minimum 54 in writing and 46 in any band

Required subjects: degrees in economics, finance, accounting and management will require mathematics.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics*

IELTS minimumLanguage CERT
ESOL
Trinity ISE
(Level III or IV)
Pearson PTE
IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in each part of the test B2 Communicator Pass Pass in all skills 54 overall, minimum 46 in any band

Required subjects: mathematics and science.

*If you wish to progress to a degree in Psychology or Veterinary Science, the requirements are as follows:

IELTS minimumLanguage CERT
ESOL
Trinity ISE
(Level III or IV)
Pearson PTE
IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each part of the test B2 Communicator Pass Pass in all skills 59 overall, minimum 54 in writing and 46 in any band

Required subjects: mathematics and science

Dentistry

IELTS minimumLanguage CERT
ESOL
Trinity ISE
(Level III or IV)
Pearson PTE
IELTS 7.0 overall, minimum 6.5 in each part of the test C1 Expert High Pass Pass in all skills 67 overall with 64 in all skills

Required subjects: Chemistry and any other scientific subject (Biology, Physics, Mathematics)

Please contact us if you have another local qualification you would like to discuss.

Do I need to be over 18? 

The minimum age that you can study the International Foundation Programme is 16. Please read more information for students aged under 18.

Do I need a visa?

You can find information about visas on our Student Visa Services pages.

Ask a question

  • Contact mainland China:

Email: ifp-china@bristol.ac.uk
Phone: 00 8610 8515 1899

  • Contact from outside mainland China:

Please fill out a contact form.

  • For questions about Dentistry

Email: fohs-ifp@bristol.ac.uk

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