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Are you from outside of mainland China?
You can find more information through Kaplan International Pathways, our trusted education partner for applications and admissions to the International Foundation Programme.
Academic requirements for mainland China
|Senior Secondary School Certificate||
Senior Middle 3 with a minimum grade average of 80% with 80% in required subjects
A minimum of 26 points, with a minimum of 4 in any required subject
A minimum 2 passes at C, GCSE grade B or equivalent in required subjects
Some undergraduate degrees will need higher grades than required for the IFP. Some 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.
The type of English Language test you will need for the academic year 2020/21 will depend on whether you are coming to the UK to study on campus or accessing your study online in your home country.
If you are studying on campus and travelling to the UK
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)
|Degree type||IELTS minimum||Relevant subjects|
|Arts and Humanities||IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each part of the test
|Economics, Finance, Accounting and Management||IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and 5.0 in each part of the test||
Mathematics and Science
|Law||IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each part of the test|
|Science and Engineering||IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and 4.5 in each part of the test||Mathematics and Science|
|Social Sciences||IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and 5.0 in each part of the test|
|Veterinary Science||IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each part of the test||Mathematics and Science|
|Medicine and Dentistry||IELTS 7.0 overall, minimum 6.5 in any band||Chemistry and any other scientific subject (Biology, Physics, Mathematics)|
If you are studying online in your home country
If you are starting your course online through digital learning and have been affected by test centre closures you can meet the English language requirement through one of the below tests. When you travel to the UK to continue the International Foundation Programme on campus you will need to provide one of the above SELTs.
Accepted English language tests:
|Test||Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics||Arts and Law||Social Sciences||Veterinary Science|
|NCUK English Test||5.5 overall, minimum 4.5 in any band and 5.0 in writing||6.0 overall, minimum 5.5 in each band||5.5 overall, minimum 5 in each band||6.0 overall, minimum 5.5 in each band|
|TOEFL at Home||66 overall, R11, L10, S14, W17||
80 overall, R13, L12, S17, W19
66 overall, R13, L12, S16, W17
|80 overall, R13, L12, S17, W19|
|Pearson Versant||58 overall, minimum 56 in each band||60 overall, minimum 58 in each band||58 overall, minimum 56 in each band||60 overall, minimum 58 in each band|
|Duolingo English Test (DET)||95||110||95||110|
|Pearson PTE:||59 overall, minimum 46 in any band and 56 in writing||64 overall, minimum 59 in writing and 56 in any band||59 overall, minimum 56 in any band||64 overall, minimum 59 in writing and 56 in any band|
|Cambridge CPE||162||169 Overall, 162 in each||162||169 Overall, 162 in each|
|Cambridge CAE||162||169 Overall, 162 in each||162||169 Overall, 162 in each|
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.