Entry requirements

We are looking for students who will be successful on the International Foundation Programme. We also want you to do well on your undergraduate degree. To ensure this, we look at your English language skills and high school grades.

How good does my English need to be?

The International Foundation Programme is for international students whose first language is not English.

You must provide a valid official Secure English Language Test (SELT) certificate* with scores that meet our entry requirements.

Degree typeIELTS minimum
Science and Engineering IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and 4.5 in each part of the test
Vet Science IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each part of the test
Arts and Humanities IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each part of the test
Social Sciences IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and 5.0 in each part of the test
Law IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and 5.0 in each part of the test

*A valid SELT for the International Foundation Programme is:

  • an IELTS Academic test
  • less than 2 years old (at the start of the course of study)
  • taken at an approved test centre.

A valid IELTS Academic test certificate will:

We do not accept the IELTS Life Skills test. Find further information about SELTs on the University of Bristol’s English Language entry requirements page.

What high school grades do I need to have?

Below you can see academic entry requirements for the International Foundation Programme, listed alphabetically by country.**

We cannot list entry requirements for every country. However, if you feel your grades are strong, please email us.

CountryInternational Foundation Programme academic entry requirements*
Albania Secondary School Leaving Certificate with 85% overall and 85% in relevant subjects
Argentina Successful completion of High School with average grades of 7/10
Armenia Completion of Certificate of Completed Secondary School or Preliminary Professional Certificate with a minimum score of 13/20. [Pass mark is 8/20]
Azerbaijan Attestat: Secondary School Leaving Certificate - Overall average grade 4.0 out of 5.0 with 4.0 out of 5.0 in relevant subjects
Bahrain Successful completion of Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama with a minimum grade average of 85% overall and 85% in relevant subjects
Bangladesh Successful completion of Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) with grade average of 75% with a minimum of 75% in relevant subjects
Belarus Secondary school leaving certificate (Year 11) GPA 7/10
Brazil Certificado de Conclusao de Segundo Grau - on a 0-10 scale we would consider 7+
Chile Completion of Senior High School (Licencia de Educacion/Ensenanza Media) Overall minimum of grade 5
China Senior Secondary School Certificate - 12 years of high school including 3 at senior high school. Minimum 80% with 80% in relevant subjects
Colombia Successful completion of High School (Titulo de Bachillerato) with average grades of 3.8/5 or B or 75/100
Cyprus Successful completion of Apolytirion with 16/20 overall and in relevant subjects
Ecuador Successful completion of High School (Titulo de Bachillerato) with average grades 80% or 16/20
Egypt Successful completion of Thanaweya A’ama with grade average of 85% and 85% in relevant subjects
Gambia Successful completion of SSCE (WASSCE) with: Grade B3 in 5 subjects
Georgia Secondary School Leaving Certificate (sashualo skolis atestati) Avg 2 on 1-4 scale / 7 on 0 -10 / C
Ghana Successful completion of SSCE (WASSCE) with: Grade B3 in 5 subjects
Hong Kong Students with HKDSE who have completed four subjects with a minimum of two at level 4 (not including Chinese) and the remainder at level 3 or above. Where subject specific grades are required (for programmes in Engineering, Economics, Science etc.) applicants will need to have at least a level 4 in those subjects.
Indonesia Surat Tanda Tamat Belajar Sekolah Menengah Atas (STTB SMA) - Upper Secondary Certificate of Completion. Approximately 50 points including 7+ in key subjects
Iraq Completion of Preparatory Education or Sixth Form Baccalaureate with average grade of 85% and 85% in relevant subjects
Japan Completion of Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate - Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho
  • On a 1-5 Scale; an overall average of 4/5
  • On a letter scale; an overall Average of “B”
  • On a 1-10 Scale; an overall average of 7-8/12
Jordan Certificate of General Secondary Education (Tawjihi) with 85% and 85% in relevant subjects
Kazakhstan Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat) Overall average grade 4.0 out of 5.0 with 4.0 out of 5.0 in relevant subjects
Kenya KCSE minimum of 5 subjects with grade B.
Korea Successful completion of High School Diploma with grade average of 70% or B (Woo)
Kuwait Successful completion of Shahadt-al-thab=nawia-al-a'ama with grade average of 85% with 85% in relevant subjects
Latvia Successful completion of Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību (Certificate of General Secondary Education) with 8/10 overall and in relevant subjects
Lebanon Baccalaureate with a grade average of 85% with 85% in relevant subjects
Libya Secondary Education Certificate with a grade average of 80% with 80% in relevant subjects
Malaysia Successful completion of the UEC with a Minimum of B3 overall and at least 75 in specific subjects
Mexico Successful completion of High School with average grades of 8.0/10.0
Nepal Successful completion of Higher School Certificate with grade average of 70%
Nigeria Successful completion of SSCE (WASSCE) with: Minimum of 5 subjects with grade B
Oman Successful completion of Thanawiya Amma with with grade average of 85% with 85% in relevant subjects
Pakistan Completion of High School leaving Certificate (after 12 years of education) Average grade of 75% with 75% in relevant subjects
Panama Completion of High School with an overall minimum of 4/5
Peru Successful completion of High School with average grades of 16/20
Philippines High School Diploma (after yr 12) B Grade Average or 85% overall
Qatar Successful completion of Thanawaya Aa’ama Qatari with grade average of 85% with 85% in relevant subjects
Russia Attestat o Srednem Obshchem Obrazvanii - Minimum overall Grade of 4.0 or 'Good'
Saudi Arabia Successful completion of Tawjihiyah with grade average of 85% with 85% in relevant subjects
Syria Successful completion of Al Shahada Al Thanawiya with grade average of 85% with 85% in relevant subjects
Taiwan Successful completion of Senior High School with 80% overall
Thailand School Leaving Certificate. Mathayom 6 (M6) Overall credits of 69 out of 81or 85% or B grade average or GPA 3.3
Turkey Successful completion of Lise with 70% overall with 70% in relevant subjects areas
UAE Successful completion of Tawjihiyya with grade average of 85% with 85% in relevant subjects
Uzbekistan Diploma of Specialised Secondary Education overall grade of 85%
Venezuela Successful completion of High School with average grades of 16/20
Vietnam Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma with overall grade of 7.5 out of 10 with 8 in relevant subjects
Zambia Successful completion of Zambian High School Certificate with distinction (grades 1-2)

**In subjects related to your intended undergraduate degree, we may require higher grades than specified above.

Do I need to be over 18?

There is no minimum age for the programme, but we will assess each under 18 applicant individually. This is to ensure all our students are suited to an adult learning environment.

If you are under 18 when the course starts, your parents or legal guardians must email us a completed consent form‌.

You will also need a guardian in the UK. The guardian should be someone who can be contacted in case of emergency, to help resolve problems – for example, if your parents do not speak English. The guardian should be able to take responsibility if for any reason you leave the University. If your parents do not know anyone who can act as a guardian, they can try the AEGIS website.

Your parents will remain responsible for your welfare while you are staying with the guardian. Students will need to make their own travel arrangements.

If you are an under 18 student, we recommend you live in a University residence. Find out more about our accommodation.

Should I apply for the International Foundation Programme or an undergraduate degree?

iGCSEs or A Levels as supplementary qualifications

If you have studied a mixed curriculum, please contact us to see whether you are eligible for the International Foundation Programme.

American qualifications

If you have been educated in a high school system based on the American curriculum, please visit our USA requirements page to see if you are eligible for direct entry onto an undergraduate degree.

If you do not have the qualifications required for undergraduate study, please contact us to see if you are eligible for the International Foundation Programme.

International Baccalaureate or A Levels as main qualification

If you have taken International Baccalaureate or A Levels as your main high school qualification, you should apply directly to the undergraduate degree programme of your choice.

If you still need to improve your English, you might be interested in our Pre-sessional courses in academic English.

Can I progress to an undergraduate degree at Bristol?

Studying on our International Foundation Programme guarantees you a conditional offer or an interview from the University of Bristol. However, some degrees are highly competitive or require extra qualifications. Your first choice of degree is not guaranteed. When you complete the IFP, you can progress to an agreed degree relevant to your previous studies, provided you meet the entry requirements and/or the interview standards. You select which degrees you wish to apply for. 

To study an undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol you must successfully complete the International Foundation Programme. Your high school grades must also meet the minimum entry requirements for undergraduate study.

A levelIFP
A*AA 65%
AAA 60%
AAB 55%
ABB 50%

 

The above equivalencies give you an idea of what grade you would need to achieve on the IFP to meet the entry requirement for your chosen degree. Undergraduate entry requirements are listed under the individual course entries on our course finder. Many degree programmes require a compulsory minimum grade in specific units.

Our qualification is also recognised by other UK universities.

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