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?
- What high school grades do I need to have?
- Do I need to be over 18?
- Should I apply for the International Foundation Programme or an undergraduate degree?
- Can I progress to an undergraduate degree at Bristol?
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 type||IELTS minimum|
|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|
|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|
|Social Sciences||IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and 5.0 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|
*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:
- have a UKVI reference number on it
- look like this sample IELTS certificate (PDF, 678kB)
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.
|Country||International 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 70 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
|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 80% (or 16/20) with 80% 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. We also take your year 11 grades into consideration if there is a minimum GCSE requirement for your intended undergraduate degree.
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: Under-18s form 2019 (PDF, 156kB).
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 in the UK.
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.
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. You will need to apply through UCAS, which charges a small fee.
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 (this may include meeting a minimum GCSE requirement for Maths).
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.