International students

Entry Requirements

On this page you can find the English language requirements and the minimum grades required to enter the International Foundation Year. The grades you need to enter the course will vary depending on what qualifications you have completed.

For students interested in studying the International Foundation Year in Medicine, please click here.

English Language Requirements

Pathway IELTS (UKVI) Score Required PTE (UKVI) Score Required
Business & Management 5.5 overall, minimum of 5.0 in each skill 51 overall, minimum of 42 in each skill
Economics & Finance 5.5 overall, minimum of 5.0 in each skill 51 overall, minimum of 42 in each skill
English Literature, Film & Drama 6.0 overall, minimum of 5.5 in each skill 57 overall, minimum of 51 in each skill
Geography & Development Studies 6.0 overall, minimum of 5.5 in each skill 57 overall, minimum of 51 in each skill
Global Health 6.0 overall, minimum of 5.5 in each skill 57 overall, minimum of 51 in each skill
Humanities & Social Sciences 6.0 overall, minimum of 5.5 in each skill 57 overall, minimum of 51 in each skill
Law 6.0 overall, minimum of 5.5 in each skill 57 overall, minimum of 51 in each skill
Politics & International Relations 6.0 overall, minimum of 5.5 in each skill 57 overall, minimum of 51 in each skill
Science and Engineering (all) 5.0 overall, minimum of 5.0 in each skill 42 overall, minimum of 42 in each skill

Age Requirements

All students must be at least 17 years old on the 1st September of the academic year in which they begin their programme. 

For students beginning the foundation in September 2021 or January 2022, this means they must be 17 on 01/09/2021.

International Qualifications and Grades

The typical minimum academic entry requirements for the course (excluding the International Foundation Year in Medicine)can be found below listed by country. For countries not listed please contact foundationprogrammes@qmul.ac.uk 

For the International Foundation Year in Medicine, please click here.

For pathways in Science and Engineering, applicants are required  to have studied to an appropriate level in subjects related to their chosen discipline. These subjects need to have been taken in their final year of study in High School.

Pathway Required Subjects
Biological Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Maths
Chemical Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Maths
Electronic and Electrical Maths, Physics
Engineering Maths, Physics
Maths Maths, Physics
Physics Maths, Physics
All HSS except Law CCD
Law A*AA
Biological Sciences CCC
Chemical Sciences CCC
Engineering BBB
Electrical Engineering BCC
Materials Science BBB
Mathematics BBC
Physics CCC

 

 

All HSS except Law CCC
Biological Sciences BBC
Chemical Sciences BBC
Engineering AAB
Electrical Engineering BBB
Materials Science AAB
Maths ABB
Physics BBC


For the International Foundation Year (Law) Pathway, AS levels will not usually be considered.

Maturity Diploma (General Secondary Education) - An overall mark of 8.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least  8 in required subjects.

Baccalaureat de I’Enseignement Secondaire: Minimum grade of 12 overall.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 14 (Bien) in required subjects.

Habilitação Literarias (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)An average of 15/20.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 15/20 in required subjects.

Bachiller: 7/10 overall.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 7/10 in required subjects. 

Certificate of Unified Examination:  Overall average of at least 14/20.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 14/20 in required subjects.

Attestat (Certificate of Complete Secondary Education): Marks of 4 or above for all subjects.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 4 in required subjects.

Tawjihiya: 80% overall 

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects.

High School Certificate: 4.0/5.0 overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 4.0/5.0 in required subjects.

Certificado de Ensino Medio: An overall average of 7

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 8/10 in required subjects.

Canadian High School Diploma (all provinces): Minimum overall grade of 70%.

 

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, applicants with Canadian qualifications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

For the IFY (Law) pathway, applicants who have taken the above qualification will be required to meet the minimum direct academic entry requirements for LLB Law programmes.

Licencia de Educación/Enseñanza Media: An overall grade of 5.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 6.0 in required subjects.

Senior High Year 2: 80% overall

Senior High Year 3: 75% overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, you must complete Senior High Year 3, and we also require at least 75% in required subjects.

Bachillerato/Diploma de Bachillér: An overall average grade of at least 80% or 8/10.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80%/ 8/10 in required subjects.

Titulo de Bachiller (Academic Stream): 80% in final year.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects.

Apolytirion: 15/20 overall including 12 or above for all subjects

Devlet Lise Diplomasi: 65% overall (60% in all subjects)

 

For the IFY (Law) pathway, applicants who have taken the above qualification will be required to meet the minimum direct academic entry requirements for LLB Law programmes.

Titulo de Bachiller de la Republica del Ecuador: An overall mark of 7/10

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 7/10 in required subjects.

Tawjihiya: 80% overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects.

General Education Diploma (Sashualo Ganatlebis Atestasi): A minimum of 9 in four subjects, no subjects below good (8).

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 9 in required subjects.

WAEC: A minimum of 6 credits (grades) at C4 or Higher.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least C4 in required subjects.

Apolytirion: Marks of 15 or above for all subjects

***Only where not completing Pan-Hellenic Subjects*

For the IFY (Law) pathway, applicants who have taken the above qualification will be required to meet the minimum direct academic entry requirements for LLB Law programmes.

Baccalauréat Unique / Baccalauréat 2ème partie:  14/20 overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 14/20 in required subjects.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 

Marks of 4, 3, 3, for core subject English Language + two relevant electives (any combination)  

 

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For the IFY (Law) pathway, applicants who have taken the above qualification will be required to meet the minimum direct academic entry requirements for LLB Law programmes.

Standard XII (Central Board): 60% overall

Standard XII (State Board): 65% overall

 

For the IFY (Law) pathway, applicants who have taken the above qualification will be required to meet the minimum direct academic entry requirements for LLB Law programmes.

SMA3/SMU3: 7.0 overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 7.0 in required subjects.

IB Certificate/Diploma: Marks of 4 or above in 4 subjects (excluding languages) at either Standard or Higher Level.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least a minimum of 3 (HL) or 4 (SL) in required subjects.

For the IFY (Law) pathway, applicants who have taken the above qualification will be required to meet the minimum direct academic entry requirements for LLB Law programmes.

Diplom-Motevaseteh: 13/20 overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 13/20 in required subjects.

Adadiyah: 80% overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects.

Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate: Five relevant subjects with grades of at least 3 or above.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 4 in required subjects.

Tawjihiya: 80% overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects.

Attestat: 4.0 overall, with at least at least six grades of 4 and 5.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 4.0 in required subjects.

Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE): A minimum of C+

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least B- in required subjects.

Diplomë për Kryerjen e Shkollës së Mesme të Lartë (Diploma for High School Graduation) - GPA 3.4/4.0

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 3.4/4.0 in required subjects.

Attestat/Senior High School Certificate: An average mark of 4/5 or 80%.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 4/5 or 80% in required subjects.  

Thanawia: 80% overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects.

Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education): Marks of 7or 70% or above for all subjects

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 7 or 70% in required subjects.

For the IFY (Law) pathway, applicants who have taken the above qualification will be required to meet the minimum direct academic entry requirements for LLB Law programmes.

Lebanese Baccalaureat: 14/20.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 14/20 in required subjects.

Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama/Secondary Education Certificate: 80% overall 

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects

Malysia Higher School Certificate: Grades of C or above for all subjects.

SPM: B overall, Grade A in two required subjects

Bachillerato:  At least 80% in relevant subjects and 80% overall average or 8/10.

 

For the International Foundation Year (Humanities and Social Sciences pathways) the "Titulo de Bachiller técnico" is also accepted.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80%  or 8/10 in required subjects.

Certificate of Complete Secondary Education: 80%/B (Good) or higher.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80%/B (Good) in required subjects.

Attestation du Baccalaureate: 12 overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 14 in required subjects.

Basic Education High School Examination/Matriculation Examination: 75% overall.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 75% in required subjects.

Higher Secondary Education Certificate: A minimum of 75% overall.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 75% in required subjects.

 

WAEC: Six grades, minimum C4 in each subject

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least C4 in required subjects.

Thanawia: 80% Overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects.

Higher Secondary School Certificate: 60% overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 60%/Grade B in required subjects.

American/International School in Pakistan: Overall GPA of 2.3

General Secondary Education Certificate (to Grade 12): 80% (Very good) overall.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% (Very good) in required subjects.

Certificado de Educacion Secundaria Comun Completa: 14/20 overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 14/20 in required subjects.

Senior High School (with Senior High School Diploma after 12 years): Minimum 80% in final year.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects at grade 12.

Thanawia: 80% overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects.

Attestat: Minimum of 4 in all subjects

Thanawia: 80% overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE Advanced Level  

Grades of C or above for all subjects  

 

 

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

 

For the IFY (Law) pathway, applicants who have taken the above qualification will be required to meet the minimum direct academic entry requirements for LLB Law programmes.

 

Senior High School Diploma SH3: Five subjects with a minimum average of 70%, or grade 4 overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 70% or grade 4 in required subjects.

General Secondary Certificate (al Shahâda al-Thânawiyya al-cÄmma or Baccalauréat): Minimum overall average of 80%.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects.

Senior High School (Year 3): 75% Overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 75% in required subjects.

Certificate of Completed Secondary Education: 4 out of 5 overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 4/5 (Good) in required subjects.

Mathayom Suksa 6: 3.0 overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 3.0 in required subjects.

Baccalaureat: An overall grade of ‘assez bien’ (12-13)

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 14 in required subjects.

Certificate of Complete Secondary Education: 4 out of 5 overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 4/5 in required subjects.

Devlet Lise Diplomasi: 70% overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 65% in required subjects.

Thanawia: 80% overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects

Atestat pro Povnu Zagal’nu Sersdniu Ovitsu (Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education): Grades of ‘good’ (7-9) or above for all subjects

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least ‘Good’ (7-9) in required subjects.

Attestat o srednem obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education): Grades of ‘good’ (71-85) or above for all subjects

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects.

US High School Diploma: 3.0/4.0

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 3.0 in required subjects.

Titulo de Bachiller/Título de Educación Media General: 15/20 overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 15/20 in required subjects.

Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Year 12): GPA of 7.0 overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 7.0 in required subjects.

General Secondary Education Certificate: Overall grade of at least 80%

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects.

Zambian High School Certificate: An overall average of 3 in final year.

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least grade 3 in required subjects.

Required Documents

  1. Copies of your high school qualifications/transcript so far. This must show the subjects you are studying in your final year. 
  2. A copy of your UKVI IELTS certificate if you have taken it already;
  3. A scanned copy of the data page of your passport (including any previous UK visas);
  4. As part of the application, you will need to complete a personal statement explaining the reasons for your degree choice after the foundation programme (300 words).

If you have not yet taken an English proficiency test, you can still apply for the International Foundation Year and will be made a conditional offer subject to meeting the minimum requirement.