'The great thing about studying in the UK is that even if you don’t meet the requirements for one course, you can choose another at a different level and work your way up. The UK offers study options to suit international students at all levels.'
- Qualifications equivalent to one or two UK A-levels, two Scottish Highers or a Higher National Certificate or BTEC National Diploma; or an international foundation year.
- Qualifications equivalent to one or two UK A-levels, one or two Scottish Highers or a National Diploma; or an international foundation year.
- Minimum 40+ UCAS points from one or two A-levels; plus five GCSEs grades A* to C (flexible).
- 180 UCAS points from two to three A-levels, plus five GCSEs grades A to C.
- Three to five Highers.
Entry requirements for postgraduate or MBA study
To begin a postgraduate course in the UK, you'll need to hold an undergraduate degree from the UK or overseas. You'll generally be expected to have obtained a first or good 2:1 (or international equivalent) in a directly related subject.
- Pre-master's: undergraduate degree
- PG Cert/PG Dip: undergraduate degree or a pre-master's course
- Master's degree: first or upper second class undergraduate degree plus IELTS 7.0, or a pre-master's course
- MBA: first degree plus 2-3 years’ business experience
- PhD: master's degree.
- BTEC National Diploma: good general high school education equivalent to four GCSEs grades A - C.
- AS/A-levels: good general high school education equivalent to five GCSEs grades A - C.
- Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers: good general high school equivalent to six Standard Grade qualifications grades 1-3.
- International Foundation Year: 12 years of school education or equivalent in your own country.
- HND: qualifications equivalent to one or two UK A-levels, two or three Scottish Highers or a BTEC National Diploma or an international foundation year.
- Foundation Degree: qualifications equivalent to one or two UK A-levels, two or three Scottish Highers or a BTEC National Diploma or an international foundation year.
There are many courses available to international students - from beginners to those who are practically perfect! You can also come for a short course during your holidays, or for an intensive year-long course, or many other options.
As a result, each language course and school will set its own entry requirements.
Improving your English language skills
If you want to study at further or higher education level in the UK (i.e. at a university or college) you may need to demonstrate your English language skills before you can be accepted onto a course or gain a visa.
To find out if this is the case, ask the university or college you are interested in studying at.
They may ask to see proof that you have reached their required standard by setting you a test, or by asking for an English language qualification.
Information about recognised English language tests can be found at:
- Take IELTS - The British Council's Official website for IELTS test takers
- PTE Academic website
- Cambridge English: Advanced website
- Trinity College London website.
You can search for English language courses in the UK in the course finder, to the top-right of this website.