International Study Centre

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Entry requirements for Royal Holloway International Study Centre

To join us at the International Study Centre, you have to meet certain academic and English language requirements.

Our courses are available to students who are:

  • At least 17 years old when they join us
  • Non-UK and non-EU nationals.

If you do not meet the English language requirements for your chosen International Foundation Year pathway, you can improve your skills with the English Language Preparation Programme.

International Foundation Year

Academic

Students normally need to have a minimum of 12 years of schooling with good grades.

English language

Academic qualification Grade
 Academic IELTS for UKVI*  5.0 overall (minimum 5.0 in writing)
 IGCSE/GCSE/O-Level  5 passes at A-C in relevant subjects (excluding native language) with a C in Maths for Engineering pathway. New grades 9-4 in English and Maths.

* If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English. The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ.

Your country Academic qualification(s) you need
Australia Completion of year 11 with equivalent grades to the GCSE/IGCSE requirements.
Bangladesh Successful completion of High School Certificate at an average grade of 60% with passes in 4 or more subjects and minimum of 50% in relevant subjects such as Maths and Sciences
Canada Completion of year 11 with equivalent grades to the GCSE/IGCSE requirements. Overall minimum 60%.
China Successful completion of Senior High 2 at an average grade of 75% with in minimum of 5 academic subjects including key subjects or Senior High 3 at an average of 70% or above in a minimum of 4 academic subjects including key subjects
Ghana Successful completion of the West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate average grade 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more subjects
Hong Kong Form 5 - Top schools: Grade E, or Level 2 or Pass, in 4 or more academic subjects
Form 5 - Other schools: 2C & 2D, or 2x Level 3 & 2x Level 4, or 20% on top of the pass mark in 4 relevant academic subjects (i.e. 60% if pass mark is 40%)
HKDSE: 322 in 3 relevant subjects (must have 3 in Maths for Science/Engineering and Economics pathway)
India Successful completion of the Standard 10+1 with 70% or above or Standard 10+2 at 55% or above, minimum 50% in relevant subjects such as Maths and Sciences
Indonesia Successful completion of SMU 3/Sikolah Menegah at grade 6.5 or above or SMU 2 at an average of 7.0. 5 relevant subjects required
Iran Successful completion of High School Diploma (3 years) with overall GPA 14/20 including relevant subjects
Japan Successful completion of Kotogakko (Year 12) with grade average or 70% or GPA 3.5/5. Year 11 with 75% or GPA 4/5 may be considered, subject to age
Jordan Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% including relevant subjects
Kazakhstan Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education (Grade 11) with grade average 4 and 5
Korea SH3: 5th Grade average in rank, with at least 5th grade in relevant subjects
SH2: 4th Grade average in rank with at least 4th grade in relevant subjects
Libya Successful completion Secondary Education Certificate with average of 80%
Macau Successful completion of iGCSE/'O' Levels at grade C in 5 relevant subjects including English or completion of Form 5 or Senior Middle 2 with an average grade of 65% - 75% in relevant subjects
Malaysia SPM school: Form 5, Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 5 relevant academic subjects to include English and Maths
Mexico Successful completion of Bachillerato at a average of 75% and above
Nigeria Successful completion of West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate with 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more relevant subjects
Pakistan Successful completion of Higher Secondary Certificate at an average grade of 3-5 (60%) overall, with passes in 4 or more subjects with 50% minimum required for relevant subjects such as Maths and Sciences
Qatar New certificate, QSSC - min. 5 subjects with 3 in Advanced level, all 5 grades A - Cs (minimum 70% in relevant subjects and overall in percentage scale)
Thanawaya Ama Qatari (School Leaving Certificate) minimum pass mark of 80% in relevant subjects
Russia Successful completion of ATTESTAT/11th grade with a minimum GPA of 4.0
Saudi Arabia Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% and no lower than 70% in relevant subjects
Singapore Secondary 4: Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 5 relevant academic subjects to include English and Maths
Taiwan Successful completion of Senior High School Year 3 pass with an average grade of 60% in relevant subjects overall, including relevant subjects or SH2 with 75%.
Thailand Successful completion of MAW 6 with average GPA 2.0 in relevant subjects including Maths and Sciences or successful completion of MAW 5 with GPA 2.5
Turkey Successful completion of Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 65% overall with minimum 60% in relevant subjects
UAE Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% and minimum of 70% in relevant subjects
Ukraine Successful completion of ATTESTAT/11th grade with a minimum GPA of 7.0
USA USA - High school Diploma: Min GPA 2.75 (grade C+, 77%) with minimum 4 academic subjects
Vietnam Successful completion of Year 12 with average GPA 7.0 and minimum of 7.0 for Maths and Sciences subjects
Academic qualification Grade
The Diploma of the International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) and the Diploma Programme Course (IB Certificate) 26 points 
A/AS levels 24 UCAS points (formerly 80 UCAS tariff points, excluding native language)
IGCSE/GCSE 5 passes at A-C in relevant subjects

English Language Preparation Programme 

Academic

Students normally need to have a minimum of 12 years of schooling with good grades.

English language

 Academic qualification  Grade
 Academic IELTS for UKVI* 1 term  4.5 overall 

* If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English. The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ.

Secure English Language Test

If you are applying to study in the UK under the Tier 4 student route, it may be necessary for you to submit a Secure English Language Test as part of your visa application.

Check the UK government website for guidance and information about valid test providers and approved test centre locations for tests taken on or after 6 April 2015. To find out if you are exempt from the Secure English Language Test requirement and to find out about acceptable English language tests, please contact us.

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