International Study Centre

Entry requirements

Undergraduate 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 nationals.

If you do not meet the English language requirements for your chosen pathway programme, you can improve your skills with our English language support course, English Language Preparation.

We understand you may face disruption in receiving your final academic results and English language test in 2020. Whilst our courses are online, we have introduced the following changes so that you can start your journey and we can get you to where you want to be.

For academic results we will take in to account your individual circumstances when assessing academic achievement. For further information about this, please contact your Student Enrolment Advisor or make an online enquiry, or contact your local agent.

For courses starting this year (2020), we have expanded the list of English tests we will accept for entry to programmes at Royal Holloway University London International Study Centre. Find out more here.

Please note that when teaching transitions from online to on-campus delivery, you will need to obtain a UKVI Secure English Language Test (SELT) for visa purposes before you can travel to the UK to continue your studies.

International Foundation Year

The International Foundation Year will prepare students for their first year of an undergraduate degree - read about the academic requirements for this programme below.

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
Morocco Diplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 12
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

International Year One

The International Year One prepares students to enter an undergraduate degree at its second year - view the academic and language entry requirements here.

Academic

Students will generally need good high school graduation grades or equivalent, plus one year of further study.

English language

Academic qualification Grade
Academic IELTS for UKVI* 5.5 overall (minimum 5.0 in writing and 4.0 in other components)
IGCSE/GCSE/O-Level 5 passes at A-C in relevant subjects (excluding native language) with a C in Maths for Engineering pathway, plus one year of further study. 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
Bangladesh HSC grades 3.0-5.0 (60%/A&B) plus completion of 1st year of degree/diploma level studies. 50% min. required for relevant subjects ie. Maths and Sciences. Physics is required at year 11 for Engineering.
China SH3 with 80% or above in 4 or more subjects
SH3 : 75% or above in 4 or more subjects plus 1 year of further year of study with a pass
SH3 : 65% plus 55% in Gaokao 
Canada High School Diploma Grade 12 65%+
Egypt Thanawiya Amma 75% plus successful completion of 1 year of further study
Hong Kong HKDSE 333 - all subjects accepted
India Year 12 HSC 60%+
Indonesia 7.5 SMU 3 (5 relevant subjects require) OR 1st Year university study with grade 2.0 and above
Iran Pre Uni Year Peeshdaneshgahe 14/20.
Or 1 year Kardani 14/20, or 2 year Kardani 13/20.
Japan High School/Upper Secondary School leaving certificate plus evidence of further study
Jordan Successful completion of Tawjihi 80% plus evidence of further study
Kazakhstan Certificate of Secondary Education with grade 4 & 5 across all subjects plus evidence of further study
Korea Successful completion of SH3 with a grade average of 4 with at least 4th grade in relevant/prerequisite subjects or High school Diploma
Kuwait General Secondary Education Certificate Tawjihiya 80% plus further year of study
Libya Successful completion Secondary Education Certificate with average of 80% or above plus evidence of further study post completion of secondary school
Macau Cambridge Overseas Higher School Cert A-E (COHSC), part study of Diploma, Higher Diploma or Associate degree
Mexico Bachillerato 90% or 75% + 1 year of Higher Education with a pass
Nigeria Successful completion of West African School Certificate (WASSCE) or Senior School Certificate with average grades of A-C or 1-6 in 5 or more subjects. Plus evidence of 1 year of further study
Pakistan HSC grade 60% plus successful completion of 1 year of further study
Or HSC Grade 75%
Qatar High School Certificate 85% in relevant subjects plus 1 further year of study
Russia Attestat with minimum GPA 4.0 plus successful completion of 1 further year of study with GPA of 3.0
Saudi Arabia General Secondary Education Certificate Tawjihiya 80% plus further year of study
Sinagapore Singapore O Levels A1 – C6 in 4 subjects,  plus 1 year part study of Polytechnic Diploma / Polytechnic Certificate / Polytechnic Advanced Diploma. 
Taiwan Successful completion of Senior High 3 with minimum average 75% or 65% plus evidence of 1 year of further study
Thailand High School certificate (MAW6) GPA 3.0
Turkey Successful completion of Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 60% overall
UAE Successful completion of Tawjihiyya 80% plus evidence of further study
Ukraine Successful completion of ATTESTAT/11th grade with a minimum of GPA of 7.0 plus successful completion of 1 year of further study with a minimum GPA 5.0
USA SATs 500 in Reading and Writing & Maths PLUS 500 in two SAT II subject test
Or ACT 24 overall  Or 2 APs at grade 3 in relevant subject areas
Vietnam Successful completion of Year 12 with grade 7.5 plus 1 further year of study
Academic qualification Grade
IB Diploma and IB Certificate 26 points
A/AS levels 52 UCAS points (including native language)

Other relevant subjects at school completion will also be considered to meet entry requirements.

English language Preparation Programme

Our programmes can be taken with an additional course of English preparation - find out what academic requirements our English language programme require.

Academic

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

English language for International Foundation Year

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

English language for International Year One

 Academic qualification  Grade
 Academic IELTS for UKVI* 1 term  5.0 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.

Online Pre-Sessional English*

Academic

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

Online Pre-Sessional English for International Foundation Year

Academic qualification Grade
Academic IELTS for UKVI or equivalent 10 weeks 4.5 overall

Online Pre-Sessional English for International Year One

Academic qualification Grade
Academic IELTS for UKVI or equivalent 10 weeks
5.0 overall
Academic IELTS for UKVI or equivalent 20 weeks 4.5 overall

* Delivered at Study Group’s Virtual Study Centre, students will have the opportunity to learn alongside other international students.

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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