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Entry Requirements

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International Foundation Year Entry Requirements

When you join the International Study Centre at Lancaster University, you will begin your journey towards gaining a degree from a top UK university, and beyond, to a rewarding career.

In order to make the most of your time at the International Study Centre, we ask applicants to attain a minimum level of education. Use the table below to find out the relevant qualifications for your country.

Country Qualification
Bangladesh Successful completion of High School Certificate at an average grade of 60%
Botswana Successful completion of the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate grades 1-6 in 4 or more subjects.
China (Mainland) Successful completion of SH2 at an average of 75% (80% for Business and Management) in 5 or more subjects, or SH3 at an average of 70% (75% for Business and Management) in 4 or more subjects (in both cases must include key subjects).
China (Hong Kong) Successful completion of the HKCEE with 3 x D's and 1 E in academic subjects or Form 5 in a minimum of 4 academic subjects (grades will be assessed on a case by case basis). HKDSE with minimum grades 223 in relevant subjects
China (Macau) Successful completion of Form 5 with average grade 75%, or iGCSE / 'O' Levels with grade C or above in 5 relevant subjects including English
Ghana Successful completion of the West African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate average grade 6 or above in 4 or more subjects
India Successful completion of 10+1 with 70% or above in relevant subjects
Indonesia Successful completion of SMU 2/Sikolah Menegah at grade 7.0 or above, or SMU 3 with an average of 6.5 out of 5 academic subjects
Iran Successful completion of High School Diploma (3 years) with a GPA of 14 including relevant subjects
Japan Successful completion of Kotogakko with grade average of 70% or GPA of 3.5
Jordan Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80%
Kazakhstan Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education with GPA of 4.0
Korea Korean High school graduation equivalency exam - 70%+ including relevant subjects
Libya Successful completion Secondary Education Certificate with average of 80%
Malaysia Successful completion of SPM (Malaysia Certificate of Education) (or forecast) with aggregate of 20 or less in best five relevant academic subjects to include English and Mathematics.
Mexico Successful completion of Bachillerato with average score of 75%
Nigeria Successful completion of West African School Certificate (WAEC) with grades A - C in 4 or more relevant subjects
Pakistan Successful completion of High Secondary Certificate with passes in 4 or more subjects with an average of 60%
Qatar Successful completion of Thanawaya Aam Qatari with average grade 80%, or QSSC - minimum 5 subjects with 3 subjects at Advanced Level with grades A-C
Russia Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education with a GPA of 4.0
Singapore Successful completion of Singapore/Cambridge O Level - Grade A1-C6 in 5 relevant subjects.
Saudi Arabia Successful completion of Tawjihi with average of 80% including relevant subjects
Taiwan Successful completion of Senior High 2 at an average grade of 75% or Senior High 3 at an average of 70% in relevant subjects
Thailand Successful completion of MAW5 with grade 2.5 or MAW6 with grade 2.0 in academic subjects including at least 2.0 in Maths and Science subjects
Turkey Successful completion of Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 65% overall with minimum 60% in relevant subjects
UAE Successful completion of Tawjihiyya with average of 80%, including relevant subjects
Ukraine Successful completion of ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education with a GPA of 7.0
Vietnam Successful completion of Secondary School/Year 12 or a National University Entrance Examination score of 7.0
  • If your qualification or country is not listed then please contact us for more information.

Other qualifications


Available to international and EU students

English language level:

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.

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 (SELT) as part of your visa application.

Find out more 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 SELT requirement and to find out about acceptable English language tests please contact us.

For direct entry to the International Foundation Year Engineering and Computing, Life Sciences and Mathematics and Statistics:

For International Foundation Year Business and Management Studies, Law and Social Studies

  • Academic IELTS for UKVI: 5.0 (min 5.0 in all subskills)*

If you have an Academic IELTS for UKVI level of 4.5 (all bands min 4.0)* or equivalent you will need at least one term of English Language Preparation.

If you have an Academic IELTS for UKVI level of 4.0 (all bands 4.0)* or equivalent you will need two terms of English Language Preparation.

If you don't have a current Academic IELTS for UKVI* grade, you may still apply to the ISC. Please contact us to find out about alternative assessment of your English Language level.

Maths requirement:

All students' English and numeracy skills will be tested on arrival, and study plans may be altered accordingly. (This may incur additional costs).

For Engineering & Computing AND Mathematics & Statistics pathways only – All markets:
As an alternative to the normal subject entry requirement students can as an alternative take:

a) Cambridge Test of Mathematics (TOM) for University Admission- a score of 4.
b) Cambridge Sixth term exam paper 1 (STEP paper 1) a score of 41/120.

*If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English