Qualifications from Other Countries

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If you have qualifications from an overseas country but are now classed as a Home student, please refer to the information below.

America

High School Graduation Diploma - is considered comparable to GCSE (A*-C) / Credit Standard Grade standard provided an average of at least grade C is obtained in subjects which have counterparts in the GCSE Syllabus, and have been studied to Grade 12.

Advanced Placement Examination - is considered comparable to overall GCE Advanced / Scottish Advanced Higher standard. These exams will be assessed on individual basis. The number of AP exams and grades required for each programme will vary, we would typically look for at least three Group A subjects with grades 3 or 4 to be achieved. UCAS have recently added these exams in to the Tariff with a grade 4 being worth 90 points. 

IELTS is not required if applicants have successfully completed English to Grade 12 with a C grade.

Belgium

Qualifications will depend on which area the student has studied in - Flanders (Dutch speaking) or Wallonia (French speaking).

Flanders:
Brevet de Aanvullende Secundaire Beroepsschool (secondary vocational education programme)
 - is considered comparable to BTEC National Diploma standard;
Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs - is considered comparable to A level;

Wallonia:
Certificate d'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur - 
is considered comparable to A level.
Diplome d'Acces a l'Enseignement Superieur - is considered comparable to A level.

Details of the grading scheme and pass mark will be detailed on the diploma supplement as it differs across each qualifcation, most common scales are 1-10 or 1-20.

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Bulgaria

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovaine (Diploma of Completed Secondary Education) - is considered comparable to AS level;

Diploma za Sredno Spetsialno Obrazovanie / Svidetelstvo za Profesionalna Kvalifikasia (Diploma of Completed Secondary Specialised Education) - is considered comparable to AS level standard;

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Croatia

Svjedodzba o Maturi (Matura Certificate) - is considered comparable to A level with a minimum pass mark of 2.

Every subject passed may be considered at least comparable to GCSE grades A*-C. English is studied as a second language.

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Cyprus

Upper Secondary School (Lykeio) Leaving Certificate (Apolytirio) - is considered comparable to AS level

Each individual subject may be considered at least comparable to GCSE A*-C, including English, provided a mark of 15 has been obtained. 

Can be considered for entry onto our School of Management Foundation Programme with a grade of 17 or above.

Czech Republic

Maturitni Zkouska / Maturita - is considered comparable to A level;

Vysvedceni o Maturitni Zkousce (School Leaving Certificate with Maturita from technial / vocational schools) - is considered comparable to BTEC National standard;

The grading system used in schools is on a scale of 1 - 5, a minimum of grade 2 is required for entry:

1vyborny(excellent)
2chvalitebny(very good)
3dobry(good)
4dostatecny(pass)
5nedostatecny(fail)


A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

DR Congo

Diplôme d'État d'Études Secondaires du Cycle Long
Examen d'État
Both considered comparable to GCSE (grades A*-C) for every subject passed with 50% and above.

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Finland

Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen (Matriculation Examination) - is considered comparable to A level with a minimum pass mark of 3.

Every subject passed may be considered at least comparable to GCSE grades A*-C. English is studied as a second language.

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

France

Baccalaureat - is considered comparable to A level.

Every subject passed may be considered at least comparable to GCSE grades A*-C, where a grade of 10 or above has been obtained, with the exception of English language.

Mention tres bien (16-20)A
Mention bien (14-15)B
Mention assez bien (12-13)C
Pass (10-11)D
FailFail

Brevet de Technicien (BT) - is considered comparable to BTEC National Diploma / Certificate / Award standard;

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Gambia

West African Senior School Certificate - is considered comparable to GCSE (grades A*-C) for every subject passed, where grades of A1 - C6 have been obtained.

Germany

Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife / Abitur - is considered comparable to A level.

Every subject passed may be considered at least comparable to GCSE grades A*-C; including English, provided it has been taken as a Hauptfach / Leistungskurs, and a mark of 10 / gut has been obtained. 

The qualifcation is graded out of 6 overall;

    1 - 1.4 A
    1.5 - 1.9B
    2 - 2.4C
    2.5 - 2.9D
    3 - 3.4E

Ghana

General Certificate of Education Advanced Level  - is considered comparable to A level.

West African Senior School Certificate Examination, or
Senior Secondary School Certificate
Both considered comparable to GCSE (grade A*-C) for subjects passed with grades A1-C6 or A-D.

Greece

Apolytirio of Lykeiou (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) - is considered comparable to AS level.

Can be considered for entry onto our School of Management Foundation Programme with a grade of 17 or above.

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Hungary

Erettsegi Bizonyitvany (Secondary Education Graduation Certificate) - alsp known as Matura - is considered comparable to A level. 

Every subject passed may be considered at least comparable to GCSE grades A*-C with the exception of English Language. 

School evaluationIntermediate Maturity ExamAdvanced Maturity Exam
5 jelesexcellent80 to 100%60 to 100%
4 good60 to 79%47 to 59%
3 közepesaverage40 to 59%33 to 46%
2 elégségespass20 to 39%20 to 32%
1 elégtelenfail0 to 19%0 to 19%

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

India

Indian School Certificate (Year 12) - is comparable to AS level when awarded by CISCE, with every subject passed comparable to GCSE grades A*-C.

Higher Secondary Certificate / Standard 12 - is comparable to AS level when awarded by a recognised Board of Higher Secondary Education on completion of Grade 12. Every subject passed may be considered at least comparable to GCSE grades A*-C, with the exception of English language

Secondary School Certificate (SSC) / Standard 10 - is comparable to GCSE (grades D-G)

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Italy

Esame di Stato - is considered comparable to A level.
100B
9​1 - 99C
81 - 90D
71 - 80 E


A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Latvia

Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Attestation of General Secondary Education) - is considered comparable to AS level.

Can be considered for entry onto our School of Management Foundation Programme.

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Lithuania

Brandos Atestatas (Certificate of Maturity) (from a Gymnasium or Secondary School) - is considered comparable to AS level;

This is taken into account ONLY in combination with other qualifications such as A levels.

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Malta

Advanced Matriculation - is considered comparable to A level.
Matriculation Certificate Examination (from the University of Malta) - is considered comparable to A level:

- Grades A (maximum) - E (signifying pass)
- F - Fail

IELTS is not required if applicants have obtained the IGCSE grades A*-C to include English Language.

Nigeria

West African Senior School Certificate - is considered comparable to GCSE (grades A*-C) when studied after 1998.

Senior School Certificate - is considered comparable to GCSE (grades A*-C). From 1989 to 1998 this qualification was awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). Since 2000 it has been awarded by the National Examinations Council (NECO).For every subject passed where grades of 1 - 6 (A1 - C6) have been obtained.

Poland

Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci (Certificate of Maturity) / Matura - is considered comparable to A level standard;

90 - 100A
70 - 90B
50 - 70C
30 - 50D
0 - 30 (Fail)Fail

Since 2005 the Matura has been marked on a percentage scale with a pass mark of 30%.

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Portugal

Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundarios - is considered comparable to A level.

Marked on a scale of 0-20 where the minimum pass-mark is 10. Eligibility for HE entry would require a minimum of 14 - 17 which is 'bom' (good).

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Romania

Diploma de Bacalaureat - is considered comparable to A level;

Diploma de Bacalaureat (Technological/Vocational Profile) - is considered comparable to BTEC National Diploma standard;

Evaluated on a 10 level scale with 5 as the minimum pass mark. Eligibility for HE entry would require a minimum of 7.

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Spain

Titulo de Bachillerato - is considered comparable to A level provided an average mark of at least 6 has been obtained;

Tecnico Especialista (Formacion Profesional - segundo grado) - is considered comparable to BTEC National Diploma / Certificate / Award standard;

Evaluated on a scale of 1-10, 6 being the minimum pass considered for HE, depending on the programme.

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Turkey

Devlet Lise Diplomasi (State High School diploma) - considered comparable to a standard between GCSE and AS level with a minimum pass mark of 2.

A minimum of IELTS 6.0 is required with no element below 5.5, some programmes require up to 7.0 overall with no element below 6.5.

Zimbabwe

General Certificate of Education Advanced Level, or
Cambridge Higher School Certificate
Both considered comparable to A level.

Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level - is comparable to GCSE (grades A*-C) for every subject passed with A-C grades.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

European Baccalaureate (EB)
The minimum pass considered for Higher Education is 65%. More information relating to a specific programme can found on www.ucas.com, under entry profiles.

International Baccalaureate Certificate (IB Certificate)
This may be considered on a points basis from the UCAS Tariff depending on the programme. More information relating to a specific programme can found on www.ucas.com, under entry profiles.

If English has been taken at Higher Level where a grade 4 or above has been obtained, this can be taken in lieu of GCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma)
The minimum pass considered for Higher Education is 24 points, this is also the minimum points achieved in order to gain the full Diploma. More information relating to a specific programme can found onwww.ucas.com, under entry profiles.

If English has been taken at Higher Level where a grade 4 or above has been obtained, this can be taken in lieu of GCSE English Language.

English Language Requirements

GCSE English Language grade C or above, or equivalent, is a requirement of all Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes with the exception of UTT programmes where grade B is required.  Examples of alternative qualifications taken in lieu of the GCSE C grade are:

 

QUALIFICATIONGRADE

CEFR

 

IELTS (Academic)6.0 (no element below 5.5)B2

Cambridge English Advanced

169 (no element below 162)B2

TOEFL Internet

72B2

Pearson Academic

52 (no element below 51)B2
Cardiff Met GETS English Test75% (no element below 75%)

​B2

 

 GCSE Grade C Equivalencies

Essential Skills Level 3 Communication (Wales)

Several Programmes will accept Level 2, please check with the Admissions Unit for further details

Functional Skills Level 2 English (England)

IGCSE English Language A – Grade C

From 2017 the new GCSE grading in England will come into effect starting with English language and Maths – grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C

 

Please be aware that some Programmes require higher scores than those listed above.  Please refer to course pages for further information or contact the Admissions Unit.

Accepted European English language qualifications

COUNTRY

QUALIFICATIONGRADE EQUIVALENT

Austria

Matura/Reifeprufung2 (Gut)

Denmark

Bevis for Studentereksamen7
GermanyAbitur10  (provided it has been taken as a Hauptfach / Leistungskurs)

Iceland

Studentsprof9

Netherlands

Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs

8
Norway

Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole

4

Sweden

Avgangsbetyg/SlutbetygVG/4