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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Admission requirements for your course

To join us at Durham University International Study Centre, you need to meet the minimum academic and English language entrance requirements.Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests for entry in 2022.

Joining us on campus

You can start your studies with a UKVI- approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), provided you have met all the programme entry requirements.

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English UKVI
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • Language Cert International ESOL SELT
  • PSI Skills for English UKVI (4 components)

Starting your studies virtually from home and coming to campus at a later date.

You can start your studies virtually with a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) as above or you can provide proof of your English language proficiency with an alternative test. This is possible because you do not need a Student Visa to start virtually from your home country.

You will need to obtain a SELT with the required minimum score in order to make a Student Visa application in order to come to campus.

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • IELTS Academic (non-UKVI) / IELTS Academic Online
  • IELTS Indicator
  • Pearson PTE Academic / Pearson PTE Academic Online
  • Language Cert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT/iBT Home Edition
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo
  • Cambridge Linguaskill
  • Oxford Test of English
  • Academic English Skills
  • Password Skills Solo

You can start your studies in September 2021 with either a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), or an accepted alternative equivalent assessment, provided you meet all the programme entry requirements.

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.

This applies if you:

  • come to campus, or
  • start your studies virtually and join us on campus at a later date.

UKVI-approved SELTS include:

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English UKVI
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • Language Cert International ESOL SELT
  • PSI Skills for English UKVI (4 components)

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • Pearson PTE Academic / Pearson PTE Academic Online
  • IELTS Indicator*
  • IELTS Academic (non-UKVI) / IELTS Academic Online
  • LanguageCert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT/iBT Home Edition
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo
  • Oxford Test of English
  • Academic English Skills
  • Password Skills Solo

Study Group is permitted to assess students’ suitability for entry onto programmes which are degree level and above under the registration for the UK Office for Students. You are therefore not required to have a UKVI SELT to obtain a Student Visa when you come to campus.

A CAS for a Student Visa will only be issued if you have met the minimum language requirement of CEFR B2 in all skills, and the academic entry requirements for your chosen programme.

*The IELTS Indicator test will not be accepted for on campus study for the Pre-Masters Programme.

Check the entry requirements for your programme

International Foundation Year

To apply for the International Foundation Year, you need to meet the following entry requirements.

Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent, with relevant subjects

English language:

IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (5.5 in reading and writing, minimum of 5.0 in all other skills)* 

Age: 17+

*We accept equivalent proof of English if you do not need a Student visa, or are exempt in another way.

IGCSE / GCSE / O-Level: 5 passes at A-C in relevant subjects (excluding native language). New grades 9 - 4 in English and Maths

IB Diploma Programme: 26 points (IB Certificate accepted, 26 points) (Subject pass level is 3)

A levels: 84 UCAS points (formerly 240) no E grades at A level counted towards UCAS points total, combinations of A and AS levels accepted

24 UCAS points from AS only (native language accepted) (formerly 80 UCAS points)

Country Qualification 
Angola Successful completion of Certificado de Habilitação Literária (grade 12) with overall GPA at least 14  
Azerbaijan Successful completion of 11th grade - Grades 4 and 5 
Australia Successful completion of year 11 with equivalent grades to the GCSE/IGCSE requirements. Minimum 60% achieved. 
Bahrain Successful completion of Tawjihiyaa (School Leaving Certificate) with 80% 
Bangladesh HSC with overall GPA 3.25 or 55%, with 55% or above in Maths and English
Belarus Successful completion of Attestat (11th grade) - Min. 7.0 +
Botswana Successful completion of Cambridge Overseas School Certificate - Grade 1-6 in 4+ subjects
Brazil Successful completion of Certificado de Ensino Medio - 6.9-5.0  in 5 subjects 
Brunei Successful completion of Brunei-Cambridge Certificate of Education Ordinary Level - Grades 1-6 in 5 subjects 
Cameroon Successful completion of Baccalaureat or Certificat de Probation - grade 13+ 
Canada Successful completion of year 11 with equivalent grades to the GCSE/IGCSE requirements - minimum 60% achieved
China (mainland) Successful completion of Senior High 2 (80% in at least 5 academic subjects) or Senior High 3 (75% in at least 4 academic subjects) 
Egypt Successful completion of Thanaweya - 75% 
Ethiopia Successful completion of Grade 12 HE Entrance Qual Cert - over 301 
Gambia Successful completion of West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE) - Grades 1-6 (A-C) 
Hong Kong Successful completion of Form 5 (2C & 2D) or HKDSE (332 in 3 relevant subjects, including 3 for Maths for Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance pathway or 3 Maths or Science for Science and Engineering pathway)
India Successful completion of HSE/Standard 11 (70%, including 50% for Maths and Science) or HSE Year 12 (55%, including 50% for Maths and Science)
Indonesia Successful completion of SMU 3 (Grade 6.5) or SMU2 (Grade 7.0) 
Iran Successful completion of High School Diploma (3 years) - 14/20 
Ireland Successful completion of Irish Leaving Certificate - 300 points 
Japan Successful completion of Upper Sec Sch Cert. Kotogakko (12th Grade) - 70% or 3/5 
Jordan Successful completion of General Secondary Education Certificate (Tawjihi) - 80%
Kazakhstan Successful completion of Attestat (11th grade) - Grades 4 and 5
Kenya Successful completion of East African/O'seas Sch/Kenyan Cert (KCSE) - Grades 1-6 (A-C) in 4+ subjects 
KoreaSH3: 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
Kuwait Successful completion of General Secondary Education Certificate - 80% 
Lebanon Successful completion of Baccalaureat - Min 12 points 
Macau Successful completion of Form 5 / Senior Middle 2 - 70%, including C+ 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 Certificado de Bachillerato - 75+, including C+ in relevant sbujects 
MoroccoDiplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 12
New Zealand Successful completion of NCEA Level 2 - 80 credits with no fewer than 60 from level 2 and no fewer than 12 level 2 credits in relevant subjects
Nigeria Successful completion of West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) - Grades 1-6 (A-C) in 4+ subjects 
Oman Successful completion of General Secondary  Education Certificate - 80% from level 2 (majority merits/excellent) 
Pakistan Successful completion of High Secondary Certificate (HSC) - Grades 3-5 (60%) 
Qatar Successful completion of General Secondary Education Certificate Examination (Al-Thanawaya Al-Amah) - 80% 
Russia Successful completion of Attestat (11th grade) - Grades 4+ 
Saudi Arabia Successful completion of General Secondary Education Certificate (Tawjihayah) - 80% 
Singapore Secondary 4: Term 2 or Mid-Year transcript - Grades of A- C achieved in 5 relevant academic subjects to include English and Maths
South Africa Successful completion of National Senior Certificate (Grades 3+ in 5 or more subjects) or High School Certificate Year 3 (5th grade average)
Sri Lanka Successful completion of General Certificate of Education - 6 subjects grade B+ 
Taiwan Successful completion of Senior High School Leaving Certificate (60%) or Senior High Year 2 (75%) 
Tanzania Successful completion of East African School Certificate - Grades 1-6 (A-C) in 4 or more subjects 
Thailand Successful completion of Matayom 5 (GPA 2.5) or Matayom 6 (GPA 2.0) 
Turkey Successful completion of Devlet Lise Dipl (High School Completion) - GPA 3.0 (60%)
Ukraine Successful completion of Attestat - 11 years at school - GPA 7.0+ 
United Arab Emirates Successful completion of Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Tawjihayya) - 80% 
United States of America Successful completion of USA High School Diploma: Minimum GPA 2.75 (grade C+, 77%) with minimum 4 academic subjects
Vietnam Secondary School Graduation - Year 12 - 7.0+, including 7.0 for Maths and Science

If your qualification or country is not listed then please contact us for more information.

Pre-Masters

To apply for the Pre-Masters programme you need to meet the following entry requirements.

Academic

You need a good first degree or diploma in a relevant subject. 

  • Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance: you need proof of Maths or other numerate subject modules within your undergraduate degree or diploma.
  • Law and Social Science: you may need a relevant first degree, depending on your chosen progression degree.
  • Science and Engineering: you need a relevant degree or diploma.

English language

  • Three terms - Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (5.5 in all skills)*
  • Two terms - Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (5.5 in all skills)*^

Age: 20+

* We accept equivalent proof of English if you do not need a Student visa, or are exempt in another way.
^ Please note: the Pre-Masters in Law and Social Science programme is not available as a two-term option.

Country Qualification 
Azerbaijan Recognised first degree or equivalent
Bangladesh Recognised first degree 
Belarus Bakalavr GPA 7.0 
Botswana Recognised first degree or equivalent
China (mainland) Full time studies Bachelor's degree : 65%+ overall
Full time studies Undergraduate Graduation Certificate/Full time studies Junior College Diploma (1 semester/term internship accepted only): 70% overall
Egypt Recognised first degree GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
Gambia Recognised first degree or equivalent
Hong Kong Recognised first degree, Higher Diploma (GPA 3+) or equivalent
India Recognised three or four year undergraduate degree (Honors or Regular pass)
Indonesia D3/D4 Diploma - A-4 excellent/ B-3 good
Iran Recognised first degree or equivalent
Japan 4 year Gakushi
Jordan Recognised first degree or equivalent
Kazakhstan Bakalavr 3.0
KoreaBachelor’s degree with grade average 70%+. Grade C or of 2.0 on the 4.5 scale or 2.0 on the 4.3 scale
Kuwait Recognised first degree or equivalent
Macau Recognised first degree or equivalent GPA 2.5
Malaysia Advanced Diploma 2.0 or recognised first degree or equivalent
Nigeria Recognised first degree or equivalent
Oman Recognised first degree or equivalent
Pakistan Bachelors Degree (Hons) - 3 Year (50%)
Qatar Recognised first degree or equivalent
Russia Specialist Diploma (4/5 years) - 4.0
Saudi Arabia Recognised first degree or equivalent
Singapore Advanced Diploma (A, B & C/2.0+) or recognised first degree or equivalent
Sri Lanka Recognised first degree or equivalent
Taiwan Recognised first degree 2.0+
Thailand Recognised first degree GPA 2.3+ or equivalent
Turkey Undergraduate Degree (Lisans Diplomasi or Muhendis Diplomasi 2.1)
Ukraine Recognised first degree GPA 7.0 or Ukrainian Diploma GPA 7.0
United Arab Emirates Recognised first degree or equivalent
Vietnam Higher Diploma GPA 7.0 or recognised first degree GPA 6.5

If your qualification or country is not listed then please contact us for more information.

English language courses

English Language Preparation

If you do not meet the English language entry requirements for the International Foundation Year, you can join our English Language Preparation course first. This course is for one term.

IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (5.0 in reading and writing, minimum of 4.5 in all other skills)

Age: 17+

English for Pre-Masters

If you do not meet the English language entry requirements for the Pre-Masters, you can join our English for Pre-Masters course first. This course is for one term. You can study English for Pre-Masters and the Pre-Masters Programme with one visa.

One term: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (5.0 in all other skills)*

Age: 20+

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