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.

We understand you may face disruption in receiving your final academic results and English language test in 2020. We have therefore introduced the following changes so that you can start your journey and we will help you get to where you want to be.

For academic results we will take into 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 Durham University 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.

For students enrolling on the Pre-Masters programme in autumn 2020, Duolingo is now accepted for on-campus tuition. Find out more here.

If you do not meet the English language requirements for your pathway programme, you can join an English language preparation course first.

To progress to your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you will be required to successfully complete your pathway programme and achieve the required grades. 

International Foundation Year

  • Entry requirements

    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.

     

  • Alternative international requirements

    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 specific entry requirements
    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  Successful completion of HSC Year 12 - Grades 3.0-5.0 (60%+)  
    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 
    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
    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 
    Morocco Diplôme 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

  • Entry requirements

    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. 
    • 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.

     

  • Country specific entry requirements
    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)  Recognised first degree (60%) or College Diploma (70%)
    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
    Korea Bachelor’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

  • Online Pre-Sessional English Language Programme

    If you do not meet the English language entry requirements to start the International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters in September 2020, you can join our Pre-Sessional English Language Programme first. This course is for 10 (joining your pathway in September) or 20 (joining your pathway in January) weeks and will be delivered through our Study Group's Virtual Study Centre.

    10 weeks: IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (with 5.0 in all skills)
    20 weeks: IELTS for UKVI 4.5

    Age: 17+ or 20+

  • English Language Preparation entry requirements

    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 entry requirements

    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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