International Study Centre

International Foundation Year entry requirements

General entry requirements

Find out more about the entry requirements for the International Foundation Year at the University of Sussex International Study Centre.

Entry requirements International Foundation Year
English language* Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (min 5.0 in writing)*
Academic Good High school graduation grades or equivalent. Check the country-specific entry requirements below
Age 17 years of age, or above
Nationality Only available to international (non-UK and non-EU students)
Additional For Engineering route: Student will require either GCSE Mathematics grade 6 or equivalent. For Life Sciences route: Student will require GCSE Biology and Chemistry (or combined science to include biology and chemistry) grade 6 or equivalent.

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

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

Country-specific entry requirements

Your country Academic qualification(s) you need
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
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 HKCEE 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) or HKDSE with minimum grades 223 in relevant subjects
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
Malaysa 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
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 Successful completion of Thanawaya Aam Qatari with average grade 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
Vietnam Successful completion of Year 12 with average GPA 7.0 and minimum of 7.0 for Maths and Sciences subjects

Other international qualifications

  • The Diploma of the International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma) and the Diploma Programme Course (IB Certificate): 26 points.
  • IGCSE/GCSE: 5 passes at A-C in relevant subjects (excluding native language). New grades 9-4 in English and Maths.

English Course

Need to improve your English? You can study a range of English language courses at the International Study Centre.