International Study Centre

International Year One entry requirements

For courses starting in the academic year, you can choose how you study so you can either join us on campus or start your studies virtually from home and come to campus at a later date. Find out more here.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests for entry this academic year.

If you are applying for the International Year One

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
  • LanguageCert 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 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 / TOEFL iBT Home Edition
  • Cambridge ESOL / Cambridge Linguaskill
  • Duolingo
  • Oxford Test of English
  • Password Skills Solo
  • Academic English Skills

General entry requirements

Find out more about the entry requirements necessary to study the International Year One at the University of Sussex International Study Centre.

Entry requirementsInternational Foundation Year
English language*Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 overall (min 5.5 in writing)*
AcademicGood high school graduation grades or equivalent plus one year of further study. Check the country-specific entry requirements below
AgeApplicants must turn 18 by the 31st July of the year they are due to complete their ISC course and progress
NationalityOnly available to international (non-UK and non-EU students)
Additional requirementsEngineering route students: evidence of Grade B A-level Maths (or equivalent)

*If you do not need a Student 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 Student visa 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 countryAcademic qualification(s) you need
BangladeshSuccessful completion of Higher Secondary 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 + Completion of 1st year of degree/diploma level studies with good grades. Maximum age 22 years & 364 days
ChinaSH3 : 75% in 4 or more subjects including relevant subjects
Or
SH2 : 70% or above in 4 or more subjects plus 1 year of further year of study with a pass
Or
SH3 : SH3 60% plus 50% in Gaokao
ColombiaSuccessful completion of Bachillerato in 5 relevant subjects including a minimum of B in Maths for Business & Management and Computing routes + ICFES in 4 relevant subjects including 70% in Maths for Business Management and Computing routes + 1 further year of study
GhanaSuccessful completion of the West African Higher School Certificate (WAEC) and Ghanaian A Level and evidence of further study
Hong KongHKDSE: 3,3,2 - all subjects accepted
IndiaStandard 10+2 with 65% or above
IndonesiaSMU3 grade 7.5 (5 relevant subjects required) or 1st year of university study with grade 2.0 and above
IranCompleted 2 years Kardani with 13/20 OR 1 year towards Kardani at 14/20 and work experience.
JapanHigh School/Upper Secondary School leaving certificate plus evidence of further study
JordanSuccessful completion of Tawjihi plus evidence of further study
KazakhstanCertificate of Secondary Education with grade 4 & 5 across all subjects plus evidence of further study
KoreaSuccessful completion of SH3 with a grade average of 4 with at least 4th grade in relevant/prerequisite subjects
LibyaSuccessful completion Secondary Education Certificate with average of 80% or above plus evidence of further study post completion of secondary school
MacauCambridge Overseas Higher School Cert A-E (COHSC), part study of Diploma, Higher Diploma or Associate degree
MexicoBachillerato 90% or 75% + 1 year of Higher Education with a pass
NigeriaSuccessful completion of West African School Certificate (WASSCE) or Senior School Certificate with average grades of A-C or 1-6 in 5 or more subjects. Plus evidence of further study
PakistanSuccessful completion of Higher Secondary Certificate with an average of 60% or grades 3.0-5.0 plus completion of 1st year of degree / diploma level studies or High Secondary Certificate of 70% or above
QatarHigh School Certificate 85% in relevant subjects plus 1 further year of study
RussiaAttestat with minimum GPA 4.0 plus successful completion of 1 further year of study with GPA of 3.0
Saudi ArabiaGeneral Secondary Education Certificate Tawjihiya 80% plus further year of study
TaiwanSuccessful completion of Senior High 3 with minimum average 80% or 75% plus evidence of 1 year of further study
ThailandSuccessful completion of MAW 6 plus evidence of further study
TurkeySuccessful completion of Devlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 70% overall
UAESuccessful completion of Tawjihiyya plus evidence of further study
UkraineSuccessful completion of ATTESTAT/11th grade with a minimum of GPA of 7.0 plus successful completion of 1 year of further study with a minimum GPA 5.0
USAHigh School Diploma 2.75
VietnamSuccessful completion of Year 12 with grade 7.5 plus 1 further year of study

Other international qualifications

  • A/AS levels: 52 UCAS points
  • IB Diploma 22 points

English Courses

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

See our English courses