Entry requirements for the Birmingham Foundation Academy

The Birmingham Foundation Academy is suitable for you if you have completed your high school education to a high standard and you would normally require a foundation year before being eligible for first-year undergraduate entry to universities in the UK.


Please note: if you have studied in a country which is not on this list please contact us and we will be happy to advise on the suitability of your qualifications for the Birmingham Foundation Academy.

If you wish to progress on the our MPharm Pharmacy programme please be aware that you will be required to have studied Chemistry within your school leaving qualification or higher. Good grades will need to have been achieved and may be a condition in any offer of a place made for the Birmingham Foundation Academy programme.

Country-specific requirements:

Africa

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Country            Academic Requirements                                                            
Angola Average of 16/20 in the Habilitação Literarias (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include at least 16/20 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Cameroon 13/20 in the Cameroon Baccalaureate, to include at least 13/20 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Egypt Average of 85% in the Thanawiyan, to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Ethiopia Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Qualification Certificate (with a minimum of 7 subjects taken) with 'very good', to include 'Very Good' in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Gambia

WAEC Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with at least 5 subjects at grade B3, to include grade B3 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

If you have achieved English Language at grade C4, you will not be required to take an additional English proficiency test (for the 4-year programme)

Ghana

WAEC Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with at least 5 subjects at grade B3, to include grade B3 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

If you have achieved English Language at grade C6, you will not be required to take an additional English proficiency test (for the 4-year programme)

Kenya 65% or B grade average in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), to include grade B in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway. If you have achieved English language at grade C or above, you will not be required to take an additional English proficiency test (for the 4-year programme)
Libya An average of 80% in the Secondary Education Certificate, with at least 80% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Malawi

Average grade of 3 in the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE), to include at least grade 3 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

If you have acheived grade 3 or above in English Language, you will not be required to take an additinoal English proficiency test (for the 4-year programme)

Morocco 14/20 in the Diplome du Baccalaureat, to include at least 14/20 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
Nigeria

WAEC Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with at least 5 subjects at grade B3, to include grade B3 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

If you have achieved English Language at grade C6, you will not be required to take an additional English proficiency test (for the 4-year programme)

Rwanda Grades A, A, B in the Advanced General Certificate of Education, to include Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway. Or, Baccalaureate with minimum of 14/20 (Bien)
Somolia Secondary School Leaving Certificate with 80% or above, with at least 80% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
South Africa Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However, if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least South African National Senior Certificate (SA NSC) with martriculation with 666666 overall, to include Maths for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
Sudan Sudan School Certificate with a minimum grade of 70% (gr B), to include a grade of 70% (gr B) in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway 
Uganda

Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However, if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have the Ugandan Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) grades ABB, to include B in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

If you have achieved English language at grade C or above, you will not be required to take an additional English proficiency test (for the 4-year programme).

Zambia Zambian General Certificate of Education with an overall grade of 2 from across atleast 5 subjects,  to include Merit in Mathematics, grade 2 for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway. If you have acheived a credit (grade 6) in English Language, you will not be required to take an additional English proficiency test (for the 4-year programme). 

Asia

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Country    Academic Requirements                                                          
Azerbaijan Average of 4/5 or 80% in the Secondary School Leaving Certificate. To include at least 4/5 or 80% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
Bangladesh Average of 75% in the Higher Secondary Certificate. To include at least 75% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
Brunei Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However, if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least ABB profile, to include Mathematics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
China

Students who have completed Senior High School, with an average of at least 80%, with 80% in Mathematics for the Engineering and Physical Science Pathway.

Students completing High School at year two should present a transcript of results and a letter from the school confirming completion of Senior High School.

Students completing High School at year three should present a transcript of results and the High School graduation examination (Huikao) Certificate.

At least an overall grade of B or 80% in year 2 of Senior High School, including B or 80% in Mathematics, from the High School Graduation Examinations for the Engineering and Physical Science Pathway (this will usually be taken at the end of year 2 but in some provinces this is in year 3)

Hong Kong Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with 3 subjects at grades of 443, from one core subject (not including Chinese or Liberal studies) and two elective subjects. For our Engineering and Physical Sciences, subjects must include Mathematics at grade 4 (e.g. 4 (Maths) 43)
Georgia Georgia Secondary School Leaving Certificate (sashualo skolis atestati) Average 2 on 1-4 scale, 7 on 0-10 or C. To include Mathematics at 2 or equivalent for our Engineering and Physical Science Pathway.
India

An average of 65% in the Standard XII Higher Secondary Certificate, with at least 65% in mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway, for ICSE, CBSE, West Bengal State Board. All other boards require 70% overall, with 70% in mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

If you have achieved 75% or above in English Language from the ICSE, CBSE or West Bengal State Board, you will not be required to take an additional English language proficiency test (for the 4-year programme)

Indonesia Grades of 7.0/10 in the High School Certificate from year 12 (SMU3), to include 7.0 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway 
Japan Average of 4/5 GPA with the Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Senior High School Leaving Certificate), to include 4/5 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Kazakhstan Senior High School Certificate (Attestat) with an average of 4/5, to include 4/5 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Mongolia Average grade of A (90%) in the Certificate of Complete Secondary Education, to include grade A in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Malaysia At least Grade B3 in the Malaysian Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), with at least grade B3 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Pakistan Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) (also called Intermediate Certificate), with at least grade B or 70%, to include grade B or 70% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway 
South Korea Senior High School Certificate with a minimum grade of 70% (or C (Mi), to include 70% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Singapore Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However, if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least ABB at H2 level, to include Maths for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
Sri Lanka Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However, if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least A levels - At least ABB profile, to include Mathematics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway. 

Taiwan

An average of 75% in the Senior High School Leaving Certificate, to include 75% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway

Thailand

Certificate of Secondary Education/Maw 6 with a minimum grade point of 3 (70%). To include a grade point of 3 (70%) in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences Pathway.
Uzbekistan Diploma of Specialised Secondary Education (O'rta Ma'lumot To'g'risida Shahodatnoma) overall grade 4/5 
Vietnam Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma (Bằng Tốt Nghiệp Phổ Thông Trung Học) with an overall score of 7.0, to include 7.0 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway. 

Europe and rest of the World

Europe
Country Academic requirements                                     
Albania Average of 8/10 in the Dëftesë Pjekurie (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include at least 8/10 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Austria Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least 2/5 in the Matura/Reifeprüfung with at least 2/5 in Maths for Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
Cyprus

Holders of the Apolytirion, with a minimum overall score of 16/20 to include 16/20 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

For those in the Turkish - Cypriot system, holders of the Lise Bitirme Diplomasi, with an overall score of 4/5 (or the National Diploma with an overall score of 8/10) to include 4/5 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway

France Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least 13/20 in the Baccalauréat Général with at least 12/20 in Maths for Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway OR at least 12/20 in the Option International du Baccalauréat (OIB) with at least 12/20 in Maths for Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
New Zealand Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However, if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least a pass NCEA Level 2 with Merit. To include at least 60 credits at Level 2 and a minimum of 5 subjects. To also include at least 18 credits in Maths with Merit at Level 2 for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
Portugal Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However, if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least Diploma de Ensino Secundario or Certificado de fim de Estudios Secundarios with 17/20 overall, with at least 17/20 in Maths for the EPS pathway.
Russia Average grade of 4/5 in the Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat o (Polnom) Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii), to include grade 4/5 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Science pathway                                                                        
Spain Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However, if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least Título de Bachillerato / Selectividad with 7.5/10 overall, with at least 8/10 in Maths for the EPS pathway. 
Turkey An overall score of 3/5 in the Devlet Lise Diplomasi and Lise Bitirme Diplomasi, to include 3/5 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

Americas including South America, Caribbean

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Country Entry requirements                                                                     
Argentina Average of 7/10 in the Titulo de Bachillerato (High School Leaving Certificate) to include at least 7/10 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Brazil A score of at least 8/10 in the Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio (also known as: Certificado de Ensino Médio). To include a score of at least 8 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway 
Canada Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least 75% in the Canadian High School Diploma with at least 75% in Maths for Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
Caribbean Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) with at least I, II, II in 3 Unit 2 subjects. To include II in Maths for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
Colombia 75/100 or 7.5/10 overall in the Titulo de Bachillerato (Bachiller Académico) to include 75/100 or 7.5/10 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Ecuador Completion of Senior Secondary School (Título de Bachiller en Ciencias) with overall grade of 16/20. To include 16/20 in Mathematics for the Engineering & Physical Sciences pathway
Jamaica Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) with at least I, II, II in 3 Unit 2 subjects. To include II in Maths for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
Saint Martin Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK ‘A’ levels will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation. However if you choose to take the BFA as an adjustment year, you would be required to have the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) with at least I, II, II in 3 Unit 2 subjects. To include II in Maths for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
USA High School Graduation Diploma with 'good'/grade B/GPA 3.0 average, to include grade B in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway 
Venezuela Pass the Titulo de Bachiller with at least 14/20 with 14 in Maths for the EPS Pathway.  Applicants will need to provide a full transcript of studies (entitled Certificación de Calificaciones).

Middle East

Middle East
Country Academic requirements
Afghanistan Average of 80%, or B, or 3.0 in the Baccalauria / Baccalaureate Certificate, to include at least 80%, or B, or 3.0 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Bahrain Average of 85% in the Thanawiyan (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Iran An overall score of 16/20 in the Diplom-Metevaseth (National High School Diploma), to include 16/20 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Iraq Completion of Secondary Education Certificate with average grade of 85%, to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Jordan

Average of 85% in the Tawjihi, to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway

Kuwait Average of 85% in the Shahadatal-thanawia-al-a'ama (General Secondary School Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway. AS levels are also accepted for applicants from Kuwait.
Lebanon Baccalaureat General with >14/20 overall, to include 14/20 in Maths for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Oman Average of 85% in the Thanawiyan (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Palestine Average of 85% in the Tawjihi, to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
Qatar

B grade average in the QSSC (Qatar Secondary School Certificate), to include Grade B in Advanced Level Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

Or, average of 85% in the Thanawiyan Mustaqala (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

Saudi Arabia Average of 85% in the Thanawiyan (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway
UAE

Average of 85% in the Thanawiyan (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway

Other qualifications eg. IGCSE, IB, AS level

other qualifications
Qualification  Academic Requirements
IGCSEs

IGCSEs, and other qualification that are at the same level as GCSEs in the UK education system, on their own are not considered sufficient for Entry to the BFA. We would normally expect qualifications to be broadly equivalent to the UK AS-Level qualification.

IGCSEs would be considered if offered together with additional qualifications.

IB Certificate  Not suitable for BFA unless offered in conjunction with other qualifications.
IB Diploma

If you possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK 'A' levels you will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation.

However, we do accept these qualifications for students who want to take the BFA as an adjustment year. For an adjustment year, we require at least 34 points overall, to include 5 in Mathematics Higher Level for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway

GCE AS Level

AS levels are acceptable for countries where they are a final qualification for school-leavers and applicants would normally then enter a foundation year.

For other countries, AS Levels may be acceptable on a case by case basis. If you choose to study to AS Level only and apply for the Birmingham Foundation Academy, you will be asked to provide information as to why you did not continue your studies through to A Level and this information will be taken in to account when assessing your application.

If you are studying for AS Levels we would strongly urge you to continue your studies to A Level as this will provide you with more options for higher education study. 

GCE A Level

If you possess UK 'A' levels you will not normally be considered eligible for the foundation.

However, we do accept good A Levels for students who wish to take the BFA as an adjustment year. In this case, you would be required to have at least an ABB profile, to include Mathematics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

We may also consider applicants with a combination of A Levels and other international qualifications.

Degree holders (both UG & PG)

 Not suitable for BFA

English language entry requirements

English requirements

One-year programmes

IELTS

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

Birmingham Foundation Academy Programme   

For all pathways and progression routes

5.5 overall with at least 5.0 in each band

A minimum of:

Listening - 45

Reading - 45

Writing - 45

Speaking - 45

Birmingham Foundation Academy Programme

For students intending to progress to degrees in Law, English Literature or  Physiotherapy

(Four-year pathway is not available for Physiotherapy)

6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each band  

A minimum of:

Listening -53
Reading - 53

Speaking -53
Writing - 53

Birmingham Foundation Academy Programme 

For students intending to progress to Pharmacy 

(Four-year pathway not available for Pharmacy)

6.0 overall, with at least 6.0 in each band

A minimum of:

Listening - 55
Reading - 55

Writing - 55
Speaking -55

English requirements

Four-year programmes

IELTS

Pearson Test of English(Academic)

Bachelors Degree with Integrated Foundation Year

For all pathways and progression routes

5.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each band

A minimum of:

Listening - 51

Reading - 51

Writing - 51

Speaking - 51

Bachelors Degree with Integrated Foundation Year

For students intending to progress to degrees in Law or English Literature

6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each band

A minimum of:

Listening - 53

Reading - 53

Writing - 53

Speaking - 53 

If you have studied in country where English is the medium of instruction and you have achieved a suitably high grade you will not normally be required to take an additional English proficiency test. Please check the country specific information;above to see what grade you need.

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If you are made an offer:

Providing you meet the academic entry requirements and depending on your English 
language competence and the undergraduate degree programme you intend to progress to,you will be made an offer for either:

  • Bachelor's Degree with Integrated Foundation Year (four-year programme).
  • Birmingham Foundation Academy Programme (one-year programme). Students who complete a one-year programme and meet the published progression criteria will be guaranteed a place on one of our three- or four-year degree programmes.

Please note:  It is possible to progress to the University’s four-year degree programmes, such as the MEng (integrated Masters) or programmes with a year in industry or year abroad. If you hold an offer for a four-year programme you will be able to apply for an extension of your Tier 4 (General) student visa in your final year.

If you don't currently meet our English requirements:

You can take one of our programmes  high quality  Pressional English programmes  to help you reach the English level required to enter the Birmingham Foundation Academy.

A recent British Council accreditation review has rated the standard or English language teaching at the University of Birmingham as being outstanding, placing us as one of the best providers of English language teaching in the HE sector.