Entry requirements for the Foundation Pathways

The Foundation Pathways are suitable if you've completed your high school education to a high standard and you'd normally require a foundation year before being eligible for first-year undergraduate entry to universities in the UK.


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Please note: if you've studied in a country which isn't on this list please contact us and we will be happy to advise on the suitability of your qualifications for the Foundation Pathway.

Country-specific requirements:

Africa

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, or at least 16/20 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree.
Botswana Average of grade 2/good in either the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination of Cambridge Overseas School Certificate, to include grade B in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway, or to include grade B in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 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).
Cameroon 13/20 in the Cameroon Baccalaureate to include at least 13/20 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway, or at least 13/20 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree.  
Egypt Average of 85% in the Thanawiyan to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway, or to include 85% in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree.  
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, or to include 'very good' in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree.  
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 or to include grade B3 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree.  

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, or to include grade B3 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 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).

Ivory Coast

Baccalauréat with a minimum of 14/20 (Bien) to include at least 14/20 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway, or at least 14/20 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree.  

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, or to include grade B in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 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 or with at least 80% in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 
Malawi

Average grade of 3 in the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) to include grade 3 in Mathematics  for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway, or to include grade 3 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 

Mauritius

Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK A Levels will not normally be considered eligible for the Foundation Pathways. However if you choose to take a Foundation Pathway as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least an ABB profile, to include Mathematics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or Biology for the MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree, or 13/20 in the Baccalauréat Général with at least 13/20 in Maths for Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway, or at least 13/20 in Biology for the MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree. If you have achieved English Language at grade C, you will not be required to take an additional 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 or to include at least 14/20 in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree.
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, or to include B3 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree. NECO Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) can also be accepted with at least 5 subjects at grade B3 or the joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) with 300+ points and at least 5 subjects at grade C4 to include grade B in Maths for our EPS pathway, or to include grade B in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 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 AAB in the Advanced General Certificate of Education, to include Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or to include Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree, or Baccalaureate with minimum of 14/20 (Bien) with at least 14/20 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or at least 14/20 in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree.
Senegal Baccalauréat with minimum of 14/20 (Bien) to include 14/20 in Mathematics  for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway, or to include 14/20 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree.
Sierra Leone Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK A levels will not normally be considered eligible for the Foundation Pathways. However, if you choose to take a Foundation Pathway as an adjustment year, you would be required to have the West African Higher School Certificate (WAHSC) or Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC) with five high passes at B/4 or above, to include Maths for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or Biology for the MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 
Somolia Secondary School Leaving Certificate with 80% or above, with at least 80% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or with at least 80% in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focuses degree.
South Africa Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK A levels will not normally be considered eligible for the Foundation Pathways. However, if you choose to take a Foundation Pathway as an adjustment year, you would be required to have the South African National Senior Certificate (SANSC) with martriculation with 666666 overall, to include Maths for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or Biology for the MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree. If you have achieved English Language at grade C, you will not be required to take an additional English proficiency test (for the 4-year programme).
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 or with at least 70% in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focuses degree. 
Tanzania Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK A Levels will not normally be considered eligible for the Foundation Pathways. However if you choose to take a Foundation Pathway as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least an ABB profile, to include Mathematics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or Biology for the MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree. If you have achieved English Language at grade C, you will not be required to take an additional English proficiency test (for the 4-year programme).
Uganda

Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK A Levels will not normally be considered eligible for the Foundation Pathways. However if you choose to take a Foundation Pathway as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least an ABB profile, to include Mathematics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or Biology for the MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree. If you have achieved English Language at grade C, 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 at least 5 subjects to include Merit in Mathematics, grade 2 for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway, or to include Merit in Biology, grade 2 for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree.  If you have achieved English Language at grade 6 or above, you will not be required to take an additional English proficiency test (for the 4-year programme).
Zimbabwe Applicants who possess high school leaving qualifications equivalent to UK A Levels will not normally be considered eligible for the Foundation Pathways. However if you choose to take a Foundation Pathway as an adjustment year, you would be required to have at least an ABB profile, to include Mathematics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or Biology for the MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree. If you have achieved English Language at grade C, you will not be required to take an additional English proficiency test (for the 4-year programme).

Asia

Country    Academic Requirements                                                          
Azerbaijan Grades of 4/5 and above on the Attestat (Certificate of Complete Secondary Education) for entry to our Foundation Pathways (to include 4/5 in Maths for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or at least 4/5 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree).
Bangladesh Successful completion of High School Certificate with grade a verage of 75% in the Higher Secondary Certificate. To include at least 75% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway, or 75% in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree.
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 and to include Biology for the Medical, Life and Geo 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 or 80% in Biology for the Medical, Life and Geo Sciences Pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree.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) and B or 80% in Biology for the Medical, Life and Geo Sciences Pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 

Hong Kong Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE), with 4 subjects at grades 3,3,3,3 (excluding Chinese and Liberal Studies). For our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway subjects must include a minimum grade 3 Mathematics or a grade 3 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree.
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 or to include Biology at 2 or equivalent for our MGLS Pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree.
India

Holders of the Standard XII Higher Secondary Certificate with an average score of 65% from for ICSE, CBSE, West Bengal State Board will be considered for entry to Birmingham Foundation Academy. All other state boards require 70% overall.
If wish to apply for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway you need to have at least 65% in mathematics from ICSE, CBSE, West Bengal State Boards
To apply for a Biology based degree you will need to have a least 65% in Biology from ICSE, CBSE, West Bengal State Boards

Indonesia Students who have graduated from an Indonesian High School with a good score in the Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA/SMU ) will need to have completed a suitable foundation programme by joining the Birmingham Foundation Academy to be considered for entry to undergraduate degree programmes. We will consider students with 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, or to include 7.0 in Biology for the Medical, Life and Geo Sciences Pathway.
Japan An average of 4/5 GPA in the Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (Senior High School Leaving Certificate), to include 4/5 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or at least 4/5 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree.
Kazakhstan Grades of 4/5 and above in the Certificate of (Completed) Secondary Education (Oрта білім туралы аттестат/Аттестат о среднем (полном) общем образовании) for entry to our Foundation Pathways (to include 4/5 in Maths for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or at least 4/5 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree). 
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 or to include grade A in Biology for our MGLS pathway, progressing to a Biology focused degree.
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, or grade B3 in Biology for for the Medical, Life and Geo Sciences Pathway. 1 year of study of STPM with grades of 'good' may also be considered. Also SPM with B average. 
Pakistan The University will consider students with a 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, or grade B or 70% in Biology for our MLGS pathway which progresses to a Biology focused degree.
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 or 70% in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree, can apply to our Foundation Pathways.
Singapore A-Levels BBB with at least grade B in Maths for Engineering and Physical Sciences Pathway and grade B in Biology for Medical, Life and Geo Sciences Pathway....Or.... For IB,  we require a total of 28 points,  or 554 at HL with 24 overall with no subject requirements - except for the Engineering and Physical Science Pathway, where a 5 in Mathematics  at SL or HL would be required; or Medical, Life and Geo Sciences Pathway which would require a 5 in Biology at SL or HL.
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 or ABB to include Biology for a Biology focused degree

Taiwan

An average of 75% in the Senior High School Leaving Certificate. To include 75% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway, or to include 75% in Biology for Medical, Life and Geo Sciences Pathway. We will consider students for entry to the Birmingham Foundation Academy who have completed their first year at a recognised institution in the Taiwan and obtained good grades in all subject areas.

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 or to include a grade point of 3 (70%) in Biology for our MGLS Pathway, for a Biology focused degree.
Uzbekistan Diploma of Specialised Secondary Education (O'rta Ma'lumot To'g'risida Shahodatnoma) with an overall grade of 4/5, to include 4/5 in Maths for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or 4/5 in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree
Vietnam

Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma (B?ng T?t Nghi?p Ph? Thông Trung H?c) with an overall score of 7.0, to include 7.0 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or to include 7.0 in Biology for our MGLS pathway, for a Biology focused degree. 

Grade 11 students with 7.5 or above are also eligible.

Europe and rest of the World

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 or to include at least 8/10 in Biology for our MGLS pathway, for a Biology focused degree.
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 or to include at least 2/5 in Biology for our MGLS pathway, for a Biology focused degree.
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 or to include at least 16/20 in Biology for our MGLS pathway, for a Biology focused degree..

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 or to include at least 4/5 in Biology for our MGLS pathway, for a Biology focused degree.

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 Foundation 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) - Seperately, with at least 12/20 in Biology for our MGLS pathway OR least 12/20 in B OR at least 12/20 in the Option International du Baccalauréat (OIB) with at least 12/20 in Biology for our MGLS pathway progressing to a Biology focussed degree

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 Foundation 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 or to include at least 18 credits in Biology with Merit at Level 2 for the MLGS pathway, progressing to a Biology focused degree.
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 or at least 17/20 in Biology for our MGLS Pathway, progressing to a Biology focused degree.
Russia An average grade of 4 (out of 5) in the аттестат о среднем (полном) общем образовании (Attestat o (Polnom) Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii/Certificate of Secondary Education), to include grade 4 in Maths for EPS pathway or 4 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree.                                                                        
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 or with at least 8/10 in Biology for the MLGS Pathway, progressing to a Biology focused degree. 
Turkey Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme Diplomasi with an overall score of at least 3/5 or 60/100, to include 3/5 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or at least 3/5 in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree, will be considered for our Foundation Pathways

Americas including South America, Caribbean

Country Academic 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 or at least 7/10 in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree, will be considered for our Foundation Pathways
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 8/10 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or to include 8/10 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, which progresses to a Biology focused degree. 
Canada Students 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 or 75% in Biology for a Biology focused degree.
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  Foundation 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 or II in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree, will be considered for our Foundation Pathways.
Chile For entry to our foundation programme we would consider applications from students who have obtained grades of 6 or more on the Licencia de Educación Media, and a minimum of 650 points in the PSU. To include a score of 5 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway, or a 5 in Biology for our MLGS pathway which progresses to a Biology focused degree.
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 or 7.5/10 in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree, will be considered for our Foundation Pathways
Ecuador For entry to our foundation programme we would consider students who have completed Senior Secondary School (Titulo de Bachiller en Ciencias) with an overall grade of 16/20. To include 16/20 in Mathematics for the Engineering & Physical Sciences Pathway, or  16/20 in Biology for the MLGS pathway, which progresses to a Biology focused degree.
Guatemala For entry to our foundation programmes we would consider students who have obtained an average of 70 or more in the Bachillerato. To include a score of at least 70 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or to include 70 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, which progresses to a Biology focused degree. 
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 or II in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree, will be considered for our Foundation Pathways..
Paraguay For entry to our foundation programme we would consider students who have completed Título de Bachillerato Científico with an overall grade of 7/10 or higher to include 7 in Mathematics for the Engineering & Physical Sciences Pathway, or 7 in Biology for the MLGS pathway, which progresses to a Biology focused degree.
Peru For entry to our foundation programmes we would consider students who have obtained grades of at least 13 on their Certificado de Educación Secundaria Común Completa. To include a score of at least 13 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or to include 13 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, which progresses to a Biology focused degree. 
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 Foundation 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 or II in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree, will be considered for our Foundation Pathways..
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 or grade B in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree.
Venezuela Pass the Titulo de Bachiller with at least 14/20 with 14 in Maths for the EPS Pathway or 14 in Biology for the MGLS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree.  Applicants will need to provide a full transcript of studies (entitled Certificación de Calificaciones).

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 or at least 80%, or B, or 3.0 in Biology for our MLGS pathway, that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 
Bahrain Average of 85% in the Thanawiyan (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or 85% in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree.
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 or 16/20 in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 
Iraq Average of 85% in the Sixth Form Baccalaureat/Iraqi high school leaving certificate, to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or 85% in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree.
Jordan

Average score of 85% in the Tawjihi, to include85% or above in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or 85% or above in Biology for our MGLS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 

Kuwait Average of 85% in the Shahadat-al-thanwiia-al-a’ama, to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or 85% in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree.
Lebanon Baccalaureat General with >14/20 overall, to include 14/20 in Maths for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or 14/20 in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree.
Oman Average of 85% in the Thanawiyan, to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or 85% in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree.
Palestine Average of 85% in the Tawijihi (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or 85% in Biology for our MLGS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 
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 Grade B in Advanced Level Biology for our MGLS pathway, progressing to a Biology focused degree.

Saudi Arabia Average of 85% in the Thanawiyah, to include85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or 85% in Biology for our MLGS pathways that progresses to a Biology focused degree.  
UAE

Average 85% in the Tawjihiyya with 85% or above, to inclide Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or 85% or above in Biology for our MGLS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 

IGCSE and AS level

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 Foundation. 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.

GCE AS Level

AS Levels will be accepted with a ABB profile, to include Mathematics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or Biology for our MGLS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 

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

A level and IB 

Qualification Academic Requirements
IB Diploma We require a total of 28 points,  or 554 at HL with 24 overall with no subject requirements.*                                      
GCE A levels A levels will be accepted with a BBB profile, to include Mathematics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway or Biology for our MGLS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree. 

*Exceptions are:  Engineering and Physical Science Pathway, where a 5 in Mathematics  at SL or HL would be required and MGLS pathway that progresses to a Biology focused degree, where a 5 in Biology at SL or HL would be required. 

Please note that Foundation Pathways are not suitable for you if you already hold a degree (both UG and PG)

Further subject specific requirements

Subject Requirement
BA Drama & Theatre Arts (and variants)  

During your Foundation Pathway year you will be required to meet the following requirement(s):

  • Pass the Drama Audition Workshop
BA Education (and variants)  

During your Foundation Pathway year you will be required to meet the following requirements:

  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check
  • Police Check 

Please note, due to the nature of the additional requirements we can only offer places on to the one year Foundation Pathway programme for this degree.

BA English Language  

During your Foundation Pathway year you will be required to meet the following requirement(s):

  • Produce a 1,000 word essay on a linguistics topic and engage in a 10 minute discussion of this topic
BA Modern Languages (and variants)  

You will be required to have studied French, German, Spanish, Italian or Russian (depending on the language you wish to study) at A Level or equivalent prior to be being accepted on to the Foundation Pathway programme.  The DELF (for French) or the appropriate language from within the International Baccalaureate at Higher Level would also be considered.

BA/BSc Liberal Arts  

During your Foundation Pathway year you will be required to meet the following requirement(s):

  • Pass an interview
BMedSci Biomedical Materials Sciences  

During your Foundation Pathway year you will be required to meet the following requirements:

  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check
  • Police Check 

Please note, due to the nature of the additional requirements we can only offer places on to the one year Foundation Pathway programme for this degree.

BMus Music (and variants)  

During your Foundation Pathway year you will be required to meet the following requirement(s):

  • Pass a Diagnostic Music Test

There is also an additional fee of £600 which will be applied to your tuition fee for the Foundation year of study.

BSc Physiotherapy  

During your Foundation Pathway year you will be required to meet the following requirements:

  • Pass an interview
  • Health Check
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check
  • Police Check
  • IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in all four skills

Please note, due to the nature of the additional requirements we can only offer places on to the one year Foundation Pathway programme for this degree.

BSc Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science  

During your Foundation Pathway year you will be required to meet the following requirements:

  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check
  • Police Check 

Please note, due to the nature of the additional requirements we can only offer places on to the one year Foundation Pathway programme for this degree.

LLB Law (and variants)  

No additional requirements. We do not require you to sit for the LNAT test to pursue a degree in Law following successful completion of the Foundation Pathway programme

MPharm Pharmacy  

You will be required to have studied Chemistry within your leaving school qualification or higher. Good grades will need to have been achieved and may be a condition in any offer for the Foundation Pathway.

In addition, during your Foundation Pathway year you will be required to meet the following requirements:

  • Pass an interview
  • Health Check
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check
  • Police Check 

Please note, due to the nature of the additional requirements we can only offer places on to the one year Foundation Pathway programme for this degree.

English language entry requirements

 

One-year programmes

IELTS

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

TOEFL

Foundation Pathways;

For all pathways and progression routes

5.5 overall with at least 5.0 in each band

Not accepted

Not accepted

Foundation Pathways;

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

(Four-year pathway is not available for Physiotherapy)

6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each band 

Not accepted

Not accepted

Foundation Pathways;

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

Not accepted

Not accepted

 

Four-year programmes

IELTS

Pearson Test of   English(Academic) 

TOEFL

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

72 overall with: 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing 

Bachelors Degree with Integrated Foundation Year

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

6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each band

A minimum of:

Listening - 53

Reading - 53

Writing - 53

Speaking - 53;

80 overall with: no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing  

Please note: For further information on where the Approved Secure English Language test and centres are, from 6 April 2015.

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. You will be advised on these requirements if you are made an offer.

The English Language requirements are the same for both our January and September programmes.

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).
  • Foundation Pathways (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 high quality Presessional English programmes to help you reach the English level required to enter the Foundation Pathways.

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.