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Entry requirements

Whichever study option you choose to apply for, you’ll need to meet certain entry requirements to be accepted onto the course or degree you’ve selected. 

There are two basic entry requirements that you will need to meet: academic requirements and English language requirements.

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Academic entry requirements

Academic entry requirements show that you have a suitable educational background and the necessary grades to start a given course or degree.   

Typically, you’ll need to have: 

  • Completed a minimum number of years of high school level study or associated preparation course to start a bachelor’s degree

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in order to start a master’s preparation course or master’s degree

English language entry requirements 

To study at a college or university based in an English-speaking country, you’ll need to have a minimum level of English language proficiency. Make sure you check the specific language requirements of your chosen university by visiting their website. To prove your English language level, you’ll need to take a recognised English test.

Common accepted English tests:


International English Language Testing System, including IELTS for UKVI


Test of English as a Foreign Language

Kaplan iBT

Kaplan’s equivalent to the TOEFL internet-based test for admission in the USA


Kaplan Test of English for entry to UK digital pathway courses


Including LanguageCert International ESOL SELT


Pearson Test of English

Entry requirements by region

Explore the entry requirements for studying in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Each region has its own unique requirements, including academic qualifications, language tests, and visa rules. This section breaks down what you’ll need for each region.


For students who want to study at a university in the USA


For students who want to study in Canada


For students who want to study at a university in the UK

Australia & New Zealand

For students who want to study at a university in Australia and New Zealand

Download guides to accepted tests for US and UK universities

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