Entry requirements

The programme is designed for international students. Applicants must meet two of the following three criteria in order to be eligible for our programmes:

  • Have an educational gap between their high school qualifications and the requirements for entry to undergraduate programmes at the University of Leeds. Qualifications beyond high school level will be considered within the applicant profile.
  • Have completed the majority of their high school studies in a non-English speaking environment.
  • Have completed the majority of their high school studies in a different educational context from that in the UK.

On this page, you can find both English Language and Academic requirements for your intended programme. Specific programmes vary in requirements, you can contact our team by email on IFYAdmissions@leeds.ac.uk for more details.

Entry requirements by country or region

If you studied UK or international qualifications you can find details of entry requirements at the bottom of this page.

Algeria

An average of 15 out of 20 in the Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement Secondaire with at least 15 out of 20 in two subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Angola

An average of 15 out of 20 in the Habilitação Literarias (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with at least 15 out of 20 in two subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Argentina

Scores of at least 7 out of 10 in the Bachillerato Especializado in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Azerbaijan

An average of 80% in the Grade 11 School Leaving Certificate with at least 4.0 out of 5.0 (or 80%) in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Bahrain

An average of 85% in the Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama/ General Secondary Education Certificate with at least 85% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Botswana

An average of 3 in the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education with at least 2 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Brazil

Obtain a score of at least 8 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme in the Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio.

Cambodia

Diploma of Upper Secondary Education with minimum B overall and B in two subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Caribbean

Grade 2 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme in the Carribean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

Chile

An average of 5 overall in the Licencia de Educación / Enseñanza Media, with at least 6 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.  

China

An overall average of 80% (grade B) with at least 80% (grade B) in relevant subject areas in Senior High School year 3. The same scores are also accepted from Year 2.

Colombia

An average of 70% in the Bachiller Académico, with at least 75% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Costa Rica

Scores of at least 80%  overall in the Bachiller en Educación Media with 80% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Cyprus

Scores of at least 8 out of 10 in the Lise Bitirme Diplomasi (High School Leaving Diploma) or 16 out of 20 in the Apolytírio Lykeíou, with required grades in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Ecuador

Scores of at least 16 out of 20 in Título de Bachiller en Ciencias, with 16 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Egypt

An average of 85% in the Grade 12 High School leaving examinations with at least 85% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Ghana

Grade B3 average in the West African Senior High School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with at least grade B3 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Greece

Scores of at least 16 out of 20 in the Apolytirio Lykeiou (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Hong Kong

For students who have completed Form 5 of the HKDSE, an average mark of at least 60% in their HKDSE Form 5 School Report with marks of at least 60% in relevant academic subjects. For students who have completed Form 6 of the HKDSE, Level 3 overall and a minimum of Level 3 in relevant academic subjects.

India

An average of 65% in the Standard XII Higher Secondary Certificate (All India Senior School Certificate, Higher School Certificate, Indian School Certificate, Intermediate Certificate or Pre-University Course) with at least 65% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Indonesia

An average of 70% in Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA/MA) with at least 70% in two subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Iran

An average of 15 out of 20 in the High School Diploma with at least 15 out of 20 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Iraq

An average of 85% in the Certificate of Preparatory Education with at least 85% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme

Japan

An average of 3 out of 5 in the Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate with at least 4 out of 5 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Jordan

An average of 85% in the Certificate of General Secondary Education with at least 85% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Kazakhstan

Scores of at least 4 out of 5 in the Certificate of Completed Secondary Education (Attestat) in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree.

Kenya

Grade B average in the Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with at least grade B in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Kuwait

An average of 85% in the Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a’ama (General Secondary School Certificate) with at least 85% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Lebanon

An average of 14 out of 20 in the General Secondary Certificate with at least 14 out of 20 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Libya

An average of 80% in the Secondary Education Certificate with at least 80% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Macau

Scores of 70% overall in the Form 6 Certificate of Higher Secondary Education, with at least 70% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Malaysia

Malaysian Unified Examination Certificate (UEC): At least Grade B3 overall, with Grade B in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme. SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia): At least B overall, with Grade A in two subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Mexico

An average of 7 out of 10 in the Bachillerato General with at least 7 out of 10 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Morocco

At least 14 out of 20 overall (with 14 out of 20 in two relevant subjects) in the Attestation du Baccalauréat.

Myanmar

An average of 65% in the Basic Education High School Examination (also known as Matriculation Certificate), with at least 70% in two subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Namibia

Excellent scores in the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) - Higher Level, with grade 2 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Nigeria

Grade B3 average in the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSCE) with at least grade B3 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Oman

An average of 85% in the Thanawiya amma (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with at least 85% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Pakistan

An average of 70% in the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) or Intermediate Certificate with at least 70% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Peru

An average of 13 out of 20 overall in the Certificado de Educación Secundaria Común Completa, with at least 13 out of 20 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Philippines

A minimum of 85% in Grade 12 of the High School Diploma (Academic Track), with 85% in relevant subjects.

Qatar

An average of 85% in the General Secondary Education Certificate with at least 85% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme or 90% in relevant subjects taken at Advanced level in grade 12 of the Qatar Senior Schooling Certificate (QSSC).

Russia

Scores of at least 4 out of 5 in the Certificate of Secondary Complete General Education (Attestat) in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree.

Saudi Arabia

An average of 85% in the Tawjihiyah (General Secondary Education Certificate) with at least 85% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Singapore

Cambridge A Level with at least D grades in relevant academic subjects.

South Africa

An average of 5 overall in the South African National Senior Certificate with at least grade 5 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

South Korea

Overall rank of 4 out of 9 or at least 70% in the Senior High School Diploma, with scores of at least 75% in two subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Sudan

An average of 70% in the Sudan School Certificate with at least 70% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Syria

An average of 85% in the General Secondary Certificate with at least 85% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Taiwan

An average of 75% in the Senior High School Leaving Certificate with at least 75% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Thailand

At least grade 3 in the Certificate of Secondary Education (MAW6) with 3 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Tunisia

Scores of 14 out of 20 overall in the Baccalauréat, with at least 14 out of 20 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Turkey

At least 60% (3 out of 5) overall in the Devlet Lise Diplomasi, with at least 70% (4 out of 5) in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme. 

Turkmenistan

An average of 4 in Complete Secondary Education with at least 5 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Uganda

Grade D average in the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with grade D in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

An average of 85% in the Tawjihiyya (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with at least 85% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

United States of America

American Advanced Placement (AP) test with scores of at least 3 in two relevant subject-specific Advanced Placement (AP) test qualifications or High School Graduation Diploma with grade B/GPA 3.0 average and grade B in two subject specfic subjects.

Ukraine

Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education (Attestat) with an overall average of 9 and two relevant subjects at 9 (12 point scale).

Venezuela

Scores of at least 15 out of 20 in the Título de Educación Media General in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree.

Vietnam

An average of 7.0 in year 11 with at least 7.0 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

Yemen

An average of 85% in the Al-Thanawiya (General Secondary Education Certificate) with at least 85% in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree.

Zambia

Scores of at least 2 overall in Zambian High School Certificate, with 2 in subjects that are relevant to the intended undergraduate degree programme.

UK and International qualifications

AS Levels

Students who have completed AS Levels will be considered for the International Foundation Year if they have achieved a grade B in at least two subjects. Specific subjects will be dependent on the chosen degree path of progression.

International Baccalaureate 

Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate will be considered for the International Foundation Year if they have reached a minimum Grade of 26 points overall with grade 4 at Standard Level or 3 at Higher Level in two subjects. Specific subjects will be dependent on the chosen degree path of progression.

English language requirements

Arts and Social Science, Business and Healthcare routes

Design, Engineering and Science routes

Find out about other accepted English qualifications by country/region.

If you don't meet these requirements, you could study with our Language Centre to improve your English to the level required.