Entry requirements

To join us at the University of Sheffield International College, you need to meet the minimum academic and English language entrance requirements.

For courses starting in February 2022, you can choose how you study so you can either join us on campus or start your studies virtually from home. Find out more here.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests for entry in February 2022.

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

You can start your studies in September 2021 with either a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), or an accepted alternative equivalent assessment, provided you meet 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.

This applies if you:

  • come to campus, or
  • start your studies virtually and join us on campus at a later date.

UKVI-approved SELTS include:

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English UKVI
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • Language Cert SELT
  • PSI Skills for English UKVI (4 components)

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • Pearson PTE Academic / Pearson PTE Academic Online
  • IELTS Academic (Non-UKVI) / IELTS Academic Online
  • LanguageCert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT / TOEFL iBT Home Edition
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo
  • Cambridge Linguaskill
  • Oxford Test of English
  • Academic English Skills
  • Password Skills Solo

Study Group is permitted to assess students’ suitability for entry onto programmes which are degree level and above under the registration for the UK Office for Students. You are therefore not required to have a UKVI SELT to obtain a Student Visa when you come to campus.

If you begin your course virtually and transfer to the UK to complete your programme, you may be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) based on the Academic English Skills module assessments (as part of your Pre-Masters).

A CAS for a Student Visa will only be issued if you have met the minimum language requirement of CEFR B2 in all skills, and the academic entry requirements for your chosen programme.

If you do not meet the English language requirements for your pathway programme, you can join an English language preparation course first.

To progress to your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you will be required to successfully complete your pathway programme and achieve the required grades.

Academic programmes

International Foundation Year (undergraduate pathway)

Entry requirements for the International Foundation Year are listed below. If you need additional English language tuition to reach the requirements, you can study an English language course first.

AcademicGood high school graduation grades or equivalent

GCSE/IGCSE/O Level: 5 subjects including relevant subjects, grades B or above (students must be 17 or over). New grades 9 - 6 in English and Maths

IB Diploma Programme: 26 points (IB Certificate accepted, 26 points) (Subject pass level is 3) Dentistry: International Baccalaureate (IB) - 30 points, must have 5 in Higher level Chemistry and Higher Biology (not standard level)

AS levels: 32 points (formerly 100 UCAS points (only A-C grades) (excluding native language) For Dentistry: 3 x AS levels grade with A in Chemistry, Biology and another subject (not native language)
1 pass at grade A/B, and any borderline case inc D grades, to be referred to HoC

A levels: 2 passes at grade C (new tariff 64) or 3 passes at grade D (new tariff 72) For Dentistry: 3 x A Levels grade with B in Chemistry, Biology and another subject (except native language) in first sitting
English language

2 semesters: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 with minimum 5.0 in writing (minimum of 4.0 in other skills), or equivalent

2 semesters (Dentistry): Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.5 (6.0 in all skills), or equivalent

1.5 semesters: Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (minimum 5.0 in all skills), or equivalent

Age17+ (view our under-18s guidance)

You may need to meet additional requirements to study the International Foundation Year. Please refer to the progression degree lists on the International Foundation Programme pages for the latest and up-to-date information.

Your country
AustraliaCompletion of year 11 with equivalent grades to the GCSE/IGCSE requirements as below - (min. 70% achieved including relevant subjects)
BangladeshHigh School Certificate/ Alim with grade average of 65%, GPA 3.75/5.00
CanadaCompletion of year 11 (70%+) in 5 x subjects including relevant subjects
China

SH2 : 80% average including relevant subjects, and a minimum of 5 academic subjects or

SH3: 75% average including relevant subjects, and a minimum of 4 academic subjects

EgyptCertificate of General Secondary Education with average grade average of 80%
Hong KongForm 5: 40% from top schools or 50% from all other schools. HKDSE with 3 subjects at level 322
India

Completion of Year 11 70% inc. 70% in relevant subjects or

Year 12 (HSC) 55% , with minimum 50% in relevant subjects

Indonesia

SMU 3/Sikolah Menegah at grade 7.0 or above or

SMU 2 at an average of 7.5 including relevant subjects

IranTranscript of High School Diploma Theoretical stream (3 years) required Min. overall GPA requirement is 16 including relevant subjects
JapanKotogakko (Year 12) with grade average of 3.0. Grade 4 in Maths A or grade 3 from Maths 2 required
JordanTawjihi with average of 75% including relevant subjects, no lower than 70% in these subjects
KazakhstanDiploma of Completed Secondary Education (grade XI) with average grade 4.0
Korea

SH3: 5th Grade average in rank, with at least 6th grade in relevant subjects

SH2: 4th Grade average in rank with at least 5th grade in relevant subjects or High School Diploma 70%

KuwaitTawjihi with average of 90% including relevant subjects, no lower than 75% in these subjects
LibyaSecondary Education Certificate with average of 80% including relevant subjects, no lower than 70% in these subjects
Macau

O Levels: Grade B in 5 relevant subjects including English

Completion of Form 5 or Senior Middle 2 65% from top schools and 75% from other schools

Completion of Senior Middle 3 -65%

MalaysiaUEC with a minimum of 5 grade Bs in relevant academic subjects including English and Mathematics. SPM school: Form 5 - A-B grades in 5 academic subject
MexicoBachillerato at a average of 70% and above
MoroccoDiplôme du Baccalauréat with grade average of 14
NigeriaWest African School Certificate (WAEC) or Senior School Certificate with B grade average
PakistanHSC grades with 60% overall
QatarThanawaya Aam Qatari with average grade 80% in relevant subjects
RussiaCertificate of Secondary Education (grade XI) with average grade 4
Saudi ArabiaTawjihi with average of 90%
Singapore5 A-C grades O Level , inclduing Maths and English
TaiwanSenior High School Year 3 pass with an average grade of 65% and 60% in relevant subjects or SH2 with 75%
ThailandMAW 6 with average GPA 2.0 in relevant subjects including Maths and Sciences or successful completion of MAW 5 with GPA 2.5
TurkeyDevlet Lise Diploması (High School Completion) - 65% overall with minimum 60% in relevant subjects
UAETawjihi with average of 80% including relevant subjects, no lower than 70% in these subjects
UkraineComplete General Secondary Education – with minimum GPA 8 on 12 point scale
USAHigh school diploma Min GPA 3.0 (80%) with min.77% GPA 2.77 in relevant subjects
VietnamSuccessful completion of Year 12 with average GPA 7.0 or Year 11 GPA 7.5

Pre-Masters (postgraduate pathway)

Admission requirements for the Pre-Masters are listed below. If you don't meet the English level below, you can study one or two terms of English language preparation first.

AcademicRecognised degree – must be in related field for some subjects
English Language2 semesters: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all skills), or equivalent
1.5 semester: Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all skills), or equivalent
Age21+
Your countryAcademic qualification(s) you need to have
AustraliaCompletion of degree with overall Credit, GPA 4+ on 7 point scale, 60-65% (depending on institution's grading scale)
Bangladesh4 year Bachelors degree with grade average of 55%
CanadaDegree with GPA 6 on a 9 point scale/ 8 on a 12 scale/ 2.4 on a 4 scale OR 65%
China4 year full time studies Bachelor degree average 70% / 4 year full times studies Undergraduate Graduation Certificate 80% /3 year full time studies Higher Education Diploma average 80%
EgyptBachelor degree with average grade 65%
Hong KongOrdinary degree
IndiaBachelors degree with grade average of 50%
IndonesiaBachelors degree with grade average of 2.5 on the 4.0 scale
IranLicense/Karashansi with grade 12/pass
JapanBachelors degree with GPA of 2.5/grade average of 60%
JordanBachelors degree with GPA of 2.5/grade average of 60%
KazakhstanBakalavar with minimum grade 3
KoreaBachelor’s degree with grade average 70%+. Grade C or of 2.0 on the 4.5 scale or 2.0 on the 4.3 scale
KuwaitBachelors degree with GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
LibyaBachelors degree with grade average of 60%
MacauRecognised first degree (honours/ordinary) GPA 2.5 or HND, Honours Diploma, Associate Degree, Professional Diploma in a related subject Area with GPA 3 or higher
MalaysiaBachelors degree with GPA of 2.0+ or 60%
MoroccoBachelor degree with 80%/Grade B/GPA 3.2
NigeriaBachelors degree with GPA of 2.5 on the 4.0 scale
Pakistan3 year Bachelor Honours degree with grade average of 60%; 4 year Bachelors degree with grade average of 55%
QatarBachelors degree GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
RussiaBakalavar with minimum grade 3
Saudi ArabiaBachelors degree GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
SingaporeBachelor degree or Advanced Diplomas from some Private institutions
TaiwanBachelor degree at GPA 2.0 or 60%
ThailandBachelors degree with GPA of 2.0+ or 60%
TurkeyBachelors degree (Lisans) with GPA 2.5
UAEBachelors degree GPA 2.5/4.0 scale or 3.0/5.0 scale
UkraineBachelor’s Diploma with good grade or Specialist Diploma/Dyplom Bakalavra with minimum average grade 3
USABachelors degree GPA 2.4 on a 4 point scale
VietnamBachelors degree with overall grade 6 or GPA 2.0+

English language courses

Find admission requirements for the English language preparation courses listed below.

English language preparation - for the International Foundation Year

English language

Two-term programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.0 (with 4.0 in all skills), or equivalent

One-term programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (with 4.5 in all skills), or equivalent

AcademicStudents need to have completed the relevant academic qualifications for the International Foundation Year

English for Pre-Masters - for the Pre-Masters programme

English language

Two-term programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (with no lower than 4.5 in all skills), or equivalent

One-term programme: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all skills), or equivalent

AcademicStudents need to have completed the relevant academic qualifications for the Pre-Masters course

Applying with a Student visa

If you need a visa to study in the UK, you may be asked for different or additional English language requirements and English tests. If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English. Find out everything you need to know about visas for studying in the UK.

Programmes

Programmes

English language courses

Improve your English language skills before starting your pathway programme with one of our English language courses. These are designed to help you reach the level needed to start either the International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters.

English language preparation

Fees

Find tuition fees for all International College programmes, as well as information on insurance and taxi transfers from the airport.

Fees