International Pathways

Entry qualifications for International Foundation Programme (IFP) entry

When you first apply for the IFP, you will need to provide the following information on your application form:

  • Transcript
  • Academic reference
  • Personal statement

If you have applied for our IFP leading to Architecture or Fine Art, you will also need to provide a portfolio of your artwork. Please see below for further advice about your portfolio.
Please note that we may require further information from you throughout the application process, so please check your application portal for any messages that we may send you.

Qualifications accepted for IFP entry

Below is a list of the most commonly accepted qualifications that we accept for admission. If your country or qualification is not included on this list we will still be happy to consider your application.


Academic examinations accepted for International Foundation Programme (IFP) Entry  


Algerian Baccalaureate


Bangladeshi Higher Secondary Certificate


Bahraini Tawjahiya or USA High School Graduation Diploma


Chinese Senior High School Graduation Examination


Greek Cypriot Apolytirion

Northern Cyprus

Turkish Cypriot Lise Bitirme Diploma


West African School Certificate


Greek Apolytirion

Hong Kong

Hong Kong CEE , Hong Kong ALE, New High School Diploma from 2012


Indonesian Sekolah Menengah Umum (SMU)


Iranian High School Graduation Diploma


Japanese Secondary School Leaving Certificate


Jordanian Tawjihiya


Kazakhstani Certificate of Secondary Education


Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education


Korean High School Diploma


Libyan Secondary Education Certificate


Malaysia Sijil Pelajaran (SPM)


Morrocan Baccalaureate


Nigerian Senior School Certificate(WAEC)


Omani Thanawiya Amma


Russian Attestat (School Leaving Certificate)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian Tawjihiyah


GCE O Level , GCE A Level

South Africa

South African Matriculation


Sudanese School Certificate


Taiwanese Senior High School Leaving Certificate


Thai Upper Secondary School Certificate


Turkish Devlet Lise Diplomasi


Emirati Tawjahiya


Ugandan UCE / UACE


USA High School Graduation Diploma (HSGD)


Vietnamese Secondary School Graduation Certificate


Yemeni Al Thanawiya


Zambian School Leaving Certificate


Entry requirements for most popular qualifications

Below are indicative entry requirements for the most commonly used qualifications on IFP applications. We are happy to consider other qualifications or combinations of qualifications so please do get in touch with us at for any queries.

Note that this remains indicative and we reserve the right to amend the levels indicated below, or add specific subject level requirements to any application.


Indicative offer level

A Level



17.5 overall final result

AS Level


Chinese High School Diploma

80% or above in final year (Gaokao not essential)

French Baccalaureat

10/20 (pass)

Hong Kong DSE

333 in 3 electives or Maths and 2 electives


25 points


5 As and Bs

Kenyan CSE

5 As and Bs

Malaysian SPM

Grades of B or above

South African Matriculation, National Senior Certificate

60% overall


80% overall in grade 12 / Thanawiya

Turkish Lise Diplomasi (not Teknik)

70% in final year

US High School Diploma

2.8 GPA (APs/SAT scores are not required)


5 C5s or above


English language requirement

All students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK who are not from a majority English speaking country will need a UKVI Academic IELTS with a minimum of 5.0 in all skills. A list of majority English speaking countries is available at If you will be applying for a Tier 4 student visa, you need to take the IELTS at a UKVI accredited centre; the correct test is called UKVI Academic IELTS.

Students who dot not require a visa can join on other English language qualifications such as:
IELTS Academic: minimum 5.0 in all skills
TOEFL iBT: Overall 62; Reading 15; Writing 15; Listening 14; Speaking 19
PTE Academic: minimum 36 in each skill
GCSE English (first language): C
GCSE English (second language): B

If you have another English-language qualification that is equivalent to IELTS, please contact us at and we will advise further.

Personal statement advice

These are some things to think about when writing your personal statement:

  • Why are you applying for the IFP? What interests you about the subject and what are your ambitions?
  • Why do you think you would be suitable for this course? Why do you want to study in the UK?
  • Do you do any extra-curricular activities For example; do you belong to a club, or do you volunteer or work?

Portfolio advice for students progressing to Architecture

Your portfolio is an important part of the admissions process for any student wishing to undertake the International Foundation Programme as an entry requirement on to the BA (Hons) Architecture course. It should contain the strongest examples of your work as an artist or designer. Your portfolio should be organised and tidy, but it is entirely up to you how you choose to layout and order your work. For example, the portfolio can be ordered chronologically or ordered according to types/styles of work.

When reviewing applicants, we want to see a broad range of examples of your skills and talents. Please provide as wide a spectrum of these, whilst not repeating examples of techniques and styles. Therefore, do not include too many sketches or drawings if a small selection will demonstrate your skill in a particular medium.  Your portfolio should include any media relevant to the course you are applying for. This may include sketches, paintings, ceramics, textiles, photography, etc. We are receptive to the inclusion of digital work, whether time-based or static. Please include any films or animations that you would like to show.

However, we are not just interested in skills alone. We want you to use these skills to demonstrate your ability to observe, think and create. We want to see:

  • Observational skills: Can you record and render a scene realistically? Life drawing, still life drawing, urban/rural landscapes, etc.
  • Artistic, conceptual, creative thinking: Can you demonstrate your design process from beginning to end of a project?
  • Analyses of colour, form and space

All portfolios should be sent in digital form.  Please ensure that the all images/work is viewable and the files conform to standard formats. All images should be saved in JPEG format and documents in PDF.

Howard Griffin
Director of Recruitment & Marketing
Kent School of Architecture


For more specific information relating to your particular situation, please contact

Centre for English and World Languages, Keynes College, University of Kent, CT2 7NP

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824401 or contact us

Last Updated: 23/10/2017