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.

Country

Academic examinations accepted for International Foundation Programme (IFP) Entry  

Algeria

Algerian Baccalaureate

Bangladesh

Bangladeshi Higher Secondary Certificate

Bahrain

Bahraini Tawjahiya or USA High School Graduation Diploma

China

Chinese Senior High School Graduation Examination

Cyprus

Greek Cypriot Apolytirion

Northern Cyprus

Turkish Cypriot Lise Bitirme Diploma

Ghana

West African School Certificate

Greece

Greek Apolytirion

Hong Kong

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

Indonesia

Indonesian Sekolah Menengah Umum (SMU)

Iran

Iranian High School Graduation Diploma

Japan

Japanese Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Jordan

Jordanian Tawjihiya

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstani Certificate of Secondary Education

Kenya

Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education

Korea

Korean High School Diploma

Libya

Libyan Secondary Education Certificate

Malaysia

Malaysia Sijil Pelajaran (SPM)

Morocco

Morrocan Baccalaureate

Nigeria

Nigerian Senior School Certificate(WAEC)

Oman

Omani Thanawiya Amma

Russia

Russian Attestat (School Leaving Certificate)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian Tawjihiyah

Singapore

GCE O Level , GCE A Level

South Africa

South African Matriculation

Sudan

Sudanese School Certificate

Taiwan

Taiwanese Senior High School Leaving Certificate

Thailand

Thai Upper Secondary School Certificate

Turkey

Turkish Devlet Lise Diplomasi

UAE

Emirati Tawjahiya

Uganda

Ugandan UCE / UACE

USA

USA High School Graduation Diploma (HSGD)

Vietnam

Vietnamese Secondary School Graduation Certificate

Yemen

Yemeni Al Thanawiya

Zambia

Zambian School Leaving Certificate

 

English language requirement

The language entry requirement for the International Foundation Programme is 5.0 in IELTS, with 5.0 in each skill component.
Please note that, if you are 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.
If you have an English qualification that is equivalent to IELTS, please contact us 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 pathways@kent.ac.uk



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Last Updated: 24/04/2017