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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our students come from many different countries. We accept a wide range of qualifications. We assess every applicant on their individual merits, but there are minimum qualifications.

GCE AS and A-Levels

We require A-level students to pass three subjects. Each course has different grade requirements. See what grades you need in our course finder.

The course finder shows the minimum grades needed. You may find your particular offer requires higher grades.

International Baccalaureate

We welcome students who have taken the IB Diploma.

Each degree sets its own minimum IB offer, which you can check on our course finder.

Scottish Advanced Highers

If you’re studying the Scottish Advanced Highers, you’re expected to achieve at least three passes.

Grades required will vary by department and can be found on the UCAS course listing.

GCSEs

For UK students, we expect at least five GCSE passes at grades A* to C or 9 – 4 including Maths and English.

Interviews

A limited number of courses require applicants to attend an interview prior to receiving an offer. This is detailed on the course listing entry requirements where applicable.

If you don’t meet our typical entry requirements, we have a list of alternative entry qualifications that we accept.

These include:

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Certificates or Diplomas; the European Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, BTEC/Edexel National Diploma, CACHE Diploma, International Advanced Levels, NVQs and other overseas qualifications.

For further information check the UCAS course listing or email study@royalholloway.ac.uk.

We welcome applications from international students whose qualifications match our entry requirements for courses.

Check your country’s entry requirements.

English language qualifications

If English isn't your first language, you’ll need to demonstrate your English language level through a recognised qualification.

If your language results are slightly below the required level, you may have the chance to attend a pre-sessional English language course - so you won't need to retake any exams or tests.

If your secondary education took place in an English-speaking country, or in English (such as International A-levels) you may not have to take an IELTS or equivalent test.

Email study@royalholloway.ac.uk if you want to check.

International Year One

Study the International Year one in January and progress directly onto the second year of your chosen undergraduate degree in September.

Equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, the International Year One provides academic and English language support specifically designed to meet the needs of international students. The level of English support is based on your IELTS score, with options for IELTS lower than 6.5 and an option for IELTS higher than 6.5.

You can choose to apply for one of the following subject routes:

International Year One in Business and Management

International Year One in Computer Science

International Year One in Economics

International Year One in Electronic Engineering

You can find out how to apply to a pathway programme or apply directly using the online application form.

International Foundation Year

If you are an international student who does not meet the direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you can study an International Foundation Year at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion of this programme, you can progress to study an undergraduate course at Royal Holloway University of London.

You can find out how to apply to this preparation programme or apply directly using the online application form.

 

In some departments, students who have started or completed degrees at other universities can be accepted onto the second year of a course.

In all cases, you need to show the work you’ve completed is equivalent to that covered at Royal Holloway.

Students can apply for second year entry through UCAS. Transcripts and further supporting evidence should then be emailed to study@royalholloway.ac.uk for consideration.

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