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.
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.
For UK students, we expect at least five GCSE passes at grades A* to C or 9 – 4 including Maths and English.
Alternative entry qualifications
If you don’t meet our typical entry requirements, we have a list of alternative entry qualifications that we accept.
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.
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 email@example.com if you want to check.
International Foundation Year
If you’re applying from a country you studied in for 11 or 12 years, or you only hold AS levels or the IB certificate, you will usually have to complete a recognised international foundation year.
We offer our own International Foundation Year to prepare you for undergraduate study.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.