International Qualifications

If you studied at school or college outside of the United Kingdom, please find below details of how we evaluate international qualifications.

The exact grades we require will vary according to the degree scheme, and therefore grades are given as a range. 

Please note, in addition to an overall grade in a qualification, certain degree schemes may require a specific grade in one or more individual subjects relevant to the degree.

The information provided below is relevant to 2017 entry and may change for future entry years.

If you are unsure, or if your country isn't listed, then please contact the Admissions Office for advice.

For information on English Language qualifications, please see our English Language Requirements page.

Lancaster University offers international students (non UK) who do not meet the entry requirements the option of completing an International Foundation Year to prepare for degree study.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Pass with 1, 2 or 3 two-unit subjects at Grade 1, and the rest at Grade 2.
AUSTRALIA Senior Secondary Certificate of Education & ATAR/OP Pass Senior Secondary Certificate of Education and achieve 90-98 ATAR cut-off points. For Overall Position bands, please contact the Admissions Office.
AUSTRIA Reifeprüfungszeugnis / Maturazeugnis Pass with an overall average ranging from 2.0 to 1.3.
BARBADOS Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Pass with 1, 2 or 3 two-unit subjects at Grade 1, and the rest at Grade 2.
BELGIUM Certificat d’Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) Pass with an overall average ranging from 13/20 to 16/20. We also accept the Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs.
BRAZIL Certificado de Ensino Médio The Certificado de Ensino Médio is not sufficient for entry; applicants will need to take an additional qualification such as a Foundation Year.
BRUNEI Brunei-Cambridge GCE A Levels Brunei-Cambridge GCE A-levels are acceptable for entry as equivalent to UK GCE A-levels.
BULGARIA Diploma za zavrseno sredno obrazovanie Pass with an overall average ranging from 5.0 to 5.8.
CANADA High School or Secondary School Diploma

Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories and Yukon: Pass High School Diploma (or equivalent) with an average of 75% - 87% in five grade 12 courses.

Newfoundland and Labrador: Pass High School Graduation Diploma. Please contact Admissions Office for exact requirements.

Nova Scotia and Nunavut: Pass High School Completion Certificate with at least 75% - 87% average in five acceptable subjects at grade 12.

Ontario: Pass Secondary School Diploma with at least 75% - 87% average in six grade 12 U or M courses.

Prince Edward Island: Pass High School Graduation Diploma. Please contact Admissions Office for exact requirements.

Quebec: Pass 2-year college-level diplôme d’études collégiales (DEC) with at least 75% - 87% average.

Saskatchewan: Pass Secondary School Diploma with at least 75%-87% average in at least five approved subjects.

CHINA High School Diploma / NUEE (Gaokao) The High School Diploma and Gaokao are not sufficient for entry; applicants will need to take an additional qualification such as a Foundation Year.
CROATIA Matura Pass with an overall average ranging from 4 to 5.
CYPRUS Apolytirion Pass a Ministry of Education Lyceum Apolytirion with an overall score ranging from 18 to 19.5.
CZECH REPUBLIC Maturita Pass with an overall average ranging from 2.0 to 1.0.
DENMARK Studentereksamen Pass with an overall average ranging from Grade 8 to Grade 12.
DOMINICA Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Pass with 1, 2 or 3 two-unit subjects at Grade 1, and the rest at Grade 2.
ESTONIA Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus with Riigieksamitunnistus Pass Gumnaasiumi loputunnistus including 3 state exams Riigieksamitunnistus.  We consider overall grade of 4.0 including 80% average in 3 state exams to 5.0 including 90% average in 3 state exams. Where degree has a subject entry requirement we require 85-90% in state exam.  On discretionary basis we may accept grade 5 in school exam for some subjects.
FINLAND Ylioppilastutkintotodistus Pass the Ylioppilastutkintotodistus. The exact requirement will vary depending on the degree scheme. Less competitive courses will require at least 3 subjects at Eximia cum laude approbatur and the rest at Magna cum laude approbatur or better. More competitive courses will require 5 subjects at Laudatur and the rest at Eximia cum laude.
FRANCE Baccalauréat Pass the Baccalauréat with an overall grade ranging from 13 to 16, or pass the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat with an overall grade ranging from 12.5 to 15.5.
GERMANY Abitur Pass with an overall grade ranging from 1.9 to 1.3.
GHANA West African Senior School Certificate Examination The West African Senior School Certificate Examination is not sufficient for entry; applicants must complete an additional qualification such as a Foundation Year.
GREECE Apolytirion We consider Greek Apolytirion with overall grade of 16-18 plus 4 Pan Hellenics exams  at grades 16-18.  Where degree has a subject entry requirement we require 16-17 in that subject at in Pan Hellenic exam.
GUYANA Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Pass with 1, 2 or 3 two-unit subjects at Grade 1, and the rest at Grade 2.
HONG KONG Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Pass with grades as follows:

(i) For students taking three elective subjects, grades ranging from 544 to 5*55 in those three elective subjects

(ii) For students taking two elective subjects, grades ranging from 54 to 5*5 in those two electives subjects, and 54 to 55 in any two core subjects excluding Chinese.

AND (all students) 3 in all remaining core subjects, excluding Chinese.

HUNGARY Érettségi We consider Erettsegi with 5 final exams Intermediate or Advanced at Grade 12 overall average grade 4 -5. For courses with higher entry requirements we require minimum 1-2 Advanced level exams as part of the overall 5 exams.  Where degree has a subject entry requirement we require 60-70% in Advanced Level exam in that subject.
INDIA Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (Standard XII) Pass with 75% to 87% average from the best 4 subjects, excluding Hindi and PE.
IRAN Pre-University Certificate or National Entrance Examination (Kunkur) Pass with an overall average ranging from 16 to 19.
IRELAND Irish Highers We consider Irish Leaving Certificate including minimum 6 Highers at grades H3 x 6 to H2 x 6. Where degree has a subject entry requirement we require grade H2-H3 in that subject.
ISRAEL Bagrut Pass with an overall average ranging from 75% to 90% across all units.
ITALY Diploma di esame di Stato We consider Diploma de Esame di Stato/Diploma Matrita with overall average at grades 85-96%.  Where degree has a subject entry requirement we require grade 8-9 in that subject.
JAMAICA Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Pass with 1, 2 or 3 two-unit subjects at Grade 1, and the rest at Grade 2.
KAZAKHSTAN Attestat The Attestat is not sufficient for entry; applicants must complete an additional qualification such as a Foundation Year.
KOREA (SOUTH) Ilbankye Kodung Hakkyo (General High School Diploma) The General High School Diploma is not sufficient for entry; applicants must complete an additional qualification such as a Foundation Year.
LATVIA Atestāts Pass with an overall average ranging from 8.0 to 9.0, plus 75% to 85% overall in the State Exams.
LITHUANIA Brandos Atestatas We consider Brandos Atestas with overall grade of 9.0 including at least 75% - 90% average in 3 State Exams. Where degree has a subject entry requirement we require 75-85% in that subject in Extended Level State Exam.
LUXEMBOURG Diplôme de Fin d’études Secondaires Pass with an overall grade ranging from 45/60 to 55/60.
MALAYSIA Higher School Certificate (STPM) Pass with grades ranging from ABB to AAA in three STPM subjects. For UEC, please contact Admissions Office.
MALTA Matriculation Certificate Pass with grades AB or AA in 2 Advanced Level subjects and an average of B or A grades from 4 remaining A or I Level subjects.
MOLDOVA Moldovan Diploma de Baccalaureat The Moldovan Diploma de Baccalaureat is not sufficient for entry; applicants must complete an additional qualification such as a Foundation Year.
MOROCCO Moroccan Baccalauréat The Moroccan Baccalauréat is not sufficient for entry; applicants must complete an additional qualification such as a Foundation Year.
NETHERLANDS Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) Pass with an overall average ranging from 7 to 9.
NEW ZEALAND University Entrance with National Certificate in Educational Level 3 Achieve University Entrance through National Certificate in Educational Achievement Level 3, with (i) three subjects at L3 or above, made up of 14 credits each, in three approved subjects at grades ranging from M to E, (ii) 10 credits at L2 or above for Literacy (made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing) and (iii) 10 credits at L1 or above for Numeracy.
NIGERIA West African Senior School Certificate Examination The West African Senior School Certificate Examination is not sufficient for entry; applicants must complete an additional qualification such as the Foundation Year at Lancaster University or the Lancaster University Foundation course in Nigeria.
NORWAY Vitnemål – videregående opplæring Pass with an overall average ranging from 4.3 to 5.5.
PAKISTAN Higher Secondary School Certificate The Higher Secondary School Certificate is not sufficient for entry; applicants must complete an additional qualification such as a Foundation Year.
POLAND Matura We consider Matura with overall grade of 75-90% to include minimum 3 Extended Level subjects. Where degree has a subject entry requirement we require 75-80% in that subject at Extended Level.
PORTUGAL Diploma de Ensino Secundário Pass with an overall average ranging from 14 to 19.
ROMANIA Diploma de Baccalaureat Pass with an overall grade ranging from 8 to 9.5.
RUSSIA High School Diploma (Attestat) The Attestat is not sufficient for entry; applicants must complete an additional qualification such as a Foundation Year.
SAUDI ARABIA Tawjihiyah The Tawjihiyah is not sufficient for entry; applicants must complete an additional qualification such as a Foundation Year.
SINGAPORE Singapore/Cambridge A-levels Pass at least three H2 A-levels with grades ranging from ABB to AAA.
SLOVAKIA Maturita Pass with an overall average ranging from 2.0 to 1.0.
SLOVENIA Spričevalo o splošni maturi (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) Pass with an average ranging from Grade 4.3 to Grade 5.
SOUTH AFRICA South African National Senior Certificate Pass with an overall average ranging from 6.0 to 7.0 in six subjects excluding life orientation.
SPAIN Título de Bachiller Pass with an overall average ranging from 8/10 to 9.3/10 (excluding the PAU).
SRI LANKA Sri Lanka Advanced Level Pass with grades ranging from ABB to AAA.
ST KITTS AND NEVIS Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Pass with 1, 2 or 3 two-unit subjects at Grade 1, and the rest at Grade 2.
ST LUCIA Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Pass with 1, 2 or 3 two-unit subjects at Grade 1, and the rest at Grade 2.
SWEDEN Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

Old grading scheme: Pass with grades ranging from VG to MVG.

New grading scheme: Pass with grades ranging from A - C in all final year subjects.

SWITZERLAND Certificat de maturité / Attestato di maturità / Maturitätszeugnis Pass with an overall average ranging from 4.5 to 5.7.
THAILAND Mathayom Suksa 6 (M6) The M6 is not sufficient for entry; applicants must complete an additional qualification such as a Foundation Year.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Pass with 1, 2 or 3 two-unit subjects at Grade 1, and the rest at Grade 2.
TURKEY Lise Bitirme Diplomasi Accepted from selected schools only.  Please contact Admissions Office for advice.
UGANDA Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education Pass with grades ranging from ABB to AAA.
UKRAINE Atestat pro Povnu Zagal’nu Sersdniu Osvitu The Atestat is not sufficient for entry; applicants must complete an additional qualification such as a Foundation Year.
USA High School Diploma plus AP / SAT or combinations / Associate Degree

We consider a range of USA qualifications and admission tests and encourage you to contact the Admissions Office for specific advice on grades/scores required. For any degree with a specified subject requirement we require an AP exam in this subject at grade 4-5. For all offers we require:
Pass High School Graduation Diploma at 3.2 to 3.6 plus 1 of the following:
1. AP's x 3 at 544 to 555
or
2. SAT Reasoning (New test) x 3 at combined score of 1320 to 1350 plus SAT Subject x 3 at 650/650/700 to 700/700/750
or
3. SAT Subject/AP Combination: 650/650 plus AP x 2 at 54 to 700/750 plus AP x 2 at 55
or
4. ACT plus SAT Subject x 3: 28 plus 650/650/700 to 29 plus 700/700/750
or
5. ACT plus SAT Subject/AP Combination: on case by case basis
or
6. Associate Degree: GPA 3.2 to 3.4

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