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Foundation entry requirements

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The King's International Foundation (September to June) and the Extended King's International Foundation (August to June) offer one-year, full-time courses designed to prepare you for undergraduate study at King's and other top UK universities.

To apply for a King's International Foundation or an Extended King's International Foundation course, you must meet the minimum academic entry requirements as well as the English language requirements.

Academic requirements

We accept these qualifications:

1. A high school certificate from your country of residence and an academic transcript (with marks for years 11 and 12 with the required grades), including any required subjects for your International Foundation course.

2. A-Levels, AS levels, International Baccalaureate Diplomas and other global qualifications*
For more information, including specific qualifications, please refer to our Global Qualifications list.

*Options not typically available to all applicants. If your country is not listed, please contact us for more information.

Required subjects

Some of our King's International Foundation and Extended King's International Foundation courses need you to have studied Maths and/or a science-based subject in high school as part of the entry criteria. The table explains which of our King's International Foundation and Extended King's International Foundation courses have required subjects:

Required subjects
 King's International Foundation /
 Extended King's International Foundation
 Required subject/s
 Biology & Chemistry Biology and Chemistry
 Mathematics & Business Management Mathematics
Economics & Mathematics Mathematics
Mathematics & Physics Mathematics and Physics
Computer Science & Engineering Mathematics


If you have not studied these subjects in high school, you can take AP or SAT-S exams.

AP or SAT-S exams

Taking an AP or SAT-S exam is an alternative way to verify your subject knowledge. We require you to achieve the following grades for your AP or SAT-S results to be considered:

AP and SAT-S results table
 Exam type Required grade
 Advanced Placement (AP)  4 out of 5 (equivalent to a 'B')
 SAT-S  650 (equivalent to a 'B')


If you want to take an AP or SAT-S exam, we recommend that you register for the tests as soon as possible. When you apply for your International Foundation course, please inform our admissions team that you have, or will be completing one of these exams.

If you are registering for AP exams in India without access to AP courses in your school, please visit 
AP in India. For students in China, please visit  AP in China.

More information on APs and SATs can be found on CollegeBoard.org

Self-evaluation Maths test

Please make sure you complete our Self-evaluation Maths Test (pdf 365kb) if mathematics is one of your required subjects or if you are considering the Biology & Chemistry Foundation course.

We recommend that you complete the test, even if you meet the required grade for entry. A score lower than 70% indicates that you may benefit from improving your maths skills prior to starting at King's.

English language entry requirements

The Extended King's International Foundation is aimed at students who require additional support with their English language, and is therefore targeting students who have an IELTS between 5.5 and 6.0 overall.

All English tests must have been taken within two years of your Foundation course start date. 

NOTE: If you require a UK student visa (Tier 4 visa), the only English test that we can accept as part of your application is a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) approved IELTS for UKVI (Academic)

You must take the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test at centre authorised by UKVI to run IELTS tests for UK visa and immigration purposes.

At the time of booking your test, you must also confirm that you wish to use your test for UK Visas & Immigration. You can find a list of these approved test centres on the  IELTS website and on the  UKVI website.

 King's International FoundationExtended King's International Foundation* 
IELTS for UKVI (Academic)

Minimum 6.0 overall, with no skill below 5.5 

Minimum 5.5 overall, with no skill below 5.0


*King's Extended International Foundation Programme

King’s Extended International Foundation (30 week programme) has limited places. We strongly encourage students who expect to meet the IELTS requirement of 6.0 with no skill below 5.5 to apply for the International Foundation (25 weeks) starting in September.

Should you hold an offer for the Extended International Foundation and subsequently pass an IELTS with 6.0 and no skill below 5.5 then you may apply to switch to the September Foundation by 31 May before your programme commences. However, depending on availability of places, King’s reserves the right to decline your request to move between the Extended International Foundation and the Foundation. Similarly, if you do not meet the IELTS requirement for the International Foundation by 31 May, King’s may offer you a place on the Extended Programme, subject to availability.

Students should apply to the programme for which they are most likely to meet the IELTS requirement as we cannot guarantee that moving between the 30 and 25 week programmes will be possible. The 30 week Extended Foundation programme currently makes up only 10% of the entire cohort.

For applicants not requiring a Tier 4 study visa

We accept a number of other English language tests if you do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. Please refer to the English language entry requirements webpage for more information.

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