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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

 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

   

 

For applicants requiring a Tier 4 study visa

If you need to apply for a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, we can only accept IELTS and Pearson results that have been provided by test centres approved by UK Visas and Immigration: IELTS for UKVI (Academic) and PTE (AcademicUKVI  are only valid if taken within two years before the start date of your chosen programme of study. You can find a list of approved test centres on the UKVI website.

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

6.0 overall, with no skill below 5.5

From 5.5 overall, with no skill below 5.0, to 6.0 overall, with no skill below 5.5

Pearson Test of English (Academic) UKVI

59 overall with a minimum of 54 in each communicative skill

54 overall with a minimum of 46 in each communicative skill

     

*Students who exceed this requirement should apply for the King's International Foundation. Students who exceed this requirement and still want to be considered for the Extended King's International Foundation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Tutor.

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:

 King's International FoundationExtended King's International Foundation*
Cambridge Exams

169 overall with a minimum of 160 in each skill

162 overall with a minimum of 154 in each skill

IELTS for UKVI (Academic)

Minimum 6.0 overall, with no skill below 5.5

Minimum 5.5 overall, with no skill below 5.0

Pearson Test of English (Academic) UKVI

59 overall with a minimum of 54 in each communicative skill

54 overall with a minimum of 46 in each communicative skill

TOEFL iBT Institution code: 0394 OR
TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

80 overall with a minimum of 20 in each skills

72 overall with a minimum of 17 in writing/speaking and 15 in listening/reading

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III with pass in each skill

Level II with pass in each skill

 

*Students who exceed this requirement should apply for the King's International Foundation. Students who exceed this requirement and still want to be considered for the Extended King's International Foundation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Tutor.

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.


 

*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.

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