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Entry requirements

The King's College London Pre-University Summer School is open to independent high-achieving students who are about to start or who are enrolled in their final two years of high school and are typically aged 16 and 17. Students must be aged 16 as of 1 September 2019.

It is an intensive social and academic experience in the heart of London therefore independence, maturity and motivation are essential qualities for all applicants.

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What do we need from you?

As part of the application process you will need to upload the following:

  • official confirmation of your most recent high school grades

  • a personal statement

  • a reference letter from your school

  • evidence of your English language proficiency (if your first language is not English or if English is not the language of instruction at your school).

Please note that all successful applicants will be required to return an Agreement to Study form signed by their parent or legal guardian and will agree to abide by the Student Code of Conduct.  

English language requirements

The Pre-University Summer School is taught and assessed entirely in English. Therefore all students whose first language is not English should provide proof of English proficiency. We currently accept the following:

  • English language O-Level/IGCSE/GCSE grade C

  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level English, grade 4

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill

  • TOEFL paper-based test: we require a minimum of 583 with minimum 53 in all skills. TOEFL internet-based test: we require a minimum of 93 with minimum 20 in all skills. Both tests to have been taken within the last two years 

  • Computer-based TOEFL, minimum score of 213

  • TOEIC, minimum score of 685 in all skills

  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate grade B

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, grade C

  • CET-4 (China) 493

We also accept a minimum score of B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). We may accept other alternative English language qualifications for admission. If you do not have any of the above English language qualifications then please the Summer Programmes Office at summer@kcl.ac.uk indicating the name and level of your current qualification.

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