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International entry requirements

Find out more information about our entry requirements for international qualifications by selecting a country from the A-Z list below.

If your qualification is not listed please contact us for clarification on your academic eligibility. To check if you meet the entry requirements for Medicine BM BS, email us ideally with a scanned attachment of your qualification(s), otherwise please email clearly stating:

  • your country
  • the name of your school or college
  • the name of the qualification you are taking / have taken
  • your grade / marks (if appropriate)

 

Contact details

Undergraduate admissions enquiries

E: MedAdmissions@bsms.ac.uk

T: +44 (0)1273 643528 / 643529 / 641966

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English language requirements

For applicants with Tier 4 visa requirements please note whether your English language qualifications is a Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) or a Non-Secure English Language Test (NON-SELTS).
For visa purposes, SELTS must be dated no later than 1 November, two years prior to enrolment (e.g. if applying for 2018 entry your IELTS must be dated no later than 1 November 2016).
For visa purposes, NON-SELTS must meet the following criteria: 

  1. the qualification was taken less than three years ago (qualifications can be considered from 1st January of the year taken, e.g. from 1 January 2015 for September 2018 entry); OR 
  2. the qualification was taken less than five years ago and the applicant then subsequently
    a) studied (for a minimum of one year) in English/the English language, which was less than three years ago
    b) worked in a majority English-speaking country and used English as the common corporate language (for a minimum of one year), which was less than three years.

UKVI Exemptions: If an applicant has completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK degree which was taught in one of the Home Offices ‘majority English-speaking countries'* it will be accepted if it was taken less than 10 years ago and we are satisfied the applicant still meets the English language requirements for the course. 

*The ‘majority English-speaking countries’: Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; United States of America.


English language requirements
If you are unsure if the English qualification you hold meets our requirements, please email medadmissions@bsms.ac.uk or call 44(0)1273 643528

SELTS (see description above)

 

IELTS for UKVI Academic (SELT)

IELTS 7.0 overall and not less than 7.0 in each of the 4 sections. Must be dated 1 November or later, two years prior to enrolment date, which is 17 September 2018
Trinity Integrated Skills in English (SELT) IV, Pass in Reading & Writing, Listening and Speaking. Must be dated 1 November or later, two years prior to enrolment date, which is 17 September 2018
NON-SELTS (see description above)  
IELTS Academic (NON-SELT but must still be taken within two years) IELTS 7.0 overall and not less than 7.0 in each of the 4 sections. Must be dated within two years of BSMS enrolment date, which is 17 September 2018
Cambridge IGCSE as a first language (0500) Overall grade of B, and a minimum of grade 2 in both listening and speaking
Cambridge IGCSE as a first language (0522) Overall grade of B
Cambridge IGCSE as a second language (0510) Overall grade of A with a minimum of grade 1 in speaking
Cambridge IGCSE as a second language (0511) Overall grade of A
Edexcel IGCSE as a first language Overall grade of B
Edexcel IGCSE as a second language Overall grade of B
Edexcel IGCSE route B We will not accept the Edexcel IGCSE Route B as language qualification as meeting our minimum English language proficiency requirements
Edexcel IGCSE route A Overall grade of B, and a minimum of grade B in the optional speaking and listening coursework
GCSE English Language Overall grade of B
O Level English Language Overall grade of B. Acceptable only if the test was taken in a commonwealth country. Refer any non-commonwealth tests to admissions
Pearson Academic (PTE) 67 overall, 62 in writing and at least 57 in all other components
Cambridge Scale – post November 2015 (NON-SELT)
Cambridge English First (FCE)
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)
Cambridge English Business Preliminary
Cambridge English Business Vantage
Cambridge English Business Higher
191 overall with a minimum of 184 in writing, reading, speaking and listening
TOEFL Internet Based (IBT) (NON-SELT) - acceptable only if taken outside of the UK and the applicant does not require a visa to study in the UK  104 overall including at least 26 in all components
European Baccalaureate 7 in English as a first or second language
If English is 3rd or 4th language it will not be accepted
International Baccalaureate 5 in HL or SL English
5 in HL or SL English Language and Literature

 

Entry requirements by country A-Z

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Australia

Pass ATAR with at least 97.5 including Biology and Chemistry or Queensland OP of 1 including Biology and Chemistry.

English language and Maths requirements for each Australian State:

  • Capital Territory: Grade B on the Australia Capital Territory Year 10 Certificate
  • New South Wales: Grade B on the Year 10 Certificate
  • Northern Territory: Grade B on the Junior Secondary Studies Certificate
  • Queensland: VHA or HA on the Year 10 Certificate
  • South Australia: Pass on the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmania: Credit or Higher Pass on the School Certificate
  • Victoria: Pass in Unit 3 or 4 on the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Western Australia: Pass at Level 1 or 2 on the Certificate of Lower Secondary Studies (CLSS)

Austria

Pass Reifeprufung/Matura from Berufsbildende Höhere Schulen (BHS) or a Reifeprüfung / Matura from Allgemeinbildende Höhere Schulenwhen (AHS) after 4 years of study with grade 1 overall including grades A (mit ausgezeichnetem erfolg bestanden) in Biology and Chemistry subjects.

English language and Maths requirements: At least grade B (gut) in English component of Matura/Reifeprufung from Berufsbildende Höhere Schulen (BHS) or a Reifeprüfung / Matura from Allgemeinbildende Höhere Schulenwhen (AHS) or view our English language requirements. You will also need grade B (gut) in Maths.

Belgium

Pass Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs from the Flemish speaking community or a Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur from the French speaking community when awarded after six years of study with 8 overall, including at least 9 in Biology and Chemistry subjects (if marking scheme out of 10) or 18 overall including 18 in Biology and Chemistry subjects (if marking scheme out of 20). 

If your marking scheme differs from above please send in translated copies of your transcripts.

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our English language requirements. You will also need at least grade 7 (if marking scheme out of 10) or 15 (if marking scheme out of 20) in Maths.

Bulgaria

Pass Diploma za Sredno Spetsialno Obrazovani (Diploma of Completed Secondary Specialised Education) or Diploma of Completed Secondary Education when awarded after four years of study with 6 overall to include grades 6 in both Biology and Chemistry subjects.

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least grade 5 in Maths.

Canada

  • Alberta: Pass General High School Diploma with A at least 90% in 6 grade 12 subjects including Chemistry and Biology
  • British Columbia: Pass Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma with at least AAAAAA in 6 grade 12 subjects including Chemistry and Biology
  • Ontario: Pass Ontario Secondary School Diploma with at least 90% in 6 grade 12 U, U/C or M courses including both Biology and Chemistry

For entry requirements of qualifications from other provinces please contact BSMS directly.

Canadian degrees: Depending on grading system at least 6.0 on 9 point system, or at least 77% overall, or at least B+ overall, or at least cgpa 3.3.

English language and Maths requirements: At least 80% in grade 11 from your Canadian High School Diploma in English. However you may need 80% in grade 12 English instead because due to new UK visa requirements, overseas applicants must now have an English language qualification obtained within 2 years of the BSMS course start/enrolment date in mid-September of each year. You will also need at least 80% from a grade 11 Maths subject.

CAPE qualification
Pass six CAPE units at grade I including Chemistry and Biology. 2 subjects must be single unit courses.

English language and Maths requirements: An applicant can be considered to have met our English language entry requirements if he or she has consistently studied in the English language and obtained grades One (I) to Two (II) at General Proficiency in the post 1998 Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate taken within 2 years of enrolment. Jamaican nationals and students who have successfully completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK degree in Jamaica are currently exempt from Home Office English language requirements. You will also need at least grade II in Maths.

China

Pass University/College Entrance Examination (Gaokao) with exceptional grades. BSMS would need to see translated copies of your transcripts. In addition grades A at Chemistry and Biology A level (or their equivalent) will be required.

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least grade B or at least 70% in Maths within the Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate or University / College Entrance Examination for Vocational / Technical / Specialised Secondary School Graduates or University/College Entrance Examination (Gaokao).

Croatia

Pass Svjedodžba o Maturi (Certificate of Maturity) when awarded after four years of secondary-level study with 5 overall including at least grade 5 in Biology and Chemistry subjects.

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our English language requirements. You will also need at least grade 4 in Maths.

Cyprus

Pass Apolytirion when awarded after six years of study with at least 19/20 and grades A in A level Biology and Chemistry OR pass Devlet Lise Diplomasi (State High School Diploma) plus an acceptable international foundation year or equivalent.

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least 18 in Apolytirion Maths.

Denmark

Pass Studentereksamen or Højere Forberedelseseksamen or Højere Handelseksamen (HHX) / Højere Teknisk Eksamen with 12 overall including not less than 12 in Biology and Chemistry subjects.

English language and Maths requirements: Grade 7 English in Studentereksamen or Højere Forberedelseseksamen orHøjere Handelseksamen (HHX) / Højere Teknisk Eksamen or view our English language requirements. You will also need at least grade 7 in Maths.

European Baccalaureate

At least 85% overall including at least 8.5 in both Chemistry and Biology.

English language and Maths requirements: 7 in English as a first or second language. We will not accept English studied as the 3rd or 4th language in the European Baccalaureate as meeting our minimum English language proficiency requirements. If English is your 3rd or 4th language in the European Baccalaureate you will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our English language requirements. You will also need at least 7.0 in Maths.

Finland

Pass Ylioppilastatkinto (Finnish Matriculation Exam) when awarded after 3 years of study with at least 7 overall including at least 6 7 in both Biology and Chemistry subjects.

English language requirement: Grade 5 in English component of the Ylioppilastutkinto / studentexamen or please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least grade 5 in Maths.

France

Pass French Baccalaureate or OIB with at least 14 overall including 14 in Chemistry and Biology subjects.

English language and Maths requirements: As it is necessary to be fully bilingual to complete the International Option of the French Baccalaureate (OIB), those applicants who successfully complete this qualification are considered to have met our English language proficiency requirement if taken within 2 years of enrolment. If taking the French Baccalaureate you will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least grade 12.5 in Maths from either French Baccalaureate or OIB.

Germany

Pass Abitur, Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, Fachgebundene Hochschulreife or Fachhochschulreife with 1.3 or better overall, including at least 14 in both Chemistry and Biology as Leistungsurse (major subjects).

English language and Maths requirements: Grade 12 in English language component of Abitur or please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least 12 in Maths.

Ghana

Pass GCE A-Levels with grades AAA including grades A in Biology and Chemistry.

English language and Maths requirements: An applicant can be considered to have met our English language entry requirements if he or she has consistently studied in the English language and obtained at least a B3 in English in the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination taken within 2 years of enrolment. Otherwise, please view our English language requirements. You will also need at least B3 in Maths.

Greece

Pass (Apolytirio of Lykeio) with at least 19/20 and grades A in A level Biology and Chemistry OR Pass (Panhellenic Exams with at least 18.5/20 overall including grades 18 in both Biology and Chemistry subjects.

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least 18 in Apolytirio Maths subject or at least grade 16 in Panhellenic Maths subject.

Hong Kong

Pass HKDSE with at least grades 5 in 3 subjects including Biology and Chemistry. Or pass HKAL with BBB overall including Biology and Chemistry.

English language and Maths requirements: Grade 4 to meet our English language requirements. You will also need at least grade 5 in HKDSE Maths or grade at least C in HKALC Maths.

Hungary

Pass Matura/Erettsegi with grade 5 in all subjects including Biology and Chemistry.

English language and Maths requirements: Grade 5 in English or you will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. You will also need grade 4 in Maths.

India

Pass Higher/Senior Secondary Certificate Standard XII (CBSE, CISCE, Gujurat, Karnataka, Maharastra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal state boards all considered) with at least 90% overall including at least 90% in both Chemistry and Biology.

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. Standard XII or Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (when awarded by CISCE) or Indian School Certificate (Year 12) (when awarded by CISCE). Or at least B2 in All India Secondary School Examination (aka Delhi Secondary School Examination) awarded by CBSE or All India Senior School Certificate Examination (aka Delhi Senior School Certificate Examination). You will also need at least 70% in Maths.

International Baccalaureate

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with 36 points overall to include both grades 6 in both Biology and Chemistry at Higher level.

English language and Maths requirements: If non-EEA international applicant you will need grade 5 in HL English, HL English Language and Literature, SL English or SL English Language and Literature. If UK/EEA applicant BSMS will also accept grade 5 in HL or SL English Literature. You will also need at least grade 5 in HL or SL Maths (Maths Studies is accepted).

Iran

Pass both National High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate with at least 20/20 including at least 17/20 in Biology and Chemistry subjects witin the Pre-University Certificate.

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least 14 in National High School Diploma Maths.

Ireland

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate passed at Higher/Honours level with (old 2016 system) at least grades A1 A1 A2 A2 A2 A2 at Higher/Honours Level including grades A1 in Biology and Chemistry. Or at least (new system) grades H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including H1 in both Biology and Chemistry subjects.

English and Maths Requirements: You will also need at least (old system) grades B2 in English and Maths or at least (new system) O2 or above in the Leaving Certificate at Ordinary/Standard Level.

Italy

Pass Diploma di Esame di Stato ('scientifica' stream) with at least 85% overall including at least 95% in both Biology & Chemistry.

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. You will also need 70% from Maths.

Kuwait

Pass the General Secondary Education Certificate with at least 90% including at least 90% in Maths and complete a recognised premed/foundation year.

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least 90% from General Secondary Education Certificate Maths.

Lithuania

Pass Brandos Atestatas (certificate of maturity) from a gymnasium or secondary school when awarded after two years of study with 95% overall including not less than 9 in both Biology and Chemistry subjects taken as state exams.

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least grade 8 in Maths.

Malaysia

Pass STPM (Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia / Malaysia Higher School Certificate) with grades AAA including Biology and Chemistry

English language and Maths requirements: Grade 2 1119 OR a grade at least A2 on the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) OR a grade 1A/2A on the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) or view our other English language requirements. You will need the same grades in Maths from any of these qualifications.

New Zealand

Pass University Entrance Certificate with National Certificates in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 (80 credits) with a majority of Excellents, including Excellent in Biology and Chemistry. Please send your Record of Achievement so we may confirm your eligibility.

English language and Maths requirements: Merits in NCEA Level 3 Maths and English or please view our other English language requirements.

Nigeria

Pass Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC) or a West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) with B3 in English and Maths plus an acceptable premed/foundation year.

Norway

Pass Vitnemal: den Videregaende Skole with an overall average of 6 to include grade 6 in both Chemistry and Biology.

English language and Maths requirements: At least grade 4 in Maths and English or please view our other English language requirements.

Pakistan

Pass Intermediate/ Higher Secondary Certificate with at least grade B / 60% / 660/1100 in Maths plus an acceptable premed/foundation year. You will need an English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements.

Poland

Pass Polish Matura with at least 80% in 3 advanced level subjects including Biology and Chemistry.

English language and Maths requirements: At least 70% in Polish Matura English basic level or please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least grade 4 (Dobry) in Maths within Świadectwo Ukończenia Liceum Ogólnokształcącego (Certificate of Completion from a General Lyceum).

Portugal

Pass Certificado de fim de Estudios Secundarios/Diploma de Ensino Secundario with at least 18 overall and at least scores of 18 in both Chemistry and Biology.

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least 16 in Maths.

Romania

Pass Diploma De Bacalaureat with an overall score of 9, including a score of 9 in Biology or Chemistry. Whether taking either Biology or Chemistry within your Diploma De Bacalaureat you will need to obtain the other subject in another recognised qualification (for example an A level or subject SAT with a score of 700).

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. You will also need grade at least 8 in Maths.

Saudi Arabia

Pass Thanawiya (General Secondary Education Certificate) with at least 90% in Maths and complete a recognised premed/foundation year. You will also need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements.

Singapore

Pass Singapore / Cambridge GCE A levels grades AAA including A level Biology and Chemistry.

English language and Maths requirements: At least grades B3 Singaporean O level English or view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least grade B3 in O level Maths.

Slovakia

Pass Maturitná skúška / Maturita or a Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej Skúške (School Leaving Certificate with Maturitafrom a SOU or SOŠ) with 1 overall and not less than 1 in Biology and Chemistry.

English language and Maths requirements: English with grade 1 or please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least grade 2 in Maths.

Slovenia

Pass Matura / Secondary School-Leaving Diploma / Technical Matura with grade 5 overall and not less than grades 5 in Biology and Chemistry.

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least grade 4 in Maths.

South Africa

Pass National Senior Certificate with 5 subjects each at grade 7 including Life Sciences and Physical Sciences. 

English language and Maths requirements: English grade 5 on the National Senior Certificate or please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least grade 5 in Maths.

Spain

Pass Titulo de Bachiller 10 overall including 8.5 in both Biology and Chemistry.

English language and Maths requirements: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements. You will also need at least grade 7 in Maths.

Sweden

Pass Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg fran Gymnasieskola (Upper Secondary School Certificate) with an overall average of at least 18, including grades A in all Biology and Chemistry subjects.

English language and Maths requirements: Pass English components of Avgangsbetyg with at least grades B overall or please view our English language requirements. You will also need at least grades B in Maths subjects.

Switzerland

Pass a Federal Secondary School Leaving Certificate, which in different areas of the country is referred to as:

  • (French-speaking) Certificat de Maturité / Certificat de Maturité Cantonal reconnu par la Confédération
  • (German-speaking) Maturitätsausweis / Eidgenössisch anerkanntes kantonales Maturitätszeugnis
  • (Italian-speaking) Attestato di Maturità / Attestato di Maturità Cantonale riconosciuto dalla Confederazione.
Canton Grading Scheme
 Out of 6 (6 max) Out of 10 (10 max) Out of 5 (1 max)
5.5 overall including grades 5.5 in Biology and Chemistry. You will also need at least grade 4.8 in Maths. 9 overall including grades 10 in Biology and Chemistry. You will also need at least grade 8 in Maths. 1.5 overall including grades 1 in Biology and Chemistry. You will also need at least grade 2 in Maths.


English language requirement: You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our other English language requirements.

UAE (United Arab Emirates)

Pass Tawijihiyya (Secondary School Certificate) with 90% in Maths plus an acceptable premed/foundation year or equivalent.

English language requirement:  You will need an additional English language qualification. Please view our English language requirements.

USA (United States of America) 

Pass High School Graduation Diploma with GPA of 3.3 from final year (grade 12) AND a score of 1600/2400 on pre-2016 SAT Reasoning Test (SAT), OR a score of 1050/1600 on the new SAT Reasoning Test (SAT) AND pass 3 Subject Specific Tests with minimum scores of 680 in each including Biology and Chemistry or 3 AP Exams with minimum scores of 5 in each including Biology and Chemistry. Or a combination of both (for example, 680 in Biology and Chemistry SATs plus a grade 5 in an AP exam).

English language and Maths requirements: A grades or equivalent in Grade 12 High School Graduation Diploma English and Maths subjects taken or grades 4 in AP subjects related to English and Maths subjects or a minimum of 630 in SAT English and Maths.

US degrees: CGPA of at least 3.3 overall.