Entry requirements

See our country-specific equivalencies.

Undergraduate

If you are studying for Portuguese qualifications, you will need a suitable equivalent grade to apply for our undergraduate courses. The table below shows grade equivalencies for Portugal.

UK requirement (A-level)

Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários / Diploma Nivel Secundaro de Educacao / Certificado Nivel Secundaro de Educacao  / Diploma de Ensino Secundario  / Certidao do Decimo Segundo Ano / Certificado de Habilitacoes do Ensino Secundario  equivalent

AAA

17

AAB

16.5

ABB

16

BBB

15.5

BBC15
BCC14.5
CCC14
CCD13.5

Subject requirements

For courses that have specific subject requirements at A-level:

UK subject requirement (A-level)

Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários / Diploma Nivel Secundaro de Educacao / Certificado Nivel Secundaro de Educacao  / Diploma de Ensino Secundario  / Certidao do Decimo Segundo Ano / Certificado de Habilitacoes do Ensino Secundario  equivalent

Grade A

17

Grade B

16

Where Maths is a required subject at A-level, applicants will be required to achieve Certifcado de fim de Estudos Secundarios Maths at 17 for A-level Grade A, 16 for Grade B and 15 for Grade C. 

Minimum standard in English and mathematics

All applicants for undergraduate courses must also meet a minimum standard in English and mathematics.

English: IELTS Academic required

Mathematics:  

Grade C*Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários* 10
Grade B*Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários* 11
Grade A*Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários* 12

If Maths does not appear in the final Certifcado de fim de Estudos Secundarios (or other named qualifications above) or if the above grades were not met, we can accept maths in the Y9 high school transcript at the follow grades:  

GCSE C  

3/5  

GCSE B  

4/5  

GCSE A  

5/5  

Undergraduate foundation courses

If you do not meet the direct entry requirements for a course, you can apply to study on one of our UK/ EU foundation courses. If you are applying from Portugal, we typically look for a minimum of 13.5 in the Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários.

Postgraduate

To apply for one of our postgraduate courses that require a UK 2:1, you must have achieved the Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 16.0 out of 20.0.

For courses that require a UK 2:2, you must have achieved Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 14.0 out of 20.0.

For courses that require a UK first, you must have achieved Portugal Licenciado/Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) with a GPA of 18.0 out of 20.0.

 

English language requirements and courses

All our students require a good standard of English language to be eligible to study with us. If you don’t meet our requirements, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies.