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Applying from South Africa?

Here's all the information you need to study with us

If you’re from South Africa and interested in studying in the UK, the University of Portsmouth is a great place to fulfil your ambitions. And if you’re ready to take the next step, we’re ready to help you get here.

On this page, you'll find information about where you can meet us in your region, what you need to do to apply for a course with us and contact details for our people in your area.

Entry requirements for students from South Africa

If you're joining us from South Africa, the entry requirements you need to meet will depend on the course you want to study.

We consider all applications we receive. However, to make sure you get the most out of your time studying with us and have the best chance of applying successfully, we recommend the following minimum qualifications:

Foundation courses

If you have completed the National School Certificate, you'll usually need to do a foundation year before doing an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor's degree.

We recommend you take a foundation course at our associated college International College Portsmouth (ICP).

Undergraduate courses

If you've completed the Senior Certificate (with matriculation endorsement), we'll consider you for admission onto an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor's degree. The grades required will vary according to the course you wish to study. You can use the table below to calculate grade equivalency:

A Level UCAS Tariff Points NSC/Matriculation
AAA 144 77766
AAB 136 77666
ABB 128 76666
BBB 120 66666
BBC 112 66665
BCC 104 66655
CCC 96 66555

You can also apply with:

A levels

  • Please check your specific course page to find the exact number of points needed. Your A level grades should equal or exceed the total points required. You can use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your total points.
  • Some courses will require you to have studied specific subjects at A level. For example, to study a science course you will usually need to have achieved passing grades in scientific subjects at A level.
  • A level points: A* = 56 A = 48 B = 40 C = 32 D = 24.

International Baccalaureate

  • Most courses will require between 24 and 31 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB), depending on the degree you apply for.

You may be able to join an undergraduate course with other qualifications. We do consider qualifications from a range of sources. Contact us to find out more.

Postgraduate courses

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have Bachelor's degree from a recognised Higher Education institution.

As a general rule, a grade of 60-64% is considered equivalent to a 2:2, whereas 65% or higher is equivalent to a 2:1.

If you don't meet the postgraduate entry requirements, you can do a pre-Master's programme at International College Portsmouth (ICP) for many of our courses.


We'll consider you for a PhD if you have a good Master’s degree and submit a research proposal.

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English language requirements

When you join us, it’s important that you can speak and understand English to the level that your course requires. The specific English language requirements will be on your chosen course page.

We accept a Grade C or above in First Language English or Home Language on the South Africa National Senior Certificate, IELTS, IGCSE and several other certificates, but don’t worry if you're currently short of the standard required – we offer English Language Programmes that will get you to the necessary level.

What to do next

Ready to start your adventure with us? Whether you know which degree course you want to do or not, get in touch with us now or meet us at an event near you to discuss your next steps.

Our Global Officers are experts in helping students from South Africa, like you, to apply to join us. Whatever you want to know, just ask.

Scholarships and Bursaries

As a student from South Africa, you may be eligible for a scholarship. You can find out what is available to you on our funding pages

Representatives and agents

If you want to learn more about studying with us or you want help with your application, contact one of our official representatives in South Africa:

Agents in South Africa

Imfundo Abroad

34 Snowcat Road,
Royal Ascot,
Western Cape
Cape Town
South Africa 7441

Contact person: Amy Morris
Tel: (+27) 73-340-1827

Website: ieabroad.com

Global Education

Cube Workspace, Office 111
183 Albion Springs, Corner Main Road & Albion Springs Close
Rondesbosch, Cape Town, South Africa 7700

Contact person: Gill Mercer
Email: kate@global-education.co.za
Tel: (+27) 21-140-1530
Mobile: (+27) 82-776-7064

Website: globaleducation.co.za

Global Education

The Business Centre
2 Ncondo Place
Umhlanga Ridge

Contact person: Nico Eleftheriades
Email: nico@global-education.co.za
Tel: (+27) 31-830-5556
Mobile: (+27) 83-20-04825

Website: globaleducation.co.za

Global Education

The Zone @ Rosebank
Office F05
Phase 2
31 Tyrwhitt Avenue

Contact person: Liza Manoussis
Tel: (+27) 11-447-4299
Mobile: (+27) 78-217-5149

Website: globaleducation.co.za

IE Abroad

138 West Street
Sandton, 2031

Email: eswatini@ieabroad.com
Tel: (+26) 87 835 9315

Website: ieabroad.com

Events in South Africa

Global Education

Date: Tuesday 17 November 2020

Event Type: Webinar

Time: 6.00pm

RegistrationRegister here.  

Join Dr Aishling McMorrow, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Portsmouth, specialising in International Relations theory, security, and terrorism, along with Jenny Hyde of UoP Global and Global Education for:  "The Work You Do, the Person You Are: Politics, International Relations, and our Place in the World."

This webinar which is ideal for students interested in studying International Relations and Politics, looks at the role of Politics and International Relations in our understanding of the world that we live in. We will discuss how the study of these subjects allow us to focus on certain international issues, but also silences other concerns. From this, the webinar presents to students how their study of these courses can allow them to question power relations and shape their place in the world. Please register with the link above.

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