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Applying from Bahrain?

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

If you’re from Bahrain and interested in studying in the UK, the University of Portsmouth is the perfect 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 Bahrain

If you're joining us from Bahrain, 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 a secondary 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 secondary school certificate plus one year at a recognised university in Bahrain, we'll consider you for admission onto an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor's degree. You must have studied relevant subjects and achieved strong grades.

If you don't have the secondary school certificate, you can 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.

Students with a Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher Diploma may be considered for advanced entry onto a relevant undergraduate degree programme. Successful completion of year 1 in a relevant subject at a university in Bahrain is considered for year 1 entry. We look for an average GPA of 60/65% or 2.5 GPA or above. Associate Degrees/Diplomas are also considered for year 1 and advanced entry.

Postgraduate courses

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have a bachelor's degree from a Higher Education institution in Bahrain. You will need a minimum of 2.6 or higher, depending on your chosen course. Students with a lower GPA will need to do a Pre-Masters course at our partner college, International College Portsmouth (ICP).

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 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 Bahrain, like you, to apply to join us. Whatever you want to know, just ask.

Scholarships and Bursaries

As an international student, 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 Bahrain or the UK:

Agents in Bahrain

Education Links

The Al Ahli Club Complex,
Flat 118
Building 106
Road 20
Block No.331
Kingdom of Bahrain
PO Box 54329 Contact person: Ms Judith Asuncion
Mobile: +973 3889 7235
Tel: (+973) 1725 5909 #22
Fax: (+973) 1724 2606
E-fax: (00) 973 1791 0229

Skype: education.links

Global Vision For Academic Services

Block 336
Road 3605
Building 247
1st Floor
Office 11
PO Box 75728

Contact person: Yazan Qatamin
Tel: (+973) 1361 7216
Mobile: (+973) 1361 7927

IDP Education Bahrain 

Level 12
West Tower Bahrain Financial Harbour
King Faisal Highway
Manama Kingdom of Bahrain 

Tel: (+973) 17101143


Oasis Training Center

Building 1581B 
Road 80 
Block 473 
Abu Saiba
Kingdom of Bahrain

Tel: (+973) 1733 0823

JNS Education Consultant Ltd

Capital Plus Tower, 11th Floor,
Office 112, Block 428,
Street 2802 Seef,

Tel: (+973) 1700 1812 | (+973) 3437 4900



Global Study – UK Office

22 Gilbert Street

Tel: (+44) 020 7486 4762




Y Bron Y Dyffryn
Dynea Road
South Wales

Tel: (+44) 777 9514 264