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:
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).
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
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
The Al Ahli Club Complex,
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
Global Vision For Academic Services
IDP Education Bahrain
Oasis Training Center
JNS Education Consultant Ltd