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Applying from Botswana?

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

If you’re from Botswana 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 Botswana

If you're joining us from Botswana, 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 don't have the A-level requirements for your chosen course, 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 want to enrol for an undergraduate degree, you will usually need at least BBB in A levels or 24 overall in the International Baccalaureate with 15 at Higher Level.

Students with a good Higher National Diploma (HND) may also be considered for advanced entry onto a relevant undergraduate degree programme.

We are happy to consider strong and mature applicants for direct entry onto an undergraduate degree programme on a case by case basis.

For specific grades required, please refer to the course page.

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 a Bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognised Botswana university or an equivalent professional qualification approved by the University of Portsmouth.

You will need to have studied relevant subjects to be accepted onto many of our postgraduate courses. Some courses will also ask for work experience. Please see our full course list for more details.

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.

Find a PhD

English language requirements

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

We accept a Grade C or above in English on the Botswana Secondary School 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 Botswana, like you, to apply to join us. Whatever you want to know, just ask.

Scholarships and Bursaries

As a student from Botswana, 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 Botswana:

Agents in Botswana

STBK Business Services

Naomi Sebape
Tshipidi House
Plot 684
Unit 9
Tel: (+267) 716-773-33

Global Education Johannesburg

The Zone @ Rosebank
Office F05
Phase 2
31 Tyrwhitt Avenue
Tel: (+27) 11-447-4299  | (+27) 11-268-6545


Events in Botswana

Discover Civil Engineering at the University of Portsmouth 

Date: Monday 15 February 2021

Event Type: Presentation 

Time: 11.00am (GMT)

RegistrationRegister here.  

All over the world, the construction industry is responsible for creating and maintaining infrastructure and the built environment that underpin and drive economic progress. Civil engineers are key professionals within the construction industry and need to be well equipped through excellent education and training.  

Join Dr Kenneth Awinda, Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying and Course Leader for the BEng (Hons) in Construction Engineering Management, in exploring what is involved in a Civil Engineering degree.  We shall look at what the School of Civil Engineering & Surveying at Portsmouth can offer to those aspiring to be civil engineers and to those who want to specialise through further education.

Careers in Creative Technologies 

Date: Wednesday 17 February 2021

Event Type: Presentation 

Time: 11.30am (GMT)

RegistrationRegister here.  

Studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Portsmouth 

Date: Friday 19 February 2021

Event Type: Presentation 

Time: 10.00am  11.00am (GMT)

RegistrationRegister here.  

Join Dr Jovana Radulovic, Head of the School of Mechanical and Design Engineering, in exploring what is involved in a Mechanical Engineering degree.  Many things rely on mechanical engineering – from mobile phones and biomedical devices, to aircraft and power plants.  If you enjoy getting stuck into technology projects and love finding practical solutions to problems, join us for a live and interactive session with the opportunity for Q&A.

Social Work at the University of Portsmouth:  making a successful application 

Date: Monday 22 February 2021

Event Type: Presentation 

Time: 4.00pm  5.00pm (GMT)

RegistrationRegister here.  

Do you have the drive and commitment to better the lives of others while developing new and interesting ways to deliver social services?  Whether you're already working in the field, or a graduate who wants to make a difference in social work, our MSc Social Work course allows you to improve your professional skillset that will have a positive impact upon people's lives.   Join Lucy Porteous for an interactive session exploring what makes a successful graduate.

Studying Sport at University: what are my options?

Date: Friday 26 February 2021

Event Type: Presentation 

Time: 10.00am (GMT)

RegistrationRegister here.

Join Dr Jenny Burbage, Associate Head (Students) and Dr Joe Moore, Lecturer in Biomechanics from the University of Portsmouth's School of Sport, Health & Exercise Science for an informative and interactive webinar.
Sport Science covers many elements of sport, health and fitness including biomechanics, physiology, nutrition, psychology, and business, management and operations of elite sport.  We take a look at the career opportunities available if you study this subject.  You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Study Psychology at the University of Portsmouth

Date: Wednesday 3 March 2021

Event Type: Presentation 

Time: 10.00am (GMT)

RegistrationRegister here.

Join Dr Eszther Somogyi, Senior Lecturer for Bsc Psychology and BSc Forensic Psychology courses and MSc Health Psychology, and Jenny Hyde, Senior Global Officer (Africa) for an interactive session on studying Psychology.  The subject of psychology is broad, and covers areas such as natural and life sciences, social sciences, humanities, criminology, animal cognition and philosophy.  This will be your chance to learn more about studying for a degree in Psychology and its related disciplines at the University of Portsmouth.  You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

Study Computing at the University of Portsmouth

Date: Friday 5 March 2021

Event Type: Presentation 

Time: 10.00am – 11.00am (GMT)

RegistrationRegister here.

Join Dr Janka Chlebikova, Head of Partnerships and Senior Lecturer in our School of Computing, for an interactive session exploring what is involved in a Computing degree.  From banking to communications, the smooth running of the modern world relies on the power of computing, and the importance of computing to the routines of our daily lives is growing all the time. Computing is also helping find solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the planet.

A Computing degree is a future-proof qualification that will prepare you for the economy and the job market of the future. You'll also gain many transferable analytical, problem-solving and critical thinking skills that are in demand across a host of industries.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions.

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