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

If you’re from Kenya 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 Kenya

If you're joining us from Kenya, 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 take the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE - 5 credits including Mathematics and English language) 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

We'll consider you for admission onto an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor's degree if you have the following:

  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE - 5 credits including Mathematics and English Language) or
  • the East African Certificate of Education (EACE) or Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE)

and a minimum of 3 subjects in:

  • Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC) or
  • East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE) or
  • Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE), awarded until 1989

or a minimum of 'C' credit overall in:

  • Diploma / Ordinary Diploma / Ordinary Technician Diploma
  • University Diploma / Diploma

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.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 must have studied relevant subjects and achieved strong grades.

If you have a High National Diploma (HND) or Higher Technician Diploma you can apply for advanced entry onto a relevant undergraduate programme.

If you have a Third Class or Ordinary degree you may be considered for final year (top-up) entry onto a degree programme in a relevant subject.

Advanced Diplomas From APTECH/ABE/ICM and Informatics

If you've completed ADSE (APTECH) with credit, or achieve a GPA of 2.0 (Informatics), you can be considered for final year (top-up) entry onto the following courses:

  • BSc (Hons) Computing
  • BSc (Hons) Computing and Digital Image
  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems
  • BSc (Hons) Web Technologies
  • BSc (Hons) Computing and Society
  • BEng (Hons) Computer Networks
  • BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Systems (Distance Learning)
  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems (Distance Learning)

If you achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 or above at ADSE, you can be considered for final year (top up) entry onto the following courses:

  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) Software Engineering
  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Computing

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 a Bachelor's degree from a recognised Higher Education institution.

Typical minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements:

  • From 2.8 on a scale of 1-4
  • From 7 on a scale of 1-10

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.

PhDs

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

Scholarships and Bursaries

As a student from Kenya, you can apply for various scholarships and bursaries, including the International Alumni Referral Award, GOAL Award and Chevening Scholarship. You can find more information about these on our funding page.

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 Kenya:

Agents in Kenya

World Student Advisors

Loice Omoga
Business Development Manager Mombasa
Mombasa
Kenya

WhatsApp:(+254) 7-2184-3392
WhatsApp:(+254) 7-8742-2542

Website: worldstudentadvisors.com

Uniserv LTD

1st Floor
Kalair Centre
Nyali Road (Opposite Texas Alarms)
PO Box 95649
Mombasa
80100

Tel: (+254) 4147-0561
Email: msa@univserveducation.com

Website: uniserveducation.com


Uniconnect

Bandari Plaza
M1 Woodvale Grove Westlands Nairobi Kenya

Email: info@uniconnectcentre.com
Tel: (+254) 02-0440-4111

Website: uniconnectcentre.com

World Student Advisors

Juliet Kahi
WSA Manager Africa
Krishna Centre
5th floor
Woodvale Grove
Westlands
Nairobi Kenya


Skype:WSA.HeadOffice

WhatsApp:(+254) 0738 600 776

Email: juliet@worldstudentadvisors.com
Tel: (+2547) 020 523 5968

Website: worldstudentadvisors.com

UniServ Ltd

9th Floor
Fortis Towers
Woodvale Grove
Westlands
PO Box 56386
Nairobi

Contact person: Mr Rahim Kassam
Email: info@uniserveducation.com
Tel: (+254) 2-0445-2732

Website: uniserveducation.com

S Three Education Consultants Ltd.

2nd Floor Westlands Square
Above Tusky's/Java House,
Ring Road
Westlands
Nairobi

Email: altaf@s3consultants.co.uk
Tel: (+254) 7-2776-5796

SI-UK Nairobi

Ground Floor
Jimkan House
Woodvale Grove
Westlands 123830-00400
Nairobi

Email: altaf@s3consultants.co.uk
Tel: (+254) 7-2776-5796

Events in Kenya

SI-UK Higher Education Fair

Date: 18 January 2019—19 January 2019

Event type: Education Fair

Time: 1000—1730

Venue: Kempinski Villa Rosa

Location: Villa Rosa, Kempinski, Nairobi, Kenya

Chinelo Konwea, Global Officer at the University of Portsmouth will be in Nairobi on Friday 18 January and Saturday 19 January at the SI-UK Higher Education Fair.

Please visit our stand to find out about your accommodation options, applying for a student visa, student life and preparing for Portsmouth.

SI-UK Higher Education Fair

Date: 21 January 2019

Event type: Education Fair

Time: 1000—1730

Venue: English Point Marina

Location: Mombasa, Kenya

Chinelo Konwea, Global Officer at the University of Portsmouth will be in Mombasa on Monday 21 January at the SI-UK Higher Education Fair.

Please visit our stand to find out about your accommodation options, applying for a student visa, student life and preparing for Portsmouth.

Visit to S3 Consulting Office

Date: 23 January 2019

Event type: Agent visit

Time: 1400—1530

Venue: S3 Consulting

Location: 2nd Floor Westlands Square, Above Tusky's/Java House, Ring Road Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya

Jenny Hyde, Senior Global Officer at the University of Portsmouth will be in Nairobi on Wednesday 23 January and will visit the offices of S3 Consulting.

If you have applied to study a degree at the University of Portsmouth, or are interested in finding out how to apply, or about our courses, please come along for an informal chat.

Visit to SI-UK Office

Date: 23 January 2019

Event type: Agent visit

Time: 1100—1300

Venue: SI-UK

Location: Ground Floor, Jimkan House, Woodvale Grove, Westlands

Jenny Hyde, Senior Global Officer at the University of Portsmouth will be in Nairobi on Wednesday 23 January and will visit the offices of SI-UK

If you have applied to study a degree at the University of Portsmouth, or are interested in finding out how to apply, or about our courses, please come along for an informal chat.

Visit to UniConnect Office

Date: 23 January 2019

Event type: Agent visit

Time: 0930—1100

Venue: UniConnect

Location: Bandari Plaza, M1, Woodvale Grove, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya

Jenny Hyde, Senior Global Officer at the University of Portsmouth will be in Nairobi on Wednesday 23 January and will visit the offices of UniConnect.

If you have applied to study a degree at the University of Portsmouth, or are interested in finding out how to apply, or about our courses, please come along for an informal chat.

Visit to UniServ Education Office

Date: 23 January 2019

Event type: Agent visit

Time: 1600—1730

Venue: UniServ Education

Location: 9th Floor, Fortis Tower, Woodvale Grove, Westlands, Nairobi

Jenny Hyde, Senior Global Officer at the University of Portsmouth will be in Nairobi on Wednesday 23 January and will visit the offices of UniServ Education.

If you have applied to study a degree at the University of Portsmouth, or are interested in finding out how to apply, or about our courses, please come along for an informal chat.

KAIS Public Higher Education Fair

Date: 26 January 2019

Event type: Education Fair

Time: 1000—1300

Venue: Serena Hotel

Location: Processional Way, Nairobi City, Kenya

Jenny Hyde, Senior Global Officer at the University of Portsmouth will be in Nairobi on Saturday 26 January at the KAIS Public Higher Education Fair.

Please visit our stand to find out about your accommodation options, applying for a student visa, student life and preparing for Portsmouth.