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:
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).
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 a Grade C or above in English on the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), 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 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
Business Development Manager Mombasa
M1 Woodvale Grove Westlands Nairobi Kenya
WSA Manager Africa
PO Box 56386
2nd Floor Westlands Square
Above Tusky's/Java House,
Events in Kenya
Date: Saturday 14 September 2019
Event type: Exhibition
Venue: Nairobi Serena Hotel
Location: Nairobi Serena Hotel, Processional Way, Nairobi City, Kenya
University of Portsmouth's Senior Global Officer, Jenny Hyde will be taking part in the Nairobi HE Fair on Saturday 14 September at the Nairobi Serena Hotel. If you are interested in studying a Foundation Year, Bachelors or Masters Degree in the UK in 2020, please come along. We can answer any questions you may have about the course, living in Portsmouth, your accommodation and visa application.
Date: Thursday 12 September 2019
Event type: Seminar
Venue: S3 Consulting
Location: S3 Consulting, 2nd Floor, Westlands Square, Above Java / Tuskys, Westlands, Nairobi
Prof. Leila Choukrane, of the University of Portsmouth's School of Law will be delivering a Law Seminar at 2.00pm on Thursday 12 September. If you are interested in studying an LLM or PhD in Law, this is a unique opportunity to hear from a world renowned legal Professor - her research focuses on the interactions between international trade and investment law, human rights, development studies, jurisprudence and social theory.
Register your interest with S3 Consulting:
Tel: 0731 727161
Date: Monday 16 September 2019
Event type: Exhibition
Venue: Whitesands Hotel
Location: Whitesands Hotel, Off Malindi Road, Mombasa County, Mombasa, Kenya
University of Portsmouth's Senior Global Officer, Jenny Hyde will be taking part in the Mombasa HE Fair on Tuesday 16 September at the Whitesands Hotel. If you are interested in studying a Foundation Year, Bachelors or Masters Degree in the UK in 2020, please come along. We can answer any questions you may have about the course, living in Portsmouth, your accommodation and visa application.