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Applying from Kenya?

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)
  • 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.
  • 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.


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 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

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 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 Kenya:

Agents in Kenya

Uniserv LTD

1st Floor Rupa's Mall
Uganda Road
P.O. Box 6364-30100

Tel: (+254) 735 536 101
Email: info@uniserveducation.com

Website: uniserveducation.com

Imperial Education Consultants

3rd Floor
Sagaas Centre (Opp. AIC Church)
Makasembo Rd, Off Nandi Rd

Tel/WhatsApp: (+254) 748 669 954 / (+254) 784 669 954
Email: eldoret@ieduconsultants.com

S3 Education

5th Floor
Khetia Centre (above Khetia Supermarket)

Tel: (+254) 789 534444
Email: anthony@s3education.com

Uniserv LTD

2nd Floor Tivoli Centre
Achieng Oneko Road
Kisumu (Next to Post Bank)

Tel: (+254) 733 311 727
Email: info@uniserveducation.com

Website: uniserveducation.com

Uniserv LTD

4th Floor Texas Building
Next to Nyali Cinemax
Nyali Road
P.O. Box 95649–80106

Tel: (+254) 738 861 664
Email: info@uniserveducation.com

Website: uniserveducation.com

SI-UK Mombasa

Second Floor
Amal Plaza
Links Road
Mombasa 84453–80100

Email: mombasa@studyin-uk.com
Tel: (+254) 780 450 642

Website: studyin-uk.co.ke

Imperial Education Consultants

Ground Floor
Tononoka Road
Off Kenyatta Avenue

Email: msa@ieduconsultants.com
Tel/WhatsApp: (+254) 748 669 939 / (+254) 784 669 939


Bandari Plaza
M1 Woodvale Grove

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

Website: uniconnectcentre.com

UniServ Ltd

9th Floor
Fortis Towers
Woodvale Grove

Contact person: Mr Rahim Kassam
Email: info@uniserveducation.com
Tel: (+254) 734 004 003

Website: uniserveducation.com

S3 Education Consultants Ltd.

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

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

SI-UK Nairobi

Ground Floor
Madonna House
Westlands off, Mpaka Road

Email: nairobi@studyin-uk.com
Tel: (+254) 7 5568 8242

Website: studyin-uk.co.ke

IDP Nairobi

Uniabroad-IDP Kenya
Soin Arcade
Mezzanine Floor
Shop 22
Westlands Road

Email: stella.uniabroad@idp.com
Tel: (+254) 7 1661 2223 | (+254) 7 2912 9799 | (+254) 7 5209 2287

Website: idp.com/kenya

Imperial Education Consultants

Office No.14
3rd Floor
Diamond Plaza 1
4th Parklands Avenue

Email: info@ieduconsultants.com
Tel/WhatsApp: (+254) 748 669 938 | (+254) 784 669 938

Website: idp.com/kenya

Events in Kenya

We don't have any current events planned in Kenya, but we do plan regular events so check back here often for more information.

You can also contact us, or speak to an agent in your region for more assistance.