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If you’re from South Africa 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 South Africa

If you're joining us from South Africa, 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 have completed the National 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).

Undergraduate courses

If you've completed the Senior Certificate (with matriculation endorsement), we'll consider you for admission onto an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor's degree. The grades required will vary according to the course you wish to study. You can use the table below to calculate grade equivalency:

A Level UCAS Tariff Points Comparable Offer
AAA 360 AAAAB / 77776 / 95-100%
AAB 340 AAABB / 77766 / 90-94%
ABB 320 AABBB / 77666 / 85-89%
BBB 300 ABBBB / 76666 / 80-84%
BBC 280 BBBBB / 66666 / 75-79%
BCC 260 BBBBC / 66665 / 70-74%
CCC 240 BBBCC / 66655 / 60-69%

You can also apply with:

A levels

  • Most courses will require 120 UCAS points. 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. Please check your specific course page to find the exact number of 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 Bachelor's degree from a recognised Higher Education institution.

As a general rule, a grade of 60-64% is considered equivalent to a 2:2, whereas 65% or higher is equivalent to a 2:1.

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.

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

Scholarships and Bursaries

As a student from South Africa, you can apply for various scholarships and bursaries, including the International Alumni Referral 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 South Africa:

Events in South Africa

Global Education Higher Education Fair

Date: 20/09/18

Event type: Education Fair

Time: 1000—1600

Venue: Rosebank Mall

Location: 177 Oxford Rd, Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa

 
Teodor Zhelyazkov, Conversion Officer, will be in Johannesburg on Thursday 20 September at the Global Education Higher Education Fair. 

If you're interested in studying in the UK and if you've received your A level results and you're thinking about what to do next, come along to find out about your accommodation options, applying for a student visa, student life and preparing for Portsmouth. 

Agents in South Africa

Imfundo Abroad

34 Snowcat Road,
Royal Ascot,
Milnerton,
Western Cape
Cape Town
South Africa 7441

Contact person: Amy Morris
Tel: (+27) 73-340-1827

Global Education

45 Lewis Drive, Constantia
Cape Town
South Africa

Contact person: Gill Mercer
Email: gill@global-education.co.za
Tel: (+27) 21-794-0177
Mobile: (+27) 82-776-7064

Global Education

The Business Centre
2 Ncondo Place
Ridgeside
Umhlanga Ridge
Durban

Contact person: Nico Eleftheriades
Email: nico@global-education.co.za
Tel: (+27) 31-830-5556
Mobile: (+27) 83-20-04825

Global Education

The Zone @ Rosebank
Office F05
Phase 2
31 Tyrwhitt Avenue
Rosebank
Johannesburg
2196

Contact person: Liza Manoussis
Email:liza@global-education.co.za/keshni@global-education.co.za
Tel: (+27) 11-447-4299
Mobile: (+27) 78-217-5149