Our students come from many different countries. We accept a wide range of qualifications. We assess every applicant on their individual merits, but there are minimum qualifications.
GCE AS and A-Levels
We require A-level students to pass three subjects. Each course has different grade requirements. See what grades you need in our course finder.
The course finder shows the minimum grades needed. You may find your particular offer requires higher grades.
We welcome students who have taken the IB Diploma.
Each degree sets its own minimum IB offer, which you can check on our course finder.
Scottish Advanced Highers
If you’re studying the Scottish Advanced Highers, you’re expected to achieve at least three passes.
Grades required will vary by department and can be found on the UCAS course listing.
For UK students, we expect at least five GCSE passes at grades A* to C or 9 – 4 including Maths and English.
A limited number of courses require applicants to attend an interview prior to receiving an offer. This is detailed on the course listing entry requirements where applicable.
Alternative entry qualifications
If you don’t meet our typical entry requirements, we have a list of alternative entry qualifications that we accept.
QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Certificates or Diplomas; the European Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, BTEC/Edexel National Diploma, CACHE Diploma, International Advanced Levels, NVQs and other overseas qualifications.
We welcome applications from international students whose qualifications match our entry requirements for courses.
Check your country’s entry requirements.
English language qualifications
If English isn't your first language, you’ll need to demonstrate your English language level through a recognised qualification.
If your language results are slightly below the required level, you may have the chance to attend a pre-sessional English language course - so you won't need to retake any exams or tests.
If your secondary education took place in an English-speaking country, or in English (such as International A-levels) you may not have to take an IELTS or equivalent test.
Contact us using our application query form if you want to check.
International Year One
Study the International Year one in January and progress directly onto the second year of your chosen undergraduate degree in September.
Equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree, the International Year One provides academic and English language support specifically designed to meet the needs of international students. The level of English support is based on your IELTS score, with options for IELTS lower than 6.5 and an option for IELTS higher than 6.5.
You can choose to apply for one of the following subject routes:
International Foundation Year
If you are an international student who does not meet the direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you can study an International Foundation Year at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre.
Students can choose to apply for one of the following programmes:
- International Foundation Year in Arts and Social Sciences
- International Foundation Year in Management and Economics
- International Foundation Year in Sciences
Upon successful completion of one of these pathway programmes, you can progress to study an undergraduate course at Royal Holloway, University of London. You can find out how to apply to a pathway programme or apply directly using the online application form.
Second Year transfer
Certain academic departments at Royal Holloway consider transfers into the second year of an undergraduate programme on a case-by-case basis.
We are unable to accept transfers into third year for any of our courses.
To be considered for second year entry, you will need to meet the first-year entry requirements for the programme and have achieved grades equivalent to an upper second class honours in your first year at university. Details of all of our undergraduate degrees, including entry requirements, can be found here.
Students can apply for second year entry through UCAS. Transcripts and further supporting evidence should then be emailed to us using our application query form for consideration.