South Africa

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • Applicants from South Africa require a Senior Certificate (with matriculation endorsement) with minimum grades BBBCC. Those with a National Senior Certificate are not normally considered suitable for direct entry as this qualification is equivalent to GCSEs. If you have not achieved these results, you should supplement your Senior Certificate with an international Foundation course or equivalent.
  • Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A-levels will be considered for direct admission to our undergraduate degree programmes. IB requirements range from 28 to 30, depending on the course.
    • A-level AAA = 144 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer: alpha AAAAB, numeric 77776, percentage 95-100%
    • A-level AAB = 136 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer: alpha AAABB, numeric 77766, percentage 90-94%
    • A-level ABB = 128 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer: alpha AABBB, numeric 77666, percentage 85-89%
    • A-level BBB = 120 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer: alpha ABBBB, numeric 76666, percentage 80-84%
    • A-level BBC = 112 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer: alpha BBBBB, numeric 66666, percentage 75-79%
    • A-level BCC = 104 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer: alpha BBBBC, numeric 66665, percentage 70-74%
    • A-level CCC = 96 UCAS tariff points = comparable offer: alpha BBBCC, numeric 66655, percentage 60-69%.

Postgraduate entry requirements

  • To be considered for direct entry to a Master's degree at Birkbeck, applicants from South Africa would normally be required to have successfully completed a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours), Professional Bachelor’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Technology (BTech) from a recognised institution. (A standard Bachelor's degree is considered comparable to a UK Bachelor's degree (Ordinary) and would not be suitable for entry to a Master's.)
  • Please note that all applications are considered on an individual basis and you may be admitted to a Master's programme with a lower-level degree if you have work experience relevant to the degree applied for.
  • If you do not meet these criteria, you can apply for Birkbeck’s International Foundation Programme, which acts as a bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study, preparing students to study a Master’s degree in the UK. There are progression pathways onto various courses at Birkbeck.
  • Another option is the Master's Foundation programme, which is available for 2- or 3-term progression onto a wide range of Master’s degrees at Birkbeck. An upper second from a well-ranked institution is considered comparable to a UK 2:1, while a score of 60-69% or lower second is considered comparable to a UK 2:2.
  • The marking scheme used at university level differs depending upon the institution. There are two systems in operation.
  • South African degree classification:
    • 1st class (75-100%; alternative name: Distinction; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
    • 2nd class division 1 (60-74%; alternative name: Pass; English translation or equivalent: 2:0)
    • 2nd class division 2 (52-59%; alternative name: Pass; English translation or equivalent: 2:2)
    • Third (50-51%; alternative name: Pass; English translation or equivalent: Third class)
    • Fail (0-49%; alternative name: Fail; English translation or equivalent: Fail).

Research degrees entry requirements

  • The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a Master’s degree from a recognised university; schools may accept students with high grades in the undergraduate degree.
  • Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

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