South Africa

We've tried to provide all the information you will need if you are thinking about coming to study at the University of Plymouth from South Africa. 

If you need to know anything else, you can contact our team using the details below.


We require applicants to have completed a Senior Certificate (with matriculation endorsement) with minimum grades BBBCC or a National Senior Certificate with minimum grades of 66655 or above. 

If you have not achieved these results, you should supplement your Senior Certificate with an international foundation year or equivalent. Our partner college on campus, University of Plymouth International College (UPIC), offers a wide variety of foundation courses.


We require applicants to have completed a Bachelor's (Honours) degree from a recognised institution when awarded after four years of study with the following criteria:

South African classification South African classification – percentage UK Degree equivalent
First Class 75% – 100% 1st
Second Class, Division One 70% – 74% 2:1
Second Class, Division Two 60% – 69% 2:2

English Language

A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University of Plymouth's pre-sessional English Language courses.

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