Studying in Plymouth

Our International students from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago talk about what it is like to live and study in Plymouth.

"I like that Plymouth is close to sea, because when I smell the sea breeze it feels like home."

Entry requirements


Applicants will be required to show evidence of having achieved Grades I (one), II (two) or (if taken from 1998) Grade III in English and Maths in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC). This is GCSE equivalent.

Applicants who have the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) with two Grade II and four Grade III double-unit subjects (including two double-unit courses) are eligible to apply for a bachelors degree. Within these six units, we will consider two units being single awards.

An associate degree, with good grades, may also be considered suitable for direct entry to year one of a relevant bachelor degree course.

For applicants who do not meet the above requirements, there are foundation options available via the University of Plymouth and University of Plymouth International College (UPIC)

UCAS tariff A level CAPE or Associate Degree 
56 A*
48 A I
40 B II
32 C III
24 D IV
16 E V


The standard requirement for entry to a taught masters programme is an undergraduate (bachelor) degree that is equivalent to a UK upper second class degree (2:1).

Classification University of the West Indies GPA UK degree equivalent 
First Class 3.60 - 4.00 1st
Second Class (Upper Division) 3.00 - 3.59 2:1
Second Class (Lower Division) 2.50 - 2.99 2:2

English language

Barbados nationals are currently exempt from Home Office English language requirements. Grade III in the CSEC is considered suitable to meet the University's English language requirements. 

For other applicants, a recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses.

Ivanna Odle – BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

Ivanna Odle previously studied at Harrison College in Barbados. Here she tells us about her experience so far of studying for her undergraduate bachelor’s degree at the University of Plymouth.


UKESC Caribbean Undergraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship

One student from the Caribbean region will be offered a scholarship worth 50% off their tuition fees in year one*. To recognise continual academic achievement, they may also receive 50% off the successive years tuition fee, if an overall grade of 70% or above is maintained.

To be eligible you must:

  • have an outstanding academic record
  • meet our standard English Language requirements
  • have an unconditional/conditional offer letter from the University of Plymouth which you have accepted as your firm choice by 31 May 2020
  • Complete a scholarship application form and submit this through UKESC, the University of Plymouth’s trusted agent in the Caribbean, by 31 May 2020


Please be aware that courses offered by the following schools are not included in the UKESC Caribbean Undergraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship scheme: 

All applications should be submitted through UKESC. Please contact for information and an application form. 

University of Plymouth also has a variety of other scholarships available to international students.

Caribbean agents

Please contact our agent working in the Caribbean for advice and assistance with the application process and information about visas. 

You can also visit UKESC’s website for details of their upcoming visits to the region. These typically occur between September and November, and again in March–April.




Our students from the Caribbean talk about what it's like to study in Plymouth...