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


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.

Please contact our agent working in the Caribbean for advice and assistance with the application process and information about visas. Also, check UKESC’s website for details of their upcoming visits to the region, these typically occur in the period September-November and again in March-April.




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