Entry requirements for Kenya
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we want to ensure the welfare of our staff and students. Our staff won't be able to attend international exhibitions or events at this time but you can still get in touch.
Our entry requirements will vary depending on your level of study, the course you are interested in and your English language proficiency.
If you have graduated from the national high school system, you will be required to successfully complete a one-year International Foundation Programme before entering our undergraduate courses.
You will be required to successfully complete the KCSE with an overall average of B and at least B in key subject areas to be considered for admission on to our International Foundation Programme.
Some subjects, such as healthcare allied professions, will require higher grades. Please contact the International Office for more information.
You will be required to have good A-level scores or the equivalent of the International Baccalaureate Diploma to be considered for admission on to our undergraduate degree courses.
Alternatively, the successful completion of a recognised International Foundation programme or a university diploma or one or more years of undergraduate study at a recognised Kenyan University may also be considered as acceptable for entry on to our undergraduate degree courses.
Postgraduate taught courses
You will be required to have a good bachelor's degree with the equivalent of an upper second or a very good lower second grade to qualify for our postgraduate taught programmes.
A score of 60-69% from a well ranked institution is considered comparable to a UK 2.1, while a score of 50-59% is considered comparable to a UK 2.2.
Postgraduate research courses
There are a number of possible entry routes to our postgraduate research courses. We will consider applicants who have successfully completed a Masters from a recognised Kenyan institution.
In some cases, we will consider applicants who only have a Bachelor's degree (minimum Second Class, Higher Division), although applicants may be required to complete a Master's course at Cardiff University prior to embarking upon PhD studies.
English language requirements
Whilst Kenya is recognised as an English-speaking country, for the purpose of complying with the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) rules, students must demonstrate their English language abilities.
If you obtained your KCSE or IGCSE English with a level C or above (please note some programmes require a B), this will demonstrate your English language abilities. However, if you do not have grade C or above in English in either the KCSE or IGCSE you will need to sit an IELTS exam.
If you are applying for a Foundation Course, you will need to sit an IELTS for UKVI qualification, in order to qualify for a visa to study in the UK.
If you are unsure of your qualifications or entry requirements, please contact us.