International entry requirements

Entry requirements for international students vary from course to course, and depend on whether you’re applying for a Degree or Diploma course.

General information for Diploma academic entry requirements:

BIMM BACA Brighton Diploma Courses (2 Years)

This course is available for UK, EU/EEA applicants under the age of 19*

Minimum academic entry requirements: We require the equivalent to 5 GCSEs at A/9-C/4 grades. Applicants who have not studied English as a first language are required to obtain English Language proficiency qualification, such as an Academic IELTS at a 6.0 overall, scoring a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Funding eligibility: In order to be eligible for a funded offer, the UK government require a C/4 grade in GCSE English and Maths. Applicants must also be aged 16-18 as of the 31st August 2018

If you do not hold these qualifications or an accepted equivalent (as deemed equivalent by NARIC), then these subjects will have to be taken at BIMM, alongside your diploma, in order to receive funding. If you do not hold these qualifications and do not wish to study them alongside your diploma course, then a non-funded offer can be made (this will be subject to meeting minimum academic entry requirements for a Diploma level course entry) and full course fees per year must be paid privately.

Diploma funding guidelines (PDF)

Diploma courses at BIMM Manchester and BIMM Birmingham (2 Years) 

Minimum academic entry requirements: We require the equivalent to 5 GCSEs at A/9-C/4 grades. Applicants who have not studied English as a first language are required to obtain English Language proficiency qualification, such as an Academic IELTS at a 6.0 overall, scoring a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Funding eligibility (Applicants under the age of 19 only): In order to be eligible for a funded offer, the UK government require a C/4 grade in GCSE English and Maths.

Diploma funding guidelines (PDF)

If you do not hold these qualifications or an accepted equivalent (as deemed equivalent by NARIC), then a funded place cannot be offered. A non-funded offer can be made and full course fees per year must be paid privately.

*If you require to obtain a Visa to study in the UK, please email [email protected] for information on Tier 4 requirements.

To check if you need a Visa please click here.

Diploma courses at BIMM London (1 Year) 

We require the equivalent to 5 GCSEs at A/9-C/4 grades and an English Language proficiency qualification. Applicants who have not studied English as a first language are required to obtain English Language proficiency qualification, such as an Academic IELTS at a 6.0 overall, scoring a minimum of 5.5 in each band. Please be aware that the Diploma in London does not have a funding option available. Fees must be paid privately.

*If you require to obtain a Visa to study in the UK, please email [email protected] for information on Tier 4 requirements.

To check if you need a Visa please click here.

General information for Degree academic entry requirements:

We will accept an equivalent of 5 GCSEs at C/4 or above including English language and an equivalent of 2 A levels (at 32, 64 or 96 points depending on the course you wish to apply for).

There are a number of international qualifications listed on  UCAS tariff calculator, alternatively the admissions team will provide you with further details on your academic requirement equivalents at the point of offer. This can be provided at an earlier stage of application upon your request. Overseas qualification equivalents are reviewed in accordance with UK NARIC  – the designated United Kingdom national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills.

FAQ: What if I have not met academic entry requirements for a Degree level course?

Please be aware that the qualifications are reviewed on case by case basis. Admissions may be able to provide alternative options for meeting academic entry requirements: applicants over the age of 19 may be eligible to undergo an APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning –  which is an essay based portfolio), should they slightly underachieve on A Level equivalents. Alternatively we may be able to discuss alternative course options, such as Level 3 Diploma prior to applying for a progression onto a Degree level course.   Please contact [email protected] for further information.

Applicants who have not studied English as a first language may be required to obtain an English Language qualification such as an Academic IELTS as a part of their academic requirements:

English Language Test Diploma Degree
ACADEMIC IELTS EU/EEA applicants:
BIMM UK – Academic IELTS 6.0 Overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each bandBIMM campuses in Germany – Academic IELTS 5.5 Overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each band
EU/EEA applicants:
BIMM UK and BIMM campuses in Germany – Academic IELTS 6.5 English Language Qualification (We require a minimum of 6.0 to be achieved in each band)BIMM Dublin – Academic IELTS 6.0 English Language Qualification

*Non–EU/EEA applicants: International students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK will need to complete an IELTS UKVI test from one of the locations listed here. For more information about this specific test, please contact [email protected]

We also accept the following equivalent English Language exams (EU/EEA applicants):

  • Cambridge First Certificate Level C1 with a minimum overall score of 176, and no lower than 170 achieved in each band.The Cambridge English Scale
  • Cambridge Advanced Level C1 with a minimum overall score of 176, and no lower than 170 achieved in each band.
  • ESOL Skills For Life Level 1 at Level C1.
  • IGCSE English Language (First Language) at C or above.
  • IGCSE English Language (Second Language) at B or above.
  • International Baccalaureate English Language at 5 or above in English A or B.
  • If you have obtained an alternative qualification, or a slightly lower score, please contact [email protected], we will review your qualification on a case by case basis.*

If you need any assistance, please email [email protected] or contact your relevant Admissions Team:

BIMM UK
+ 44 (0) 1273 626 666
[email protected]

BIMM Dublin
+ 353 151 33 666
[email protected]

BIMM Berlin
+49 303 11 99 186
[email protected]

BIMM Hamburg
+49 303 11 99 186
[email protected]

 

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