University of Portsmouth Entry Requirements & Scholarships | Student Connect

University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth has earned business accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in recognition of the outstanding quality of its business and management education.
Founded in 1916, AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools, and the largest business education network connecting learners, educators, and businesses worldwide.

Through its business accreditation, the AACSB recognises institutions that meet the highest international standards of excellence in business education. It also encourages continuous improvement, leading to a better student experience through enhanced courses, academic staff qualifications and engagement, and educational resources.

This recognition validates Portsmouth’s place among the world’s best business schools and provides assurance of the quality of its business and management education and research. This is particularly important for prospective students and making graduates more attractive to potential employers.
A total of 1,013 institutions across 60 countries and territories have now earned AACSB accreditation in business, with currently only around 30 UK universities. Furthermore, 194 institutions maintain supplemental AACSB accreditation for their accounting programs.

A world-class university of international repute, Portsmouth university is committed to deliver transformational education through path breaking research and innovation. It is ranked amongst the Top 30 universities in the UK for student satisfaction by the National Student Survey (2020), and over 84% of the students expressed satisfaction in the postgraduate course quality.

The university traces its history to over 150 years, when Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and Art was established in 1870. In 1992, it gained the status as Portsmouth University.

Located at Portsmouth on the south coast of England, the university is home to over 24,000 students. Portsmouth university is a favorite destination amongst the international student community with over 5,200 international students from over 150 countries enrolled every year.

Portsmouth university offers about 200 undergraduate degrees, 150 postgraduate degrees and 65 research degree programs. The university has five faculty, namely,

Faculty of Business and Law, Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Science and Health, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

The university is spread across two campus, University Quarter, centered around the Portsmouth Guildhall area, and the Langstone Campus. The Ravelin Sports Centre comprising 8-court sports hall, 8-lane swimming pool, 175 station fitness suite, multipurpose studios, squash courts, climbing wall and a ski simulator is the latest addition to the university’s sports facilities.

Portsmouth university is committed in its mission to create, share, and apply knowledge to make a difference to individuals and society by engaging every student in a life-changing experience through innovative and inclusive education.

The university boasts of a team of experienced faculty and an excellent academic framework designed in collaboration with industry experts. Apart from providing personalized academic, Portsmouth university is committed to enhance the student experience through focus on well being and resilience.

Why study at University of Portsmouth?

  • Rated one of the Top 150 Young Universities in the world by the Times Higher Education (2020).

  • Scored 5 stars rating by the QS World University Rankings (2021).

  • Secured Gold Rating in the Government Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

  • 9 out of 10 Portsmouth University graduates are either in work and/or further study after 6 months of graduation (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19).

  • Voted one of the Top 25 University by Student Crowd (2021).

  • The Careers and Employability Service was voted amongst the Top 20 in the UK by Student Crowd (2021).

  • Dedicated The Careers and Employability Service assists in finding work experience, placements and networking opportunities and offers career support for up to 5 years after graduation.

  • Investment in Universities facilities and research capabilities include the £12 million investment in Future Technology Centre (FTC) (2018), the Centre for Enzyme Innovation (2019) and the £57 million Ravelin Sports Centre (2021) amongst others.

  • Voted 7th most popular city in the UK by YouGov (2021), Portsmouth is a picturesque locale with beautiful beaches, artistic hotspots, and tourist attractions.

  • Actively promotes entrepreneurial ventures through a range of innovation spaces and by collaborating with small and medium-sized business.

  • Awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for commitment to Equality and Diversity.

  • The university contributes significantly to the UK economy and pumps about £476 million to the Portsmouth’s economy alone.

  • Students can choose from hundreds of Student Societies and Sports Clubs, based on their passion and interests.

  • Easy and affordable commuting options for students within the city, with London being just a 90-min ride by train.

Entry Requirements

Most need 112–120 UCAS Tariff points from 3 A levels (or equivalent), plus at least 2 GCSEs at Grade C/4 (or equivalent) or above including English and Mathematics. We also accept Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Mathematics.

Entry Requirements for Undergraduate Courses

Course requirements may differ year on year.

Our decisions are never based purely on exam results – we consider every factor that we believe showcases your excellence and potential when we assess your application.

  • a successful admissions test or exam

  • a successful audition
  • a successful individual or group interview
  • a successful health check (for health-based courses)
  • a successful criminal records check
  • a portfolio
  • professional experience
  • English language qualifications (if English isn’t your first language)

If your course needs an interview, audition, test, or exam, we'll invite you to do this after you've applied.

If your course needs health or criminal records check, you can usually do this after we've offered you a place.

We often show A-level grades, BTEC grades, and UCAS points as a range. This is a guide to the grades or number of UCAS points students achieve in the typical offers we make for a course.

Other Qualifications we Commonly Accept

As well as A levels and BTECs, other common qualifications we accept include:

  • Access to Higher Education

  • Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

  • Irish Leaving Certificate

  • T levels (from 2022/23

Entry Requirement for Postgraduate Courses

Qualifications and experience.

A second-class honors degree or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.

English Entry Requirements

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English program before you start your course.

Different courses need different levels of English, usually measured on the International English Language Test System (IELTS).

  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System

  • IELTS Indicator

  • TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

  • Trinity College London

  • Duolingo
  • C1 Advanced

  • ECPE - University of Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English

  • LanguageCert

Other English Tests and Qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

  • Worldwide English qualifications
  • English qualification in Africa
  • English qualification in Asia 
  • English qualification in Europe
  • English qualification in the rest of the world.


Undergraduate Courses

Although it's possible to do an undergraduate degree with A levels (or equivalent qualifications), most undergraduate applicants on Learning at Work courses have some higher education experience (such as an HNC, HND, or credits from a degree course or another qualification) and several years of work experience they can use as credit towards their degree. Experience in a position of responsibility is particularly valuable.

Postgraduate Courses

You usually need a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) to do a postgraduate degree course. However, we may accept qualifications such as HNDs and Foundation degrees if you have several years of relevant post-qualification experience in responsible posts.

Typical applicants for postgraduate courses are usually working at a professional level.

If You Don't Meet The Entry Requirements

If you don’t have 3 A levels, we can take other qualifications (such as AS levels) and work experience into account, in some courses.

If you don’t have 2 GCSEs at Grade C/4 (or equivalent) or above including English and Mathematics, you could get these through our partner provider, Fareport Training during your degree apprenticeship.

To arrange this, we’ll share your name, email address, and qualifications with Fareport after you apply. We’ll share your data securely and it won’t be used for anything else.


Scholarships and Bursaries

  • £2500 - Automatic awarded to all eligible applicants in the form of fee reduction in the first year for all courses
  • £5000 - Merit based awarded to shortlisted applicants with upper 2:1 For more details, please visit


Most postgraduates pay for their studies using loans, scholarships, and bursaries, and often a combination of the three. In case you're not sure – loans need to be repaid (depending on what you earn after graduating), but scholarships and bursaries don't. 

  • University of Portsmouth Bussary.
  • Care Leavers Bursary.
  • Stand Alone Bursary.
  • Young Carers Bursary.
  • Unite Scholarship - a free place in halls.
  • Greenwich Hospital Bursary.
  • Sports Scholarship.
  • NHS Learning Support Fund.
  • Best Begins Scholarship.
  • Portsmouth Football Club Partnership Scholarship.
  • Sanctuary Scholarship.
  • Sanctuary Language Bursary.

Scholarship For International Student

  • Vice Chancellor's Global Development Scholarship.
  • Chancellor's Global Academic Merit Scholarship.
  • School of Environment, Geography, and Geosciences (SEGG) Scholarship.
  • Faculty of Business and Law Postgraduate Scholarship.
  • SQA Advanced Diploma Scholarship.
  • External Scholarship

Alumni Discounts

If you've studied at the University of Portsmouth on an undergraduate programme before, you may be able to get a 20% discount on your course tuition fee.

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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