This is a guide to the normal entry requirements, assuming you’ve followed the Nigerian education system. An admissions tutor will study your application, so make sure you include your academic background and personal information when you apply.

Entry requirements vary depending on what sort of course you’re coming to BU to study.

  • BU International College Foundation Certificates
    You can undertake a Foundation Certificate before going on to an undergraduate course if you have successfully completed 12 years of schooling in Nigeria and achieved a minimum of IELTS (Academic) 5.0.
  • Undergraduate courses
    You can apply to study a Bachelor's degree from year one if you hold an Ordinary National Diploma (OND/ND) Post Secondary Certificate, or an Advanced National Technical Certificate (ANTC)/Advanced National Commercial Certificate (ANCC), subject to specific grades. If you have a West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Senior School Certificate (since 1989), with eight passes at grades 1-6, you will need to complete a one-year foundation course, such as the BU International College Foundation Certificate, before you can start a Bachelor's degree.
  • Top-up courses
    You need a Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject to be considered for a Top-up course.
  • Postgraduate courses
    You need to have a Bachelor's degree from a recognised institution in Nigeria to apply to study a postgraduate course at BU.
  • Research programmes
    You need any postgraduate degree to be considered for a BU research programme.

You can find more information about English language requirements for entry to BU on our English language requirements page. Full information about preparatory courses is available on the Bournemouth University International College website.

If you need help with your visa or want more information about the immigration process, you can find it on our immigration information page.