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Entry Requirements

The entry criteria listed below are designed to ensure that all applicants interested in studying the programme will not only have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing the programme but also doing so in such a way as to meet the entry criteria for the undergraduate degree programme they wish to study at the partner HEI.


Applicants must normally be 17 years old but will be 18 years old by the end of the programme.

International Foundation Studies Programme

English Requirements

An English level of Council of Europe B1+ Proficiency Level/IGCSE C/IELTS 5.0 or equivalent. IELTS 5.0 overall with no less than 5.0 in the written component and 4.5 in the listening, speaking, and reading components

Academic requirements


Applicants must hold a certificate of secondary education at GCSE level or equivalent to include a minimum pass grade in maths and a minimum pass grade in four other subjects. For a detailed list of entry criteria on a country-by-country basis, contact [email protected].

Any doubt as to whether the students’ presenting academic qualifications will be sufficient for progression to UniHaven College’s HEI partner programmes will be discussed with the relevant HEI partner to ensure that their programme entry requirements are not only clarified but are also communicated clearly and accurately to the student before they commit to enrolling on the UniHaven programme.

English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must be able to show English language ability as follows:

  • An English level of Council of Europe B1+ Proficiency Level/IGCSE C/IELTS 5.0 or equivalent.
  • IELTS 5.0 overall with no less than 5.0 in the written component and 4.5 in the listening, speaking, and reading components.
  • In certain circumstances, results in examinations other than those outlined above may be accepted as proof of competence in the English language as decided on by the Academic Director under the oversight of the Admissions Board.
  • English language certification must have been awarded within two years of the start date of the programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

To comply with QQI requirements, RPL must be considered for any student who wishes to access the programme. UniHaven College must also comply with Irish study visa requirements for Level 5 (NFQ) programmes as set out by the Irish Department of Justice where students must study in class for at least 15 hours a week with an attendance rate of a minimum of 85%. UniHaven College must also make sure that students successfully complete the programme with 120 FET credits to be eligible for the QQI Level 5 (NFQ) Certificate in International Foundation Studies award that in turn facilitates progression to year one of the HEI partner undergraduate degree programmes. With these contexts in mind, the College will discuss RPL with partner HEIs to explore the extent, if any, to which RPL applies to a given applicant's request but such RPL will be conditional on the student passing the programme and complying with the above visa requirements. In the case of the English language, RPL will not be available due to the need for students to satisfy the minimum in-class hours of 15 per week which is not possible if students are not studying the English language modules. An example of permitted RPL might be where the HEI partner deems an applicant’s Physics score to be sufficient to study an Engineering degree but, to successfully complete the College programme in a visa compliant way, the student may need to study Biology instead, it is a complementary alternative module for the degree to which the applicant wishes to study at the partner HEI.

All student requests for RPL must be submitted in writing to the Academic Director at the admissions stage and will be considered in the context of this policy and subsequently decided on by the Academic Director in conjunction with the HEI partner on a case-by-case basis. If an applicant chooses to appeal an admissions RPL decision, they are entitled to do so. All admissions appeals must be made by email to the Academic Director within five working days of the decision being communicated. The admissions appeal procedure is outlined in Section 7.6 of UniHaven Quality Assurance Manual.


A student can transfer internally from one programme pathway stream to another if the modules of study and the completion of same allow in the context of both the learning the student has already completed to date and the entry requirements of the HEI degree they seek to progress to. Pathway stream transfers must be requested in the first four weeks of the programme to reduce the potential for negative impacts and allow for a natural transfer opportunity. In exceptional cases, a pathway stream transfer will be considered after the first 4 weeks. The stream transfer request would normally only be considered where a natural transfer opportunity occurs, i.e., at the end of a term or a semester. Pathway stream transfers are dealt with as per the UniHaven Access, Transfer and Progression Policy. Transfers from and to similar level 5 Specific Purpose Certificate in International Foundation Studies programmes may be considered. Students should discuss such requests with the Academic Director.

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