Welcome to the Bolton website pages specifically for our students (and colleagues) from South Africa and the wider SADC region. Thank you for visiting the website and congratulations for making the decision to study in the UK.

The University of Bolton warmly welcomes students from South Africa and a small number join the university each year along with a large number of students from other African nations. Tom Whittaker, one of our international offices, recently visited South Africa as part of a road show organized by the University of Bolton’s trusted agent for the SADC region, International Education Link. He visited several schools in towns and cities such as Duran, Johannesburg, Grahams Town and Pietermaritzburg, as well as hosting counseling sessions at various venues. 

The University of Bolton is located in the North-West of England, a region of the UK that has attracted international people from a number of years. Bolton itself is highly multi-cultural and diverse and as such, international student always feel very welcome. The town of Bolton has many provisions for people from all backgrounds and of all religions and the university has dedicated prayer rooms for all students use.

The University also has an excellent International Society that all international students are automatically members of. This society organises activities for all students including International evenings, social activities and sight-seeing trips around the UK. Alongside this, the Students' Union has many sporting activities and social events to keep students entertained during their studies.

Entry Requirements

Foundation / Access
  • Senior Certificate (with matriculation) with less than BBBCC at higher level  
  • National Senior Certificate (from Nov 2008) with less than an average of Grade 5 rating

Undergraduate first year entry

  • Senior Certificate (with matriculation) with at least BBBCC grades at higher level  
  • National Senior Certificate (from Nov 2008) with an average of Grade 5 rating   
  • International Baccalaureate diploma - 28 points or more to be considered for direct admission to Bachelor degree courses
Second and Third year entry
  • Entry to Year 2 is possible for students who have completed two years of a relevant degree in South Africa   
  • Entry to Year 3 (‘top-up’) is possible for students who have completed three years of a relevant degree in South Africa  Postgraduate    
Postgraduate Diploma / Masters Degree / MBA courses
  • Bachelor of Arts/Science (Hons) from a recognised university in South Africa
PhD / Post doctorate
  • Masters degree from a recognised university in South Africa
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS WILL BE ASSESSED FOR ENTRY ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.

English Language

  • Foundation programmes range from IELTS 5.0 to IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
  • Undergraduate programmes - IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent recognised English Language test) or Grades A – C in O-level, A level or IB
  • Postgraduate programmes - normally IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent recognised English Language test)
If you do not meet the English language entry requirements, you can undertake a pre-sessional English language programme.