Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe

What level of English do I need?

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate that your level of English is adequate to succeed on your course. For Bachelor degrees, you will normally require IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with no score below 5.5, For Master’s programmes you will normally require IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no score below 5.5. Some courses may have different requirements and you should check on the Course Information pages for your chosen programme. See full details of English language equivalences on our English Language Requirements webpage.

What if my qualifications are lower?

If you apply for a Bachelor degree but your qualifications fall below the required level for year 1 entry, we may offer you a 4-year option, including Foundation Study Framework Year, or we may recommend a pathway programme with University of Northampton International College (UNIC).

If your academic qualifications are satisfactory but your English is below the necessary standard we offer Pre-sessional English programmes to prepare you for undergraduate or postgraduate study.

Does the University offer Scholarships or Bursaries?

Students from Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe are eligible for the University of Northampton International Scholarship, worth up to 30% reduction in tuition fees. Many University-wide scholarships are also open to International students and we offer what we believe to be the most competitive Student Benefits Package of any university in England. Full details can be found on our scholarships and bursaries page. Patrick Yeboah, an Accounting and Finance postgraduate from Ghana, gives his account of receiving one of our scholarships.

How can I get more help?

Our approved representatives in Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, listed in the accordions below, will give you information about our University, our courses and entry requirements and can provide help when it comes to applying.

  • Qualifications

    What do I need to join an Undergraduate course at the start of Year 1?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Completion of Year 1 of a degree programme from a recognised institution,
    • Successful completion of Ordinary National Diploma (OND),
    • International Baccalaureate Certificate with good results,
    • Successful completion of a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body,
    • A Levels
    • Successful completion of WASSCE plus a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body or any other recognised institution.

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    What do I need to join a postgraduate taught course?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university,
    • Successful completion of a recognised pre-Master’s programme

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    Representatives

    Dr Anthony Nwigwe is the International Officer responsible for Ghana.

  • Qualifications

    What do I need to join an Undergraduate course at the start of Year 1?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • International Baccalaureate Certificate with good results,
    • Successful completion of a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body,
    • A Levels

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    What do I need to join a postgraduate taught course?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university,
    • Successful completion of a recognised pre-Master’s programme

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    Representatives

    Katharine Temple is the International Officer responsible for Kenya.

    Student Story

    kenyan international student, marie king, on campus graduating from international business ba

    “I chose the University of Northampton because of the course and the fact that it offered travel alongside studying, which I thought was quite exciting. So, I thought, why not take advantage of the opportunity and learn here? I had also met a representative of the University at a Higher Education fair in Nairobi.

    I was quite stressed about that at the beginning, but coming to the University, it was a home away from home because I arrived here, there was a friendly atmosphere and I settled into my course really easily.”

    Marie King – BA International Business, 2015-2018.

  • Qualifications

    What do I need to join an Undergraduate course at the start of Year 1?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Baccalauréat,
    • International Baccalaureate Certificate with good results,
    • Successful completion of a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body,
    • A Levels

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    What do I need to join a postgraduate taught course?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university,
    • Successful completion of a recognised pre-Master’s programme

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    Representatives

    Katharine Temple is the International Officer responsible for Mauritius.

  • Qualifications

    What do I need to join an Undergraduate course at the start of Year 1?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Completion of Year 1 of a degree programme from a recognised institution,
    • Successful completion of Ordinary National Diploma (OND),
    • International Baccalaureate Certificate with good results,
    • Successful completion of a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body,
    • A Levels
    • Successful completion of WASSCE plus a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body or any other recognised institution.

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    What do I need to join a postgraduate taught course?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university,
    • Successful completion of a recognised pre-Master’s programme

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    Nigerian Regional Representative

    Our official Regional Representative can provide in-country help with your course application, accommodation, entry requirements, and scholarships.

    Dr Anthony Nwigwe is the International Officer respoinsible for Nigeria

    Representatives

    Dr Anthony Nwigwe is the International Officer responsible for Nigeria

    Student Stories

    “I chose UON because of the placement opportunity. This will help my business career progression, and I’ve gained skills in marketing, innovation and business strategy. The teaching at UON is accessible and I would advise new students to develop their skills and plan ahead. I loved my university experience.”

    Precious Chinenye Nnabuko, MBA (with Work Placement)

  • Qualifications

    What do I need to join an Undergraduate course at the start of Year 1?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Successful completion of South African National Senior Certificate (SA NSC) plus a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body or any other recognised institution,
    • Successful completion of a UK Foundation course,
    • South African National Senior Certificate (SA NSC) with good grades,
    • International Baccalaureate Certificate with good results or IB Diploma,
    • Successful completion of a National Diploma.

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    What do I need to join a postgraduate taught course?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Successful completion of a 4-year Bachelor’s degree with honours,
    • 3-year Bachelor degree without Honours plus a top-up, post graduate diploma or pre-Master’s programme,
    • HND plus top-up or post graduate diploma,

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    Representatives

    Dr Anthony Nwigwe is the International Officer responsible for South Africa.

  • Qualifications

    What do I need to join an Undergraduate course at the start of Year 1?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate (COHSC)
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma Certificate (IB) with good results
    • Successful completion of a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body
    • A Levels

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    What do I need to join a postgraduate taught course?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university
    • Successful completion of a recognised pre-Master’s programme

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    Representatives

    Katharine Temple is the International Officer responsible for Uganda.

  • Qualifications

    What do I need to join an Undergraduate course at the start of Year 1?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • ZIMSEC Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education,
    • International Baccalaureate Certificate with good results,
    • Successful completion of a Foundation programme from a UK awarding body,
    • A Levels

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    What do I need to join a postgraduate taught course?

    We accept the following qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university,
    • Successful completion of a recognised pre-Master’s programme

    Please contact us or check the Course information pages for the specific grades or points you will need or if you have a qualification not listed above.

    Representatives

    Katharine Temple is the International Officer responsible for Zimbabwe.

    Student Story

    ‘’I chose the University of Northampton as its centrally located in the UK. London and Birmingham are relatively close so I can often visit. My course is accredited by the British Psychology Society and the University gave me a scholarship for a part of the tuition fees. Aside from study, I am part of the Political Debate Society, The Christian Union and I volunteer for Eveda, a domestic abuse support organisation. My volunteering role will give me a competitive edge when I start looking for jobs. The University are excellent at helping with employability.’’

    Nellia Mazarura – BSc Psychology & Counselling, 2017-2020.

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