Is Summer School right for me?
Undergraduate academic achievement
Summer School courses are open to current undergraduates and postgraduates as well as individuals who may have already graduated but have less than five years’ work experience.
To qualify, you must currently be studying towards a degree or have been awarded a degree. We would expect all applicants to be tracking towards or have achieved an Upper Second Class Honours degree (or the international equivalent) but in some instances it is possible to accept slightly lower grades, depending on the strength of the application as a whole.
Please note that current Imperial College MSc and PhD students are unable to apply for the Summer School.
If you are applying for Principles of Finance we require evidence of A-level mathematics at grade B or above (or an international equivalent).
There are no mathematics requirements for the other Summer School courses.
English language requirements
Are you a non-native English speaker studying in one of these countries?
If you are a non-native English speaker but are currently studying for (or have completed) a first degree taught in English within the following countries then you meet the English requirement automatically:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- West Indies
This applies only to degrees that are awarded by a university in the relevant country.
Have you taken university courses taught in English (excluding English Language courses)?
If you have taken university courses taught in English (excluding English Language courses), you may meet our English proficiency requirements without the need to submit a test certificate.
You will need to provide evidence with your application of the university courses taught in English you have studied – this evidence can be included on your transcript or by submitting a letter with your application from your university
If you have any questions regarding this, please email the Summer School team and we will be happy to advise.
Are you a non-native English speaker who doesn't meet one of the above criteria?
Non-native English speakers who have not completed, or are not currently studying for, a university degree taught in English are required to pass an English language test.
Some of the tests and required grades are outlined in the list below. If you have a qualification which is not listed here, please let us know.
Please note, IELTS and TOEFL scores are only valid if they are less than two years old at the programme start date.
- GCSE, IGCSE and GCE ‘O’ Level: Grade B in English Language
- For Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) tests taken before January 2015: Grade C
- For Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) tests taken from January 2015: 176 overall (minimum 169 in all elements)
- For Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) tests taken before January 2015: Any pass grade with a pass in each element OR Level C1 certificate
- For Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) tests taken from January 2015: Any pass grade with a pass in each element
- IELTS (Academic): A minimum overall score of 6.5 with 6 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- TOEFL iBT: A minimum overall score of 92 with 20 in each element
- International Baccalaureate (IB): please refer to the Standard requirement of the College's English Language Requirements webpage
- European Baccalaureate English as a First Language: Grade 6
- European Baccalaureate English as a Second Language: Grade 7
- International Option of the French Baccalaureat (OIB) English: Grade 12 in English in the final examinations
- Malaysian Certificate of Education (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia): Grade A in English Language
- Singapore Integrated Programme Cambridge A Levels (SIPCAL): Grade C in the General Paper
- CET-4 (China): a minimum score of 550
- CET-6 (China): a minimum score of 520