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HCUC accepts and welcomes qualifications from overseas. We use UK ENIC to assess the equivalency of overseas qualifications and to assess whether your qualification is accredited in the country from which you obtained it. Applicants may need to sit an entry test for the purposes of academic assessment.


We recognise the qualifications listed below as suitable for entry onto our Student Visa eligible courses at Level 3 or above. Please note this list is not exhaustive.  If your qualification is not listed here please contact the International Office on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , where we can assess your certificate for the purposes of admission onto one of our courses.


Accepted qualifications for A-Level/Level 3 Entry.   For HNC/HND entry please click here.



  • Albania            Diploma of State Matura 
  • Botswana        General Certificate of Secondary Education / International General Certificate of Secondary Education 
  • Brazil               Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio 
  • Brunei              Brunei / Cambridge GCSE O Level 
  • Bulgaria           Diploma of Completed Secondary Education 
  • Caribbean        Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate
  • Egypt                Certificate of General Secondary Education 
  • Ethiopia            Ethiopian University Entrance Examination Certificate 
  • Germany          Hauptschulabschluss / Realschulabschluss / Fachoberschulreife (awarded on completion of Grade 10) 
  • Ghana              West African Senior School Certificate Examination 
  • Greece             Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate
  • India                 Secondary School Examination (CBSE Board) / Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (Class-X CISCE Board)
  • Iran                  High School Diploma
  • Ireland             Leaving Certificate (Standard Level)
  • Kuwait             General Secondary Education Certificate
  • Malaysia          Malaysia Certificate of Education (SPM)
  • Mauritius         Cambridge School Certificate / General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level
  • Moldova          Certificate of Completed Secondary Education
  • Myanmar         Basic Education High School Examination / Matriculation Examination
  • Nepal               Secondary Education Examination (Grade 10)
  • Nigeria             West African Senior School Certificate Examination
  • Norway            Leaving Certificate from Lower Secondary School
  • Romania          Junior High School Graduation Certificate / Compulsory Education Graduation Diploma / Certificate (Grade 10)
  • Russia              Certificate of Secondary (Complete) General Education
  • Saudi Arabia    General Secondary Education Certificate
  • Spain                ESO
  • Sri Lanka          Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level)
  • Sweden            Compulsory Education Leaving Certificate
  • Tanzania          Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Turkey              High School Diploma
  • Uganda             Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)
  • Ukraine            Certificate of Complete Secondary Education
  • UAE                  General Secondary Education Certificate Examination
  • USA                  High School Graduation Diploma
  • Vietnam           Senior Secondary School Graduation Diploma
  • Zimbabwe        Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level



 Accepted qualifications for HNC/HND Entry:




  • Albania             Diploma of State Matura (in related subjects)
  • Brazil                Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio (in related subjects) 
  • Brunei              Brunei / Cambridge GCSE A Level
  • Bulgaria            Diploma of Completed Secondary Education (in related subjects)
  • Canada             High School Graduation Diploma
  • Caribbean         Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) / CXC Associate Degree
  • China               Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate (in related subjects) / Gaokao 
  • Egypt                Certificate of General Secondary Education (in related subjects)
  • France              Baccalauréat Général
  • Germany          Abitur
  • Greece             Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (in related subjects)
  • Hong Kong        Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
  • India                 Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE Board) (in related subjects) / Indian School Certificate (Class-XII CISCE Board) (in related                                  subjects) / Higher Secondary Cert/Standard XII (State Board of Education) (in related subjects)
  • Iran                  Pre-University Certificate
  • Ireland             Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) (in related subjects)
  • Italy                 Diploma de Esame di Stato
  • Japan               Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (in related subjects)
  • Kenya               Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) (in related subjects)
  • Lebanon           General Secondary Certificate (in related subjects)
  • Malaysia          Matriculation Certificate / Malaysia Higher School Certificate (STPM)
  • Mauritius         Cambridge Higher School Certificate / General Certificate of Education Advanced
  • Moldova          Baccalaureate Diploma (in related subjects)
  • Morocco           Attestation du Baccalauréat (in related subjects)
  • Nepal               School Leaving Certificate Examination (Grade XII) (in related subjects)
  • Netherlands     HAVO Diploma (in related subjects) / VWO Diploma
  • Norway            Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School
  • Philippines       Senior High School Certificate/Diploma (Academic Track) (in related subjects)
  • Poland             Certificate of Maturity / Certificate of Completion from a General Lyceum (in related subjects)
  • Portugal           Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários / Certidão do Décimo Sugundo Ano
  • Romania          Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Russia              Certificate of Unified State Examination (in related subjects)
  • South Africa     National Senior Certificate (in related subjects)
  • South Korea     High School Diploma / High School Certificate of Graduation (in related subjects)
  • Spain                Titulo de Bachiller
  • Sri Lanka          Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level)
  • Sweden            Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate
  • Taiwan             Senior High School Graduation Certificate (in related subjects)
  • Tanzania          Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Thailand           Certificate of Basic Education (Maw 6) (in related subjects)
  • Uganda            Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE)
  • Ukraine            Certificate of Independent External Examination (in related subjects)
  • USA                  Advanced Placement (AP) Examination
  • Zimbabwe        Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level