Undergraduate entry requirements

The University has a wide understanding of school-leaving qualifications from overseas countries and works closely with the British Council, both in the UK and abroad, to ensure all applications are properly considered.

Entry requirements for our courses vary depending on your school qualifications, which determine your entry into either the preliminary year (year one) or qualifying year (year two). 

Based on the  application materials, the admissions committee may require the applicant to participate in relevant interviews or tests.

Some courses have specific requirements and you can check these on our course pages

International students

Check the entry requirements relevant to your country of origin

HK, Macao, Taiwan students

Requirements for applicants from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan


English language requirements*

*2023 entry only

If your first language is not English, you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. The minimum requirements for our preliminary year entry are listed below:

  • IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in any element
  • PTE Academic 59 (minimum 53)
  • TOEFL iBT 80 (minimum 17 in writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in speaking)
The minimum requirements for our qualifying year entry are listed below:
  • IELTS 6.5 with the writing band no less than 6.0
  • PTE Academic 71 (minimum 65)
  • TOEFL iBT 90 (minimum 19 in Writing and Listening, 20 in Reading and 22 in Speaking)

The minimum English language requirements for qualifying year entry for BA English Language and Applied Linguistics, BA English Language and Literature, and BA English with International Business are:

  • IELTS 7.0 with the writing band no less than 6.0
  • PTE Academic 76 (minimum 65)
  • TOEFL iBT 100 (minimum 19 in Writing and Listening, 20 in Reading and 22 in Speaking)

The minimum English language requirements for qualifying year entry for BEng Aerospace Engineering are:

  • IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each element.
  • PTE Academic 65 (minimum 59)

Alternative test scores may also be considered.


Admissions Policy

Your exam grades are very important to us. We use exam grades in prioritising applicants, but other things count as well.

We look at a range of other factors and aim to give everyone an equal opportunity to show their achievements.

We treat everyone on an individual basis.

We receive more applications than places we have. This means that even if you have the right grades for a course, you might not be offered a place.

Admissions staff for a course may make one standard offer to all applicants or they may vary the offer. This means that some applicants may be made a higher offer and some may be made a lower offer for the same course, depending on their other achievements.


Minimum age requirements

An applicant should be at least 18 years of age on admission to the University. For the purposes of this regulation the date of "admission" is defined as the first day of September in the relevant academic year.

This requirement may be waived for applicants who will be less than 18 years of age on admission, on an individual basis, provided that their parents or guardians have given their written agreement in advance to additional safeguards and requirements. These include acknowledging that the University will not act in "loco parentis."

The following outlines the University procedures for handling applications from candidates who will be under 18 years of age at the start of their course.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs):

What is the criteria of guardian for international students?
Where a student is from overseas and their parents remain abroad, UNNC requires details of a guardian for the child, who should be living in China preferably in or near to Ningbo, and who will be accessible to the child and to the UNNC should the need arise.
Who should find the guardian?
It should normally be the parents. Agent may be consulted if they offer such service.
If the parents cannot find a guardian, what will happen?
The university won’t be able to issue an offer letter based on local government requirement.
How will university assess the English competency since IELTS is cancelled?
TOFEL iBT Special Home Edition is temporary acceptable due to Covid-19, In such cases schools may, at their discretion, ask applicants to attend for interviews, undertake supplementary assessments or provide examples of work.