Hi everyone, I am Nicole Wong, the Hong Kong student ambassador. I am studying year 3 BSc physiotherapy.  

It seems ages ago when I applied for UEA. As I was unfamiliar with the application system, I contacted an agent for some advice. Then, I chose the UEA on UCAS and wrote a personal statement to show my abilities and enthusiasm for the subject. Luckily, I was invited for the interview and got a conditional offer. It was a nerve-wracking experience but it was worth it! 

I always enjoy the variety of learning experiences in the physiotherapy course. We learn physiology and anatomy in year 1, then drill into different conditions in year 2 and 3. We also have lots of placement opportunities for us to put our theories into practice. I enjoy every moment of my course!  

UEA offers different supports for students including wellbeing support, career support, International students support, the Buddy SU scheme etc. I'm sure you can find your support there! 

UEA has hundreds of sports groups and societies to join. You can meet friends that share the same interest as you do. One of the societies I joined was the badminton team. Besides regular training sessions and social events, we have BUCS competitions and local league games to play against different teams. There are also Korean society, baking society, volleyball clubs and more. I'm sure you can find your favourite one to join! 

I totally fall in love with Norwich. It is a beautiful historical city with lots of unique architecture, including the Norwich cathedral, the Norwich market etc. I love wandering the city centre, exploring the allies in Norwich. On weekends, I like to walk around the Eaton Park or go to the beautiful coast for a one day trip. There are far more hidden gems in Norwich that I haven't discovered. 

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Accepted qualifications

  • Holders of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or six IB Subject Certificates (including at least three at the higher level) with a minimum total of 30 - 36 points, or A - Levels obtained locally, will be considered for direct admission to Bachelor Degree courses. Details of the required subjects and grades for each course can be found in the Undergraduate Prospectus. 

    Higher Certificate, Post-Secondary Diplomas, Higher Diploma Professional and Diplomas holders are considered for entry to bachelor degree courses and in many cases will be considered for direct entry to the second year. 

  • Students with Upper Second Class or Lower Second Class degrees awarded by universities will be considered for entry to postgraduate study. This will normally be a graduate diploma, Masters degree or exceptionally direct entry to PhD studies. Holders of Masters degrees will be considered for PhD studies. 

    All applicants must be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of English language proficiency before they can be admitted onto any course or programme. The level of English proficiency required will depend on the course. Please contact if you would like to check what level of English we will require for any particular course. 

  • HKDSE Requirements for 2022 entry

    UEA accepts the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) to the first year of undergraduate degrees.   

    Offers are based on asking for minimum grades in one category A elective and one other category A compulsory or elective subject. The grades required vary by degree and are illustrated below for guidance purposes.

    Category A Electives and English Requirements

     A-Level          HKDSE
    AAA A minimum of 5 in one elective, 5 in another compulsory or elective subject
    AAB A minimum of 5 in one elective, 4 in another compulsory or elective subject
    BBB - ABB A minimum of 4 in one elective, 4 in another compulsory or elective subject


    Mathematics Requirements

    Degree Subject HKDSE
    Arts & Humanities 3 in compulsory Mathematics
    Business, Law, Psychology & Occupational Therapy 3 in compulsory Mathematics
    Economics,Physiotherapy & Pharmacy 4 in compulsory Mathematics
    Sciences (except the below courses) 3-5 in compulsory Mathematics, depending on course
    Actuarial Science & Mathematics 5 in both extended and compulsory Mathematics


    Please note: extended Mathematics combined with compulsory Mathematics counts as one Category A Elective. For extended Mathematics, we accept both M1: Calculus and Statistics and M2: Algebra and Calculus.

    English Language Requirements

    We accept HKDSE English Language or IELTS as proof of English Language ability, equivalencies are given below for reference:

    IELTS - HKDSE English

    We accept HKDSE English in place of IELTS, but equivalencies are given below for reference:

    7.5 5**
    7.0 5 to 5*
    6.0 - 6.5 4
    5.5 3


    Subject Requirements

    Some courses at UEA require a subject background, for example BSc Biological Sciences requires previous study in Biology or Human Biology.

    Where a course has a specific subject requirement, we require the below category A elective grades in the relevant subject 

    A level grade (Subject) HKDSE (Category A Elective)
    A 5
    B & C 4

    Medicine and Health Sciences

    Degrees in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences are usually popular options in Hong Kong. We have a limited number of international places that fill up each year. Courses in Medicine and Health Sciences require an interview. The interview will either be done in Hong Kong face to face or online through Skype or Microsoft Teams, interviews are performed after the relevant UCAS deadline and successful candidates will be invited to interview by email. Further information on the degree options in this faculty can be found here.

    Final admissions decisions are made based on the information provided in the full UCAS application. Applications to certain subjects may be subject to an interview or audition. Please check the UCAS website for relevant application deadlines.

    Please contact if you have any specific queries on HKDSE entry requirements.

    INTO University of East Anglia

    INTO UEA offer a wide range of Academic Preparation (e.g. foundation and international year one courses) and English Language Programmes designed to assist applicants enter UEA degree courses. Students can enter foundation programmes at INTO University of East Anglia if they have completed the HKDSE or Form 5.


  • All applicants to the University of East Anglia must be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of English language before they can be admitted onto any course or programme. 

    The below are guidelines only.  Please be sure to check the requirements for your specific course


    Test Score
    IELTS* 6.0 overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component



    Test Score
    IELTS* 6.0 overall with minimum of 5.5 in only two components and 6.0 in the others


    *We also accept a wide range of other English language qualifications, such as TOEFL, Duolingo and Pearson, as listed here.

    *Those not meeting the above English language requirements are encouraged to consider and English Language programme at INTO UEA in preparation for our degree courses


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