Equivalence of qualifications

International Students

Explaining Your Qualifications

Job adverts will often ask for specific qualifications from the country the role will be based in. Most employers will accept an international equivalent even if this is not listed in the advert. It is helpful to understand how your qualifications relate to those of the country you are applying to, so you can understand these requirements and if you meet them.

In the UK large employers are likely to check the equivalence of international qualifications, but it is helpful to provide an explanation of which UK qualification they are equivalent to as part of your application when appropriate. If you are applying to a company in the UK that recruits international candidates they may include information on their website about international qualifications they accept such as these resources from Deloitte: International academic requirements. If you can’t find the information you need you should contact the recruitment team of the company who should be able to provide the appropriate information and advice.

University Qualifications

You may have completed a degree or other university qualification outside the UK. If you need to check how your grade compares to those awarded under the UK system (1st, 2.1, 2.2 etc) you can use this table on the Graduate Recruitment Bureau page.

School Qualifications

Employers in the UK can require information about school level qualifications as part of an application.
The UK has more than one school education system and companies usually advertise as requiring an equivalent to the most common school level qualifications in England:

  • GCSE (subject specific exams, usually taken at around 16 years old) or
  • A levels (subject specific exams, usually taken at around 18 years old)

They may include the equivalent qualifications in the Scottish education system:

  • National 4 or 5 (subject specific exams, usually taken at 15-16 years old) or
  • Scottish Highers (subject specific exams, usually taken at 16-17 years old).

Email yourcareer@strath.ac.uk for a NARIC lookup to get a general comparison of your school qualifications and look at our online CV resources for more guidance on presenting international qualifications.

UCAS Tariff Points

Some employers also ask for a minimum number of UCAS tariff points in their application. UCAS Tariff is a system that applies a number of points to school level qualifications, and is used as an entry requirement by some UK universities. It includes some international school qualifications but if your qualifications are not on the list then please contact the employer directly to discuss this.

You can find more information about the UCAS Tariff system on their website: