UK NARIC is the National Agency responsible for providing information, advice and expert opinion on vocational, academic and professional skills and qualifications from over 180 countries worldwide.

As the National Agency, managed on behalf of the UK Government, we provide the only official source of information on international qualifications to organisations recruiting from overseas and to individuals wishing to work or study in the UK.

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  1. UK NARIC says:

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    • UK NARIC says:

      Yep, feel free!

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  4. Hannah Bassi says:

    I finished BA in mass communication in Manila, philippines. I’m planning to study child psychology here in Norwich, UK. What do I need to do to convert my diploma to get credits when I go back to uni.

    • UK NARIC says:

      In the first instance, it’s best to speak to the university directly about their requirements- if they need evidence from UK NARIC about the comparable level of your degree from the Philippines, then a Statement of Comparability would be the service to apply for. Once the UK NARIC assessment is complete, the university in Norwich will be able to decide on a suitable level of credit transfer. Please note that the decision to admit / reject an applicant lies entirely with the university.

  5. Kerry says:

    I am studying a South African BCom and see that to query the UK comparison, I need to have completed my degree. I will only be finished studying next year May (2014) but would like to know now what the equivalent for my qualification will be now? Please advise how I can do this?

    • UK NARIC says:

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      We can confirm as per your email that we are only able to provide a written assessment of completed qualifications. Whilst we are unfortunately unable to comment on qualifications or institutions via email or provide comparability statements by email, you can call us on (0044) (0)871 330 7033, Monday to Friday (between 9:00am and 5:00pm), to speak to an Information Adviser and they will be happy to provide a verbal comparison over the telephone.

      I hope this information is of assistance to you. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

      Kind regards,

  6. Vaida says:

    Hello, I would like to know- I have a semi-permanent make up diploma in English language . My cours i’v done in the uk. I need to verified my diploma for work in the uk or not? This company for work using product’s which are maded in Germany.thank you!

    • UK NARIC says:


      The best thing to do is call us on +44 (0)871 330 7033 to discuss whether the qualifications could be recognised.

      UK NARIC

  7. Silvana Hoxha says:

    Hi,I work in a primary school as a learning support assistant and I need to know What is Diploma on Higher Education (certified by NARIC) equivalent to?,thank you.

    • UK NARIC says:

      The Diploma of Higher Education (known as the DipHE) is a QCF (Qualification and Credit Framework, the UK’s national qualification framework) level 5 award. For more details on the QCF, please see http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Documents/Qualsboundaries09.pdf A DipHE is a higher education award, usually obtained after 2 to 3 years of study at a British University. Transfer onto a Bachelor degree is common, usually requiring one more years’ study.

      • nazma says:

        hello ,uk naric ,
        i applying for ilr .already i gave life in uk test .and i need to sit b1 test as well.i have master degree from Dhaka University ( Bangladesh).if i compare that masters certificate from you ..still i need to Sit for B1 exam?some body said to me if it is approved by uk Naric ,you dont need to sit for B1.is it right?please inform me on (bdtoki@yahoo.com).i will apply as soon as possible.

      • UK NARIC says:

        Hi there, thanks for the query. A list of the approved English tests accepted by the Home Office can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/261533/new-approved-english-tests.pdf Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate your English proficiency by using your overseas degree- details on our English Language Assessment service can be found at: http://www.ecctis.co.uk/naric/individuals/Compare%20Qualifications/English%20Language%20Assessment.aspx I hope this helps. Best regards, UK NARIC

  8. Fouzia hoq says:

    I have completed my masters in management.I want to get a graduation certificate form NARIC.If I will send my all educational certificate how many days it will take to sent me graduation certificate and the processing how I can apply .please let md know the way.

    • UK NARIC says:

      Hi, once we have payment and all your documents it takes up to 15 working days. More information about applying can be found on this page http://bit.ly/16JkKiU and what to send can be found on this page http://bit.ly/16j2VUG.

      Good luck

  9. Geoff says:

    Hello, my wife has achieved a Bsc in Commerce (taught in English 4 year course) from a uni in the Philippines. Does anyone know or have a good idea if this this would satisfy the new English Language skills (October 2013) needed to apply for Indefinate Leave to remain.

    Thanks in advance,

    • UK NARIC says:

      The UK NARIC English Language Assessment was devised to help provide an indication of English language proficiency for Tiers 1 and 2 of the PBS. We have spoken to the UK Home Office about whether it could be used to support an application for settlement and naturalisation in the UK and we are awaiting a reply.

      We would therefore advise you to check with the Home Office directly (http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/enquiries/).

      When we have received an update from the Home office we will publish this information.

  10. Antonio Dias says:

    I have a security guard card from Portugal.
    What can i do to make it valid to work in the U K?

    • UK NARIC says:

      It is probably best to get in touch with the UK’s National Contact Point for Professional Qualifications UKNCP; http://www.ukncp.org.uk

  11. julia tang says:

    10/12/2013 at 3:00 pm
    I want to know that the diploma of Xi An University of Science and Technology(in China) in the UK admittde or not?

    • UK NARIC says:

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Further to this I can confirm that Xi’an University of Science and Technology is a recognised institution in China. Unfortunately we cannot comment on your individual award as we have not seen it. UK universities are autonomous, as such the decision as to whether a course meets their requirements is taken at their discretion. If you wish to apply for a Statement of Comparability please see the link to our website below:


  12. aftab says:

    Hi, my wife done a masters in Pakistan in 2011( this was in applied psychology and was an English medium taught course at GC university in Faisalabad), would this be enough to satisfy the home office in regards to her settlement visa application for her English proficiency.

    • UK NARIC says:

      Hi Aftab,

      Thank you for your Post.

      UK NARIC is a separate organisation from the Home Office and so we are unable to advise on the requirements for a Visa application.

      We would recommend you contact the Home Office directly for information on this matter. Their website is https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration and their telephone number is 0870 606 7766.

      UK NARIC provide a number of services that can be used to support an application if these are required. These include the “Statement of Comparability” if an academic equivalence of the award is required. Additionally the “English Language Assessment“ is available where an award is equivalent to a UK Bachelors award and is taught entirely in English, this will provide an assessment of the award to see if it meets a CEFR level C1 for English proficiency.

      Details of UK NARIC’s services including how to apply can be found here: http://bit.ly/1mIqbZg

      I hope this information is of assistance to you.

  13. Fouzia Hoq says:

    Hi ,I have finished my study(including honours and masters) from Bangladesh . I have provitional certificate not main copy. Should I allow to apply for study in this country?

    • UK NARIC says:

      Hi Fouzia,

      Thank you for your post,

      Depending on the service required, UK NARIC normally requires a copy of the Final Certificate and Transcripts to issue a statement in relation to a qualification. In cases where the Final Certificate has yet to be issued a provisional certificate can normally be accepted, however any documentation issued by UK NARIC on this basis would include the following notification:

      “Final certificate not presented. We recommend that a copy of the final certificate be presented to potential employers / admitting institutions as official proof of qualification.”

      This would not affect the outcome of the assessment and this notification can be removed for a replacement fee once the final certificate has been obtained.

      I hope this helps but for any further enquiries you can always contact our office to discuss this matter further on +44 (0)871 330 7033 – Office hours: Monday to Friday, 09.00 – 17.00 (UK time)

  14. Rusela says:

    Dear uk naric,

    When applying for refund what does it mean in writing … Email or through post and if. By post to where address does it go? Thanks I emailed the enquiry box but never get back to me thanks much

    • UK NARIC says:

      Hi Rusela,

      Thank you for your post. I can confirm receipt of your refund request. Due to a high volume of emails/messages we have not had opportunity to process this and provide a response as yet but will do so shortly. Apologies for the delay and thank you for your patience in this matter.

  15. ajit sarker says:

    UK naric equivalent of bds degree of Dhaka university,Bangladesh

    • UK NARIC says:

      Hi Ajit,

      Thank you for your post.

      Unfortunately, we are unable to comment on individual institutions or awards in an open forum such as this but if you would like to contact us by phone we could discuss this matter further with you.

      t: +44 (0)871 330 7033
      Calls cost 10p per minute from a BT landline. Mobile providers and other networks may vary.
      Office hours: Monday to Friday, 09.00 – 17.00 (UK time)

      If you require a statement confirming the recognition and level of your awards in the UK’s education system you can find details on how to apply for UK NARIC’s “Statement of Comparability” here: http://bit.ly/XrMrXO

      I hope this helps

  16. Najam us Samad says:

    Does UK NARIC recognises SSC qualification of Pakistan for equivalence?

    • UK NARIC says:

      Dear Najam,

      Thank you for your post,

      Unfortunately the earliest level of assessment we are able to provide an assessment for is the HSC in Pakistans education system and we would be unable to provide a comparability for qualifications studied below this level.

      I hope this helps

      • Najam us Samad Anjum says:

        Actually i want equivalence for the requirement of GCE O level English of the Birmingham University…..
        So, What could I do now? I have 3A*s at CIE A levels…. and ILETS overall Band score 8.0 …. but I dont have GCE O level English…

      • UK NARIC says:

        Dear Najam,

        Thank you for your post,

        The IELTS test is an English proficiency test rather than an academic qualification, as such UK NARIC would be unable to compare this to GCE English standard. Some university’s may accept an English test in place of an English subject requirement for overseas students. However, this would be at the individual discretion of the university, it would be worth contacting Birmingham University directly to discuss with their admissions team, if they accept any alternatives.

        Best of luck with your application

  17. Muhammad says:


    Thank you for your great service!

    I would be grateful if you please kindly reply to my post. My wife has a bachelor degree (4 years honours) in Sociology from University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Now I would like to convert her degree to any UK qualification please. I do not what UK qualification will be her bachelor degree from Bangladesh.

    Can you please let me know what qualification would be that one if she would like to go ahead through UKNARIC? Will that equivalent to B1 qualification or above please? Many thanks for your reply!

    Kind regards,


    • UK NARIC says:

      Dear Muhammad,

      Thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately we are not able to discuss individual cases on a public forum (such as this), however please call our enquiry team on t: +44 (0) 871 330 7033 who will be able to give you advice on the phone before you decide whether or not to go ahead with a statement of comparability. Alternatively please email: communications@naric.org.uk

      We look forward to hearing from you

  18. Amet says:

    I graduated in Bulgaria a year ago, now learn English in England and want to legalize my diploma. Would you advise me, because I do not know what are the steps for translation and legalization in England.

    Thanks for the assistance

    • UK NARIC says:

      Dear Amet,

      UK NARIC can provide you with a Statement of Comparability (SoC) which will give you the UK comparable level of your award. We do not offer a translation service, however we do offer a translation waiver for certain languages, one of the language we cover is Bulgarian. The best way to get a SoC is applying online which you can do via our website: https://www.naric.org.uk/NARIC/individuals/Compare%20Qualifications/Translation%20Waiver.aspx.

      I hope this answers your questions

  19. Mishal Ahmed says:

    I have done my Fsc in pre medical in Pakistan and now I am here in Uk so I want to know that where do I stand here according to Uk education system, what do I have to do? Can I take admission in any university with only Fsc or I will have to do A-levels?

    • UK NARIC says:

      We are not able to discuss individual qualifications on a public form however please call us on t: +44 (0)871 330 7033 or email communications@naric.org.uk and our advisors will be happy to help

  20. mishal says:

    does UK NARICS recognizes HSC qualification of Pakistan for equivalence? what is the equivalence of HSC according to UK education system?

    • UK NARIC says:

      Dear Mishal,

      For information about a particular qualification you can either call us to speak to an advisor on t: +44 (0)871 330 7033 or you can apply for a Statement of Comparability (SoC). Should you decide to apply for a SoC you can do so online via our website: https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/individuals/Compare%20Qualifications/Statement%20of%20Comparability.aspx

      I hope this helps,
      UK NARIC

  21. laura says:

    Hi! I am a spanish girl and I will like improve my english because I finish my degree in spain and I need the PET cartificate Can you help me, please?thanks

    • UK NARIC says:

      Hi Laura,

      For more information about the PET certificate you would need to contact Cambridge English language Assessment directly (http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams/preliminary/). However if you would like information on courses to improve your English prior to taking a test, there are many providers. The British Council would be a good place to start looking for suitable courses. http://www.britishcouncil.org/europe/improve-your-english/courses . I hope this helps

  22. ronstarnet says:

    Hello sir/medam,
    I have a bachelor degree from east west university of Bangladesh, one of well know private university in Bangladesh, I like to study masters in UK, is my qualification is equivalent to UK bachelor degree?

    Thanks in advance.

    With regards

    • UK NARIC says:

      Dear Mohammed

      Thank you for your email.

      UK NARIC is the National Agency responsible for providing information and advice about vocational, academic and professional skills and qualifications from all over the world. We provide information about the comparability of qualifications and skills from overseas to the UK’s national qualifications frameworks.

      Unfortunately we are unable to comment on qualifications or institutions via our blog or provide comparability statements by blog.

      If you would like to use our services you can call us on (0044) (0)871 330 7033, Monday to Friday (between 9:00am and 5:00pm), to speak to an Information Adviser and they will be happy to discuss this with you further. Detailed information on our services and the various steps to take can also be found here: http://www.naric.org.uk/index.asp?page=16 and http://www.naric.org.uk/index.asp?page=22

      If you require a UK NARIC Statement of Comparability from us the recommended application route for obtaining this is online, through the User Portal. Upon registering an account, you can complete your entire application online by submitting your contact details and uploading any required documentation and making payment. You will be able to track the progress of your application, and remain in contact with the specialists here at UK NARIC by using the messaging function built into the portal. It is possible for you to apply by post, however please note that we will require printed copies (not originals) of all documentation (detailed below) as well as a covering letter which should include your contact details and explain the purpose of your enquiry.

      Comprehensive details about the application process are provided on the How to Apply section of the website, however, prior to starting your application it should be noted that we will require the following documentation in order to process your enquiry:

      • a copy (scanned or printed) of your certificate(s) together with final transcript(s) in the original language
      • a copy (scanned or printed) of a certified translation in English if necessary or a Diploma Supplement and/or Certificate Supplement issued in English
      • payment for the service (see details below)
      • there is no need to send us a self-addressed envelope; a postage option is provided within the check-out process
      • if applying online, please include any relevant information relating to the purpose of your enquiry within the “Application Notes” field prior to submission of your application
      • if applying by post, please include a covering letter which should include your contact details and explain the purpose of your enquiry.

      All documentation should either be uploaded directly through the user portal, or be sent to us by post.

      If you do not wish to apply online you can also apply through the post. You then need to send us photocopies of all your academic documentation including your final transcripts and final certificates (if these are not in English, please include certified translations) along with a covering letter, with all your contact details on it, including your name and address and a contact email address (if you have one) and a contact telephone number. Your covering letter also needs to contain a brief description of why you wish to apply to us.

      If you apply through the post this service will cost £46.00 if you live outside the EU, or £46.00 +VAT (£55.20) if you live within the EU (plus your chosen delivery option).

      The turnaround time for the Statement of Comparability is 15 working days from the date of receipt of all required documentation and payment. Please note that this timeframe does not include delivery time and cannot be guaranteed. In some cases, such as those requiring additional research, the process may take longer and the applicant will be informed.

      I hope this information is of assistance to you. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

      Kind regards,

      UK NARIC

  23. Andy Loppas says:

    Hi, can you please let me know if the University of Wales Newport, was a part of the University of Wales. Was this considered one University, or under the University of Wales umbrella.

    thank you

    Andy Loppas

    • UK NARIC says:

      Hi Andy,

      Unfortunately, as the National Recognition Centre for overseas qualification, we aren’t able to comment on UK institutions. I’m sure if you contact the University of Wales directly they would be able to clarify alternatively, you could contact the British Accreditation Council; A body which provides a quality assurance scheme for independent further and higher education in the UK: 03003301400.

      I hope this helps.

  24. P D says:


    I had applied for a Statement of Compariability. I was asked to upload Certificates of Examinations I gave. However, in the Indian system, we are not issued Certificates for Completion of a course, the Marksheet is sufficient enough proof of completion. But, I was told that NARIC is unable to process the application for the said reason (non-availability of the Certificates).

    I want to know that in such a case, ie where the awarding Institution does not issue any Certificate/Diploma in its ordinary course, can you proceed on the basis of Marksheets.

    Further, if not, is refund of the Fees available and in what time.


    • UK NARIC says:

      Hi there and thanks for your comment,

      Unfortunately, we can’t comment on individual applications online but we do frequently see final certificates for Diplomas studied in India. If you have not received this document you may wish to contact the course provider, alternatively UK Naric maybe able to accept other confirmation of the course being completed however a disclaimer maybe included on the statement indicating we hadn’t seen the final certificate at the time of issue.

      We would recommend contacting the individual dealing with your application either through your UK NARIC account or by contacting us on +448713307033 and quoting your reference number.

      In the event we are unable to proceed with your application we can provide a refund, this should be requested in writing or via email and normally takes 10-15 working days to be returned to your account.

      • P D says:

        Hi, Thanks for your assistance. I received a mail from noreply@ecctis.co.uk stating that NARIC is unable to provide me with the said service. I sent a Refund request on the system & also sent an email to feedback.naric.org.uk. However, as of yet, I have not received any confirmation. Please advise me about the Refund procedure – to what email address should I mail my Refund request, When do I ordinarily receive a confirmation/acknowledgement etc.

        Thanks & Regards

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