English language requirements

The University accepts a variety of English Language qualifications. The University’s preferred test is the IELTS (Academic) and the IELTS Academic (UKVI) variant for students who need a Visa to study in the UK. For students who apply for Foundation degree programmes and are not Majority English Speaking country nationals, the IELTS (UKVI) is a requirement to obtain their Tier 4 visa.

The following list shows the majority of the tests we accept. If you cannot see your English Language test in the list below please contact [email protected] to discuss further.

Covid-19: Due to the closure of English Language Test centres in many countries, the University will be accepting some additional tests for applicants who start their studies in 2020-21 academic year. Additionally, for tests that expire within two years (IELTS, TOEFL ibt, PTE) the University will accept them if taken within two and a half years from the date of entry. This is an exceptional arrangement and will only apply for entry in 2020-21 academic year. Please scroll to the bottom part of this table to see these additional tests.

Qualification

Undergraduate

Graduate

Postgraduate

Taught

Postgraduate

Research

 

Foundation degrees only

   
Applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa who are not from a Majority English Speaking country (MES) and study for Foundation degreeUKVI IELTS - Academic band score 6.0 overall or above with no less than 5.5 in each component of the ‘academic’ IELTS test.  
 
 

(IFY, Foundation degrees, Bachelor degrees)

(GCA/GDA)

(PgCert, PgDip, MSc, MBA to include blended learning programmes)

(MScR, PhD)

GCSE English/GCE O level/iGCSE first or second languageC/4C/4  
A level (A2)D grade or above in A2 English language
A2 in English literature (C grade or above) provided the applicant has already achieved a GCSE D grade in English or equivalent. 
D grade or above in A2 English language
A2 in English literature (C grade or above) provided the applicant has already achieved a GCSE D grade in English or equivalent. 
C grade or above in A2 English language
A2 in English literature (B grade or above) 
C grade or above in A2 English language
A2 in English literature (B grade or above)  
AS level (A1)D grade or above in AS English language. D grade or above in AS English language. C grade or above in AS English language. C grade or above in AS English language. 
Scottish Certificate of Higher Education Until 1985, C or above on the ordinary grade of the Scottish certificate of education.
In or after 1986, grade 3 or above on the standard grade of the Scottish certificate of education.
Grade C or above in the certificate of sixth-year studies in English
Until 1985, C or above on the ordinary grade of the Scottish certificate of education.
In or after 1986, grade 3 or above on the standard grade of the Scottish certificate of education.
Grade C or above in the certificate of sixth-year studies in English
  
Irish Leaving Certificate In or after 1975, leaving certificate at Grade C or above (ordinary) or at Grade D or above (higher). In or after 1975, leaving certificate at Grade C or above (ordinary) or at Grade D or above (higher).   
OUA pass in any Level 1, 2 or 3 undergraduate (30 credit minimum) module prefixed with the letter A, D, B or E. A pass in any Level 1, 2 or 3 undergraduate (30 credit minimum) module prefixed with the letter A, D, B or E.   
European BaccalaureatePass (Grade 6 minimum) in English as a mother tongue or English as a foreign language.
English language (mother tongue) pass (Grade 6 minimum) ( 80% in EL)
  
International BaccalaureateHigher level in English language at a minimum of Grade 4 or Standard Level in English at a minimum of Grade 5 Higher level in English language at a minimum of Grade 4 or Standard Level in English at a minimum of Grade 5  
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic version6.0 overall with no element below 5.56.0 overall with no element below 6.06.5 overall with no element below 5.56.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in other elements
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) Min. overall 56 with no individual element below 51-CEFR B2. Min. overall 56 with no individual element below 56 – CEFR B2.Min. overall  61 with no individual element below 51 – CEFR B2Min. overall 61 with no less than 56 in Writing and no less than 51 in any other component. 
TOEFL ibtMin. overall 80 with no less than 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in WritingMin. overall 80 with no less than 19 in Listening, 20 in Reading, 22 in Speaking and 19 in WritingMin. overall 88 with no less than 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in WritingMin. overall 88 with no less than 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced EnglishFor tests taken from January 2015 onwards 161 or higher. Tests taken pre-January 2015, overall Grade C requiredFor tests taken from January 2015 onwards 169 or higher. Tests taken pre-January 2015, overall Grade C requiredFor tests taken from January 2015 onwards 185 or higher. Tests taken pre-January 2015, overall Grade B required
Cambridge Certificate of ProficiencyThe achievement of candidates who do not demonstrate ability at C2, but do show ability at C1 is recognized with a Cambridge English certificate at that level
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English(SELT variant)ISE II (SELT variant only) with min. pass in all sectionsISE II (SELT variant only) with merit in writing section and pass in all other sections

Bachelor's degree studied in a MES (excl.Canada)     

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • United States of America
 They have studied and successfully completed an academic qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors taught in a majority English-speaking country if the qualification was taught in a MES country (excluding Canada)
N.B. A UK NARIC Statement of comparability must be obtained in this case
They have studied and successfully completed an academic qualification at least equivalent to a UK Masters  degree in a majority English-speaking country if the qualification was taught in a MES country (excluding Canada)
English language qualifications from national or regional curricula
Austrian Matura (Reifeprufung) awarded from an Allgemeinbildende Höhere SchuleGrade 2/gut or above   
Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE)Grades 3-6 (credit); Grade C   
East African Certificate of Education (EACE)English: Grade C or above   
German Abitur (Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife)(English taken as Hauptfach / Leistungskurs / Kurs mit erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau) mark of 10/ gut obtained   
Hong Kong applicantsHKDSE English (Core) Level  5 overall (no less than Level 4 in any sub-section)   
Kenya Certificate of Secondary EducationEnglish: Grade C (4) or above   
Malawi Certificate of School Education (MCSE)Grades 3 and 4 (credit); Grade C   
Malaysian SPM English (1119 / O level paper only)Grade C or above   
Norwegian Vitnemal – videregaende opplaeringEnglish: Overall score of 4 or above   
Ontario Secondary School DiplomaEnglish Grade C (75%) or above   
Singaporean Applicants

Singapore-Cambridge O level English grade C (1-6) or
Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 English Language/Language Arts grade C or better
General Paper not accepted as proof of English Language ability.

   
South African National Senior Certificate/South African Matriculation CertificateEnglish: Grade 4/ Grade C (Standard Grade) or E in (Higher grade)   
West African Examinations Council SSCE in English at first sittingEnglish: Grade C6 or above   
Uganda National Examinations Board Certificate of Education (UCE)Grades 3-6 (credit); Grade C   
USA High School Graduation DiplomaEnglish Grade C (75–79%) or above   
USA SATS II (Subject)Will be considered on an individual basis subject to academic background and grades   
Zambian School Certificate Examination English LanguageGrade A1   
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education O levelEnglish: Grade C(1-6) or above   
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education Advanced level English (ZIMSEC)English: Grade D or above   

The following English Language Tests will be accepted exceptionally as evidence of an applicant's English language proficiency only during the academic year 2020/21 due to Covid-19 closures of English Language Centres.

QualificationProgrammes requiring IELTS 6.0 overall with no element below 5.5Programmes requiring IELTS 6.0 overall with no element below 6.0Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5 overall with no element below 5.5Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in other elements
TOEFL ibt Special Home EditionMin. overall 80 with no less than 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in WritingMin. overall 80 with no less than 19 in Listening, 20 in Reading, 22 in Speaking and 19 in WritingMin. overall 88 with no less than 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 17 in WritingMin. overall 88 with no less than 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
Duolingo (for tests taken up to 6 July 2020)100100110110

Duolingo (for tests taken after
6 July 2020)

100 overall with no element below 90100 overall with no element below 90110 overall with no element below 90110 overall with no element below 90

Language CERT International ESOL

B2 Communicator PassB2 Communicator High PassB2 Communicator High PassB2 Communicator High Pass
IELTS Indicators6.0 overall with no element below 5.56.0 overall with no element below 6.06.5 overall with no element below 5.56.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in Writing and no less than 5.5 in other elements
NCUK's EAP (English for Academic Purposes)6.0 overall6.0 overall6.5 overall6.5 overall
KITE (Kaplan International Tools for English)(Main flight and extras)Min. Main flight score of 458 and Speaking and Writing (Extra modules) min. B2/425Min. Main flight score of 458 and Speaking Writing (Extra modules) min. B2/458Min. Main flight score of 494 and Speaking Writing (Extra modules) min. B2/425Min. Main flight score of 494 and Speaking min. B2/425, Writing (Extra modules) min. B2/458