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 Student 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 admissions@rau.ac.uk to discuss further.

Qualification

Undergraduate

Graduate

Postgraduate

Taught

Postgraduate

Research

 

Foundation degrees only

   
Applicants requiring a Student 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.  
 
Pearson Test of English Academic UKVI (PTE Academic UKVI) Min. overall 56 with no individual element below 51-CEFR B2.    
Trinity College London: ‘Secure English Language Tests for UKVI’ – Integrated Skills in English (ISE)ISE II (SELT variant only) with min. pass in all sections   
 

(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 recognised 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