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English language requirements

All students from outside the United Kingdom need to meet our English language requirements. These depend on whether you are applying for:

Please note: R = Reading, L = Listening, S = Speaking, W = Writing

Preparatory courses (Academic IELTS)

  • International Foundation Year: Minimum Academic IELTS of 4.5 (with a minimum score of 5.0 in Writing and 4.0 in all other elements)
  • International Year One: Academic IELTS of 5.0 (with a minimum score of 5.0 in Writing and 4.0 in all other elements)
  • Business and Management Pre-Masters Programme: Minimum Academic IELTS of 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all elements)
  • Art and Design (Foundation) Diploma: Minimum Academic IELTS of 5.5 (with a minimum score of 5.0 in R, L, S and W).
  • Computing and Mathematics foundation year: Minimum Academic IELTS of 6.0 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in all elements)
  • Engineering Foundation with pathways in Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical Engineering: Minimum Academic IELTS of 6.0 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in all elements)
  • Engineering HND with pathways in Aerospace, Automotive or Mechanical Engineering : Minimum Academic IELTS of 6.0 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in all elements)
  • Science foundation year:
      • Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements) for students progressing to the Pharmacy MPharm; or
    • Academic IELTS of 6.0 overall (with a minimum score of 5.5 in all elements) for students progressing to any other course.

Undergraduate study (Academic IELTS)

All of our undergraduate courses require an Academic IELTS of 6.0 or 6.5 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in R, L, S and W in all cases). Download our undergraduate (PDF) case study to see how these requirements might work for you.

  • Architecture; Art and Design; Business and Law; Science; Engineering; Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics; and Surveying: minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in R, L, S and W)
  • Arts and Social Sciences; and Health, Social Care and Education*: minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in R, L, S and W)
  • MPharm (including foundation courses that lead into Pharmacy) minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in R, L, S and W)

    Exceptions:
    • Journalism courses (single and joint honours): minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in Writing and 5.5 in all other elements)

Postgraduate study (Academic IELTS)

Most of our postgraduate courses require an Academic IELTS of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in R, L, S and W in all cases). Download our postgraduate (PDF) case study to see how these requirements might work for you.

  • Art, Design and Architecture; most Arts and Social Sciences programmes; and Health, Social Care and Education*: minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in R, L, S and W)
  • Engineering; Computing, Information Systems, Mathematics and Science courses: minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with the following minimum scores: W=6.0 and R=5.5, L=5.5, S=5.5)
  • Most Business programmes: minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in R, L, S and W)

    Exceptions:
    • Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching MA: minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in the other elements)
    • Child Psychology MSc: minimum Academic IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing and 5.5 in the other elements
    • Behavioural Decision Science MSc; Criticism, Literature, Theory MA; English Literature MA; Clinical Applications of Psychology MSc; Psychology MSc; Publishing MA and ALL creative writing courses: minimum Academic IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in Writing)
    • Journalism & The Creative Economy: minimum Academic IELTS of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements and 7.5 in Writing
    • Journalism courses: minimum Academic IELTS of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 7.5 in Writing and 5.5 in all other elements)
    • Museum and Gallery Studies MA and Heritage (Contemporary Practice) MA: minimum Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall (with a minimum score of 6.5 in Writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other elements
    • Music Education MA: minimum Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall (with a minimum score of 6.5 in Writing)

Other tests and qualifications

We accept other recognised English language tests or qualifications. Please refer to the tables below for the equivalencies:

Overall scores
Academic IELTS
International English Test System
TOEFL* iBT
Internet-based Test
PTEA
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
7.5    
105  
72   
7.0   
95      
67   
6.5    
88   
61    
6.0     
80     
56   
5.5    
72     
51    
5.0 62 46   
4.5 52 41
4.0 42 36
Individual scores
(R= Reading; L= Listening; S= Speaking; W= Writing)
Academic IELTS
TOEFL* iBT
PTEA
R,L,S,W=7.5    
R=26, L=25, S=27, W=27 R,L,S,W=72   
R,L,S,W=7.0   
R=24, L=22, S=25, W=24 R,L,S,W=67   
R,L,S,W=6.5    
R=22, L=21, S=23, W=22 R,L,S,W=61    
R,L,S,W=6.0     
R=20, L=19, S=21, W=20 R,L,S,W=56   
R,L,S,W=5.5    
R=18, L=17, S=20, W=17 R,L,S,W=51    
R,L,S,W=5.0 R=13, L=14, S=19, W=16 R,L,S,W=46   
R,L,S,W=4.5 R=9, L=12, S=17, W=14 R,L,S,W=41
R,L,S,W=4.0 R=4, L=9, S=16, W=13 R,L,S,W=36

* The TOEIC and paper-based TOEFL tests are not accepted

In addition to Academic IELTS, TOEFL iBT and PTEA we also accept:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
    Pass at Grade C (58)

    Recognised skills equivalents against the IELTS scores required:
Academic IELTS
International English Test System
CAE individual scores
7.5      R,L,S,W=Good
7.0     R,L,S,W=Good
6.5      R,L,S,W=Borderline
6.0       R,L,S,W=Borderline

Applicants for Creative Writing BA(Hons) and Journalism BA(Hons) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English 
    Pass at Grade C

    Recognised skills equivalents against the IELTS scores required:
Academic IELTS
International English Test System
CPE individual scores
7.5      R,L,S,W=Weak
7.0     R,L,S,W=Weak
6.5      R,L,S,W=Weak
  • Cambridge IGCSE (English as a second language)
    Grade B overall

    Recognised skills equivalents against the IELTS scores required:
Academic IELTS
International English Test System
Syllabus 0510 – individual scores Syllabus 0511 – individual scores
6.0       R=C, W=C, S=1, L=no approved equivalency at this level R=C, W=C, S=B, L=no approved equivalency at this level
5.5 R=D, W=D, S=2, L=A R=D, W=D, S=C, L=A
5.0 R&W=E
S=3, L=B
R&W=E
S=D, L=B
4.5 R&W=E
S=3, L=C
R&W = E
S=D, L=C
  • Hong Kong HKCEE Use of English
    Pass at minimum grade C (Syllabus B)

  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) holders:
    HKDSE English Level 4 overall and no lower than Level 2 for each element

  • Indian Year 12 English (CBSE Board, CISCE Board and West Bengal Board only) 
    Pass with a minimum of 70%

  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    Pass English Language (A1/A2) with 4 or above at Higher Level (HL); or 5 or above at Standard Level (SL)

    Pass English Language (B) with 4 or above at Higher Level (HL) only

  • Malaysian SPM 1119
    Cambridge O-level English Language (1119)
  • Norwegian Vitnemål fra den Videregående skole
    Grade 4 or above 

  • O-level/GCSE*/ Cambridge International GCSE English Language Examination (Syllabus 0500/ 0522# (English as a first language)*
    Pass at minimum grade C or above #with no skill lower than D or 2

    *(or NARIC-recognised equivalent/higher qualification from the UK or an MESC)  
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE)
    • Undergraduate: Pass at Level III
    • Postgraduate:
      • Science (except Pharmacy); Engineering; and Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics courses: Pass at Level ISE Grade III with distinction or merit
      • Other courses: Applications will be considered on an individual basis
  • West African Examinations Council
    Pass at level C6 or above

  • NECO National Examination Council
    Pass at level C6 or above

Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) – for nationals

If you are a national from one of these countries, then you are exempt from our English language requirements.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States of America

Recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) – for academic qualifications

If you have completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree which was taught in one of the majority English-speaking countries listed below, you are exempt from our English language requirements:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Health, Social Care and Education courses

* Most international students (non-EU) are only eligible to apply for the following Health, Social Care and Education courses:

  • Biomedical Science FdSc
  • Clinical Practice MRes
  • Clinical Leadership MSc
  • Exercise for Health MSc
  • Physiotherapy BSc(Hons)
  • Professional Education and Training PgCert/PgDip/MA
  • Rehabilitation MSc
  • Social Work MSW/PgDip

Updated as of 10 February 2014

Pre-sessional course accreditation

Our pre-sessional English course is accredited by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP). This organisation sets rigorous criteria to ensure that courses in English language and study skills for speakers of other languages are of a high standard and provide an excellent quality of service.

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