English language requirements
Applicants must have a proven level of English to study on our courses.
Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.
We accept a variety of English language qualifications for entry. We have minimum admission requirements but for some postgraduate courses our admissions tutors may ask for higher grades.
The University minimum requirement for English is grade C/4 at GCSE or IELTS (Academic) with 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each of the subskills, or an accepted equivalent.
We have a number of agreements in place for Universities with whom we have formal partnership agreements in relation to English Language requirements. Applicants from partner institutions should contact their current place of study for more details on eligibility.
Find out more about our English language requirements:
Choosing the right IELTS test
IELTS for UK Visas Immigration (offered by the IELTS SELT Consortium) is not required for undergraduate or postgraduate courses. We will accept all IELTS (Academic) tests from any IELTS test centre.
For Foundation courses, Pre-sessional English and English for University Study courses, you usually must take an IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration test or a Pearson Academic (UKVI) test. However, for 2020 entry, these programmes no longer require a IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration test.
For English for University Study applicants intending to apply for a Short Term Student Visa, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on other acceptable English language tests.
IELTS, TOEFL iBT and Pearson score comparison table
Please note that for the Duolingo English Test the equivalence used (top or bottom of range) will depend upon the IELTS subskill (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening) requirements.
The Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition are currently accepted for programmes commencing in the 2020/21 academic year. or for unconditional offer holders who defer to 2021/22 entry.
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Academic (PTE Academic)
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Please note that in some cases students may be made offers to attend pre-sessional English courses instead of or in addition to an English Language qualification, and some courses will require you to have your English language results when submitting your application.
If you don’t meet the requirements
We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet our entry requirements.