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English language requirements

English language ability

Your English language ability is an important part of the application process and is essential when applying for your student visa.

IELTS [International English Language Test Score] is the main English language qualification we ask for, although we do accept others. 
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You can find the IELTS required for your chosen course in our online prospectus. Most of our degrees require a minimum IELTS of 6.0, with no skill below 5.5, but some courses may require a higher score, so always check the individual course entry requirements. 

If you don't meet the entry requirements or need to improve your English language ability for one of our courses, we offer an International Foundation Year and Pre-sessional English courses.
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If you are a national from one of these English speaking countries, you don't need any of the qualifications below or provide your English qualifications to apply for a UK Tier 4 Student Visa. You will still require proof of an English qualification for academic purposes.

If you graduated from a university in an English speaking country, of which you are not a national, you can use your degree certificate to prove your English language ability. In this case, a Naric statement will be required with your application.

Find your English language qualification 

If you require a Tier 4 Student visa, we accept the following English language qualifications for most of our Bachelors and Masters courses. Click on the links below to find your qualification.

If your qualification does not appear below then please email us.

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English language qualification Grade
Cambridge First Certificate Total Grade B (minimum 'Borderline' in all four components)
Cambridge Advanced Total Grade C (minimum 'weak' in all four components)
Cambridge Proficiency Lowest grade equivalent to IELTS 6.5
Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Syllabus 0510: Overall Grade C and Grade 2 Speaking
Syllabus 0511: Overall Grade C
Cambridge iGCSE English as a First Language

Syllabus 0522: Overall Grade C
Syllabus 0500: Overall Grade C and Grade 2 in Speaking and Listening

 ESOL Skills for Life  Level 1 (pass in all four components)
GCSE - English language (all UK boards) Grade C/4
 IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5

International Baccalaureate Diploma:
English B
English Language and Literature A
English Literature A
English Literature and Performance

Grade 5
Oxford Test of English  Courses requiring IELTS 6.0
120 overall, minimum 120 Reading and Writing and 111 Speaking and Listening
Courses requiring IELTS 6.5: 
130 overall, minimum 120 in all components 
Pearsons - PTE Academic Total of 54 (minimum of 51 in all components)
Pearson Edexel International GCSE in English language (specificationA or B)
Grade C/4
TOEFL iBT Total of 79 to 89
Minimum for Reading (18), Listening (17), Speaking (20) and Writing (17)
National Senior Certificate (NSC) or Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement (Matric) English Grade required - 5 or 60%
 UK HEI Foundation degrees Successful completion of a Foundation degree with English components and an academic score mapped to the Leeds Beckett International Foundation Year Certificate.

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English language qualification  Grade
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) English Language Grade 4 overall
Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) English Grade required - C
Indian School Certificate (Class-XII) (CISCE) English Grade required - 70%
All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE) English Grade required - 70%
Malaysia SPM - Cambridge O Level English Language Grade C / 6 or above for courses requiring IELTS 6.0
Grade B / 4 or above for courses requiring IELTS 6.5
Grade A / 2 or above for courses requiring IELTS 7.0
Norway VitnemÄl fra VideregÄende in English Grade 4
West Africa Senior School Certificate (WASSCE/WAEC) English Grade required - C/6
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education (ZGCE/Zimsec) English Grade required - C

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Applicants

The position of test centres in certain countries is rapidly changing as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the webpages below are being regularly updated with the latest advice for candidates: 

You may also wish to consider one of our Pre-Sessional English courses.

Any questions?

Contact us 09:00 to 17:00 [UK time], Monday to Friday

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