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.

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. 

We are now accepting the IELTS Indicator Online Test.

Find your English language qualification

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

 Duolingo

For Pre-sessional English courses (5 week)

Score of 85 overall (no skill below 85) for Pre-sessional entry requirement of IELTS 5.5 no skill below 5.5

Score of 95 overall (no skill below 85) for Pre-sessional entry requirement of IELTS 6.0 no skill below 5.5

Score of 95 overall (no skill below 95) for Pre-sessional entry requirement of IELTS 6.0 no skill below 6.0 

For Pre-sessional English courses (10 week)

Score of 75 overall (no skill below 75) for Pre-sessional entry requirement of IELTS 5.0 no skill below 5.0

Score of 85 overall (no skill below 75) for Pre-sessional entry requirement of IELTS 5.5 no skill below 5.0

Score of 85 overall (no skill below 85) for Pre-sessional entry requirement of IELTS 5.5 no skill below 5.5

For direct entry to Bachelors and Masters courses

Score of 95 overall (no skill below 85) for courses requiring IELTS 6.0 no skill below 5.5

Score of 95 overall (no skill below 95) for courses requiring IELTS 6.0 no skill below 6.0

Score of 105 overall (no skill below 95)  for courses requiring IELTS 6.5 no skill below 6.0

Score of 105 overall (no skill below 105)  for courses requiring IELTS 6.5 no skill below 6.5

Score of 115 overall (no skill below 105) for courses requiring IELTS 7.0 no skill below 6.5

Score of 115 overall (no skill below 115) for courses requiring IELTS 7.0 no skill below 7.0 

ESOL Skills for Life Level 1 (pass in all four components)
GCSE - English language (all UK boards) Grade C/4

IELTS

Including the IELTS Indicator online test

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
 NCUK English Language Test Password 6.0 (no component below 5.5) for courses requiring IELTS 6.0 (no skill below 5.5)
Password 6.5 (co component below 6.0) for courses requiring IELTS 6.5 (no skill below 6.0)
Password 7.0 (no component below 6.5) for courses requiring IELTS 7.0 (no skill below 6.5)
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 (specification A or B)
Grade C/4

TOEFL iBT

Including the Special Home Edition

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.

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
Mauritius/Cambridge GCE O Level English Language – syllabus 1125/1126  English Grade required - C
Norway Vitnemål fra Videregående in English Grade 4
Singapore Cambridge GCE O Level English Language (Syllabuses 1128 or 1127)  English Grade required - C/6
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

We are aware that the position of English Language test centres is rapidly changing as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are now accepting alternative online testing options so that you may continue to apply.

Online testing for offer holders:

  • IELTS Indicator online test results will now be accepted. The requirements are the same as the standard IELTS test scores. Please refer to the the English languageGeneral Qualifications above to view the scores we will accept.
  • Duolingo English language test online results will now be accepted. Please refer to the the Duolingo Test Qualifications above to view the scores we will accept and their IELTS equivalent.
  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition online test results will now be accepted. Please refer to the the English language - General Qualifications above to view the scores we will accept.

The webpages below are being regularly updated with the latest advice for candidates. We recommend that applicants review the information below:

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

If you require a Tier 4 (General) Student visa for a programme below degree level, you will have to demonstrate your English language ability by taking one of the following Secure English Language Tests (SELT) from a UKVI-approved test centre:

  • IELTS for UKVI
  •  PTE (Academic) UKVI

Find a Secure English Language Testing provider.

This requirement applies to our International Foundation Year and Pre-sessional English courses.

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.