English language

English language qualifications


A student is exempt from the requirement to have a formal English Language qualification if s/he has studied for a first degree in the English language medium, or has passed one of the following:

  • 2 GCE A Levels validated in the UK
  • IB Diploma taught in English
  • ABE Advanced Diploma
  • NCC Advanced Diploma

Formal English Language Tests

The University accepts the following qualifications as satisfying the English Language requirements for entry to a Bachelor or Masters degree*:

European Qualifications

  • TOEFL 550 / 213 / 80
  • IELTS (Minimum scores: 5.5 overall and at least 5.5 for each: listening / reading / speaking / writing)
  • TOEIC (Minimum scores: listening: 400 / reading: 385 / speaking: 160 / writing: 150)
  • JMB University Test: Minimum Pass
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Minimum Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Minimum Grade C
  • GCSE or IGCSE English Language: Minimum C
  • BEC Higher: Pass (grades A,B or C)
  • English for Business Communication (C and G) - Level 2 First Class Pass
  • LCCI International Qualifications - * English for Business (EFB) - Pass at Level 3, *
  • English for Commerce (EFC) - Pass at Level 3
  • Cambridge Overseas School Certificate: Minimum Grade C
  • Scottish Certificate of Education Standard Grade English: Minimum Grade C
  • Scottish Certificate of Education - Higher Grade English: Minimum Grade D
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level English: Minimum Grade C
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level English: Minimum Grade D
  • Oxford High Level Certificate: Minimum Pass
  • Warwick English Language Test (WELT): Minimum CCC
  • Certificate of Attainment in English (Edexcel): Minimum Level 4
  • Anglia Certificate of English as a Foreign Language Proficiency
  • TEEP (University of Reading) 6.0
  • Integrated Skills Test in English (ISE): Level III or above
  • Trinity College of London ISE: Level III or IV
  • University of Central Lancashire Certificate of Proficiency in English Level 3 - Proficient User Pass
  • Swansea University English test (SWELT) - Minimum Grade 6.0
  • UCL Graduate Preparatory Course - 6.0 or above
  • London Test of English - Advanced Level 4
  • Bulgaria: Grade 5 for English in the Diploma za Zavarsheno
  • Cyprus: Apolytirion of 15 in English
  • Estonia: Achieve B2 in English in national exam
  • Finland: Achieve Grade C/M or higher in English in Matriculation exam
  • France: Achieve English Grade 6 (HL) or Grade 12 (OIB) in the Baccalaureat
  • Germany: GUT in English at Abitur
  • Greece: Apolytirion of 15 in English
  • Latvia: Grade 8 for English in the Atestats Par Visporejo Videjo Izglitibu 
  • Lithuania: Grade 8 from English at B2 level
  • Norway: Vitnemal Grade 4
  • Poland: 75% in written (basic) as proof of English language ability
  • Slovakia: Maturita Grade 1 at B2 level
  • Sweden: English at grade VG or C (new system) in the Upper Secondary School leaving certificate

Summer Intensive Courses

If your English language test score narrowly misses the minimum standard you may still be offered a place on your course provided that you attend our 6 or 12 week Summer Intensive English language course as follows:

  • A student with IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent) who takes an 12 week intensive summer course, may progress directly to the substantive degree programme on successful completion of that course.
  • A student with IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) who takes a 6 week intensive summer course, may progress directly to the substantive degree programme on successful completion of that course

* note; there are a few courses that require higher levels of English – these will be specified.


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