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English language requirements for postgraduate students

All postgraduate applicants must demonstrate a standard level English or Welsh Language that will enable them to benefit fully from their course of study.

For the majority of applicants this will be an IELTS (Academic) of 6.5 with a 5.5 in each subskills.

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 courses our admissions tutors may ask for higher grades. Search our course list to find out the English requirement for the course you are interested in.

You will not be required to further demonstrate your English language level if:

  • you have obtained a full bachelor or higher degree which has been taught through the medium of English and awarded by a UK institution or
  • you have obtained a full bachelor or higher degree which has been taught (in its entirety) in a country on the UKVI list of exceptions (excluding Canada) or
  • you are a national of Canada and have obtained a full bachelor or higher degree which has been taught (in its entirety) in Canada and awarded by a Canadian institution.
  • you are a national of, and have the equivalent of a pass in a High School qualification from, a majority English speaking country on the UKVI list of exceptions, including Canada.

Top-up degrees studied in the UK and awarded by a UK institution will be accepted on the basis of one or two years of UK-based study, or study in another country on the UKVI list of exceptions, subject to individual course requirements.

If you're applying to the Vocational Law programmes, you must fulfil the programme-specific requirements regardless of if you're a national of or have a degree from a majority English speaking country.

Accepted language qualifications

These tests are valid for entry for two years. As a result your qualification must have been completed no more than two years before the start date of the programme.

Qualification accepted

Equivalent to IELTS 6.5
(with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill)

Equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in each subskill)

Bellerby’s Foundation - Academic English Skills

60-69%

70-79%

IELTS (Academic) test from a recognised IELTS test centre

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskills

At least 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each subskills

INTO English Language assessment test (IELA) London Centre Only

IELA test overall score of 176, with a minimum score of 162 in each subskills

IELA test overall score of 185, with a minimum score of 169 in each subskills

Kaplan International Foundation Certificate

English language module: 65%

English language module: 70%

NCUK English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Overall EAP grade of B

Overall EAP grade of A

PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic)

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills

At least 70 overall with no less than 54 in all communicative skills

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading, and 20 for speaking

At least 100 overall with a minimum of 20 in each subskill

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits

III: at least a Pass in all components

III: at least a Merit in all components

University of Michigan Certificate of Proficiency (ECPE)

750 Pass (P)

Not accepted

Other accepted language qualifications

If you submit acceptable evidence that you have completed one of the following qualifications and attained the required test score, you will not be required to provide additional evidence of English language ability.

Qualification

Equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall

Equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall

A or AS level taught in English

Grade D

Grade C

Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) School Certificate

Grades 3-6 (credit);
Grade C

Grades 1 and 2 (distinction); Grades A and B

Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (from January 2015)

176 overall (from January 2015) or Grade C

185 overall

European Baccalaureate English as First Language

6.5 out of 10 (65%)

7.0 out of 10 (70%)

European Baccalaureate English as Second Language

7.5 out of 10 (75%)

8.0 out of 10 (80%)

French Baccalaureate (option International du Baccalauréat (OIB) only)

English: Grade 10

English: Grade 10

GCSE/GCE O Level English language

Grade C

Grade B

GCE O Level English Literature

Grade C

Grade B

GCSE English Language

Grade C or 4

Grade B or 6

GCSE English Literature

Grade C or 4

Grade B or 6

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

English: Grade 4

English: Grade 5

Hong Kong Polytechnic Diploma

Pass

Not Accepted

IGCSE English First Language

Grade C

Grade B

IGCSE English Second Language

Grade B

Grade A

Indian Standard XII

English: 70%

English: 70%

Indian Standard XII Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education

English: 140 out of 200

English: 140 out of 200

International Baccalaureate Language A

HL 4 or SL 5

HL 5 or SL 6

International Baccalaureate Language B

HL 4 or SL 5

HL 5 or SL 6

Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary or Higher Level

English: Grade 3

English: Grade 2

Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)

English: Grade C

English: Grade B

University of Kuala Lumpur

Pass at degree level

Not Accepted

Malaysian SPM English (1119/O Level paper only)

Grade C

Grade B

Scottish Higher and Advanced Higher taught in English

English: Grade D

English: Grade C

Singapore Polytechnic Diploma

Pass

Not Accepted

South African Independent Examinations Board (IEB)

English: Grade 4

English: Grade 5

South African Senior Certificate

English: Grade 4

English: Grade 5

Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE)

English: Grade C

English: Grade B

Vitnemål fra den videregående skole (Norway)

English: Grade 4

English: Grade 5

West African Education Certificate (WAEC) or West African Secondary School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

Grade C6 in any subject (excluding local languages)

Grade B3 in any subject (excluding local languages)

Uganda Certificate of Education

English: Grade C/6

English: Grade B/4

USA Advanced Placement Test

Grade 3

Grade 4

USA American College Testing (ACT)

Composite score of 27

Composite score of 29

USA SAT

1250 across 2 compulsory components

1300 across 2 compulsory components

USA SAT Subject Tests

600 in any subject

650 in any subject

Xiamen University -Malaysia Campus Only (XMUM)

Pass at degree level

Not accepted

Accepted qualifications from India

For Indian examination boards, these English qualifications are accepted: Andhra Pradesh Board of Intermediate Education; Bihar School Examination Board; Central Board of Secondary Education; Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations, ICSE / ISC; Goa Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education; Gujarat Secondary Education Board; Government of Karnataka Department of Pre-University Education; Board of Secondary Education, Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal; Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education; Meghalaya Board of School Education; Punjab School Education Board; Board of Secondary Education, Rajasthan; Telangana Board of Intermediate Education; Board of High School and Intermediate Education Uttar Pradesh; National Institute of Open Schooling.

If you don’t meet the requirements

We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet our entry requirements.

Find out more about our English Language and Foundation Programmes.