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English language requirements for undergraduate students

All undergraduate applicants must demonstrate a standard level of English or Welsh language that will enable them to benefit fully from their course of study. For the majority of applicants this can be a GCSE in English or Welsh language.

In addition to meeting the academic language standard, applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must also present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements - in most cases this will be the same language evidence.

We accept a variety of language qualifications for entry and for some programmes we may ask for higher grades in order to cope with the requirements of the course. Search our course list to find out the English requirement for the course you are interested in.

With the exception of Medicine and Dentistry, 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, 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) 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 or
  • you are applying from a University that has a formal partnership agreement in relation to English Language requirements (applicants from partner institutions should contact their current place of study for more details on eligibility).

Accepted language qualifications

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

Please note, these tests are currently not accepted for entry onto undergraduate Medicine (MBBCh) or Dentistry (BDS): Bellerby's Foundation - Academic English Skills; INTO English language assessment test; Kaplan International Foundation Certificate; NCUK EAP; University of Michigan ECPE.

Qualification acceptedEquivalent to GCSE grade C/4Equivalent to GCSE grade B/6

Bellerby’s Foundation - Academic English Skills (accepted only when taken as part of a full academic Foundation programme)

60-69%

70-79%

Cardiff University Pathways to a Degree (accepted only when progressing onto the relevant degree programme)

Pass

Pass

Duolingo English Test (Conditions apply, see English language requirements)

110

120

IELTS (Academic) test from a recognised IELTS test centre

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

At least 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each subskill

INTO English Language Assessment test (IELA) London Centre Only (accepted only when taken as part of a full academic Foundation programme)

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

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

Kaplan International Foundation Certificate (accepted only when taken as part of a full academic Foundation programme)

English language module: 65%

English language module: 70%

NCUK English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (accepted only when taken as part of a full academic Foundation programme)

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 a minimum of 54 in all communicative skills

Study Group Foundation Programme - Academic English Skills (accepted only when taken as part of a full academic Foundation programme)

60-69%

70-79%

TOEFL iBT including Special Home Edition (Conditions apply to the Special Home Edition, see English language requirements.)

At least 90 overall with a minimum 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

University of Nottingham Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP) 4 programme - accepted for 2020 entry only.

63%

68%

School-specific requirements

For undergraduate programmes that have an IELTS subskills requirement that differs from the University minimum, the following equivalencies apply.

The English language requirement for the Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) is:

IELTS (academic)TOEFL iBT including Special Home EditionPTE AcademicTrinity ISE II/IIIDuolingo English Test

At least 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in speaking and a minimum of 6.5 in all other subskills

At least 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in speaking and 22 in all other subskills

At least 70 overall with a minimum of 70 in speaking and a minimum of 62 in all other communicative skills

III: at least a Merit in all components

125

The English language requirement for the BSc Adult Nursing, BSc Children’s Nursing, BSc Mental Health Nursing, and BSc Midwifery is:

IELTS (academic)TOEFL iBT including Special Home EditionPTE AcademicTrinity ISE II/IIIDuolingo English Test

At least 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 7.0 in all other subskills

At least 90 overall with a minimum of 22 in writing and 25 in all other subskills

At least 70 overall with a minimum of 62 in writing and a minimum of 70 in all other communicative skills

III: at least a Merit in all components

125

The English language requirement for the BSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging, BSc Occupational Therapy, BSc Operating Department Practice, BSc Physiotherapy, and BSc Radiotherapy and Oncology is:

IELTS (academic)TOEFL iBT including Special Home EditionPTE AcademicTrinity ISE II/IIIDuolingo English Test

At least 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all subskills

At least 100 overall with a minimum of 22 in all subskills

At least 70 overall with a minimum of 62 in all communicative skills

III: at least a Merit in all components

125

The English language requirements for the Law and Politics programmes are:

IELTS (academic)TOEFL iBT including Special Home EditionPTE AcademicTrinity ISE II/IIIDuolingo English Test

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other subskills

At least 90 overall with a minimum of 22 in writing and 20 in all other subskills

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 62 in writing and a minimum of 54 in all other communicative skills

II: Distinction in writing and at least one Distinction and two Merits in other components

III: at least a Pass in all components

115

The English language requirement for MBBCh Medicine is:

IELTS (academic)TOEFL iBT including Special Home EditionPTE AcademicTrinity ISE II/IIIDuolingo English Test

At least 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in speaking and a minimum of 6.5 in all other subskills

At least 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in speaking and 22 in all other subskills

At least 70 overall with a minimum of 70 in speaking and a minimum of 62 in all other communicative skills

III: at least a Merit in all components

125

IELTS re-sit results will only be considered if completed within 12 months after the first date of sitting.

The English language requirement for the MPharm Pharmacy programme is:

IELTS (academic)TOEFL iBT including Special Home EditionPTE AcademicTrinity ISE II/IIIDuolingo English Test

At least 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all subskills

At least 100 overall with a minimum of 22 in all subskills

At least 70 overall with a minimum of 62 in all communicative skills

III: at least a Merit in all components

125

Other accepted language qualifications

If you are able to 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

Programmes requiring GCSE Grade C or 4

Programmes requiring GCSE grade B or 6 (including Healthcare, Law and Politics, and Pharmacy)

Dentistry (BDS) and Medicine (MBBCh)

A or AS level taught in English

Grade D

Grade C

Not accepted

Austria Reifeprüfung/Matura English

2 (gut) in both written and oral

2 (gut) in both written and oral

Not accepted

Belgium Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs /
Certificate d'Enseignement Secondaire
Superieur English

80% / 16 out of 20 /
grote onderscheiding /avec grande distinction

80% / 16 out of 20 /
grote onderscheiding /avec grande distinction

Not accepted

Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) School Certificate English language

Grades 3-6 (credit);
Grade C

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

Not accepted

Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency (from January 2015)

176 overall

185 overall

185 overall

Denmark Studentereksamen

Level A
Grade 10

Level A
Grade 10

Not accepted

European Baccalaureate English as First Language

6.5 out of 10 (65%)

7.0 out of 10 (70%)

8.0 out of 10 (80%)

European Baccalaureate English as Second Language

7.5 out of 10 (75%)

8.0 out of 10 (80%)

8.0 out of 10 (80%)

Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/
Studentexamensbetyg English

Grade 5 (magna cum laude) or above

Grade 5 (magna cum laude) or above

Not accepted

French Baccalauréat where
English is the first foreign language (LV1)

Grade 14

Grade 14

Not accepted

French Baccalauréat (option International du Baccalauréat (OIB)) English

Grade 10

Grade 10

Not accepted

GCSE or GCE O Level English Language

Grade C or 4

Grade B or 6

Grade B or 6

GCSE or GCE O Level English Second Language

Grade B

Grade A

Not accepted

GCSE or GCE O Level English Literature

Grade C or 4

Grade B or 6

Not accepted

Germany Abitur grade 12 English when taken
as an achievement/main/intensive course

Grade 12 (gut)

Grade 12 (gut)

Not accepted

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) English

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 5

Hong Kong Polytechnic Diploma

Pass

Not Accepted

Not accepted

IGCSE English First Language

Grade C

Grade B

Grade B

IGCSE English Second Language

Grade B

Grade A

Not accepted

Indian Standard XII English

70%

70%

Not accepted

Indian Standard XII Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education English

140 out of 200

140 out of 200

Not accepted

International Baccalaureate Language A

HL 4 or SL 5

HL 5 or SL 6

HL 5 or SL 6

International Baccalaureate Language B

HL 4 or SL 5

HL 5 or SL 6

HL 5 or SL 6

Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary or Higher Level English

Grade 3

Grade 2

Grade 2

Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) English

Grade C

Grade B

Not accepted

University of Kuala Lumpur

Pass at degree level

Not Accepted

Not accepted

Malaysian SPM English (1119/O Level paper only)

Grade C

Grade B

Grade B

Mauritius School Certificate (GCE)

Grade C

Grade B

Grade B

Mauritius Higher School Certificate

Grade D

Grade C

Not accepted

Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs
(VWO) English

Grade 7 or above

Grade 7 or above

Not accepted

Scottish National 5 English

Grade C

Grade B

Grade B

Scottish Higher and Advanced Higher English

Grade D

Grade C

Grade C

Singapore Polytechnic Diploma

Pass

Not Accepted

Not accepted

South African Independent Examinations Board (IEB) English

Grade 4

Grade 5

Not accepted

South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) English

Grade 4

Grade 5

Not accepted

Sweden Fullständigt Slutbetyg från
Gymnasieskolan English

Grade C or VG

Grade C or VG

Not accepted

Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) English

Grade C

Grade B

Not accepted

Vitnemål fra den videregående skole (Norway) English

Grade 4

Grade 5

Not accepted

West African Education Certificate (WAEC) or West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) in any subject (excluding local languages)

Grade C6

Grade B3

Not accepted

Uganda Certificate of Education English

Grade C/6

Grade B/4

Not accepted

USA Advanced Placement Test

Grade 3

Grade 4

English: Grade 5

USA American College Testing (ACT)

Composite score of 27

Composite score of 29

Composite score of 28 with 8 in writing

USA SAT

1250 across 2 compulsory components

1300 across 2 compulsory components

650 in both reading and writing

USA SAT Subject Tests

600 in any subject

650 in any subject

Not accepted

Zambia School Certificate / General Certificate of Education English

Grade 5-6 (Credit)

Grade 3-4 (Merit)

Not accepted

Accepted qualifications from India

The Indian Standard XII English qualification from the following examination boards 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 Kerala Board of Higher Secondary Examination
  • 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.