English Language Entry Requirements


All International Students seeking entry to the University are required to demonstrate their English Language proficiency in line with the University’s admissions requirements and English Language policy.

In addition, the University is required to formally assess the English Language ability of any student it wishes to sponsor under Tier 4 of the Points Based System. As such any applicant requiring sponsorship under Tier 4 will be required to meet both the UKVI and the University’s own English language entry requirements.  

Each course offered by the University will set out the required English Language level required to gain admission to the course. These are generally higher than that required by UKVI for Immigration purposes. 

Please note that the University reserves the right to request any applicant undertakes an English Language assessment with one of its own English Language assessors regardless of the evidence provided of English Language proficiency. The University reserves the right on the basis of this assessment not to grant entry where it has reasons to doubt the applicant is at the appropriate overall English language proficiency. 

The English language entry requirements are as follows:

An overall English language level equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.0 with no lower than 4.5 in reading, speaking, listening and a minimum score of 5.0 in writing.

An overall English Language level equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no lower than 5.5 in reading writing, listening and speaking.

Postgraduate Research Programmes

An overall English Language level equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no lower than 6.5 in reading and writing, and with no lower than 5.5 in listening or speaking.

 

Doctor of Business Adminstration (DBA)

English Language requirement for international students applying to complete the DBA in the UK

Proficiency in English of candidates whose first language is not English is at or exceeding an average IELTS score (or equivalent in any other approved test) of 6.5 with no lower than 6.5 in reading and writing and with no lower than 5.5 in listening and speaking.

 

English Language requirement for international students applying to complete  the DBA via a blended mode of delivery with the taught element, Part 1 of the DBA in the UK and then return to their home country to complete part 2

Proficiency in English of candidates whose first language is not English is at or exceeding an average IELTS score (or equivalent in any other approved test) of 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

 

 

Acceptable Evidence of English Language Proficiency

Applicants may automatically satisfy the English language entry requirements of the University for academic study for all courses if they:

Are considered to be native English speakers through citizenship of the following majority English speaking countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

In addition to the above, applicants may also provide the following evidence to meet the relevant English Language requirements for their course. 

International Foundation Programme

 A UKVI recognised Secure English Language Test.

Undergraduate and Post Graduate Taught courses

Have successfully completed within the last five years a recognised undergraduate or postgraduate qualification, at a recognised institution based in one of the above majority English speaking countries (certificates, transcripts and/or other documents stating language of delivery and assessment may be required by the University prior to an offer being made).

Have successfully completed within the last five years a recognised undergraduate or postgraduate qualification at a recognised institution that has been certified as being taught in the medium of English (certificates, transcripts and / or other documents stating language of delivery and assessment may be required by the University prior to an offer being made).

A UKVI recognised Secure English Language Test awarded within 2 years of applying for entry to the University.

 One of the following English Language Test documents awarded within 2 years of applying for entry to the University:

NAME OF QUALIFICATION`

LEVEL / SCORE REQUIRED

IELTS (Academic)

Minimum overall score of 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening or Speaking.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). 

Minimum score of 169 or above with no lower than 162 in Reading, Writing, Listening or Speaking.

Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC Vantage) – for Business courses only.

Minimum score of 75 or above.

Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC Higher) – for Business courses only

Minimum score of 60 or above

BULATS: Business Language Testing Service (online certificated version taken with certifying BULATS agents) – for Business courses only

Minimum score of 65 or above.

Cambridge English: Financial (ICFE) – for Business courses only.

Minimum score of 60 or above. 

Cambridge English: Legal (ILEC) – for Business courses only

Minimum score of 60 or above.

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

C1

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)

Benchmark Score of 56 with a Minimum Score of 51 in Communicative Skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Scores may fall below the Benchmark Score in the Communicative Skills by no more than the specified Minimum Score and in no more than two Communicative Skills.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David: Wales Academic Language Test

Minimum overall score of 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) ll

 Distinction in each component

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) lll

Pass or above overall, with Passes or above in each component

 
One of the following country specific qualifications awarded within two years of applying to the University:

SQA HND Business, taught at Wuhan University of Technology, China

Pass plus successful pass of interview with UWTSD English Language assessor.

Botswana BGCSE, English

Grade C or above

Cameroon GCE O Level, English

Grade C or above

Hong Kong AS Level Use of English

Grade C or above

Indian Standard XII, English Language

Overall pass mark of 70% or higher

Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), English

Grade B or above (Please note we do not accept Grade B- in the KCSE, English).

Malaysian 1119 syllabus (UCLES)

Grade C or above

Singapore Integrated Programme (IP)

Students should go on to complete A level or International Baccalaureate qualifications.  

Ugandan Certificate of Education (UCE)

Grade 6 or above.

WAEC West African Senior School Certificate WASSCE, English

Grade C or above.

Zambian General Certificate of Education, English

Grade C or above.


Post Graduate Research courses (Including the DBA)

Have successfully completed within the last five years a recognised undergraduate or postgraduate qualification, at a recognised institution based in one of the above majority English speaking countries (certificates, transcripts and/or other documents stating language of delivery and assessment may be required by the University prior to an offer being made).

A UKVI recognised Secure English Language Test awarded within 2 years of applying to the University.

One of the following English Language Test documents awarded within 2 years of applying for entry to the University:

NAME OF QUALIFICATION`

LEVEL / SCORE REQUIRED

IELTS (Academic)

Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no lower than 6.5 in Reading and Writing, and no lower than 5.5 in Listening or Speaking.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). 

Minimum score of 176 above with no lower than 162 in Reading, Writing, Listening or Speaking.

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

C1

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)

Benchmark Score of 62 with a Minimum Score of 59 in Communicative Skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Scores may fall below the Benchmark Score in the Communicative Skills by no more than the specified Minimum Score and in no more than two Communicative Skills.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David: Wales Academic Language Test

Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no lower than 6.5 in Reading and Writing and no lower than 5.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) ll

Distinction in each component

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) lll

Pass or above overall, with Passes or above in each component