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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. 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. 

Read our English Language Requirements Policy

The English language entry requirements are as follows: 

International Foundation Programme, Cert HE and HND courses

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.

Undergraduate and Post-graduate Taught Programmes (including DBA and Professional Doctorate programmes)

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.

Acceptable Evidence of English Language Proficiency: (Majority English-speaking countries)

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
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
Acceptable Evidence of English Language Proficiency: (Additional evidence)

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, Cert HE and HND courses

A UKVI recognised Secure English Language Test.

Acceptable Evidence of English Language Proficiency: (Undergraduate and Post Graduate Taught courses)

If an applicant has:

  • Successfully completed 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).
  • 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 QUALIFICATIONLEVEL / 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
International Baccalaureate   Higher Level 5 or Standard Level 5 Language A or Higher Level 5 or Standard Level 5 Language B
Cambridge IGCSE Minimum Grade C (grade 4) in IGCSE in English as a first language, Grade C (grade 4) in IGCSE in English as a Second Language satisfy the English language proficiency requirements for undergraduate study
Acceptable Evidence of English Language Proficiency: (country specific qualifications)

If an applicant has:

  • One of the following country specific qualifications awarded within two years of applying to the University: 
SQA HND BusinessPass 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 Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Level 4 in English Language (with a minimum of level 3 in each skill)
Hong Kong AS Level Grade C or above.
 Indian Standard XII, English Language 70% or above in English Language component
Malaysian 1119 syllabus (UCLES) For courses with an IELTS equivalent requirement of 6.0 overall or lower: Grade C or above For courses with an IELTS requirement of 6.5 overall: Grade B or above
Singapore Integrated Programme (IP)  Students should go on to complete A Level or IB 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
Acceptable Evidence of English Language Proficiency: (Post Graduate Research courses)

Post Graduate Research courses

If an applicant has:

  1. 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).
  2. A UKVI recognised Secure English Language Test awarded within 2 years of applying to the University.
  3. One of the following English Language Test documents awarded within 2 years of applying for entry to the University: 
NAME OF QUALIFICATIONLEVEL / 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