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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. 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. 

English Language Requirements Policy

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.

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.

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, Cert HE and HND courses

A UKVI recognised Secure English Language Test.

If an applicant has:

  • 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).
  • 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

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

If an applicant has:

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

SQA HND Business

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 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

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 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