English Requirements

UK English Levels

We have provided this calculator to help establish the entry level for a student based on their current English Certificate.

It asks for the title and date of the test and uses that information to show the available entry levels for UK study.




English Requirements


UKVI IELTS 5.0 (with no band lower than 5.0) if you are progressing to stage 1
UKVI IELTS 5.5 (with no band lower than 5.0) if you are progressing straight to stage 2

UKVI IELTS 4.5 (with no band lower than 4.5)

UKVI IELTS 4.0 (with no band lower than 4.0)

UKVI IELTS 3.5 (with no band lower than 3.0) or equivalent*

Stage 1 University Foundation Stage 2 First Year Degree Stage 1 Pre-Masters

minimum IELTS 5.5 (IELTS bands minimum 5.5) or the equivalent grades in other UKVI SELT Examinations

minimum IELTS 6.0 (IELTS bands minimum 5.5) or the equivalent grades in other UKVI SELT Examinations

minimum IELTS 5.5 (IELTS bands minimum 5.5) or the equivalent grades in other UKVI SELT Examinations

English Exemptions

General Qualifications

Qualification Exemption Criteria
International Baccalaureate (IB) IB Diploma or Certificate / SL 5 or HL 4
GCSE/IGCSE/O Level English C or 4 Grade
University Diploma (NQF Level 5) Pass grade in an NQF Level 5 equivalent qualification from a UK University
NCUK English The NCUK transcript will need to show IELTS equivalency or a letter from NCUK to confirm the equivalencies will suffice
Cambridge ESOL B2 Level
Other Foundation Qualifications Subject to College approval

 Country Specific Qualifications

Country Exemption Criteria
Austria Grade 2 from Reifeprüfung / Matura
Belgium 8/10 or 80% from Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur
Bulgaria Grade 5 from Diploma za Zavarsheno
Canada 65% from High School Diploma
Cyprus Grade 14 from Apolytirio (Lykeio)
Czech Republic Grade 2 from Maturita
Denmark Grade 7 from Studentereksamen
Estonia Pass Grade from State B2 Exam
France Grade 10 from Baccalauréat
Germany Grade 10 from Arbitur
Greece Grade 14 from Apolytirio
Hong Kong HKDSE Level 3 or HKALE Grade C
Hungary Grade 4 from Matura/ Érettségi Bizonyítvány
Iceland Grade 8 from Stúdentspróf
India Standard XII 65% undergraduate, 70% for postgraduate
Kenya KSCE English C equivalent to GCSE C
Latvia Grade 8 from Atesats
Lithuania 60% from state Matura examination
Luxembourg 45/60 from Diplôme de Fin d'Études Secondaires
Malaysia 1119 English - Grade C SPM Grade C or 1-6
Malta Grades 1-5 from Secondary Education Certificate 
Netherlands Grade 7 from the VWO
Nigeria SSSCE/WASSCE C6or above (C1-6)

WAEC & NECO: C6 or above (C1-6)
Norway Grade 4 from Vitenmael Videregaende Opplaering


60% from Extended or 75% in Written


14 in English from the Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários


TESA English is also accepted

Romania Grade 8.5 (B2) from Diplomă de Bacalaureat
Slovakia Grade 2 from Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške
Slovenia Grade 5 from Maturitetno spričevalo
South Africa Senior Certificate Matriculation: Credit: Grade C

Grade 8 from Título de Bachiller


TESA English is also accepted

Sweden C or VG (Väl godkänd) from the Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola (Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Tanzania TCS/NECTA National Form IV: A-C

Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education C
Uganda EACE/UCE Grade 1-6 UCAE Grade A-C
USA SAT 550 in all subjects ACTs with 25 in each, US degree obtained from the US alone
Zambia Credit Standard Grade/GCSE Grade C
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Ordinary Level (Grade C or above)

Credit Standard Grade/GCSE Grade C