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.

 

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English Requirements

IEL A IEL B IEL C IEL D

UKVI IELTS 5.0 (with no band lower than 5.0) if you are progressing to stage 1
Or
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
TOEFL

UG:

- A minimum of 72 with band scores of reading 18, writing 17, listening 17, speaking 20

 

PG:

- A minimum of 79 with band scores of reading 18, writing 17, listening 17, speaking 20

First Certificate in English (FCE) or Cambridge English: Advance (CAE) B2 Level
Other Foundation Qualifications Subject to College approval

 Country Specific Qualifications

Country Exemption Criteria
Austria Grade 2 from Reifeprüfung / Matura with both written and spoken parts completed
Belgium 8/10 or 80% from Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur
Bulgaria Grade 5 from Diploma za Zavarsheno
Canada 60% 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
Ghana C6 from SSSCE/WASSCE (WAEC)
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
Jamaica CSEC with grade 3 or higher
Kenya KSCE English C equivalent to GCSE C
Latvia Grade 8 from Atestats
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

Poland

60% from Extended level or 75% in Written from Basic Level

Portugal

14 grade in English Language from Year 11

 

14 grade in English Language from Year 12 

 

TESA English is also accepted

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

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