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English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide official proof of your English language ability.

The minimum English language requirements for all International and EU students are:

  • Bachelors degrees: IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each band (or equivalent)
  • Masters degrees: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each band (or equivalent)
  • Postgraduate research degrees: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each band (or equivalent)

The University recognises many different English qualifications, and you will find a comprehensive list with the minimum required grades below.

Please be aware that some courses, such as Nursing and Social Work, have specific English language requirements (normally IELTS). Where this is the case, it will be shown under the English language requirements on our Course pages.

You will not usually need to provide further evidence of English language ability if you:

  • hold a degree or postgraduate diploma taught in English
  • if you studied in a majority native English speaking country and are applying for a Bachelors or Masters degree.

Pre-sessional Academic English (PEP) language courses

If you do not meet these requirements, we may offer you a place with the condition that you pass the appropriate pre-sessional academic English (PEP) language course. Your offer letter will tell you the length and cost of the programme.

To join a PEP course as a Tier 4 international student, you must present an IELTS for UKVI result, sometimes referred to as a Secured English Language Test (SELT) – no other English language test is acceptable. If you are an EU student a SELT is not required, any other acceptable English test is satisfactory.

Even if you have the minimum level of English ability, you may feel you need additional support. We offer a 4-week summer programme if would like to improve your academic and study skills before you start your degree course. You will find more information on the PEP course page.

Please check the accordions below for tests that are acceptable for entry onto pre-sessional courses.

English Language Support

If you would like English language support once you have started your course, we offer free one-to-one tutorials to help you make the most of your studies. You can find more information on the ‘EAP Extra’ page.

  • IELTS for UKVI (we cannot accept IELTS Academic):
    • 4 week: 6.0 (with 5.5 in all bands)
    • 6 week: 5.5 (with 5.0 in all bands)
    • 11 week: 5.0 (with 4.5 in all bands)
    IELTS Indicator
    • 4 week: 6.0 (with 5.5 in all bands)
    • 6 week: 5.5 (with 5.0 in all bands)
    • 11 week: 5.0 (with 4.5 in all bands)
    PTE Academic:
    • 4 week: 50 – 57
    • 6 week: 42 – 49
    • 11 week: 35 – 41
    TOEFL iBT / TOEFL iBT Home Edition:
    • 4 week: 60 – 78
    • 6 week: 46 – 59
    • 11 week: 35 – 45

    We accept these qualifications for 4 week courses only:

    Duolingo:
    • 4 week: 95 – 100
    • 6 week: 85 – 90
    • 11 week: 75 – 80
  • Cambridge Assessment English
    • Advanced (CAE) grade C
    LanguageCert International ESOL SELT (B2)
    • 33/50 in each component
    LanguageCert International ESOL SELT (C1)
    • 33/50 in each component
    Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE)
    • ISE III (pass in all bands)
  • IELTS (Academic)
    • Bachelor degrees: 6.0 overall (no band lower than 5.5)
    • Masters degrees: 6.5 overall (no band lower than 6.0)
    • Research degrees: 7.0 overall (no band lower than 6.5.)
    IELTS (Indicator)
    • Bachelor degrees: 6.0 overall (no band lower than 5.5)
    • Masters degrees: 6.5 overall (no band lower than 6.0)
    • Research degrees: 7.0 overall (no band lower than 6.5.)
    TOEFL (iBT)
    • We accept TOEFL (iBT) including the new ‘Special Home Edition’ for students requiring a Tier 4 visa.
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 overall: 70 overall (minimum score: Listening – 17, Reading – 18, Writing – 17, Speaking- 20)
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.5 overall: 88 overall (minimum score: Listening – 17, Reading – 18, Writing – 17, Speaking- 20)
    Pearson PTE Academic
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 overall: 54 average (with 42 in all bands)
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.5 overall: 58 average (with 51 in all bands)
    Cambridge Assessment English

    Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 overall and above:

    • Advanced (CAE) grade C
    iGCSE

    Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 overall and above:

    • English as a First Language – Grade C or 4 in the GCSE 1–9 grading scale.

    We cannot accept English Literature as proof of English language ability.

    GCSE

    Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 overall and above:

    • Grade C or above in English Language or 4 in the GCSE 1–9 grading scale.
    A Level

    Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 overall and above:

    • Grade C or above in English Language or 4 in the GCSE 1–9 grading scale.
    International Baccalaureate

    Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 overall and above:

    • English A: Literature – SL Grade 4 or HL Grade 4
    • English A: Language & Literature – SL Grade 5 or HL Grade 4
    • English B – SL Grade 5 or HL Grade 4
    • English Literature and Performance – SL Grade 5
    European Baccalaureate English
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 overall: 6 in English component
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.5 overall: 6.5 in English component
    LanguageCert International ESOL SELT (B2)
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 overall: 33/50 in each component
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.5 overall: not accepted.
    LanguageCert International ESOL SELT (C1)
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 overall: 33/50 in each component
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.5 overall: 33/50 in each component
    Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

    Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 overall and above:

    • ISE III (pass in all bands)
    High School qualifications

    We may accept the English Language component of your high school qualifications.

    Please visit UON in your Country pages for detailed information, or email the International Office to check if we accept yours.

    Common examples include:

    WAEC
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 or above: C6 in English Language
    CBSE Standard 12 English
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 overall: at least 60%
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.5 overall: at least 70%
    SPM 1119
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.0 overall: minimum grade C
    • Degrees requiring IELTS 6.5 overall: minimum grade B

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