Providing proof of English language

English language requirements for international students

All students need to possess a certain level of English language proficiency before studying with us. This is to ensure you will be successful in your studies and during your time in the UK. You may also need to provide proof of English language proficiency if you are applying for a visa.

The below table details our minimum English language proficiency requirements for all course levels. You may not need to provide proof of English language proficiency if you; are from a country where English is your first language, you studied a course in English such as GCSE English or completed a degree in a UK or majority English speaking country university.

Programme of Study

IELTS score

TOEFL score

Cambridge Advanced English score

Pearson PTE

LanguageCert

A Levels, Level 3 Diplomas and Access to Higher Education

5.5

46-59

165-170

42-49

25-32

Foundation degree

6.0

60-78

170-175

50-57

33-37

Undergraduate degree

6.0

60-78

170-175

50-57

33-37

Top-up programme

6.0

60-78

170-175

50-57

33-37

Postgraduate (most programmes, unless otherwise stated)

6.5

79-93

175-180

58-63

38-50

English language for your Student visa

Student visa English language requirements

An important part of your Student visa application is proving you possess a good standard of English.

You will need to prove your knowledge of English by passing a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from a approved provider.

You can find more information on IELTS and book a test on the British Council website.

Book your IELTS test

There are some countries listed as being exempt from proving your level of English language for a student visa. These countries can be found on UK government website.

GOV.UK: Knowledge of English

Your journey

Our dedicated International team will support you through every step of your university journey – from initial enquiry to enrolment and graduation. They’ll guide you through living and learning in the UK, making your application, visas, student finance, accommodation and much more.