English Language requirements
To enter the University you must meet both our academic and English language requirements.
We accept a wide range of international English qualifications and English language tests.
The qualifications we accept meet both our English language proficiency requirements and the minimum standards for Tier 4 visas.
Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE, or LanguageCert International ESOL in which case it must be no more than two years old.
Offer holders must submit an accepted English language qualification certificate by 31st July.
If you have taken, or plan to take, an English language test that is not on the list, please contact the College Admissions Office to check if the test is accepted.
Accepted English language qualifications
Two year expiry
|IELTS or IELTS for UKVI||Academic 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each component|
|TOEFL iBT (including Special Home Edition)||
92 or above with 20 in each section .
Please note we do not accept MyBest/Superscore results.
|Trinity ISE||ISE II with a distinction in all four components|
|LanguageCert International ESOL||For entry in 2020 only. Please see LanguageCert International ESOL|
Please note that we do not accept IELTS Life Skills
Three and a half year expiry
|CAE (Cambridge C1 Advanced)||176 with 162 in each component/Grade A|
|CPE (Cambridge C2 Proficiency)||176 with 162 in each component/Grade C|
SQA Higher English / SQA Higher ESOL
|Grade C or above|
SQA National 5 English / SQA National 5 ESOL
|Grade C or above|
iGCSE English (first or second language)
iGCSE/GCSE English Level 2 Certificate
Grade C/Grade 4 or above. Please note GCSE English Literature is not accepted.
Grade C. Please note iGCSE English Literature is not accepted.
Grade C. Please note Level 1 certificate is not accepted.
|AS or A-Level English||English Language, English Language & Literature, English Literature|
|International Baccalaureate English||Standard Level 5 or above. Ab initio or Literature and Performance are not accepted|
|Cambridge Pre-U English||Literature in English (Principal) at grade M3 or above|
|Gatehouse ESOL International (Test of Interactive English)||Level 2 or Level 3|
|Pre-Sessional English (PSE) programmes||
Please contact the Admissions Team to confirm if your chosen pre-sessional course is accepted for entry.
|Australia**||High School Diploma - Grade C in Grade 10 English|
|Austria**||Reifezeugnis - Grade Gut or better|
|Botswana**||GCSE English (BGCSE)|
|Canada||Canadian Secondary/High School Diploma grade 12 - English Language Arts/English at 70%|
|Cameroon||GCE O Level (Cameroonian O Levels) Grade C English|
|Egypt||Certificate of Nile International Secondary Education (CNISE) Level 1 English at Grade C|
|Finland**||Ylioppilastutkintodistus - Grade M in English language|
|France||Option International du Baccalaureat (OIB) (British version), English Language and Literature at grade 12|
|Germany**||Abitur - Grade 12 in English|
|Hong Kong||HKDSE - Core English at Level 4 overall and Level 4 in each component|
|India||Grade XII SSC/ISC/HSC - 75% at Grade XII English|
|Ireland**||Irish Leaving Certificate - Grade B/Higher Merit in Junior Certificate or Grade C in Higher Ordinary level|
|Israel||Bagrut - Grade 7 in English language|
|Malaysia||SPM - GCE O Level English Language (syllabus 1119) at Grade C|
|Netherlands**||VWO - Grade 7 in English language|
|New Zealand**||English (Literacy) at level 2, to include 10 literacy credits at Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing|
|Norway**||Vitnemal - English Language at Grade 5|
|Poland**||Matura - 70% in Advanced Level English Language|
|Rwanda||Rwandan GCE O Level ( Rwandan O Levels) Grade C English|
|South Africa||National Senior Certificate - Grade 5 in English as Home/First Language|
|Sweden||Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan - Grade VG in English|
|Uganda||Uganda Certificate of Education Grade 2 English|
|West Indies/Caribbean||Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate - Grade 3 in English Language|
|Zimbabwe||Zimbabwe GCE O Level (Zimbabwean O Levels) Grade C English|