College of Science & Engineering

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 Student Route 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 IELTSTOEFL,  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 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

GCSE English

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
European Baccalaureate


  • L1 English - 6.0
  • L2 English - 7.0
  • L3 English - 7.5
Gatehouse ESOL International (Test of Interactive English) Level 2 or Level 3

Pre-Sessional English (PSE) programmes

(Postgraduate entry only)

  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow

Please contact the Admissions Team to confirm if your chosen pre-sessional course is accepted for entry.


Country-specific qualifications