Our English language entry requirements are set at a level to ensure all students benefit fully from their studies and can communicate effectively with academic staff and students. To study at the Academy, you must be able to demonstrate an excellent level of spoken and written English. The tables below give guidance on the qualifications we accept as an entry requirement onto our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

If you are not a national of one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries, you must show evidence of a minimum level of English language proficiency. You can prove this in the following ways:

The qualifications and grades we accept are listed below. Your qualification must have been taken no more than two years before your course start date, and have been taken at a UKVI-approved centre. If you have taken an in-country qualification or A level, GCSE or IB English, this may not be required. This is assessed on an individual basis for short-term study visa students.

Qualification type
IELTS
PTE Academic
CAE/CPE
TOEFL iBT
LanguageCert International ESOL
Postgraduate Diploma
6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in any component)
61 overall with 61 in each subtest
170 - 176
88 overall (with a minimum of 22 in R; 21 in L; 22 in W; 23 in S)
B2 Communicator IESOL (High Pass)
Undergraduate Diploma
6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in any component)
61 overall with 61 in each subtest
170 - 176
88 overall (with a minimum of 22 in R; 21 in L; 22 in W; 23 in S)
B2 Communicator IESOL (High Pass)

Key: R = reading; W = writing; S = speaking; L = listening

You cannot combine scores from more than one TOEFL test and you must arrange for TOEFL to forward a copy of your results direct to the Academy.

For more information:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency (CAE/CPE)

Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)

A level, GCSE and IB qualifications

If you are studying on a recognised qualification in English at an international school and do not require a visa to study in the UK, we will consider the following qualifications:

Qualification
Level required
Oxford AQA International GCSE English Language

Grade 4 or above

Cambridge English: Advanced and Proficiency

176 (with a minimum of 169 in R&W; 162 in S&L)

Cambridge O Level English Language

Grade C or above when taking CIE A Levels

GCE Advanced Level English Language

Grade C or above

IGCSE English First Language

Grade C or above

IGCSE English as a Second Language

Grade B or above

International Baccalaureate
  • English A Literature, SL grade 5 or HL grade 4

  • English A Language & Literature, SL grade 5 or HL grade 4

  • English Language A1, SL grade 5 or HL grade 4

  • English Language A2, SL grade 6 or HL grade 5

  • English Language B, SL grade 6 or HL grade 5

  • English Literature & Performance SL grade 6

Students with other qualifications

If you hold at least a level 3 or equivalent qualification in a majority English speaking country or a qualification taught entirely in the medium of English.

If you are a national of one of the countries below, you do not need to prove your English language ability for study visa purposes. You are also exempt if you have an academic qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor's degree from one of these countries. However, you must still meet our English language requirements.

UKVI English Speaking Countries
UKVI English Speaking Countries
Antigua and Barbuda
Guyana
Australia
Jamaica
Barbados
St Kitts and Nevis
Belize
St Lucia
Canada
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Dominica
Trinidad and Tobago
Grenada
USA
The Bahamas
New Zeland

In-country qualifications

You may use one of the following English language qualifications in your visa application as proof of meeting the Level B2 requirement. This does not guarantee you will be exempt from taking a SELT. The Academy will conduct an assessment of your application and determine if an offer can be made.

Country
Qualification
Minimum grade requirements
Botswana

Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE)

C

Brunei

Brunei-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (B-C GCE O Level)

C

Cameroon

GCE O Level

C

Ghana

WAEC or WASSCE

C6

Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination Use of English

  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, Core English

  • C

  • 4 (with 4 in each component)

India
  • Standard XII – if English medium school

  • Standard XII – if non English medium school

  • 70%

  • 80%

Kenya

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)

C

Malawi

Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE)

C

Malaysia

Cambridge English Language syllabus 1119 (SPM)

C

Mauritius

SC (Cambridge Overseas Secondary Certificate)

C

Nigeria

Senior School Certificate (NECO) or WAEC/WASSCE

C6

Norway

Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring (ENG1002)

4

Singapore

Singapore O Level English

C

South Africa

National Senior Certificate

5

Tanzania

Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)

C

Uganda

Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)

6

West Africa

West African Examination Council Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)

C6

West Indies / Caribbean
  • Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education   Certificate (CSEC)

  • Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education   (BGCSE)

  • Bermuda Secondary School Certificate (BSSC)

  • Grade 1

  • C

  • C

Worldwide
  • University of Cambridge IGCSE First Language English

  • University of Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second   Language

  • GCSE/O Level English language

  • C

  • B

  • C

Worldwide
  • AP (in American High School Diploma system) – English

  • IB – English higher A1/A2/B

  • IB – English standard

  • 3

  • 4/5/5 or 5/6/6

  • 5

Zambia

Zambia School Certificate

6

Zimbabwe

Cambridge School Certificate / Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) / O Level / ZGCE

C

Applicants who require a short-term study visa

If you require a short-term study visa to study in the UK, you must also meet the English language requirements set by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). For degree-level entry, you must achieve at least Level B2 of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in all four language components. Full details are available on the UKVI website.

If you do not hold one of our listed English language qualifications, then a secure English language test (SELT) may be required. A SELT is a language qualification approved by UKVI for visa purposes.

If you have taken a degree taught entirely in the medium of English, an in-country qualification, or A Level, GCSE or IB English, we can assess your language proficiency for degree-level entry or above. We use our own entry requirements as above, which in most cases are higher than the B2 Level set by UKVI.

UK, EU and non-visa students

All students need an appropriate score in an approved English language examination. For UK students, this is usually a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English language or equivalent.

For EU and non-visa students, we accept the following qualifications:

Qualification
Level required
IGCSE English as a Second Language
Grade B or above
IGCSE First Language English
Grade C or above
Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
90 overall (with a minimum of 22 in R; 21 in W; 20 in S; 17 in L)
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
176 overall (with a minimum 169 in R&W; 162 in S&L)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
176 overall (with a minimum 169 in R&W; 162 in S&L)
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
62 overall with 60 in each subtest
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6 in R&W; 5.5 in S&L)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
English A or B standard level 5; English A or B higher level 4; English ab initio standard level 6
European Baccalaureate (EB)
7.0 in written English (first language); 7.5 (if second language); 8.0 (if third language)

Key: R = reading; W = writing; S = speaking; L = listening

These requirements are for guidance only. All applications are assessed individually and entry requirements can vary.

English exam preparation courses

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements, English exam preparation courses are available to prepare international students for study at the Academy. These develop your skills in academic reading, writing and critical thinking, listening to lectures, speaking in seminars and delivering presentations.

Approved English language qualifications

English language requirements