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Undergraduate English Language Requirements

The standard University IELTS English language requirement is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each individual element (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent qualification listed on our webpage.

However, for some undergraduate courses, a higher level of English language is required in alternative English Language qualifications as detailed below.

School of Business and Economics

Business

  • BSc Accounting and Financial Management
  • BSc Finance and Management
  • BSc Information Management and Business
  • BSc International Business
  • BSc Management Sciences
  • BSc Retailing Marketing and Management

Economics

  • BSc Economics
  • BSc Business Economics & Finance
  • BSc International Economics

School of Sport Exercise and Health Sciences

School of Sport Exercise and Health Sciences

  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc Sport, Coaching and Physical Education
  • BSc Sport Management
  • BSc Psychology
  • BSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • BSc Business Psychology
  • BSc Social Psychology
  • BSc Psychology with Criminology
  • BSc Psychology with Communication

For further information and advice on English language requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office:

General enquiries

Approved qualifications (higher requirements)

Tests of English for Speakers of a Foreign Language (taken within the past two years)

Qualification

Minimum Grade Required

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

C/200

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

C/180

Cambridge English: First (CFE)

A

IELTS Academic Test

Overall score of 6.5 with not less than 6.0 in each test

Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE)

62 overall with no less than 55 in all subtests

TOEFL iBT  (DI Code = 0815)

Overall score of 92, with not less than 22 in each test

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III

Pass overall, with Passes in each component

UK and Transnational School-Based Qualifications

Qualification

Minimum Grade Required

European Baccalaureate - Language 1

6.5

European Baccalaureate - Language 2

7.5

European Baccalaureate - Language 3 or 4

8.5

GCSE or O Level English Language

B/6

IGCSE - AQA Level 2 Certificate in English Language

B

IGCSE - CIE English as a First Language (syllabus 0522 or 0500)

B

IGCSE - Edexcel English Language A

B

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) – English A (Standard/Higher Level)

5

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) – English B Higher Level

5

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) – English B Standard level

6

Scottish Standard Grade English/Scottish National 5 English

B

Scottish Intermediate Grade English

B

Scottish Higher Grade English

C

International School-Based Qualifications

Country

Qualification

Minimum Grade Required

Australia

ACT Year 12 / WACE

C

NTCE / SACE / VCE

C+

HSC

3

TCE / QCE

SA

Austria

Reifeprüfung/Matura

2

Belgium

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) / Diploma van secundair onderwijs (DSO)

85%

Botswana

Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE)

B

Brunei

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

B

Cameroon

GCE O Level

B

Canada

High School Graduation Diploma (or equivalent) – Grade 10 English

60%

Denmark

Bevis for Studentereksamen

10

France

Baccalauréat Général; Baccalauréat Technologique

15

Option Internationale (Anglais/Americain) du Baccalauréat

13

Germany

Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife / Abitur

13

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination Use of English

C

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, Core English

4

Iceland

Stúdentspróf (from Gymnasium)

9

India (taken within the past 10 years)

CBSE – All India Senior School Certificate Examination

80%

ISCE – Indian School Certificate Examination (Class – XII)

80%

Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu State Boards – Standard XII

85%

West Bengal State Board – Standard XII

80%

Ireland (Eire)

Leaving Certificate – Ordinary Level

O3

Leaving Certificate – Higher Level

H4

Kenya

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)

B

Malawi

Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE)

B

Malaysia

Cambridge English Language syllabus 1119

B

Malta

Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (SEC)

3

Netherlands

Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)

7

New Zealand

National Certificate in Educational – Level 2 English

Merit

Nigeria

Senior School Certificate (NECO)

B3

Norway

Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring (ENG1002)

4

Singapore

Singapore O Level English

B

Singapore A Level H2 English Literature/English Language & Linguistics

C

Singapore A Level H1 English Literature/English Language & Linguistics

C

Integrated Programme – General Paper* (*only acceptable for applicants following Integrated Programme who have not previously taken O Level English, and are not studying an A Level H1/H2 English paper)

B

South Africa

National Senior Certificate

5

Sweden

Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola

B / VG

Switzerland

Certificat de Maturité / Maturitätsausweis / Attestato di Maturità

4.5

Tanzania

Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)

B

Uganda

Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)

3

  USA

SAT 1 (2016 onwards): Evidence-Based Reading/Writing

650

West Africa

West African Examination Council Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)

B3

West Indies/Caribbean

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC)

II

Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE)

B

Bermuda Secondary School Certificate (BSSC)

B

Zambia

Zambia School Certificate

3

Zimbabwe

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

B

Intensive Pre-sessional English Language Courses

Undergraduate applicants, who fall short of the English language requirements for their chosen course may, at the discretion of the relevant School or Department, be admitted onto intensive pre-sessional English language courses as an alternative way to satisfy the English language conditions of their offer.

Due to the popularity of these pre-sessional English language courses, only applicants who select Loughborough University as their firm choice will be permitted to attend the course.

The following combinations of IELTS scores and additional pre-sessional English language courses at Loughborough University can be found in the table below:

Overall Average Minimum Score in All Elements Standard Programmes
6.5 or above 6.0 Direct Entry
5.5 Pre-sessional Course D
(6 weeks)
5.0 Pre-sessional Course C 
(11 weeks)
6.0 6.0 Pre-sessional Course D
(6 weeks)
5.5 Pre-sessional Course D
(6 weeks)
5.0 Pre-sessional Course C
(11 weeks)
5.5 5.5 Pre-sessional Course C
(11 weeks)
5.0 Pre-sessional Course C
(11 weeks)

  


Important Information

Following changes made by the UKVI to the list of Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) from 6 April 2015, all students who are being admitted onto English Language Pre-sessional courses A, B, C and D must have a UKVI IELTS SELT issued by an approved IELTS test centre. 

A list of the test centres which offer the IELTS SELT can be found on the UKVI website .

Applicants attending the pre-sessional courses will be given an English test at the end of their course. Those who have not met the acceptable standard may be required to take additional English language classes during the rest of the academic year. There will be no charge for such in-sessional classes.

More detailed information about pre-sessional course dates and tuition fees can be found on the Academic Language Support Service webpages.

For further advice please contact our Academic Language Support Service.

General enquiries