English language requirements for international applicants

If you apply to Loughborough University, you must have a qualification in English Language before you can be admitted onto any course or programme, whether your first language is English or not. This information is important, so please take the time to read this carefully.

What are the English language requirements to study here?

The standard University IELTS English language requirement is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each individual element (reading, writing, listening and speaking). Some Schools/Departments may require higher levels of English language than those specified. The requirements needed, will be sent to you in your offer communication.

For Research Degrees, some Schools/Departments may ask for a higher standard of English language qualifications due to the nature of the research work involved. Details will be included in your offer letter if this applies.

For Undergraduate Degree courses, some Schools/Departments may require higher levels than those specified.  These higher levels are detailed, where relevant and more information can be found here.

Generally the English Language test should have been taken within the previous two years, but where the test is older, evidence of continuing use of English, whether in the workplace or elsewhere, in the intervening period may be required.

 

What is an IELTS test?

International English Language Tests (IELTS) are one of the Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) which are accepted as evidence (of your proficiency for the English language) by the UK Visas and Immigration department (UKVI). The tests are taken at an approved IELTS testing centre.

Please note that students who are being admitted onto the following courses must have a UKVI IELTS SELT issued by an approved IELTS test centre:

  • Art and design Foundation Studies
  • English Language Pre-Sessional Courses A, B, C and D

Don't meet our IELTS requirements? There's another way

For those students who do not meet our IELTS requirement, Loughborough University (at the discretion of the School/Department) offers a number of pre-sessional English language courses as an alternative way to satisfy the requirements.

Loughborough University Pre-sessional Courses

Listen to our students talking about how the Loughborough University pre-sessional courses prepared them for their academic programme.

What qualifications do we accept?

List of approved qualifications

Below you will find a list of the main English language qualifications which are acceptable to the University for admission purposes.

Please note that the "Global English Language Qualifications" gives guidance on the minimum entry levels for the University. Some Schools/Departments may ask for a higher standard of English qualifications.

Tests of English for speakers of a foreign language (taken within the past two years)

QualificationMinimum 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 sub tests
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

QualificationMinimum Grade Required
CSE English Language 1
European Baccalaureate - Language 1 6.0
European Baccalaureate - Language 2 7.0
European Baccalaureate - Language 3 or 4 8.0
GCSE or O Level English Language C / 4
IGCSE - AQA Level 2 Certificate in English Language C
IGCSE - Cambridge English First Language (syllabuses 0500/0522/0627/0990) C / 4
IGCSE - Pearson Edexcel English Language A (syllabuses 4EA0/4EA1) C / 4
IGCSE - Pearson Edexcel English Language B (syllabuses 4EB0/4EB1) C / 4
IGCSE - Cambridge English as a Second Language (syllabus 0510) B with grade 2 in Speaking Component
IGCSE - Cambridge English as a Second Language (syllabus 0993) 6 with Distinction in Speaking Component
IGCSE - Cambridge English as a Second Language (syllabuses 0511/0991) B / 6
IGCSE - Pearson Edexcel English as a Second Language (syllabus 4ES0/4ES1) B / 6 with grade 7 in Speaking Component
International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) – English A (Standard/Higher Level) 4
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 C
Scottish Intermediate Grade English C
Scottish Higher Grade English C

International school-based qualifications

Country

Qualification

Minimum Grade Required

Australia

 

 

ACT Year 12 / NTCE / SACE / VCE / WACE

C

HSC

2

TCE / QCE

SA

Austria

Reifeprüfung/Matura

2

Belgium

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

75%

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

Canada

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

60%

Denmark

Bevis for Studentereksamen

7

France

 

Baccalauréat Général; Baccalauréat Technologique

14

Option Internationale (Anglais/Americain) du Baccalauréat

12

Germany

Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife / Abitur

12 (gut)

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 

 

 

 

CBSE – All India Senior School Certificate Examination

75%

ISCE – Indian School Certificate Examination (Class – XII)

75%

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

80%

West Bengal State Board – Standard XII

75%

Ireland (Eire)

Leaving Certificate – Ordinary Level

C3

Kenya

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)

C

Malawi

Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE)

C

Malaysia

Cambridge English Language syllabus 1119

C

Malta

Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (SEC)

4

Netherlands

Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)

7

New Zealand

National Certificate in Educational – Level 2 English

Achieved

Nigeria

Senior School Certificate (NECO)

C6

Norway

Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring (ENG1002)

4

Singapore

 

 

 

Singapore O Level English

C

Singapore A Level H2 English Literature/English Language & Linguistics

D

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)

C

South Africa

National Senior Certificate

5

Sweden

Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola

C / VG

Switzerland

Certificat de Maturité / Maturitätsausweis / Attestato di Maturità

4

Tanzania

Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)

C

Uganda

Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)

6

USA

(must have studied for at least 4 years at a USA High School)

 

SAT (Pre-2016): Critical Reading and Writing tests

550 in each test

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

 610

ACT

27 Composite Score, with minimum 26 in English and Reading

West Africa

West African Examination Council Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)

C6

West Indies/Caribbean

 

 

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC)

III

Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE)

C

Bermuda Secondary School Certificate (BSSC)

C

Zambia

Zambia School Certificate

6

Zimbabwe

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

C

Previous university study in the English Language

QualificationMinimum Grade Required
Undergraduate degree from a University in the UK (NB: Postgraduate Research applicants must have a minimum 2:2 degree classification) At least one year of study completed in the UK (some programmes require a minimum of two years study completed in the UK)
Postgraduate degree from a University in the UK Pass
Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree from one of the following countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada*, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Ireland, New Zealand, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, USA Pass  *Applicants who are not Canadian nationals, but have studied in Canada will need an additional English language test (unless they are nationals of another majority English language-speaking country)