Undergraduate English language requirements (Higher)

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

List of undergraduate courses which require a higher level of English language

School of Business and Economics

Business courses

  • 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 courses

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

School of Social Sciences and Humanities

  • BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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

Higher English language requirements

List of approved qualifications

Below you will find a list of the English language qualifications which are acceptable to the University for courses which require a higher level of English language. 

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 6.5
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 - Cambridge English First Language (syllabuses 0500/0522/0627/0990) B / 6
IGCSE - Pearson Edexcel English Language A (syllabuses 4EA0/4EA1) B / 6
IGCSE - Pearson Edexcel English Language B (syllabuses 4EB0/4EB1) B / 6
IGCSE - Cambridge English as a Second Language (syllabus 0510) A with grade 2 in Speaking Component
IGCSE - Cambridge English as a Second Language (syllabus 0993) 7 with Distinction in Speaking Component
IGCSE - Cambridge English as a Second Language (syllabuses 0511/0991) A / 7
IGCSE - Pearson Edexcel English as a Second Language (syllabuses 4ES0/4ES1) A / 7 with grade 7 in Speaking Component
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 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 650

ACT

27 Composite Score with minimum 26 in English and Reading

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