English language requirements

Why we ask for English language qualifications

All our online courses and degrees are delivered in English.

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure you can use English well enough to study with us.

You need to be able to speak, read and write English fluently so you can:

  • understand lectures and teaching materials
  • produce high standards of work
  • perform well in assessments and exams.

When you need to provide your English language qualifications

We will ask for your English language qualifications when:

  • English is not your first language, and
  • you’re applying for an online degree, or
  • you’re applying for an online short course where you apply via our Applicant Portal. These courses have an ‘Apply via our Applicant Portal’ button on the page and have minimum entry requirements.

We will not ask for English language qualifications when:

  • you’re joining one of our self-evaluating online short courses, or
  • you have a degree from a UK university, or
  • you fulfil our English language requirements in another way. See our checklist to see if you qualify.

Most of our online short courses are self-evaluating.

  • These courses have an ‘Apply now’ button on the page.
  • You can purchase and join them without providing any formal qualifications.
  • They are taught at the same level of English as our online degrees. You should check the level of English required by any course before deciding if it’s right for you.

English language requirements for online study

Where to find our English language requirements

You’ll find our English language requirements listed below and in the International Students section of each online degree and short course page.

Always check the International Students section of a degree or short course page for its specific language requirements before applying.

English language tests we accept

We accept three online English language tests:

We also accept:

Your English language qualifications should be recent, no more than two years before the start date of the course or degree you wish to join.

English language test scores we require

The test scores we require vary depending on:

  • the subject you wish to study, and
  • the study level of your chosen course or degree – postgraduate or undergraduate.

Postgraduate Standard level

The following Schools require a Postgraduate Standard level of English:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
  • Natural and Computing Sciences
  • Psychology

With the exception of our Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS). Courses and degrees delivered by IAHS have distinct requirements, shown below.

Postgraduate Higher level

Postgraduate Higher level of English is used by these Schools:

  • Business
  • Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History
  • Education
  • Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
  • Law
  • Social Sciences.

Undergraduate level

Undergraduate English level is used for all undergraduate short courses and degrees except Medicine (MBChB).

How to improve your English test scores

If you do not meet our English language requirements at the moment, we have some options for you.

Our Language Centre can help

If you’re an international student planning to study with us or any other British university, you can apply to study English at our Language Centre. It offers a range of English language courses, including online courses.

Successful completion of our Language Centre programme removes a language condition from your university conditional offer. To find the right English language course for you, use our Course Finder.

Contact the British Council

Alternatively, the British Council can help you find out about English courses available in your country. Visit the British Council website.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational and cultural relations between the UK and the rest of the world. It provides English language courses from 135 outlets in 58 countries worldwide, as well as online.

If the British Council office in your country does not offer any English courses, it will be able to recommend other English language courses in your own country that you may wish to attend before beginning your studies with us.