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.

English language requirements for online study

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.

You need to provide proof of specific English language qualifications for entry to our:

  • online degrees
  • online short courses where you apply via our Applicant Portal.

You do not need to provide proof of your English language qualifications if:

  • you are applying for a self-evaluating short course.

These are courses with an ‘apply now’ button. You can purchase and join these courses without providing any formal qualifications.

However, self-evaluating courses are taught at the same level of English as our online degrees. So, please check the level of English required by any course before deciding if it’s right for you.

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 accept

Our test score requirements vary depending on the study level of your short course or degree, and the subject of study:

Postgraduate Standard level

Postgraduate Standard level of English is used by these Schools:

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

With the exception of our online MSc in Clinical Nutrition – see specific requirements for this degree 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.