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English language requirements

We welcome students from all over the world.

If English isn’t your first language, we want to make sure that you can use English well enough to study our courses.

It’s essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. These skills will allow you to understand online lectures and teaching materials, produce high standards of work, and perform well in exams.

Do I need an English language qualification?

Some of our online courses require specific English language qualifications for entry.

Some of our online courses have no formal entry requirements. For these courses, you do not have to provide any formal English language qualifications.

However, these courses are taught at the same level as our on-campus courses and require the same English skills. So, we advise you to follow our on-campus English language requirements as a guide.

You’ll find the language requirements for each online course in the International Students section of each course page.

Which qualifications are accepted?

We accept the following English language qualifications:

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

What test scores do I need?

Our language requirements vary depending on the level of study and the type of course.

For postgraduate study, there are two English language levels:

  • Postgraduate Standard
  • Postgraduate Higher – a higher standard of English because more technical language is used in teaching.

Postgraduate Standard is used by:

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

Postgraduate Higher is used by:

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

What if my scores aren’t high enough?

If you do not meet these requirements, you can visit the British Council website to find out about English courses that are available in your country.

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.