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English Language Requirements

English Language
Requirements

If you'd like to study at UCA, you'll need to have a certain level of English language skill. And so, to make sure you meet the requirements of your course, we ask for evidence of your English language ability.

If your language skills need improving we offer a number of courses to get your English up to the required level.

Pre-sessional English

Our Pre-sessional courses both online and on the campus in the UK support your English language development and academic context of art, design and media to raise your English language level before progressing on to your main UCA course. Visit the Pre-sessional English page for more information.

We offer English courses of different durations of 6, 10 and 15 weeks, to match your level and requirements.  Our English for Art and Design course is specifically designed to prepare you to study art and design, while English for Business is equally tailored to prepare for our business and management courses.  These pre-sessional courses at UCA are aimed at supporting international students who have received and accepted a conditional offer to study with us. Visit the Pre-sessional English page for more information.

Alternative English language qualifications

If you are applying for an undergraduate course at UCA, we will consider equivalent academic qualifications from your home country as your English language skill evidence. You can check the accepted qualification and the required score on the International equivalent qualifications page.

Please note that in general, there is a two year's validity of an alternative English language qualification, so please check with us if you are not sure whether your qualification can be used in place of the UCA approved test.

Requirements

When you apply for a Student Route visa, you need to prove your English language ability.

If you need a Student Route visa to study a below degree course (RQF level 3 or 4), e.g. International Foundation, Further Education or Pre-sessional English Language courses, you need to take a test recognised by the Home Office. This is called a Secure English Language Test. UCA accepts SELT tests below.

  • IELTS for UKVI
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic UKVI
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) SELT (if you are in the UK)
  • PSI SELT (if you are outside the UK)

The SELT is only valid for two years, so if you have taken it before applying to UCA, please make sure it is still in date.

If you need a Student Route visa, you do not need to take a SELT if one of the following applies:

  • You study a degree course (RQF level 6 or above).
  • AND; you have taken one of the accepted non-SELT tests listed below within two years of your start date.
  • You are a national of a majority English speaking country, as defined by the UKVI, and have taken your academic qualifications in that country. 

What test do you need to take if you want to study at UCA?

COVID-19 and new tests

In order to support students who are impacted by the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, we have approved the following English language tests on an exceptional basis.  These will be accepted for September 2022 and will be reviewed after that point.

  • IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL At-Home and Essentials
  • PSI Skills for English test (UKVI four skills version)
  • IELTS online
  • Oxford Test of English
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Online

Please note that only for students from China, we exceptionally accept the LanguageCert At-home version, if the physical centres are unavailable due to the COVID-19 lockdown. For further information, please contact the international admissions team at internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk.

International Foundation courses

A table of accepted English language tests for International Foundation applicants
TestListeningReadingSpeakingWritingTotal
IELTS for UKVI 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 5.0
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT 38 38 38 38 B1 Achiever High Pass
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic UKVI 41.0 41.0 41.0 41.0 46.0

Further Education courses (Diploma and Extended Diploma)

A table of accepted English language tests for Further Education applicants
TestListeningReadingSpeakingWritingTotal
IELTS for UKVI 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.0
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT 33 33 33 33 B2 Communicator Pass
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic UKVI 51 51 51 51 56

BA/BSc courses

A table of accepted English language tests for BA/BSc applicants
TestListeningReadingSpeakingWritingTotal
IELTS UKVI or Academic  5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.0
Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 17 18 20 17 80
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 51 51 51 51 56
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency 162 162 162 162 169
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Merit Merit Merit Merit ISE II
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT 33 33 33 33 B2 Communicator Pass

BA/BSc with Integrated International Foundation & MA/MSc with Integrated International Pre-Masters courses

A table of accepted English language tests for Integrated International Foundation and Integrated International Pre-Masters applicants
TestListeningReadingSpeakingWritingTotal
IELTS UKVI or Academic 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 17 18 20 17 72
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 51 51 51 51 51
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency 162 162 162 162 162
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Pass Pass Pass Pass ISE II
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT 33 33 33 33 B2 Communicator Pass

MA/MSc & MBA courses

A table of accepted English language tests for MA, MSc and MBA applicants
TestListeningReadingSpeakingWritingTotal
IELTS UKVI or Academic 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 6.5
Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 19 20 23 21 90
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 53 53 53 53 56
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency 169 169 169 169 169
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Merit Merit Merit Merit ISE II
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT 38 38 38 38 B2 Communicator High Pass 

Research degrees

A table of accepted English language tests for research degree applicants
TestListeningReadingSpeakingWritingTotal
IELTS UKVI or Academic 6.5 6.5 6.5 7 7
Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT 19 20 23 23 98
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 58 58 58 65 65
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency 176 176 176 180 180
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Distinction Distinction Distinction Distinction ISE II
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT 33 33 33 33

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Further information

You can find more information about SELTs on the following pages: 

 

If you are applying for an undergraduate course at UCA, we will consider equivalent academic qualifications from your home country.

We can also accept the UK, USA or internationally recognised qualifications as evidence of your English language efficiency. Please check the list below.

Please note that in general, there is a two year's validity of the English qualifications, so please check with us if you're not sure whether your English qualification can be used in place of a SELT or UCA approved test.

If you are applying for a postgraduate course at UCA, the following undergraduate qualification is required. 

  • You have successfully completed a Bachelor’s Degree (or Master's degree), or 2-3 years' undergraduate qualification from a recognised university (according to UK ENIC) in one of the majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UKVI, within the last 3 years from Non-ST22.1 country or 5 years from ST22.1 country as defined by the UKVI; Or
  • You have successfully completed a Bachelor’s Degree  (or Master's degree) with at least two years of studies, or 2-3 years' undergraduate qualification from a recognised university (according to UK ENIC), where the Method of Instruction was entirely in English (teaching and assessment), within the last 3 years from Non-ST22.1 country or 5 years from ST22.1 country as defined by the UKVI, subject to UCA approval.
A table of academic qualification requirements

Academic Qualification

Grade Requirements

GCSE – English Language

Grade A*-C/9-4

IGCSE

 

- AQA Level 2 Certificate in English Language C

- Cambridge English First Language (syllabuses 0500/0522/0627/0990) C / 4

- Pearson Edexcel English Language A (syllabuses 4EA0/4EA1) C / 4

- Pearson Edexcel English Language B (syllabuses 4EB0/4EB1) C / 4

- Cambridge English as a Second Language (syllabus 0510) B with grade 2 in Speaking Component

- Cambridge English as a Second Language (syllabus 0993) 6 with Distinction in Speaking Component

- Cambridge English as a Second Language (syllabuses 0511/0991) B / 6

- Pearson Edexcel English as a Second Language (syllabus 4ES0/4ES1) B / 6 with grade 7 in Speaking Component

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

- English Syllabus A: Standard or Higher Grade 4, or above

- English Syllabus B: Standard Grade 5 or Higher Grade 4, or above

A-levels & AS Levels

- English Language or English Literature, Grade A*-C

USA/American System

- GPA 2.8/4.0 in English, in the US High School Diploma, taken at a US accredited institution or an institution accredited by a recognised body from a majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI.

- SAT (2016 onwards): Evidence based Reading/Writing 610, plus at least 2 years of study in a US accredited institution or an institution accredited by a recognised body from a majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI.

- ACT: 27 composite score, with a minimum 26 in English and Reading, plus at least 2 years of study in a US accredited institution or an institution accredited by a recognised body from a majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI.

- Advanced Placement English: Grade 3, plus at least 2 years of study in a US accredited institution or an institution accredited by a recognised body from a majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI

Kaplan Language for Study 3 (LS3)

- 60 overall with no less than 60 in listening, and 55 in reading, writing and speaking

Bellerbys Foundation: Academic English Skills

- 60 overall with no less than 55 in each subtest

CATS Foundation Year

- 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 overall