If English isn't your first language, it's essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake an intensive and challenging academic course that's taught and examined in English. Therefore, you may be asked to achieve one of the formal qualifications listed below as part of the conditions of your offer.*
- IELTS – normally a minimum overall grade of 7.5, usually with 7.0 or above in each element. IELTS Academic or IELTS for UKVI (Academic) will be accepted.
- EU students – a high grade in English taken as part of a leaving examination (eg the European/French Baccalaureate, Abitur etc) may be acceptable.
- Cambridge English: Advanced – grade A or B.
- Cambridge English: Proficiency – grade A, B or C.
- Singapore Integrated Programme (SIP) – may be considered an acceptable English language qualification.
A reasonable standard in spoken English is also required at the time of interview. For example, an overall IELTS score of 6.0 for sciences or 6.5 for arts and social sciences would be regarded as a reasonable score at the point of application.
The University Language Centre runs an Academic Development and Training for International Students (ADTIS) programme for students who aren't native English speakers. Designed to help improve English language and academic skills relevant to the course through workshops and individual supervisions, attendance at the programme may be included as a condition of an offer.
* If you don't have one of these formal qualifications but are currently being taught in English, please contact one of the College admissions offices for advice.