How to enter a UCL EAP course (The Diploma or Pre-sessional Courses)

  1. Consult the requirements below and the Diploma or Pre-sessional web pages to make sure that you find the appropriate course for your English language level, academic aims and preferred start date.
  2. Complete the online EAP application form and pay the appropriate application fee on the UCL Online Store.
  3. When your application has been assessed we will contact you to confirm if we can offer you a place on the course. Entry will depend on your existing level of English (including subtests), academic history and final score needed.
  4. Offer holders will receive information, via email, on how you can formally accept your offer, pay the course fees and apply for UCL accommodation if you are eligible. 

(Applicants without an IELTS or TOEFL score may take the Centre's own English Test depending on course duration and immigration status.)

An EAP student

Important note for TOEFL holders:

The UK government has announced that they will accept Tier 4 visa applications from students with TOEFL certificates that were issued before the 17 April 2014.

CLIE will therefore accept applications for CLIE courses starting in 2014 from students with TOEFL, as long as the applicant’s TOEFL certificate was issued before the 17 April 2014.

Students with TOEFL who have already applied for a CLIE course will be contacted directly regarding their application.

Minimum Entry Requirements - Diploma

UCL EAP Course IELTS* TOEFL Internet Based IBT*
Diploma: September start

Overall: 5.0 with not more than one subtest at 4.5 Overall: 62
Subtests: 15
Writing subtest: 17
Diploma: January start

Overall: 5.5  Subtests: 5.0
Overall: 71
Subtests: 17
Writing subtest: 20

Minimum Entry Requirements - Pre-sessional 

Listed below are the levels (standard, good or advanced) required to satisfy UCL’s English language requirement for a degree programme. Choose the level required for your intended degree programme to check UCL's pre-sessional requirements and recommended course.

Please also note: 

For the 8 and 5 week Pre-sessional Courses only applicants holding offers for a UCL degree programme will be considered.

Students holding unconditional offers for UCL degree programmes will be considered for the 5-week course only.

The level of English language proficiency required for each programme is shown on the relevant programme page of the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

Standard Level

UCL's standard level of English is:

  • UCL English for Academic Purposes: Overall mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests.
  • IELTS: Overall mark of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in each of the four subtests.
  • TOEFL: Score of 92, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.

Students who need to achieve a standard level of English are recommended to take the following pre-sessional courses as a minimum depending on their current level of English.

Your current English language score
(minimum score required in all subtests - listening (l), Reading (r), speaking (s) and writing (w)
The minimum length of pre-sessional course you can apply for*
IELTS
TOEFL
 
Minimum 4.5 in each subtest
Minimum 15 in l & s
Minimum 17 in r & w
Extended
(19-week)
Minimum 5.0 in each subtest Minimum 17 in l & s
Minimum 19 in r & w
11-week
Minimum 5.5 in each subtest Minimum 18 in l & s
Minimum 20 in r & w
8-week
Minimum 6.0 in each subtest Minimum 19 in l & s
Minimum 21 in r & w
5-week

Good Level

UCL's good level of English is:

  • UCL English for Academic Purposes: Overall mark of 70%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests.
  • IELTS: Overall mark of 7.0, with at least 6.0 in each of the four subtests.
  • TOEFL: Score of 100, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.

Students who need to achieve a good level of English are recommended to take the following pre-sessional courses as a minimum depending on their current level of English.

Your current English language score
(minimum score required in all subtests - listening (l), Reading (r), speaking (s) and writing (w)
The minimum length of pre-sessional course you can apply for*
IELTS
TOEFL
 
Minimum 5.0 in each subtest
Minimum 17 in l & s
Minimum 19 in r & w
Extended
(19-week)
Minimum 5.5 in each subtest Minimum 18 in l & s
Minimum 20 in r & w
11-week
Minimum 6.0 in each subtest Minimum 19 in l & s
Minimum 21 in r & w
8-week
Minimum 6.5 in each subtest Minimum 20 in l & s
Minimum 22 in r & w
5-week

Advanced Level

UCL's advanced level of English is:

  • UCL English for Academic Purposes: Overall mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests.
  • IELTS: Overall mark of 7.5, with at least 6.5 in each of the four subtests.
  • TOEFL: Score of 109, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.

Students who need to achieve an advanced level of English are recommended to take the following pre-sessional courses as a minimum depending on their current level of English.

Your current English language score
(minimum score required in all subtests - listening (l), Reading (r), speaking (s) and writing (w)
The minimum length of pre-sessional course you can apply for*
IELTS
TOEFL
 
Minimum 5.5 in each subtest Minimum 18 in l & s
Minimum 20 in r & w
Extended
(19-week)
Minimum 6.0 in each subtest Minimum 19 in l & s
Minimum 21 in r & w
11-week
Minimum 6.5 in each subtest Minimum 20 in l & s
Minimum 22 in r & w
8-week
Minimum 7.0 in each subtest Minimum 22 in l & s
Minimum 24 in r & w
5-week


Click here to view alternative English qualifications accepted for entry to a UCL EAP course

Advice on Selecting the right EAP course

Am I a suitable candidate for the Diploma course?

The Diploma course will benefit students planning further study in the UK (undergraduate or postgraduate), as well as those looking to improve their English for a profession. 

Suitable candidates will usually have the following levels of English:

  • September entry:

    A minimum of 5.0 IELTS (see table above) is required with an absolute minimum of 4.5 in all skill areas. If you are unsure whether your English level meets this requirement, please contact us.

  • January entry:

    A minimum of 5.5 IELTS (see table above) is required with an absolute minimum of 5.0 in all skill areas. Students must not only meet the higher entry requirement, but also be able to undertake more independent research from the start. If you are unsure whether your English level meets this requirement, please contact us.

If an applicant does not hold an IELTS or TOEFL score it may be possible for them to meet the entry requirements by taking the Centre's English Test as an alternative. This will depend on the course duration selected and immigration status.

Am I a suitable candidate for a Pre-sessional Course?

Your English language level must meet the entry level for that particular Pre-sessional Course, and you will have already completed your undergraduate degree. It is probable that you will already have an offer from a UK university to begin your graduate degree programme in September of the same year.

Please apply for the Pre-sessional course which allows you sufficient time to achieve the language level you require for your future course of study. If you plan to study a degree programme at UCL following the Pre-sessional Course please see our guide to UCL's English Language Requirements for graduate degree entry.

How quickly will I improve my level of English on a Pre-sessional course?

We estimate that strong students should be able to improve their English language level – in each sub-skill – by the equivalent of approximately 0.5 IELTS every four weeks of the course (together with a minimum of 10 hours additional self-study per week). So you have to consider two things when applying for a Pre-sessional course:

  • Do you meet the minimum entry requirement for that particular intake?
  • Do you have sufficient time to reach the language level you require? See UCL's English Language requirements for graduate degree entry.

For example, if you have an IELTS score of 6.5 and need to achieve a final score of 7.0 for entry into your department, you could apply for the 5-week course. However, if you have an IELTS of 6.0 and need to achieve the equivalent of 7.5 by the end of the course, then you would need to apply for the 11-week course rather than for the 8-week.

Remember the entry levels given above are minimum levels of English. Even if you only 'need' to do a 5- or 8-week course in terms of your language level and exit requirement, you may wish to apply for the longer 11-week course in order to give yourself more time to improve your language and study skills and to familiarise yourself more with the academic conventions of the British Higher Education system.

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