UCL's English language proficiency requirements

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied.

This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying at UCL and living in the UK.

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

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Please be aware that UK Visas and Immigration are currently not considering applications for visas made in the UK with a TOEFL or TOEIC test taken in the UK. If you have already taken the TOEFL in order to study at UCL and are intending to apply for your visa within the UK we suggest you take another test from the list below.

The required evidence may be one of the following:

  1. Substantial education (minimum 12 months) or work experience (minimum 18 months) conducted in English in a majority English speaking country and undertaken no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment
  2. A recently obtained acceptable English language qualification or test result. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment.

If you are a visa national, your language qualification must have been taken within two years of any issuance of a Certificate of Acceptance from UCL.

The required evidence should, if possible, be included with the complete application. If either unsatisfactory or no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided with the application, admission will be conditional upon the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at UCL.

UCL reserves the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant.

Listed below are all the English language qualifications and tests that are recognised by UCL and the level (standard, good or advanced) required to satisfy UCL’s English language requirement.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version

This test is UCL's preferred English language qualification.

Standard level: Overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests.
Good level:
 Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests.
Advanced level:
 Overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in is each of the subtests.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (Internet-based version)

Standard level: Score of 92, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.
Good level: Score of 100, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.
Advanced level: Score of 109, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

Standard level: Overall score of 45, pass in all components.
Good level: Overall score of 51, pass in all components.
Advanced level: Overall score of 56 with ‘good’ level obtained in all components.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English

Standard level: Score of 58 or above. No less than 52 in each skill.
Good level: Score of 67 or above. No less than 52 in each skill.
Advanced level: Score of 74 or above. No less than 58 in each skill.

City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL)

Standard level: Pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL).
Good level: Pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL).
Advanced level: Not acceptable.

UCL Pre-sessional English Courses

These courses are run by UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).

Standard level: Mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the subtests.
Good level: Mark of 70%, with at least 60% in each of the subtests.
Advanced level: Mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests.

UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes

This Diploma is run by the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).

Standard level: Overall mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests.
Good level: Overall mark of 70%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests.
Advanced level: Overall mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

UCL will accept the Pearson Test of English (Academic), often referred to as PTE (Academic), with the following grades:

Standard level: 62 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each component
Good level: 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each component
Advanced level: 75 overall, with a minimum of 62 in each component.

The test is undertaken online.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version

IELTS Subject Manager
University of Cambridge ESOL
Examinations
1 Hills Road
Cambridge
CB1 2EU

Tel: +44 (0)1223 553355
Fax: +44 (0)1223 460278
Web: www.cambridge-efl.org

IELTS Enquiries
The British Council
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester
M1 6BB

Tel: +44 (0)161 957 7755
Fax: +44 (0)161 957 7762
Email: general.enquiries@britishcouncil.org
Web: www.britishcouncil.org

Information on how to take IELTS Academic including a list of test centres across the world are available at: www.ielts.org

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Written English (TWE)

TOEFL Services
PO Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
USA

Tel: +1 609 771 7100 or +1 877 863 3546
Fax: +1 609 771 8972
Web: www.toefl.org

Between 8.00am and 8.00pm Eastern/New York time.

Students must obtain a TOEFL Information and Registration Bulletin relevant for the area in which they reside. Bulletins can be requested from the above address, consulted in educational institutions or viewed on the web. UCL's 4-digit institution code (DI code) is 9163.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
1 Hills Road
Cambridge
CB1 2EU

Tel: +44 (0)1223 553355
Fax: +44 (0)1223 460278
Web: www.cambridge-efl.org

Pitman Examination in International ESOL

Students based in UK:

City & Guilds Pitman Qualifications
1 Giltspur Street
London
EC1A 9DD

Tel:
+44 (0)844 543 0033
Email: learnersupport@cityandguilds.com
Web: www.pitmanqualifications.com

Students based outside UK:

International Customer Service Administrator
Pitman Qualifications
1 Giltspur Street
London
EC1A 9DD

Tel: +44 (0)20 7294 2885
Fax: +44 (0)20 7294 2413
Email: intcg@cityandguilds.com
Web: www.pitmanqualifications.com

UCL Pre-sessional English Courses and Diploma in English for Academic Purposes

UCL Centre for Languages & International Education
University College London
26 Bedford Way
WC1H 0HP

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 5454
Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 8667
Email: clie@ucl.ac.uk
Web: www.ucl.ac.uk/clie

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

Pearson
80 Strand
London, WC2R 0RL

Tel: +44 (0)845 543 0243
Fax: +44 (0)20 7010 6611
Email:
pltsupport@pearson.com
Web: www.pearsonpte.com