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English language 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.

Evidence

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 the summer 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 Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) 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.

Acceptable qualifications

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 for graduate study.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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