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English language requirements

English language requirements

Teaching at UCL takes place in English. Applicants are required to meet UCL’s English language requirements, so that language difficulties do not hinder your study.

Evidence may take the form of one of:

  • A minimum of twelve months study in a country that UK Visas and Immigration list as 'majority English speaking'. More information can be found at gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration
  • An English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) that is recognised by UCL – for a full list of qualifications and scores required please visit ucl.ac.uk/ug-english-requirement

Any of the above must have been taken no more than two years prior to the date of enrolment at UCL.

Acceptable English language qualifications guide

GCSE / iGCSE English Language
Advanced level Pass at grade B
Good level Pass at grade C
Standard level Pass at grade C
British Council International Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Version)
Advanced level Overall grade 7.5 with minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests
Good level Overall grade 7.0 with minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests
Standard level Overall grade 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 
Advanced level 109 overall – 24/30 reading / writing, 20/30 speaking / listening
Good level 100 overall – 24/30 reading / writing, 20/30 speaking / listening
Standard level 92 overall – 24/30 reading / writing, 20/30 speaking / listening


If you do not meet the English language requirement for your chosen programme at the point at which you make your application, it can be added as a condition of offer.

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