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English language requirements

Our entry requirements are challenging, but are intended to ensure you'll enjoy the content of your degree.

Accepted English language qualifications

UCL's preferred English language qualifications are displayed in the box below. Other accepted qualifications are listed in the accordion at the end of the page.

Students should also refer to UCL's English language requirements.

Preferred qualifications

GCSE/IGCSE English Language

Standard level: Pass at grade C
Good level
: Pass at grade C
Advanced level
: Pass at grade B

Test provider details

Contact the relevant examination boards for further information.

Cambridge 500  
All components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) required
Cambridge 0522- Level 2
Acceptable at Level 2 only
Cambridge First Language English (US) 0524
All components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) required
Cambridge English Second Language (Oral Endorsement) 0510
All components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) required
Cambridge English Second Language (Count-In Oral) 0511
 
Cambridge English as a Second Language (US) 0526
All components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) required
Edexcel English as a Second Language 4ESO/01
All components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) required
Edexcel English Language A
All components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) required
AQA Level 2 Certificate in English Language 8705
Acceptable at Level 2 only

British Council International Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Version)

Prior to 2016 entry

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 each of the subtests.

2016 entry onwards

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 6.5 in each of the subtests.
Advanced level
: Overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

2016 entry onwards

Standard level: Score of 92 overall with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening
Good level: Score of 100 overall with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening
Advanced level: Score of 109 overall 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening

Other accepted qualifications

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English
Cambridge English Language 1119
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Ordinary Level in English Language
City & Guilds International ESOL (8984)
UCL Pre-sessional English courses
UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes
Hong Kong Certificate of Education English Language (Standards-Referenced Reporting Scheme)
Malaysian Certificate of Education English Language Communicational (122)
International Baccalaureate (IB) - when examined in 2013 or beyond
European School Leaving/Matriculation Certificates
Pearson Test of English (Academic)