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English Language Entry Requirements

Find out what qualifications you will need to provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at the right level for your degree or course.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide recent evidence that your spoken and written English is acceptable for the programmes you want to study at UCL. At UCL English requirements are graded as Standard, Good and Advanced. The level required for each degree can be found on the degree information page or in the prospectus.

However, we reserve the right to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant or to require a higher level than specified by the programme, if it is felt to be necessary. You will need to provide evidence that you have the level of English required to study at UCL.  This evidence must be at least one of the following:

  • completed a minimum of twelve months education in a country that UCL considers to be 'majority English speaking', no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment;
  • completed a minimum of eighteen months of work experience in a country that UCL considers to be 'majority English speaking', no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment;
  • completed a school leaving qualification containing English, which UCL considers to meet the CEFR B2 level in all four skills, no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment;
  • obtained one of the English language tests accepted by UCL, no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment.  The following qualifications are accepted. The qualification or test result must have been awarded at the appropriate level (standard, good or advanced). For more information contact the relevant examining board. 
British Council International Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Version)

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)

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

Cambridge Assessment International Education (formerly Cambridge International Examinations) IGCSE

Standard : Pass at grade C or 5
Good : Pass at grade C or 5
Advanced : Pass at grade B or 6 

  • Cambridge IGCSE English - First Language (0500)  -  Speaking and Listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate
  • Cambridge IGCSE English - First Language (UK) (0522)  - Level 2 required
  • Cambridge IGCSE English - First Language (US) (0524)  - Speaking and Listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate
  • Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Speaking endorsement) (0510)  - Speaking and Listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate
  • Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language (Count-in speaking) (0511)         
  • Cambridge English as a Second Language (US) (0526)  - Speaking and Listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate
Pearson Edexcel IGSCE

Standard : Pass at grade C or 5
Good : Pass at grade C or 5
Advanced : Pass at grade B or 6

  • Edexcel IGCSE English as a Second Language (ESL) (4ESO/01)   -    English speaking examination must be separately endorsed on the certificate
  • Edexcel IGCSE English as a Second Language (4ES1)   -   English speaking examination must be separately endorsed on the certificate
  • Edexcel IGCSE English Language A (4EA0)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

Standard level: Overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests
Good level: Overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests
Advanced level: Overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English

Standard level: Overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests
Good level: Overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests
Advanced level: Overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests

Cambridge English Language 1119

Standard level: Pass at grade C or 6
Good level: Pass at grade C or 6
Advanced level: Pass at grade B or 4

Cambridge Assessment International Education (Formerly Cambridge International Examinations) Ordinary Level in English Language

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

Oxford International AQA Examinations IGCSE

Standard : Pass at grade C or 5
Good : Pass at grade C or 5
Advanced : Pass at grade B or 6

Oxford AQA IGCSE English Language (9270) - Speaking and Listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate
Oxford AQA IGCSE English as a Second Language (9280)

AQA

AQA Level 2 Certificate in English Language (8705)          

City and Guilds International ESOL (8984)

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

Hong Kong Certificate of Education English Language (Standards-Reference Reporting Scheme)

Standard level: Pass at Grade 3
Good level: Pass at grade 3
Advanced level: Pass at grade 4 

Please note that English Language taken as part of the HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education) is not acceptable.

International Baccalaureate

Standard level

For native or near-native speakers:
IB English Language A: Literature or Language and Literature or Literature and Performance at either higher or standard level - grade 4
For non-native speakers:
IB English Language B at higher level - grade 4
IB English Language B at standard level - grade 6

Good level

For native or near-native speakers:
IB English Language A: Literature or Language and Literature or Literature and Performance at either higher or standard level - grade 4
For non-native speakers:
IB English Language B at higher level - grade 4
IB English Language B at standard level - grade 6

Advanced level

For native or near-native speakers:
IB English Language A: Literature or Language and Literature or Literature and Performance at either higher or standard level - grade 5
For non-native speakers:
IB English Language B at higher level - grade 5
IB English Language B at standard level - grade 7

Malaysian Certificate of Education English Language Communication (122)

Standard level: Pass at grade 6 or C
Good level: Pass grade 6 or C
Advanced level: Pass at Grade 4 or B

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

UCL will accept the Pearson Test of English (Academic), often referred to as PTE (Academic). The test is taken online at a recognised test centre

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

Trinity Integrated Skills in English Level III (Trinity ISE III)

Standard level: Successful completion of ISE III with a pass in all components
Good level: Successful completion of ISE III with merit in all components
Advanced level: Successful completion of ISE III with distinction in all components

UCL International Pre-Master's Courses 

Standard level: Overall mark of 65% with at least 60% in each of the four elements of the examination. Equivalent to 6.5 in IELTS.
Good level: Overall mark of 70% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination. Equivalent to 7.0 in IELTS.
Advanced level: Overall mark of 75% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination. Equivalent to 7.5 in IELTS.

Contact details

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: pre-masters@ucl.ac.uk
Web: www.ucl.ac.uk/pre-masters

UCL Pre-sessional English Courses

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

Email: presess@ucl.ac.uk

Web: www.ucl.ac.uk/pre-sess