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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 12 months academic education leading to an awarded qualification, in a country that UCL considers to be 'majority English speaking' – a list of these countries can be found here.
  • An English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) that is recognised by UCL – a full list of qualifications and scores required can be found here

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

Students who will arrive on a Student Visa to study at UCL under an Erasmus agreement will be asked to satisfy the English language requirement at B2 Level or higher to meet the requirement of the programme and the UKVI.

Our English Language requirements are changing to a scale of 1 to 5. Applicants applying for entry from September 2023 onwards will be required to meet English Language proficiency on the 1-5 scale.


Acceptable English language qualifications include:

 

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic
CEFR B2Overall grade of 5.5 and 5.5 in each of the four skills
Standard levelOverall grade 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests
Good levelOverall grade 7.0 with minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests
Advanced levelOverall grade 7.5 with minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests

 

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT 
CEFR B2Overall score of 72, 18/30 in reading, 17/30 in listening and writing, 20/30 in speaking
Standard levelOverall score of 92 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening
Good levelOverall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening
Advanced levelOverall score of 109 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening

 

PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic
CEFR B2Overall grade of 51 and 51 in reading, listening, writing and speaking
Standard level62 overall, with a minimum of 59 in the four main components (reading, listening, writing and speaking)
Good level69 overall, with a minimum of 62 in the four main components
Advanced level75 overall, with a minimum of 62 in the four main components

 

Cambridge English
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (C1 Advanced) and Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (C2 Proficiency)
CEFR B2Score of 160 overall with 160 in all subtests
Standard levelScore of 176 overall with 169 in all subtests
Good levelScore of 185 with 176 in all subtests
Advanced levelScore of 191 overall with 176 in all subtests

 

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.