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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.

GCSE/IGCSE English Language

Standard level: Pass at 5 (or grade C)
Good level: Pass at 5 (or grade C)
Good+ level: Pass at 6 (or grade B)
Advanced level: Pass at 6 (or grade B)

Please see below to check specific syllabus requirements. Students should also refer to UCL's English language requirements.


Test provider details

Cambridge Assessment International Education (formerly Cambridge International Examinations)

Qualification nameNotes
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

Visit the Cambridge Assessments International Education website

Pearson Edexcel

Qualification nameNotes
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) 

Visit the Pearson Edexcel website

AQA

Qualification nameNotes
AQA Level 2 Certificate in English Language (8705) 

Visit AQA website

Oxford International AQA Examinations

Qualification nameNotes
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) 

Visit the Oxford International AQA Examinations website


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


Other accepted qualifications

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

Test provider details

Web: Cambridge English Language Assessment

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

Test provider details

Web: Cambridge English Language Assessment

Cambridge English Language 1119

Standard level: Pass at grade 6
Good level: Pass at grade 6
Advanced level: Pass at grade 4

Test provider details

Web: Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Ordinary Level in English Language

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

Test provider details

Web: Cambridge International Examinations

City & 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

Test provider details

Web: City & Guilds International ESOL (8984)

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.

Test provider details

Web: UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)

UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes
Standard level: Overall mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the four sub-tests.

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

Test provider details

Web: UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)

Hong Kong Certificate of Education English Language (Standards-Referenced 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.

Test provider details

Web: Hong Kong Certificate of Education English Language

Malaysian Certificate of Education English Language Communicational (122)

Standard level: Pass at grade 6
Good level: Pass at grade 6
Advanced level: Pass at grade 4

Test provider details

Web: Malaysian Certificate of Education

International Baccalaureate (IB) - when examined in 2013 or beyond

Standard level

For native or near-native speakers:
IB English Language A: Literature or Language and Literature 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 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 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

Test provider details

Web: International Baccalaureate

European School Leaving/Matriculation Certificates

Austria

All levels: In the Matura/Reifeprufung, 2 (gut) in English when both written and oral examinations have been taken.

Belgium

All levels: In the Diploma van Secundair or the Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur, the equivalent of 8/80%/grote onderscheiding/avec grande distinction in English.

Denmark

All levels: In the Studentereksamen, 10 in English.

European Baccalaureate

All levels: 8 in English as either an Obligatory Subject (Language I or II) or as a Full Option (Language III or IV).

Finland

All levels: In the Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen matriculation examination, 5 (magna cum laude approbatur) in English at the Advanced Level.

France

All levels: In the Baccalaureat General, 13 (assez bien) in English, where the co-efficient applied to the subject is greater than 1.

Germany

All levels: In the Abitur, 12 (gut) in English when taken as an achievement/main/intensive course.

Iceland

All levels: In the Studentsprof matriculation examination, 8 in English when taken as a compulsory modern language.

Luxembourg

All levels: In the Examen de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires, 45 (bien) in English.

The Netherlands

All levels: In the Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) diploma, 7 (ruim voldoende) in English.

Norway

All levels: In the Vitnemal - videregaende opplaering, 5 in English.

Sweden

All levels: In the Avgangsbetyg, C in English.

Switzerland

All levels: In the Maturitatzeugnis/Certificat de Maturite/Attestato de Maturita federal maturity certificate or the federally-recognised cantonal maturity certificate, 5 (gut/bien/bene) in English.

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 of 62 in each component.

Test provider details

Web: Pearson Test of English