English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, studying in the UK can be very challenging. That's why we make sure you have the language skills you need to succeed right from the start. On this page we’ve listed our English language entry requirements and the qualifications we accept. You’ll also find details of our pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP) courses.

IELTS

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to show that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.

You'll need to achieve the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as the IELTS academic test.

We've listed all the required grades for our courses below.

If you're applying for a visa please note that to comply with Tier 4 visa regulations you must have an IELTS academic test taken at an approved UKVI testing centre.

  • IELTS requirements for international students

    We've listed IELTS academic test grade needed for all courses in the table below.

    NTU School (or course) Undergraduate (Bachelors)
    IELTS academic test grade
    Postgraduate (Masters)
    IELTS academic test grade

    School of Art & Design
    All practice-based courses

    School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

    School of Science and Technology

    6.0 with minimum of 5.5 in each component

    Science: this requirement is for Year One entry only. If you're starting in Year Two or final year you'll need a higher grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

    6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

    Nottingham Business School

    6.5 with minimum of 5.5 in each component

    For 1-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component.

    For 2-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and listening, and 5.5 in reading and writing.

    School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

    School of Arts and Humanities (see below for Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism)

    Nottingham Institute of Education

    Nottingham Law School (see below for BPTC)

    School of Social Sciences (see below for BA (Hons) and MA Social Work)

    School of Art & Design
    BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding
    BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion
    BA (Hons) Fashion Management
    BA (Hons) International Fashion Business

    6.5 with minimum of 5.5 in each component

    Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism  7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing, and 5.5 in speaking and listening
    Bar Professional Training Course
    For the BPTC we accept IELTS (see below) and the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with a minimum of 73 in each skill. We do not accept any other alternative English language test.
      7.5 with a minimum of 7.5 in each component
    BA (Hons) and MA Social Work  7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component
    All postgraduate research degrees   6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).
    Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP)

    There are entry requirements for PEAP courses so that we can decide how many weeks you need to complete.

    To comply with Tier 4 visa regulations you must have an IELTS academic test taken at an approved UKVI testing centre.

    **Please note that the date of your IELTS academic test result must be within two years of your degree course start date.**

  • IELTS requirements for EU students

    We've listed IELTS academic test grade needed for all courses in the table below.

    NTU School (or course)Undergraduate (Bachelors)
    IELTS academic test grade
    Postgraduate (Masters)
    IELTS academic test grade

    School of Art & Design
    All practice-based courses

    School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

    School of Science and Technology

    6.0

    Science: this requirement is for Year One entry only. If you're starting in Year Two or final year you'll need the higher grade of 6.5.

    6.5

    Nottingham Business School

    6.5

    For 1-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall.

    For 2-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking and listening.

    School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

    School of Arts and Humanities (see below for Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism)

    Nottingham Institute of Education

    Nottingham Law School (see below for BPTC)

    School of Social Sciences (see below for BA (Hons) and MA Social Work)

    School of Art & Design
    BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Branding
    BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion
    BA (Hons) Fashion Management
    BA (Hons) International Fashion Business

    6.56.5
    Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism7.0 with minimum 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in speaking and listening7.0 with minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking

    Bar Professional Training Course

    For the BPTC we accept IELTS (shown here) and the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with a minimum of 73 in each skill.  We do not accept any other English language test.

     7.5 with a minimum of 7.5 in each component
    Social Work – BA (Hons) and MA7.0 with minimum of 6.5 in each component
    All postgraduate research degrees 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

    **Please note that the date of your IELTS academic test result must be within two years of your degree start date.**

International students in classrooms

Alternative English language tests accepted by the University

We accept any of the qualifications with specific grades listed in the tables below as equivalent to IELTS.

If your qualification is not listed here or you have any questions about English language requirements please email international@ntu.ac.uk and we'll be happy to advise you.

  • Pearson, Cambridge, Baccalaureate, A/O level, Trinity, GCSE, TOEFL iBT

    Name of test Grade equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Grade equivalent to IELTS 6.5
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) 54 (with no less than 51 in any component) for courses requiring IELTS 6.0 62 (with no less than 51 in any component) for courses requiring IELTS 6.5
    Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) C1 C1
    Cambridge Advanced (CAE) C1. Scores above 169

    C1. Scores above 176

    Scores above 185 equivalent to IELTS 7.0

    European Baccalaureate (as a first or second language)   6
    International Baccalaureate (English A or B syllabus or English Literature, Standard or Higher level)   4
    AS or A-level English Language or English Literature   A-E
    O-level English   C

    Trinity College ISE

      Level 3 and 4
    GCSE English  C
    TOEFL iBT (taken outside the UK)
    EU students and students who do not require a Tier 4 visa only
    overall score of 76overall score of 83

  • IGCSE

    IGCSE English - the requirements listed below are for international students requiring a Tier 4 visa:

    IGCSE English: Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) English as a First Language (Syllabus 0500)
    Grade C overall required, with at least grade 2 in Listening and Speaking when these components are reported separately.
    IGCSE English: Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) English as a First Language (Syllabus 0522)Grade C overall
    IGCSE English: Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) English as a Second Language (Syllabus 0511)

    Grade B overall

    IGCSE English: Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) English as a Second Language (Syllabus 0510)

    Grade B overall with at least grade 2 in Speaking when this component is reported separately.

    IGCSE English Language qualifications offered by other Examination boards may also be acceptablePlease contact the International Development Office for details.

    IGCSE English (as a first or second language, we do not accept English Literature). Requirements for students who do not require a Tier 4 visa:

    Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)/AQA IGCSE English Language (First Language) – C

    CIE IGCSE English Language (Second Language) – B

    Edexcel IGCSE English Language A or B syllabus – C

    Edexcel IGCSE English as a Second Language - B

  • UK qualifications

    We consider the following qualifications studied in the UK:

    • An English language component of a foundation or a pre-Masters course.
    • Pre-sessional English language qualification from a UK university.
    • Undergraduate (Bachelors) degree-level study at other UK university.

    If you're already studying in the UK and need advice on your English language qualification please email international@ntu.ac.uk.

  • Qualifications by country

    Country Qualification Minimum grade required in English element
    Antigua and Barbuda
    • Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (see below)
    • Academic* qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree.
    Austria Matura or Reifeprufung  2 (gut) when both written and oral examinations have been taken
    Australia
    • High School qualifications vary by state. We can accept anything that is considered  (by NARIC) to be at least equivalent to GCSE grade C.
    • Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree.
    Bahamas Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree.
    Barbados
    • Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (see below)
    • Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree.
    Belize
    • Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (see below)
    • Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree.
    Bermuda Bermuda School Certificate D
    Botswana Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination C
    Various countries in the Caribbean Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate
    (post-1998)
    Three (III) at General Proficiency level
    Canada  Grade 11 of Secondary School Diploma (English-medium schools only) C
    A degree from an English-speaking institution
    Denmark STX / HF / HHX / HTX 10
    Dominica
    • Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (see above)
    • Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree.
    Germany Abitur 10+ (gut) when taken as a ‘leistungskurs' (credit / main / intensive course)
    Grenada
    • Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (see above)
    • Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree.
    Guyana
    • Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (see above)
    • Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree.
    Hong Kong Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination [HKCEE] C or 4
    Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority [HKEAA] –
    AS Level Use of English
    E
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 4
    Iceland Studentsprof (from Gymnasium) (Matriculation Certificate) 9 (when taken as a compulsory modern language)
    India Higher Secondary Certificate
    (Standard XII)
    70/100 (70%) or 170/200 (85%)

    A degree from one of the following universities:

    • The University of Mumbai (India)
    • The University of Delhi (India)
    • The University of Calcutta (India)
    • The University of Bangalore (India)
    • The University of Pune (India)
    • The University of Chennai (India)
    • Anna University (India)
    • Osmania University (India)
    • The University of Goa (India)
    Ireland Leaving Certificate C (Ordinary/Standard Level)
    Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree
    Jamaica
    • Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (see above)
    • Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree.
    Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) C
    Malaysia UCLES English 1119 Syllabus C
    Malawi Malawi Certificate of School Education (MSCE) 6
    The Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) diploma 8 (goed)
    New Zealand National Certificate in Educational Achievement Level 2 Achieved (A)
    Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree
    Norway Vitnemål 5 (meget tilfredsstillende)
    South Africa Senior Certificate C (Standard Grade)
    St Kitts and Nevis
    • Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (see above)
    • Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree.
    St Lucia
    • Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (see above)
    • Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree.
    St Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (see above)
    • Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree.
    Sweden Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg VG (val godkant)
    Trinidad and Tobago
    • Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (see above)
    • Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree.
    Uganda Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) grades 1-6
    USA High School Graduation Diploma C or 65% (where English has been studied to grade 12)
    Academic* qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree .
    Various in West Africa (inc. Nigeria and Ghana): West African Examinations Council Senior School Certificate C or 6
    Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Certificate of Secondary Education at Ordinary Level C

    *If you have this qualification and are not a national of this country, you will need to provide a UK NARIC English Language Assessment document in support of your visa application.

    The following country qualifications are also accepted for those students who do not require a Tier 4 visa:

    CountryQualificationMinimum grade required in the english element
    Belgium Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs8/10 or 80% or met grote onderscheiding
    Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur8/10 or 80% or avec grande distinction
    France Baccalauréat14 (bien), where the co-efficient applied to the subject is greater than 1
    Baccalauréat avec Option Internationale (OIB)12/20
    FinlandYlioppilastutkinto / Studentexamenbetyg
    (matriculation examination)

    5 (magna cum laude approbatur)

    LuxembourgDiplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires45 (bien)
    Switzerland Maturitatzeugnis
    Certificat de Maturité
    Attestato de Maturità
    5 (gut)
    5 (bien)
    5 (bene)

    If your country is not listed here or if you have any questions about your qualification please contact the International Development Office for advice.

Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (PEAP)

We offer pre-sessional English courses from 6 to 20 weeks.

If you’d like to study at NTU and need help achieving our English language requirements, this course is for you.

A PEAP course will help you meet any language conditions of your offer, it’s also a great opportunity for you to settle in to the University.  You can make strong friendships with classmates and teachers as you improve your study skills and grow in confidence.

There are entry requirements for PEAP courses. How long your PEAP course is depends on your current English level and whether you need a visa.

If you’re applying for a visa to study your PEAP course you must have an IELTS academic test taken at an approved UKVI testing centre.

English language requirements

Published on 21 February 2018

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