Language requirements

We require all applicants to demonstrate competence in the English language before they begin their proposed course of study.

For students who hold a UK passport or are from the UK

All students from the UK should hold at a minimum a GCSE English Language qualification at Grade C or above.

For students who live outside of the UK

To meet requirements for a Student Visa to study here, you need to take the UKVI IELTS Academic at an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) centre (opens in new window/tab).

You need to achieve a 6.5 overall with a minimum of a 5.5 for each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This is equivalent to a B2 level.

You can find detailed information about Student Visa English language requirements, including a list of approved centres, via the website (opens in new window/tab).

Are there any exceptions to this requirement?
There are few exceptions. To check if any apply to you, please check the up-to-date information provided by the Home Office (opens in new window/tab). If you believe you are exempt, contact us at

Where can I book my UKVI IELTS test?
To book an IELTS ACADEMIC UKVI test, visit the official test website (opens in new window/tab).

How long is my test certificate valid for?
Test results are valid for 2 years.

When should I book my test?
Book a test as soon as you make an application to one of our courses. UKVI IELTS test sites can become very busy and it may be difficult to find a convenient date and location.

I can’t take my English language test due to centres being closed. What should I do?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many IELTS and SELT centres are currently closed. In order to help us to assess your English language competency and continue with your postgraduate programme application, please consider taking the IELTS Indicator test. This can be done in the comfort and safety of your own home.

Please click on this link to access the test (opens in new window/tab).

At present the IELTS indicator test does not replace the IELTS UKVI test for those requiring a Student Visa to study with us, but it does enable us to continue with your application at this uncertain time. Please send in your programme application even if you do not have an IELTS test certificate and have not taken the IELTS indicator test yet. We can still begin to process your application.