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Minimum English language standards

It’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS.

All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of:

  • Native speakers of English
  • Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise)
  • non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification)

English language requirements for academic entry

If you do not fall into any of the categories above you will need to provide proof of your English language ability through the International English Language Test System (IELTS) at the following levels:

  • Undergraduate – IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5
  • Postgraduate Taught – IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5
  • Postgraduate Research – IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6.0

These are minimum requirements and some courses may require a higher standard for admission. Individual course entry requirements are detailed on each course page.

IELTS certificates should be dated within two years at the time of applying to study at UWS.

English language requirements for a UK VISA

If you live outside the EU/EEA, you will need to obtain a visa in order to live and study in the UK. If English is not your first language you will need to meet minimum standards of English set out by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) as part of the visa application process.

Full details of the English language test requirements set by UKVI are available on the UK Government website

Pre-sessional English Language Courses

We understand that you might need to improve your English language skills to meet visa or application requirements. Our Pre-sessional English Language courses help you meet the IELTS standard for study at UWS.

See our English Language Courses

Last updated: 07/02/2018