English Language Requirements

To apply to AUB, you’ll need to have an English language qualification at the required level for the course you would like to study.

You can find guidance about which qualifications we accept below – this depends on the course you are applying for and whether you need a visa to study in the UK. You can check whether you do need a visa here.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept a letter from your school confirming your English Language proficiency.

If you need to take an IELTS or a similar test for non-UK students, then we recommend that you take this as soon as you can, ideally between March and May.

Doing so means you can sign up for our 11 week Pre-Sessional English course which starts in June.

We also offer a five week Pre-Sessional course that starts in August. This course has a slightly higher English Language requirement, however, so make sure that you plan in advance.

I'm a British national

Yes, even though English is your first language, you may need to provide us with an English language qualification. If you apply for the Foundation Diploma and are under 18 then we require that you have one of the following qualifications:

This demonstrates that you have the English language skills necessary to succeed at university.

 

  • GCSE English Grade C/ Grade 4
  • GCE O-Level English Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade Credit English
  • SQA Higher Grade English Grade D
  • Intermediate 2 Certificate English Grade A-C
  • National 5 Certificate English Grade A-C
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level English Grade C2/O4
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level English Grade D3/H6
  • IGCSE First or Second Language English Grade C

If you don’t hold one of the qualifications above, we’ll request that you gain one of these as part of any Conditional offer that we make to you.

By gaining this qualification, you’ll also learn transferrable skills which will strengthen your CV and skillset for the future.

I'm from a majority English speaking country

If you’re a national of one of the countries listed below, we can accept English studied as part of your English Language high school qualifications. We would expect to see English studies in every year of your high school qualifications, including the last (graduating) year with a grade of C or above.

 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada*
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA

Canadian nationals educated in Canada must be educated in English. Canadians educated in French will be asked to demonstrate English proficiency via an accepted qualification.

I'm an EU, EEA, or Swiss national / I don't need a visa - Foundation Diploma

If you are applying for our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, we can accept the following qualifications:

  • GCSE English, Language or English Literature with a grade C or grade 4
  • IGCSE First or Second Language English with a grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or C1 Advanced with a grade of C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or C2 Proficiency with a grade C
  • Academic IELTS  overall score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in each band (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)  overall score of 51 with a minimum of 46 in each component (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • LanguageCert B2 Communicator (both written and speaking tests) with a pass.
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English ISE II, ISE II or ISE IV with a pass.
  • International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A, English Language and Literature, or English Language B with a grade of 4
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level English Language A, English Language and Literature, or English Language B with a grade of 5
  • European Baccalaureate with 7.5 in English as First Foreign Language L2 or First Foreign Language – Advanced L2A
  • Austrian Reifeprufung/ Matura with a grade of 2/ gut in English
  • Danish Bevis for Studentereksamen (STX) with a grade of 7 in English
  • Dutch (Netherlands) Voorbereidend Wetenschappelik Onderwijs (VWO) Enlish with a grade of 8 in English
  • French Option Internationale du Bacclaureat (British or American stream) with a grade of 12 in English
  • German Abitur with mark of 10 (gut) in English component
  • Icelandic Studentsprof with 7 in English when taken as a compulsory language
  • Latvian Atestats Par Visporejo Vidego Izglitibu with overall grade 8 in English
  • Lithuania Brandos Atestatas with a grade of 8 in English
  • Norwegian Vitnemål with English graded at 4 or higher
  • Swedish VG/ MVG in the B course in English on the Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola

IELTS and Pearson tests must be less than two years old at the start of the course to be valid.

 

I'm an EU, EEA, or Swiss national / I don't need a visa - Undergraduate Degree

Year 1 of a BA degree (undergraduate) 

If you are applying for Year 1 of our BA degree we can accept the following qualifications:

  • GCSE English, Language or English Literature grade C or grade 4 or above
  • IGCSE First or Second Language English grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade C or C1 Advanced with a grade of C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade C  or C2 Proficiency with a grade of C
  • Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)  minimum overall score of 55 with a minimum of 51 in each component (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • LanguageCert B2 Communicator (both written and speaking tests) with a pass.
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English ISE II, ISE II or ISE IV with a pass.
  • International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A, English Language and Literature, or English Language B with a grade of 4
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level English Language A, English Language and Literature, or English Language B with a grade of 5
  • European Baccalaureate with 7.5 in English as First Foreign Language L2 or First Foreign Language – Advanced L2A
  • Austrian Reifeprufung/ Matura with a grade of 2/ gut in English
  • Danish Bevis for Studentereksamen (STX) with a grade of 7 in English
  • Dutch (Netherlands) Voorbereidend Wetenschappelik Onderwijs (VWO) Enlish with a grade of 8 in English
  • French Option Internationale du Bacclaureat (British or American stream) with a grade of 12 in English
  • German Abitur with mark of 10 (gut) in English component
  • Icelandic Studentsprof with 7 in English when taken as a compulsory language
  • Latvian Atestats Par Visporejo Vidego Izglitibu with overall grade 8 in English
  • Lithuania Brandos Atestatas with a grade of 8 in English
  • Norwegian Vitnemål with English graded at 4 or higher
  • Swedish VG/ MVG in the B course in English on the Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola

We may also accept TOEFL iBT with a minimum of 81 overall with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing.

We prefer you to have one of the above qualifications, however, as TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT).

IELTS, Pearson and TOEFL tests must be less than two years old at the start of the course to be valid.

Year 2 or 3 of a BA (Hons) Degree

If you are applying for Year 2 of our BA courses, we can accept the following qualifications:

  • GCSE English, Language or English Literature grade C or grade 4 or above
  • IGCSE First or Second Language English grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade C or C1 Advanced with a grade of C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C or C2 Proficiency with a grade of C
  • Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • PTE (Pearson) test minimum overall score of 62 with a minimum of 51 in each component (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • LanguageCert B2 Communicator (both written and speaking tests) with a high pass.
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English ISE II, ISE II or ISE IV with a pass.
  • International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A, English Language and Literature, or English Language B with a grade of 4
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level English Language A, English Language and Literature, or English Language B with a grade of 5
  • European Baccalaureate with 7.5 in English as First Foreign Language L2 or First Foreign Language – Advanced L2A
  • Austrian Reifeprufung/ Matura with a grade of 2/ gut in English
  • Danish Bevis for Studentereksamen (STX) with a grade of 7 in English
  • Dutch (Netherlands) Voorbereidend Wetenschappelik Onderwijs (VWO) Enlish with a grade of 8 in English
  • French Option Internationale du Bacclaureat (British or American stream) with a grade of 12 in English
  • German Abitur with mark of 10 (gut) in English component
  • Icelandic Studentsprof with 7 in English when taken as a compulsory language
  • Latvian Atestats Par Visporejo Vidego Izglitibu with overall grade 8 in English
  • Lithuania Brandos Atestatas with a grade of 8 in English
  • Norwegian Vitnemål with English graded at 4 or higher
  • Swedish VG/ MVG in the B course in English on the Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola

We may also accept TOEFL iBT with a minimum of 90 overall with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing. We prefer you to have one of the above qualifications, however, as TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT).

 

I'm an EU, EEA, or Swiss national / I don't need a visa - Postgraduate Degree

If you are applying for a Postgraduate Degree, we can accept the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade C or C1 Advanced with a grade of C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C or C2 proficiency with a grade of C
  • Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum overall score of 62 with a minimum of 51 in each component (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • LanguageCert B2 Communicator (both written and speaking tests) with a high pass
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English ISE II or ISE IV with a pass.

We may also accept TOEFL iBT with a minimum of 90 overall with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing. We prefer you to have one of the above qualifications, however, as TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT).

We can also accept a BA (Hons) degree studied in a majority speaking country as evidence of English Language. Majority of English speaking countries include:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada*
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • USA

*Canadian degree language of instruction must  be English.

I need a Tier 4 Visa to study a Foundation Diploma

If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must obtain a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Without this, you won’t be eligible for a Tier 4 visa. At AUB we can accept the following:

  • Academic IELTS for UKVI with a minimum score of 5.5 overall and a minimum of 5.0 in each band (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English SELT  ISE II or ISE Iii with a pass (including UKVI/SELT endorsement.

SELTs must be taken at an approved test centre – you can find a list of these here.

Your SELT will have a UKVI number on the certificate which we need to be able to issue a CAS (Certificate of Acceptance for  Study) to support a Tier 4 visa application.

IELTS for UKVI tests must be less than two years old at the start of the course to be valid.

 

 

I need a visa to study a Undergraduate Degree

Year 1 of a BA degree (undergraduate) 

If you are applying to study a BA degree, we can accept the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade C or C1 Advanced with a grade of C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C or C2 Proficiency with a grade of C
  • Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)  minimum overall score of 55 with a minimum of 51 in each component (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • LanguageCert B2 Communicator (both written and speaking tests) with a pass
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English ISE II, ISE II or ISE IV with a pass.
  • European Baccalaureate with 7.5 in English as First Foreign Language L2 or First Foreign Language – Advanced L2A
  • International Baccalaureate Higher Level English Language A, English Language and Literature, or English Language B with a grade of 4
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level English Language A, English Language and Literature, or English Language B with a grade of 5
  • Indian 12th Standard from a recognized exam board with an English grade of 70% or above

IELTS and Pearson tests must be less than two years old at the start of the course to be valid.

We may accept IGCSE English when provided with a Supplementary Certificate – you’ll need to apply for a Supplementary Certifying Statement for CEFR from Cambridge International Examinations here.

This document gives a breakdown of your results into component grades. We need this to check you have a minimum of CEFR B2 in each of the four components.

The Supplementary Certifying Statement currently costs £48.26, plus postage (this cost may vary). It is likely to take at least four weeks to process.

Year 2 or 3 of a BA (Hons) Degree

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade C or C1 Advanced with a grade of C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade C or C2 Proficiency with a grade of C
  • Academic IELTS m overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum overall score of 62 with a minimum of 51 in each component (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English SE III or SE IV with a pass
  • LanguageCert B2 Communicator (both written and speaking tests) with a high pass

IELTS and Pearson tests must be less than two years old at the time the course commences to be valid.

I need a Tier 4 Visa to study a Postgraduate degree

If you are applying to study an MA degree we can accept the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade C or C1 Advanced with a grade of C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade C or C2 Proficiency with a grade of C
  • Academic IELTS m overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum overall score of 62 with a minimum of 51 in each component (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • LanguageCert B2 Communicator (both written and speaking tests) with a high pass
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English SE III or SE IV with a pass

IELTS and Pearson tests must be less than two years old at the time the course commences to be valid.

We can also accept a BA degree taken in a majority speaking country. These include:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada*
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • USA

*Canadian Nationals who have completed their degree in English only , non-Canadians educated in Canada cannot use Canadian degree to meet English requirement.

Research degrees 

If you are applying to study a Research (PhD), we can accept the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade C or C1 Advanced with a grade of C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade C or C2 Proficiency with a grade of C
  • Academic IELTS m overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) minimum overall score of 62 with a minimum of 51 in each component (reading, writing, speaking, listening)
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English SE III or SE IV with a pass