If you're considering full degree study (eg studying for a BA, BSc, LLB, LLM, MA or MSc) or research study, you will need to meet certain English language requirements.

Below is a list of our English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study. For some courses, you may need to have higher grades which will be listed in the 'Entry requirements' section of the course pages.

COVID special measures

As a result of the continued disruption caused by COVID-19, we continue to implement some changes to our English language requirements and the tests that we will accept as evidence of English language ability for students starting in the academic year 2021-22.

Please note, applicants who held an offer for a course in 2020-21 but deferred their entry until 2021-22 should be aware that they may be required to provide a SELT to take up their place.

Pre-sessional English Courses 2021 (Online)

We run pre-sessional English courses for students who need to improve their English proficiency before starting their Bachelor's or Master's programme at Westminster. Details of the courses, entry requirements, dates and course fees for our summer 20201 courses (leading to September 2021 entry) are available on the pre-sessional English webpages. We. will continue to offer the courses online only. They will be offered as 7-week, 10-week and 13-week options.

IELTS for UKVI / Academic / Indicator

IELTS for UKVI is a UK Visa and Immigration approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). In addition, we accept IELTS Academic.

  • Bachelor's degrees – 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each component
  • Master's degrees and some Bachelor’s degrees – 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.0 in each component. Some courses may require different overall and component scores. Please check the detailed information provided in the 'Entry requirements' section of our each course page
  • Research degrees (MPhil/PhD) – 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in each component. Some research degrees require 7.0 overall. Please check the research pages 

IELTS Indicator: this test is available as an online test while many IELTS test centres are closed or availability significantly reduced. Westminster will continue to accept this test for entry to all our programmes. If students require a Student visa, then they need to have taken the test after 2 July 2020. Entry requirements are the same as IELTS UKVI score bands. Please note that we are NOT able to accept scores across more than one IELTS test.

TOEFL (IBT) / Special Home Edition

We accept TOEFL (IBT) and the TOEFL ‘Special At Home Edition’ for all students, including those requiring a student visa. Please note that we will accept TOEFL ETS ‘My Best Scores’.

  • Bachelor's (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall) – 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in Listening, and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking
  • Master's degrees and some Bachelor's degrees (requiring IELTS 6.5 overall) – 88 overall with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 21 in Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking
  • Master's degrees (requiring IELTS 7.0 overall) – 92 overall with a minimum of 20 in Listening, 24 in Writing, 19 in Reading and 20 in Speaking

Please note we are NOT able to accept TOEFL ITP Plus for China.

Pearson PTE Academic

PTE Academic is a UK Visa and Immigration approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), available from 350 test centres across more than 60 countries. 

  • Bachelor's (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall)– 54 average with 51 in each component
  • Master's degrees and some Bachelor's degrees (requiring IELTS 6.5 overall) – 59 average with 54 in each component
  • Master's degrees (requiring IELTS 7.0 overall) – 67 average with 59 in each component

Please note that we are NOT able to accept scores across more than one PTE test.

Cambridge Assessment English

  • Bachelor's requiring IELTS 6.0 overall – C1 Advanced: Advanced and the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) / C2 Proficiency: Proficiency and the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component
  • Master's degrees and some Bachelor's degrees requiring IELTS 6.5 overall – C1 Advanced: Advanced and the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) / C2 Proficiency: Proficiency and the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall with a minimum 162 in each component (some schools require a minimum of 169 in each)

Language Cert International ESOL SELT (B2) (UKVI SELT)

Language Cert International ESOL is a UK Visa and Immigration approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). Students should take the 4 skills test.

  • Bachelor's (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall) – Pass overall with a Pass in each component 
  • Master's degrees and some Bachelor's degrees (requiring IELTS 6.5 or above) should take the B2 - High Pass overall with Pass in all components or C1 Exam Pass in all components

Please note that we are NOT able to accept scores across more than one ESOL test.

Oxford International English Language Level Online Test (ELLT)

The ELLT is a four-step assessment and can be completed 100% online.

  • Bachelor's (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall) – Overall grade B2+ with B2 in each skill
  • Master's degrees and some Bachelor’s degrees (requiring IELTS 6.5 overall) – Overall grade C1 with B2+ in each skill
  • Master's degrees (requiring IELTS 7.0 overall) – Overall grade C1+ with C1 in each skill

Please note this test is also acceptable for entry to our Pre-sessional English courses.

This test can be taken online and is available for students who are applying to, or hold an offer to, study with us. Please apply using the Westminster OIETC application link. Use discount code ELLT60 to purchase the test for only £60.

Once you have completed the OIETC, the result will be emailed to you directly, and you must forward the result to our admissions team to confirm your requirement has been met. Our admissions team will then verify your result online with OIETC.

Trinity Secure English Language Tests

Trinity is a UKVI approved SELT

  • Bachelor's (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall)– ISE II Pass with merit in all components
  • Master's degrees and some Bachelor’s degrees (requiring IELTS 6.5 overall) – ISE III with Passes in all components or ISEII with distinction in each component
  • Master's degrees (requiring IELTS 7.0 overall) – ISE III with Passes in all components 

Please note that we are NOT able to accept scores across more than one Trinity test.

International English Language Competency Assessment (IELCA) LRN

  • Bachelor's  (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall) – 35 with a minimum score of 30 in each element. 
  • Master's degrees and some Bachelor's degrees (requiring IELTS 6.5) – 40 with a minimum score of 35 in each element. 
  • Bachelor’s or Master's degrees requiring IELTS 7. 0- 45 with a minimum score of 40 in each element 

Please note that we are NOT able to accept scores across more than one IELCA test.

Duolingo

Duolingo is an online English proficiency test taken via a computer with a camera. Please make sure that you list the University of Westminster so that your results are shared with us.

  • Bachelor's degrees (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall) – 105+ overall (no sub-score lower than 95)
  • Master's degrees and some Bachelor’s degrees (requiring IELTS 6.5 overall)– 115 or above overall (no sub-score lower than 105)
  • Master's degrees (requiring IELTS 7.0 overall) – 125 or above overall (no sub-score lower than 105)

*Please note that for those requiring a Student visa we can only accept tests taken after 20th July 2020 where the final result includes an overall score and sub-scores for the 4 component elements.

Please note that we are NOT able to accept scores across more than one Duolingo test.

PASSWORD / PASSWORD Solo

The PASSWORD test and PASSWORD Solo (e-proctored online version) are being offered by some of our partner institutions and selected Westminster agents. Entry requirements are accepted on the same grading basis as IELTS. Please note that we are NOT able to accept scores across more than one PASSWORD test.

PASSWORD tests are also accepted for entry to our Pre-sessional English courses.

GCSE

  • Grade C or above in English Language or 4 in the GCSE 1–9 grading scale

IGCSE

  • Grade C or above in English Language (first language) or 4 in the 1–9 grading scale
  • Grade B in English Language (second language) or 5 / 6 in the 1–9 grading scale (subject to course requirements)

We do not accept iGCSE English Literature as proof of English language ability.

International Baccalaureate

Undergraduate Bachelor's degrees:

  • English A: Literature (SL grade 4 or HL grade 4)
  • English A: Language & Literature and English B (SL grade 5 or HL grade 4)
  • English Literature & Performance (SL grade 5)

European Baccalaureate English

  • IELTS 6.0 = 6 in the European Baccalaureate English component
  • IELTS 6.5 = 6.5 in European Baccalaureate English component
  • IELTS 7.0 – you will be required to take a SELT or alternative English language test

NCUK English for Academic Purposes Module

The university accepts the NCUK English for Academic Purposes Module as part of an NCUK qualification taught at a verified NCUK Study Centre or a UK based academic institution offering the module as part of a recognised university preparation course.

  • Bachelor's degrees (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall) – 50-59% (Grade C) with minimum of 40-49% in each component
  • Bachelor’s or Master's degrees (requiring 6.5) – 60-69% (Grade B) with minimum of 50-59% in each component

Other accepted qualifications

The University recognises several different English Qualifications as demonstrating proof of English language ability. This includes the English Language component of most EU/EEA high school qualifications. Please visit the individual country pages for detailed information.

Country-based

You may also use one of the following English language qualifications in your student visa application as proof of meeting the Level B2 requirement. This list is not exhaustive and other qualification may be considered at point of application.

Country Qualification Minimum grade requirements
Hong Kong Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, Core English 3 or above
India

Standard XII

  • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
  • Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE / ICSE / ISC)
  • National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)
  • Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education
70% or above
 

Standard XII

  • Andhra Pradesh Board of Secondary Education
  • Goa Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education
  • Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board
  • Kerala Higher Secondary Examination Board
  • Meghalaya Board of School Education
  • Tamil Nadu Board of Secondary Education
  • Telangana Board of Intermediate Education
  • West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education
75%
Malaysia Cambridge English Language syllabus 1119 (SPM) Grade C

Majority English-speaking countries (MESC)

If you are a national of one of the countries below, you do not need to prove your English language ability for the purposes of applying for a Student Visa. You may also be exempt if you have an academic qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor's degree from one of these countries.

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.

We may also be able to exempt students who have studied in a MESC for a minimum of one year (to include the final year) of a qualification equivalent to a UK bachelors degree or higher. They must have successfully completed the qualification within 5 years of the start of the course at Westminster.

Students who have studied an Overseas Qualification in their home country

The following qualifications may be accepted for students, who have studied a qualification awarded by an institution from a Majority English Speaking Country taught in their home country.  This includes:

  • Students who have completed a degree taught wholly in English that is franchised by a provider from a recognised Majority English Speaking Country (notably USA, Canada, Ireland, UK, New Zealand and Australia). This includes degrees offered via branch campus and all degrees franchised by the University of Westminster (WIUT, IIT).  
  • Students who have completed a degree taught wholly in English that is validated by a recognised UK University. This includes all degrees validated by the University of Westminster (Macromedia, IED, BUE).

Students need to have studied the full qualification (equivalent to a UK bachelors degree or higher) and have successfully graduated within 3 years of the start of the proposed course at Westminster. Students will need to provide a transcript from the MESC degree awarding institution and may be required to provide further details.

Please note we cannot waive English requirements for students whose programmes are taught in English but where the awarding body is not from a Majority English Speaking Country.

 

Study Abroad, Exchange and Erasmus students

For Student Exchange and Erasmus students, our English language requirements may be slightly different than for our full-time students. Please visit the Study Abroad or Student Exchange sections for further information about these programmes.

English language support – in-sessional

The University of Westminster’s Academic English modules have been designed to allow you to consolidate, extend and develop your proficiency in Academic English, and are available whether you are studying at undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral level. These modules are for students already enrolled on a degree course at the University of Westminster.

In addition to formal classes the Academic Liaison and Learning Development Team delivers workshops on a range of academic skills, such as referencing, essay writing, critical thinking, academic language and presentations.  

These courses are available free to students. Please note: where students have an elective module in their degree programme, the course must be taken as their elective choice. Where students do not have an elective module, they can take the course as an additional programme (20 credits). Where it is taken as an additional module these credits do not count towards students’ final award.  Please also note that course and workshop availability is subject to capacity and students should register early where possible.

English programmes for research students

Details of English language requirements are provided on the research degrees pages.

Please note: research students will be required to do a compulsory English programme in the first semester but will not have to sit an additional English test.

Students with higher grades equivalent to IELTS 7 may not have to do the English programme.