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-19 special measures for January 2021 intake

As a result of the  severe disruption caused by COVID-19, we implemented a number of changes to our English language requirements for students wanting to start their studies with us in academic year 2020/2021. This includes a reduction in our standard IELTS score requirements and an extension of tests accepted as proof of English ability.

Changes to entry requirements are listed on the individual course pages for the relevant intake. Please note: applicants who hold an offer and defer their entry until 2021/22 should be aware that they may be required to provide a SELT in order to take up their place.

Pre-sessional English

We run a pre-sessional English course for students who need to improve their English proficiency before starting their Bachelor's or Master's programme at Westminster. Details of the course(s) for September 2021 entry are still being finalised and students should visit the pre-sessional English webpages for further information.

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.

  • Bachelor's degrees (and Master’s degrees starting January 2021) – 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each component
  • Master's degrees and some Bachelor’s courses (Sept 2021 intake onwards)  – 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 due to the pandemic. Westminster will continue to accept this test for entry to all of 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 Academic 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 are able to accept  TOELF ETS ‘My Best Scores’.

  • Bachelor's (and Master’s degrees starting January 2021)  (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall) – 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in Listening, and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking
  • Bachelor’s or Master'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 (and Master’s degrees starting January 2021)  (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall)– 54 average with 51 in each component
  • Bachelor’s or Master's degrees (requiring IELTS 6.5 overall) – 58 average with 51 in each component
  • Master's degrees (requiring IELTS 7.0 overall) – 64 average with 55 in each component

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

Cambridge Assessment English

  • Bachelor's (and Master’s degrees starting January 2021) 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
  • Bachelor’s or Master'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 (and Master’s degrees starting January 2021)  (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall) – Pass overall with a Pass in each component 
  • Bachelor’s or Master'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.

International English Language Competency Assessment (IELCA) LRN

  • Bachelor's (and Master’s degrees starting January 2021)  (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall) 35 with a minimum score of 30 in each element. 
  • Bachelor’s or Master'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.

PASSWORD / PASSWORD Solo

The PASSWORD test and PASSWORD Solo (e-proctured online version) are being offered by some of our partner institutions. 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.

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

  • Bachelor's and Master's degrees (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall) – 6 in the European Baccalaureate English component
  • Bachelor’s or Master's degrees (requiring 6.5) – 6.5 in European Baccalaureate English component

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 a number of 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.

KITE English Test

In addition, the University may run the KITE English Language test for entry to our courses for January 2021 entry. There are limited places available to offer holders only. Please contact your overseas agent who can contact the International team regarding test availability.

  • Bachelor's (and Master's degrees for January 2021) (requiring IELTS 6.0 overall) – 425 overall with a minimum of 395 in each component element
  • Bachelor’s or Master's degrees courses (requiring IELTS 6.5 overall) – 470 overall with a minimum of 425 in each component element

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

Country-based qualifications

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

UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, you do not need to prove your English language ability for Tier 4 purposes. You may also be exempt if you have an academic qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor's degree from one of these countries.

UKVI English-speaking countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA.

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.