English language requirements

Ready to study with us? We are looking forward to meeting you. However, to make the most of your time in the UK, you’ll need to read, write and speak good English – at GCSE grade C or the equivalent standard.

Undergraduate and postgraduate programmes

To study with us, you must have gained the relevant qualifications by country from the list below.

Alternatively, a degree earned here in the UK – or in a majority English speaking country – will qualify you.

Some courses have more specific language requirements, so make sure you also check the requirements for the course you want to apply.

UWE Bristol Online English Language Test

The test will follow the same format and scoring system as the IELTS test, testing; listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Please note the UWE Bristol Online English Language Test provides entry onto UWE Bristol courses only, and cannot be used for applications to other institutions.

Eligibility

Students need to hold a conditional offer to study at UWE Bristol.

Cost

The UWE Bristol Online English Language Test is free.

How to apply

For further information, including how to apply, please email international@uwe.ac.uk referencing your UWE ID number.

Pre-sessional and short courses

Need to top up your English? No problem. ‘Pre-sessional’ English courses are a great way to gain both language skills and cultural understanding to help you really make the most of your time with us – find out about the Pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

You’ll need to take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Certificate at one of the test centres approved by UKVI.

Ten, five and two-week pre-sessional students may be eligible for a joint CAS to cover both pre-sessional English and main programme of studies. Please get in touch with the International Admissions Team for details and eligibility criteria.

Find out about the Pre-sessional English courses we offer at UWE Bristol.

 

Qualifications by country

Countries A-H

Botswana

  • Cambridge Overseas School Certificate Grade C or above

Brunei

  • Cambridge O Level Grade C or above

Cameroon

  • GCSE O Level (British system) Grade C or above

Caribbean

  • Examination Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Grade 3/C or above

Ghana

  • WASSCE/WAEC English Language subject C6 or higher

Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education (HKCEE): English Language – Grade 4 (C)
  • A-level or HKALE AS-level: English Language – Grade C

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE):

  • Undergraduate: English Language Level 3
  • Postgraduate: English Language Level 4

Countries I-N

India

  • Higher Secondary School Certificate/Indian School Certificate – Standard XII from CBSE/CISCE/WBCHSEB: English Language – 70%

Kenya

  • KSCE (EAACE): English Language Grade C or above

Malawi

  • School Certificate of Education English Language Grade C or above

Malaysia

  • Malaysian SPM: English Language Syllabus 1119 – Grades 1–6

Mauritius

  • Cambridge Overseas School Certificate/GCE O Level: English language – Grade C

Nigeria

  • WAEC/WASSCE or NECO English Language subject C6 or higher

Countries P-Z

Pakistan

  • Cambridge GCE O Level English Language – Grade C or above

Singapore

  • Cambridge GCE O Level English Language – Grade C

South Africa

  • National Senior Certificate English Language Grade 4 or higher

Tanzania

  • WAEC/NECO – Certificate of Secondary Education or a Secondary School Leaving Certificate with C in English Language

Uganda

  • Certificate of Education English language Grade 6 or above

Zambia

  • Zambia School Certificate Grade C or above Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) English Language grade C or above

UWE Bristol Partner Institutions

If you’re joining us from a school or college we partner with – where you’ve been educated in English – you will also need to provide proof of English Language. Please contact your regional office or email UWE Bristol International Office at international@uwe.ac.uk.

Majority English-speaking countries

For Tier 4 visa purposes, if you are a national of one of the following countries (or have a bachelor’s degree or higher from one of these countries) you will not be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

You also don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if one of the following apply:

  • You’re a national of Canada or any of the countries in the list above
  • You have studied in the UK before as a Tier 4 (Child) student
  • You’re applying to come to the UK for a study abroad programme as part of a university degree course in the USA

Please note that this list is defined by the UKVI, not by UWE Bristol.

For more information on the UKVI language requirements, please visit the UKVI website. You’re also welcome to email our in-house experts in the UWE Bristol International Office at international@uwe.ac.uk.

Recognised qualifications

Cambridge Certificates in English

 

Valid for two years

Cambridge CPE: Certificate of Proficiency in English (taken before January 2015)

  • C

Cambridge CAE: Certificate in Advanced English (taken before January 2015)

  • C

Cambridge CAE and CPE (taken after January 2015)

  • Undergraduate Year 1 and 2 entry: 169 overall, no less than 162 in each skill (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
  • Undergraduate final year entry and Postgraduate: 176 overall, no less than 162 in each skill (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

When you apply, please share your Candidate ID number and Secret ID number so we can verify your results through the Cambridge English Results Verification Service.

Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

English as a First Language

  • C or above.

English as a Second Language

  • English as Second Language grade C or above – including all components Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking (Supplementary statement will be required).**

**If your school or college can’t provide or release your component scores to us, you will need to apply for the Supplementary Certifying Statement, which breaks down your Cambridge IGCSE English Language results into component grades.

Please contact your school or college to apply for a Supplementary Certifying Statement for CEFR. The cost for this service is £37.80 (price as advertised in February 2015).

Duolingo (for entry for 2020/21 only)

Valid for two years

Undergraduate

  • 100

Undergraduate Final Year Entry

  • 100

Postgraduate

  • 110

English for Academic Purposes (taken as part of an International Foundation Programme)

Valid for two years

This qualification is considered on a case-by-case basis.

ESOL Skills for Life – Level 1 or Level 2 Certificate

Valid for two years

You'll need a pass in each component (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

European Baccalaureate

English First Language grade 6.0 or above, or English Second language Grade 7.0 or above.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and IELTS indicator

Valid for two years

Undergraduate

  • Overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component

Undergraduate Final Year Entry

  • Overall score of 6.5 with no component below 5.5 OR
  • Overall score of 6.0 with no more than one component at 5.5

Postgraduate

  • Overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component

International Baccalaureate

  • English Language Standard Level – Grade 5
  • English B Higher Level – Grade 4
  • English A – Language and Literature SL – Grade 5 
  • English A – Language and Literature HL – Grade 4
  • English A – Literature SL – Grade 4
  • English A – Literature HL – Grade 4
  • English Literature and Performance SL – Grade 5

Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III from Trinity College

Valid for two years

Pass in each component (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

LanguageCert

Valid for two years

Accepting SELT and online

Undergraduate

B2 Communicator Pass in the LanguageCert International ESOL.

Undergraduate Final Year Entry

B2 Communicator High Pass in the LanguageCert International ESOL.

Postgraduate

B2 Communicator High Pass in the LanguageCert International ESOL.

 

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

Valid for two years

Undergraduate:

Overall score of 50 with at least 51 in each component (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

Postgraduate:

Overall score of 58 with at least 51 in each component (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

 

TOEFL iBT

Valid for two years

Undergraduate

Overall score of 80 or above, including a minimum of 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.

Undergraduate Final Year Entry

Overall score of 90 or above, including a minimum of 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.

Postgraduate

Overall score of 90 or above, including a minimum of 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.

West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC/NECO)

Grades 1 - 6.

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