English language

If you're applying from outside the UK, you may need to meet specific English language requirements in order to be able to study with us.

The UK’s Home Office requires that every student from outside the UK and the European Union (EU) must show evidence of a minimum level of English language (called B2 level) in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for the English language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes, which in most cases are higher than the B2 level. These academic requirements also apply to EU students although they do not require a Tier 4 visa.

Information on acceptable English language tests can be found on our English language requirements page.

Will the pre-sessional course be taught online?

Due to the ongoing global situation, a decision has been made that the six and ten week pre-sessional courses will now be delivered online. Unfortunately, the three week pre-sessional course has been cancelled. Further details on how the course will be delivered online can be found on the pre-sessional website.

Can you extend the pre-sessional course application deadline?

The deadlines to apply for the pre-sessional can be found on our website. We've reviewed the situation and are able to offer a one week extension to our usual deadline.

Will there be any flexibility on the latest start date for pre-sessional courses?

The online pre-sessional courses are scheduled to start on the dates published on our website. Students will attend live classes and so will be expected to start on the following dates:

  • PS10 – 6 July
  • PS6 – 2 August

Can I apply to the University without an English language test?

Yes, you can apply to the University without an English language test. You may be considered for a conditional offer where you have English language (and/or academic qualification) conditions outstanding.

Can the University test my English Language in order to receive an offer?

The University recognises a number of English language tests, including TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE and IELTS. In addition to these tests, in response to disruption caused by COVID-19, we're now also able to accept the following online tests for 2020 entry:

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home edition
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator / C1 Expert

Given the ongoing disruption to global English language testing centres because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are continually reviewing additional and/or alternative forms of confirming prospective students’ levels of English for entry in 2020. We'll announce further information on this area in due course and our applicants and offer-holders should check their email regularly as further individual guidance from admissions teams will follow as soon as possible.

If you have an English language qualification that isn’t listed here, please contact your admissions department who will be able to advise you on the acceptability of this English language qualification. Students from certain European countries may be able to demonstrate their English proficiency using alternative means. Please contact the admissions team in the relevant academic School or Department for further advice.

Can submission deadlines be extended?

We'll seek to be as flexible as possible with respect to deadlines for English language conditions.

Can the University contact IELTS for my certificate information?

Yes, please provide us with your IELTS TRF number and we can use this to verify your results via the IELTS results portal.