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English language requirements

English language requirements for University of the Arts London (UAL) enrolment.

All students need to show proof of their English language ability to enrol at UAL. Most students from outside the UK need to submit an English language test as proof of their language ability.

If you need help to reach the required language level, UAL's Language Centre offers a range of English courses and a Presessional course for students with a conditional or unconditional offer. Current students at UAL, progressing to the next level of university study (e.g. from Foundation to BA) can take UAL's Progress Test to achieve the IELTS score required for the next level.

To find out if you are exempt from English language testing, please read exemptions from language testing at the bottom of this page.

English language tests

Your English language requirement is generally expressed as an IELTS score but UAL accepts several other English language tests in addition to IELTS.

Where we state 'IELTS Academic for UKVI', you must provide a certificate for this test. IELTS Academic (not for UKVI) cannot be used to support a Tier 4 visa application for these levels of study. The University does not accept IELTS General or IELTS General for UKVI for any level of course.

Please note that you must achieve the required language scores - overall and all 4 skills (unless the test provider exempts you from sitting a skill on the basis of disability) - from a single sitting of a test examination. We cannot accept a combination of 'best' scores from multiple test results.

Please note that if you take a Cambridge IGCSE exam, you must provide 2 documents:

  • The Certificate
  • The Certifying Statement for CEFR. You will need to request this and pay the fee.

Minimum IELTS scores

Our IELTS requirements vary depending on the course and level of study. The requirement for each course is shown on the individual course pages.

Jump to minimum scores for:

Courses that require IELTS 5.0

This breakdown of minimum scores is intended as a guide only. Please check individual course pages for specific requirements

Test

Score Required

Minimum 
Listening

Minimum 
Reading

Minimum 
Writing

Minimum 
Speaking

IELTS Academic for UKVI  (valid for 2 years)

5.0

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.5

PTE Academic UKVI (valid for 2 years)

43

43

43

43

43

Trinity ISE (valid for 2 years)

ISE II Pass

ISE II Pass

ISE II Pass

ISE II Pass

ISE II Pass

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B1 (valid for 2 years)

High Pass

33

33

33

33

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (valid for 2 years)

Pass

33

33

33

33

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT C1 (valid for 2 years)

Pass

33

33

33

33

Courses that require IELTS 5.5

This breakdown of minimum scores is intended as a guide only. Please check individual course pages for specific requirements.

Test

Score Required

Minimum 
Listening

Minimum 
Reading

Minimum 
Writing

Minimum 
Speaking

IELTS Academic for UKVI (valid for 2 years)

5.5

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.5

PTE Academic UKVI (valid for 2 years)

43

43

43

43

43

Trinity ISE (valid for 2 years)

ISE II Pass

ISE II Pass

ISE II Pass

ISE II Pass

ISE II Pass

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (valid for 2 years)

Pass

33

33

33

33

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT C1 (valid for 2 years)

Pass

33

33

33

33

Courses that require IELTS 6.0

This breakdown of minimum scores is intended as a guide only. Please check individual course pages for specific requirements.

Test

Score Required

Minimum 
Listening

Minimum 
Reading

Minimum 
Writing

Minimum 
Speaking

IELTS (Academic) (valid for 2 years)

6.0

5.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

PTE Academic (valid for 2 years)

51

51

51

51

51

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

169

162

162

162

162

Cambridge Advanced (CAE)  from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

169

162

162

162

162

First Certificate (FCE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

169

162

162

162

162

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0510 (valid for 3 years)

C

A

D

D

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0511 (valid for 3 years)

C

A

D

D

C

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0500 (valid for 3 years)

C

2

E

E

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0522 (valid for 3 years)

C

D

E

E

D

Trinity ISE (valid for 2 years)

ISE II Merit

ISE II Merit

ISE II Merit

ISE II Merit

ISE II Merit

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (valid for 2 years)

High Pass

33

33

33

33

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT C1 (valid for 2 years)

Pass

33

33

33

33

LanguageCert International ESOL B2

Non SELT version- taken online or in a test centre

High Pass

33

33

33

33

LanguageCert International ESOL  C1

Non SELT version- taken online or in a test centre

Pass

33

33

33

33

Courses that require IELTS 6.5

This breakdown of minimum scores is intended as a guide only. Please check individual course pages for specific requirements.

Students taking Foundation Studies in Performance must take the IELTS Academic Test for UKVI. No other test can be accepted for this course.

Test

Score Required

Minimum 
Listening

Minimum 
Reading

Minimum 
Writing

Minimum 
Speaking

IELTS (Academic) (valid for 2 years)

6.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

PTE Academic (valid for 2 years)

58

51

51

51

51

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

176

162

162

162

162

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

176

162

162

162

162

First Certificate (FCE)

Not valid

Not valid

Not valid

Not valid

Not valid

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0510 (valid for 3 years)

C

A

D

D

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0511 (valid for 3 years)

C

A

D

D

C

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0500 (valid for 3 years)

C

2

E

E

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0522 (valid for 3 years)

C

D

E

E

D

Trinity ISE (valid for 2 years)

ISE III Pass

ISE III Pass

ISE III Pass

ISE III Pass

ISE III Pass

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (valid for 2 years)

High Pass

33

33

33

33

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT C1 (valid for 2 years)

Pass

33

33

33

33

LanguageCert International ESOL  B2

Non SELT version- taken online or in a test centre

High Pass

33

33

33

33

LanguageCert International ESOL C1

Non SELT version- taken online or in a test centre

Pass

33

33

33

33

Courses that require IELTS 7.0

This breakdown of minimum scores is intended as a guide only. Please check individual course pages for specific requirements.

Test

Score Required

Minimum 
Listening

Minimum 
Reading

Minimum 
Writing

Minimum 
Speaking

IELTS (Academic) (valid for 2 years)

7.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

PTE Academic (valid for 2 years)

65

51

51

51

51

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

185

169

169

169

169

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

185

169

169

169

169

First Certificate (FCE)

Not valid

Not valid

Not valid

Not valid

Not valid

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0510 (valid for 3 years)

B

A

C

C

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0511 (valid for 3 years)

B

A

C

C

C

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0500 (valid for 3 years)

B

2

D

D

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0522 (valid for 3 years)

B

C

D

D

C

Trinity ISE (valid for 2 years)

ISE III Merit

ISE III Merit

ISE III Merit

ISE III Merit

ISE III Merit

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT C1 (valid for 2 years)

Pass

33

33

33

33

LanguageCert International ESOL C1

Non SELT version- taken online or in a test centre

Pass

33

33

33

33

Courses that require IELTS 7.5

This breakdown of minimum scores is intended as a guide only. Please check individual course pages for specific requirements.

Test

Score Required

Minimum 
Listening

Minimum 
Reading

Minimum 
Writing

Minimum 
Speaking

IELTS (Academic) (valid for 2 years)

7.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

PTE Academic (valid for 2 years)

73

58

58

58

58

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

191

176

176

176

176

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

191

176

176

176

176

First Certificate (FCE)

Not valid

Not valid

Not valid

Not valid

Not valid

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0510 (valid for 3 years)

B

A

B

B

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0511 (valid for 3 years)

B

A

B

B

B

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0500 (valid for 3 years)

B

1

C

C

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0522 (valid for 3 years)

B

B

C

C

C

Trinity ISE (valid for 2 years)

ISE III Merit

ISE III Merit

ISE III Merit

ISE III Merit

ISE III Merit

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT C1 (valid for 2 years)

High Pass

33

33

33

33

LanguageCert International ESOL C1

Non SELT version- taken online or in a test centre

High Pass

33

33

33

33

For courses that require scores not listed above please see:

Alternative Course Entry Requirements (62 KB)

Exemptions from language testing

You do not need to take an English language test if you fall into one of these categories:

1. Nationals of a majority English-speaking country who have completed full secondary-level education in one of these countries. Majority English-speaking countries include:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada (if instruction was in English)
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA
  • United Kingdom

2. Students who are nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland who have completed full secondary-level education in the UK or in one of the majority English-speaking countries listed above.

3. Non EU nationals who are resident in the UK, have completed full secondary-level education in the UK or in one of the majority English-speaking countries listed above, and will not require a Tier 4 General Student Visa during their studies with us.

4. Students who hold a qualification equivalent to a UK degree or higher in one of the majority English-speaking countries listed above (including Canada where instruction was in English and the proposed course of study at UAL will be at RQF Level 6 or above eg, BA, MA). The entire qualification must have been completed in that majority English-speaking country. The University sets minimum grades for each qualification.

Alternative English Language Qualifications Accepted by the University for 2020/21

UAL will accept one of the alternative English Language qualifications shown in the document below from:

  • Students who are a national of a majority English speaking country, as defined by the UK Home Office
  • Students who hold EEA/Swiss nationality or who do not require a Tier 4 visa to study at UAL
  • Students who do not fall into either of the groups above, but who are due to enrol on a course at UAL which is at degree level or above

Alternative English language qualifications

  • Other Institutions Presessional English Language Courses

UAL accepts Presessional course results from some other UK universities. For full details of our policy regarding the acceptance of Presessional course results from other UK universities please see:

Other Institutions Presessional English Language Courses (PDF 47.8 KB)