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International students

English Language Entry Requirements

Last updated: 22 February 2021

To meet the University of Gloucestershire’s English language entry requirements, international students will need to have achieved one of the qualifications listed below. All qualifications accepted are assessed based on their equivalence to the UKVI IELTS (Academic) Test. For more information, please read the University of Gloucestershire ‘English Language Policy’.

IELTS (Academic)

Undergraduate Exceptions
Course levelMost bachelor degree courses (level 4,5 & 6 entry)BA (Hons) Paramedic Science
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
BSc (Hons) Social Work
BA (Hons) Nursing (Adult)
BA (Hons) Nursing
(Mental Health)
BSc Journalism and Sports Journalism
Bachelor Degree CoursesIELTS 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any bandIELTS 7.0 overall with no less than 7.0 in any componentIELTS 7.0 overall with no less than 7.5 in writing and no less than 7.0 in any other componentIELTS 7.0 overall with no less than 7.5 in writing and no less than 7.0 in any other component
Course LevelPostgraduate Taught coursesExceptions: Postgraduate Taught coursesPostgraduate Research courses
Postgraduate coursesIELTS 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any componentMA Communications, Media & PR IELTS 6.5 overall with no less than 6 in any other component

MSc Human Resource Management IELTS 6.5 overall with no less than
6.0 in writing

MA Social Work IELTS 7.0 overall
with no less than 7.0 in any
component
IELTS 6.5 overall with no less than
6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in any other component

Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Qualification/T
est
Examination
Board
Validity PeriodGrade/Score for IELTS 5.5 equivalentGrade/Score for IELTS 6.0
equivalent
Grade/Score for IELTS 6.5
equivalent
Grade/Score for IELTS 7.0
equivalent
ISETrinity College London2 years before course start dateISE II with a pass in each componentISE II with Distrinction in all four componentsISE III with Pass in
all four
components
ISE III with Merit in
all four components

Alternative Qualifications

QualificationExamination BoardValidity PeriodGrade/Score for
IELTS 5.5
equivalent
Grade/Score for
IELTS
6.0
equivalent
Grade/Score for
IELTS 6.5
equivalent
Grade/Score for
IELTS 7.0
equivalent
GCSEAll UK examination Boards10 years before course start dateCCCC
International
General
Certificate of
Secondary
Education
(IGCSE) 0500 & 0522 (English 1st
language
2 Cambridge
International
Examinations
10 years before
course start date
CCCC
A Level English
Language
All UK
examination
Boards
10 years before
course start date
CCCC
A Levels
(minimum x2) +
UoG English
Assessment
All UK
examination
Boards
10 years before
course start date
CCCC
All India Senior
School
Certificate
Examination/
Delhi Senior
School
Certificate
Examination
Central Board of
Secondary
Education (CBSE
10 years before
course start date
33%33%33%33%
APTISBritish Council3 years before
course start date
Minimum of:
Reading – 40
Writing – 42
Speaking – 42
Listening – 32
Minimum of:
Reading – 40
Writing – 42
Speaking – 42
Listening – 32
Minimum of:
Reading – 40
Writing – 42
Speaking – 42
Listening – 32
Minimum of:
Reading – 40
Writing – 42
Speaking – 42
Listening – 32
O Level English
Language 1115,
1119, 1120,
1123, 1125,
1126, 1127
All UK
examination
Boards
10 years before
course start date
CCCC
International
Baccalaureate
International
Baccalaureate
10 years before
course start date
Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5Grade 5
Bellerby’s
Academic
English Skills
(AES)
Bellerby’s
College
10 years before
course start date
Pass of 50%Pass of 50%Pass of 50%Pass of 50%
BGCSE
(Botswana)
Botswana
Examinations
council
10 years before
course start date
CCCC
Bulgaria
Diploma of Completed Secondary Education
Ministry of Education10 years before
course start date
Pass mark of 3 minimumPass mark of 3 minimumPass mark of 3 minimumPass mark of 3 minimum
Cambridge
Advanced
English (CAE)
CAE Pre-2015
CAE Post-2015
Cambridge
English Language
Assessment
10 years before
course start date
C
162
C
169
C
176
B
185
Cambridge
English
Proficiency (CPE)
CPE Pre-2015
CPE Post-2015
Cambridge
English Language
Assessment
10 years before
course start date
C
32
C
37
C
42
C
49
Cambridge First
Certificate in
English
Cambridge
English Language
Assessment
3 years before
course start date
C
CCC
Secondary
Education
Certificate
English
(Caribbean)
Caribbean
Examinations
Council
10 years before
course start date
Pre 1998: 2
Post 1998: 3
2
3
2
3
2
3
Cameroon
General
Certificate of
Education
Ordinary Level
Cameroon
General
Certificate of
Education Board
10 years before
course start date
CCCC
Canadian High
School Diploma
Grade 11
(Anglophone
schools
Ministry of
Education
10 years before
course start date
65%65%65%65%
Canadian High
School Diploma
Grade 12
(Anglophone
schools)
Ministry of
Education
10 years before
course start date
60%60%60%60%
City and Guilds
ESOL Skills for
Life Level 2
Cambridge
English Language
Assessment
10 years before
course start date
‘Pass’ required in
each subskill.
For Speaking &
Listening:
‘Borderline’
required
PassPassPass
Cyprus
Apolytirion
Ministry of Education10 years before
course start date
Grade 10Grade 10Grade 10Grade 10
EACE
(East African
Certificate of
Education)
East African
Examination
Council
10 years before
course start date
Grade 6Grade 6Grade 6Grade 6
Estonia
Riigieksamitunni
stud
Ministry of
Education and
Research
10 years before
course start date
75%
France Diplome
du Baccalaureat
General or
Baccalaureat
Technologique
Ministry of
National
Education
(France)
10 years before
course start date
12
Germany
Arbitur as a Hauptfach/Liestungskur
Federal Ministry of Education and Research10 years before course start dateGrade 10Grade 10Grade 10Grade 10
Greece
Apolytirio
Ministry of Education10 years before course start dateGrade 10Grade 10Grade 10Grade 10
HKALE (Hong
Kong Advanced
Level
Examination –
Advanced Level)
(awarded up to
and incl. 2013)
Hong Kong
Examinations
and Assessment
Authority
10 years before
course start date
Grade DGrade CGrade CGrade B
HKCEE
(Hong Kong
Certificate of
Education)
Hong Kong
Examinations
and Assessment
Authority
10 years before
course start date
Pre 2007: D
Post 2007: 2
C
3
C
3
B
3
HKDSE (Hong
Kong Diploma of
Secondary
Education)
Hong Kong
Examinations
and Assessment
Authority
10 years before
course start date
HKDSE English
(Core) Level 4
overall (no less
than Level 4 in
any sub-section)
HKDSE English
(Core) Level 5
overall (no less
than Level 4 in
any sub-section)
HKDSE English
(Core) Level 5
overall (no less
than Level 4 in
any sub-section)
HKDSE English
(Core) Level 5*
overall (no less
than Level 4 in
any sub-section
Higher
Secondary
Certificate (HSC)
/ Standard 12
(India)
A recognised
Board of Higher
Secondary
Education
10 years before
course start date
65%65%65%75%
India
Indian School
Certificate
(Class-XII)
From specific exam boards:
CBSE/CISCE/WBCHSEB
Interview may be required
5 years before
course start date
70%70%70%70%
UoG Pre-sessional English
Test
UOG3 years before
course start date
5.5 (B2)
equivalent
6.0 Equivalent6.5 equivalent7.0 equivalent
IELA (INTO
English Language
Assessment
Cambridge
English
3 years before
course start date
5.5 (B2)
equivalent
IELA 6.0
equivalent
IELA 6.5
equivalent
IELA 7.0
equivalent
UoG English
Language
Assessment
UoG2 Years5.5 (B2)
equivalent
6.0 Equivalent6.5 Equivalent7.0 Equivalent
KCSE
(Kenya)
East African
Examination
Council
10 years before
course start date
CCCC
Latvia AtestatsNational Centre
for Education
(NCE)
10 years before
course start date
8 out of 10
Lithuania
Brandos
Atestatas
Ministry of
Education
10 years before
course start date
75% or 8 out of
10 in English
Malaysian SPM
English (1119 / O
level paper only)
Malaysian
Examinations
Syndicate
10 years before
course start date
CCC
Malaysia
University
English Test
(MUET
Malaysian
Examination
Council
10 years before
course start date
CGrade 4
180-219
Grade 4
180-219
Grade 5
220-259
NECOWest African
Exams Council
10 years before
course start date
CCCB
Pearson PTE
Academic
Pearson2 years before
course start date
51566167
Poland MaturaMinistry of
Education
10 years before
course start date
65% at
advanced/extend
ed level in
English language
Portuguese High
School
Certificate
English Grade
Ministry of
Education
10 years before
course start date
14
Romania
Diploma de
Bacalaureat
Ministry of
National
Education
10 years before
course start date
B2
South African
National Senior
Certificate (NSC)
UMALUSI Council10 years before
course start date
Standard grade C
Higher grade E
Standard grade C
Higher grade E
Standard grade C
Higher grade E
Standard grade C
Higher grade E
Spain
Titulo de Bachiller
Ministry of Education10 years before
course start date
5 out of 105 out of 105 out of 105 out of 10
TOEFL IBT and
TOEFL Home
ETS2 years before
course start date
Reading – 18
Writing -17
Listening – 17
Speaking – 20
Total – 72
Reading – 20
Writing -19
Listening – 19
Speaking – 22
Total – 80
Reading – 22
Writing -24
Listening – 21
Speaking – 23
Total – 88
Reading – 24
Writing -24
Listening – 22
Speaking – 25
Total – 95
UCE
(Uganda)
Uganda National
Examinations
Board
10 years before
course start date
Grade 6Grades 6Grade 5Grade 3
US High School
Grade 11
High School
Grades
10 years before
course start date
65%65%65%65%
WAECWest African
Exams Council
10 years before
course start date
C6 in EnglishC6 in EnglishC6 in EnglishC4 in English
Zambian General
Certificate of
Education
Examinations
Council of
Zambia
10 years before
course start date
Grade CGrade CGrade CGrade C
Zimbabwe
General
Certificate of
Education O
Leve
Zimbabwe
School
Examinations
Council
10 years before
course start date
Grade CGrade CGrade CGrade B

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