Before you begin your studies with us as an international student, you'll need an English language qualification that's recognised by the University.

Unless you are from an English speaking country, you'll need to submit an English language qualification, gained no more than two years before starting your course at Bath Spa University.

Qualifications for Tier 4 visa students

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study with us, you would need to provide evidence of one of the following, before we can issue your CAS statement:

Qualifications for students who do not require a Tier 4 visa (e.g. EU students)

If you do not require a Tier 4 visa, we can also accept any of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language requirements.

Unfortunately, we do not accept TOEFL or TOEIC.

Abitur

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: English language as a Leistungskurs - 11 out of 15 or 2 out of 6.

Anglia Certificate of English as a Foreign Language

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Proficiency.

APIEL Advanced Placement International English Language

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: 4 or higher.

Cambridge English courses

Cambridge English: Preliminary (also known as Preliminary English Test)

  • Undergraduate entry: Pass with Distinction. For visa nationals this must include ‘Exceptional’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
  • This qualification is not suitable for Postgraduate entry.

Cambridge English: First (also known as First Certificate in English)

  • Undergraduate entry: Pass at Grade B. For visa nationals this must include ‘Borderline’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and can include a pass at Grade B or C
  • Postgraduate entry: Pass at Grade A. For visa nationals this must include ‘Exceptional’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Cambridge English: Advanced (also known as Certificate of Advanced English (CAE))

  • Undergraduate entry: Grade C. For visa nationals this must include ‘Weak/Borderline’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
  • Postgraduate entry: Grade B. For visa nationals this must include ‘Borderline’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and can include a pass at Grade B or C.

Cambridge English: Proficiency (also known as Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE))

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Level C1 or higher. For visa nationals this must include ‘Weak’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Cambridge English: Business Preliminary (also known as Business English Certificate Preliminary)

  • Undergraduate entry: Pass with Distinction. For visa nationals this must include ‘Exceptional’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
  • This qualification is not suitable for postgraduate entry.

Cambridge English: Business Vantage (also known as Business English Certificate Vantage)

  • Undergraduate entry: Pass at Grade B. For visa nationals this must include ‘Borderline’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. This can include a pass at Grade B C.
  • Postgraduate entry: Pass at Grade A. For visa nationals this must include ‘Exceptional’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Cambridge English: Business Higher (also known as Business English Certificate Higher)

  • Undergraduate entry: Pass at Grade C. For visa nationals this must include ‘Weak’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
  • Postgraduate entry: Pass at Grade B. For visa nationals this must include ‘Borderline’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. This can include a pass at Grade B or C.

Cambridge English: Legal (also known as International Legal English Certificate)

  • Undergraduate entry: Pass at Grade B2. For visa nationals this must include ‘Borderline’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
  • Postgraduate entry: Pass at Grade C1. For visa nationals this must include ‘Good’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and can include a C1 pass or C1 pass with merit.

Cambridge English: Financial (also known as International Certificate in Financial English)

  • Undergraduate entry: Pass at Grade B2. For visa nationals this must include ‘Borderline’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • Postgraduate entry: Pass at Grade C1. For visa nationals this must include ‘Good’ in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Certificate of Attainment in English (Edexcel)

  • Undergraduate entry: level 4
  • Postgraduate entry: level 5

City & Guilds International ESOL (IESOL) Diploma

  • Undergraduate entry: Level B2. For visa nationals this must include 'Pass' in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
  • Postgraduate entry: Level C1. For visa nationals this must include 'Pass' in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

CSE (English language)

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Grade 1

ESOL Skills for Life Level 1

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: pass in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. For visa nationals this must include ‘Borderline’ within all elements of Speaking and Listening.
  • Not to be confused with ESOL Skills for Life Entry 1.

European Baccalaureate

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: English as the First Foreign Language (L2) or First Foreign Language.  Advanced (L2A) - 7.5 or higher.

Foundation programmes (UK Universities)

Applicants with these qualifications will be considered individually.

GCE or GCSE English language

GCE O-level English language

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Grade C or higher (if taken after 1975)

GCE O-level English language 1119

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Grade B or higher

GCE A-level English

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Grade E or higher

GCSE English language

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Grade C or higher

Hong Kong Examinations Authority Advanced Use of English

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Grade C or higher.

ICL Proficiency

  • Undergraduate entry: grade A
  • Foundation/HND entry: grade B or C

IELTS

Please note, IELTS tests are valid for two years only for immigration purposes.

Undergraduate entry:

  • IELTS 6.0. For visa nationals this must include a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
  • 6 week pre-sessional course entry: For visa nationals, IELTS 5.5 including a minimum of 5.5 in each component of the test.
  • 12 week pre-sessional course entry: For visa nationals, IELTS 5.0 including a minimum of 4.5 in each component of the test (UKBA Level B1).

Postgraduate entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 or 7.0. For visa nationals this must include a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
  • 6 week pre-sessional course entry: For visa nationals, IELTS 6.0 including a minimum of 5.5 in each component of the test.
  • 12 week pre-sessional course entry: For visa nationals, IELTS 5.5 including a minimum of 4.5 in each component of the test (UKBA Level B1).

IGCSE in English

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Grade C or higher. For visa nationals this must be the IGCSE 0500 or 0522 syllabus, as stated by UKBA.

Indian Standard XII level - English paper

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry:

  • National boards of ISC and CBSE or West Bengal Board - 60% or higher
  • Maharastra board - 65% or higher
  • Tamil Nadu and Karnataka boards - 70% or higher.

 

 

International Baccalaureate (must include English)

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Standard English grade 5 or Higher level grade 4 or higher.

Integrated Skills Test in English (ISE from Trinity College London)

 Please note, tests are valid for two years only for immigration purposes:

  • Undergraduate entry: ISEII or higher. For visa nationals this must include a minimum of a pass in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
  • Postgraduate entry: ISEIII or higher. For visa nationals this must include a minimum of a pass in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

JMB Test in English

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Grade 3 or higher

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board (LCCIEB) English qualifications

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: EFB/EFC third level. LCCIEB third and fourth level single subject certificate considered.

London Tests of English (Edexcel)

  • Undergraduate entry: level 4
  • Postgraduate entry: level 5

NEAB University Entrance Test in English for speakers of other languages (UETESOL)

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Pass in all sections

Nigeria - West African Examination Council (English language)

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Grade 1-6

Norway - Vitnemal

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: 4 or higher in English

Oxford International Business English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Credit

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

Please note, tests are valid for two years only for immigration purposes:

  • Undergraduate entry: Level B2. For visa nationals this must include a minimum of 51 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • Postgraduate entry: Level C1. For visa nationals this must include a minimum of 67 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Proficient User Certificate in English Level 3 - Proficient User

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Pass

Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP)

  • Undergraduate entry: 6.0
  • Postgraduate entry: 6.5 or 7.0

University of Central Lancashire Certificate of Proficiency in English Level 3 - Proficient User

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Pass

UCLES Certificate of Advanced English

UCLES Certificate of Advanced English

ULEAC Certificate of Attainment in English

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: level 6 or higher

University of Michigan Examination of Proficiency in English (ECPE)

Undergraduate and postgraduate entry: Pass

University of Warwick English Language Test (WELT)

  • Undergraduate entry: CCC
  • Postgraduate entry: BBC

What if I don't meet these requirements

Take a pre-sessional English language course with us

If you don’t meet the English language requirements, you can join our Pre-sessional English Language course before you begin your degree.

The course will not only teach you English language skills appropriate for progression to your academic degree - through individual support from your tutors and a variety of teaching methods, the course will also help you gain:

  • knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning styles and expectations of studying at a UK university;
  • increased knowledge of your academic subject;
  • academic and study skills;
  • research skills, critical thinking and analysis;
  • increased confidence for success.

Depending on your current level of English you will be able to join either the 12/11 weeks or 6/5 weeks Pre-sessional programme. Please check the entry requirements for the Pre-sessional English Language course.

Study English in your home country

If you need to improve your English language score or you just want to be more prepared before you start your studies, there are many opportunities to study English in your home country. The British Council provides English language teaching and preparation for the IELTS examination. Our Regional Offices can also help you find accredited IELTS examination centres in your country.

Request English Language support while you study

We appreciate that studying in a different language for the first time can be a big challenge, especially with the added pressure of needing to complete your degree. We have help and support available to assist you throughout your journey at Bath Spa University.

The English Language Unit

To ensure that you can meet those challenges, fully engage in university life and reach your full potential as learners, The English Language Unit (ELU) provides free English language and EAP (English for Academic Purposes) support for all international students whose first language is not English.

The Writing and Learning Centre

The University’s Writing and Learning Centre (WLC) is here to support you in your academic work at any stage of your academic career. WLC offers 1:1 individual sessions as well as workshops and courses on a variety of topics to help you improve your academic reading and writing, referencing, digital literacy, critical thinking, making the transition to university study and returning to study after a break.

If you have a qualification not listed here, please contact our International Admissions team, and we will consider your qualifications on an individual basis.

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