English Language Equivalencies

UEA Requirements

All applicants to the University of East Anglia must be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of English language before they can be admitted onto any course or programme. This page gives guidance on the minimum entry levels for the University - some courses may ask for a higher standard of English qualifications. Detailed requirements are displayed on the individual course pages. Alternatively, please contact Admissions via enquiries@uea.ac.uk.

UK Visas and Immigration Requirements

International students will normally require a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa to allow them to study, and will have to meet English language standards as specified by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) service. We generally accept the tests listed in the table below, as evidence that you have met these requirements.

Exemptions

You may be exempt from English Language Requirements if:

You are a national of one of the following countries :  Antigua and Barbuda;  Australia;  The Bahamas;  Barbados;  Belize; Canada;  Dominica;  Grenada;  Guyana; Ireland;  Jamaica;  New Zealand;  St Kitts and Nevis;  St Lucia;  St Vincent and the Grenadines;  Trinidad and Tobago;  United States of America.

Or you have completed a full academic qualification, at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree, which was taught in one of the following countries :  Antigua and Barbuda;  Australia;  The Bahamas;  Barbados;  Belize;  Dominica;  Grenada;  Guyana;  Ireland;  Jamaica;  New Zealand;  St Kitts and Nevis;  St Lucia;  St Vincent and the Grenadines;  Trinidad and Tobago;  The UK;  United States of America.

RequirementS

Undergraduate

 
Qualification Level Valid For

IELTS

IELTS Indicator

6.0 overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component

2 Years

Pearson Academic English

50 overall with minimum of 42 in each component

2 Years

TOEFL iBT

including Special Home Edition

79

2 Years

Reading

18

 

Writing

17

 

Listening

17

 

Speaking

20

 

INTO UEA English

60% Overall and minimum of 55% in each component

2 Years

Password

6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

2 Years

Cambridge English:

B2 First

(formally known as Cambridge English First FCE)

169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component - (January 2015 onwards)

Grade C overall and Borderline in all components - (before January 2015)

2 Years

Cambridge English:

C1 Advanced

(formally known as Cambridge English Advanced CAE)

169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component - (January 2015 onwards)

Level B2 overall - (before January 2015)

2 Years

Cambridge English:

C2 Proficiency

(formally known as Cambridge English Proficiency CPE)

169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component - (January 2015 onwards)

Level C1 overall - (before January 2015)

2 Years

Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life

Level B1 overall and Pass in all components

2 Years

Duolingo English Test

100

2 Years

Trinity College - Integrated Skills in English

Level ISE III overall with Pass in all components

2 Years

iGCSE English as a First Language (Cambridge) Syllabus 0500* & 0522

*Please note we can only accept the 0500 syllabus if the optional Listening and Speaking components are completed

C

10 Years

iGCSE English as a Second Language (Cambridge) Syllabus 0510 & 0511

*Please note we can only accept these if the optional oral component has been completed

B

10 Years

iGCSE English as a Second Language (Pearson/Edexcel)

B

10 Years

European Baccalaureate (1st or 2nd Language)

6

10 Years

French Baccalaureate: English

10

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English A1 Syllabus (Higher or Standard Level)

4

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English A2 Syllabus (Higher or Standard Level)

4

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English B Syllabus (Higher Level)

4

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English B Syllabus (Standard Level)

5

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English Language and Literature Syllabus (Higher and Standard Level)

4

10 Years

 

Country Level Date of Validity

Botswana GCSE

C

10 Years

Brunei - iGCSE / GCE O-Level 1120 Syllabus

C

10 Years

East African - Certificate of Education

C

10 Years

Germany - Abitur

11

10 Years

Hong Kong - HKDSE Core English Language

4 (min. 3 in all components)

10 Years

India Standard XII - the following school boards are accepted for the Senior School Certificate -

 

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE);

Council of Indian School Certificate examination (CISCE)

nb: latter covers Indian School Certificate (ISC) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE);

West Bengal;

Karnataka;

Maharashtra;

Tamil Nadu;

Andhra Pradesh;

Kerala;

Goa;

Delhi;

70%

10 Years

Kenya - Certificate of Secondary Education

C

10 Years

Malaysia - UCLES 1119 Syllabus / iGCSE

C

10 Years

Mauritius - Cambridge O-level / iGCSE 1125 Syllabus

C (with 1 or 2 in Oral Component)

10 Years

Norway - Vitnemal / VVO

4

10 Years

Singapore - Cambridge O-Level 1127/1128 Syllabus

C

10 Years

Singapore - Integrated Programme

C

10 Years

South Africa - National Senior Certificate / Matriculation Certificate

C / 5

10 Years

Spain - Curso de Orientacio (COU) or Titulo de Bachillerato English Language

6

10 Years

Uganda - National Examinations Board Certificate of Education (UCE)

C6

10 Years

West Africa - WAEC / WASSC / NECO

C6

10 Years

Zambia - iGCSE or Year 12 equivalent

C

10 Years

Zimbabwe - GCE O Level English

C

10 Years

Postgraduate Taught

 
Qualification Level Valid For

IELTS

IELTS Indicator

6.5 overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component

2 Years

Pearson Academic English

58 overall with minimum of 42 in each component

2 Years

TOEFL iBT 

including Special Home Edition

88

2 Years

Reading

18

 

Writing

17

 

Listening

17

 

Speaking

20

 

INTO UEA English

65% overall and minimum of 55% in each component

2 Years

Password

6.5 overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component

2 Years

Cambridge English:

B2 First

(formally known as Cambridge English First FCE)

176 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component - (January 2015 onwards)

Grade B overall and Borderline in all components - (before January 2015)

2 Years

Cambridge English:

C1 Advanced

(formally known as Cambridge English Advanced CAE)

176 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component - (January 2015 onwards)

Grade C overall and Borderline in all components - (before January 2015)

2 Years

Cambridge English:

C2 Proficiency

(formally known as Cambridge English Proficiency CPE)

176 overall with a minimum of 162 in each component - (January 2015 onwards)

Level C1 overall - (before January 2015)

2 Years

Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life

Level C2 overall and Pass in all components

2 Years

Duolingo English Test

110

2 Years

Trinity College - Integrated Skills in English

Level ISE III overall with Pass in all components

2 Years

iGCSE English as a First Language (Cambridge) Syllabus 0500* & 0522

*Please note we can only accept the 0500 syllabus if the optional Listening and Speaking components are completed

C

10 Years

iGCSE English as a Second Language (Cambridge) Syllabus 0510* & 0511*

*Please note we can only accept these if the optional oral component has been completed

B

10 Years

iGCSE English as a Second Language (Pearson/Edexcel)

B

10 Years

European Baccalaureate (1st or 2nd Language)

6

10 Years

French Baccalaureate: English

11

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English A1 Syllabus (Higher or Standard Level)

4

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English A2 Syllabus (Higher or Standard Level)

4

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English B Syllabus (Higher Level)

4

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English B Syllabus (Standard Level)

5

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English Language and Literature Syllabus (Higher and Standard Level)

4

10 Years

 

Country Level Date of Validity

Botswana GCSE

C

10 Years

Brunei - iGCSE / GCE O-Level 1120 Syllabus

C

10 Years

East African - Certificate of Education

C

10 Years

Germany - Abitur

12

10 Years

Hong Kong - HKDSE Core English Language

4 (min. 3 in all components)

10 Years

India Standard XII - the following school boards are accepted for the  Senior School Certificate -

 

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE);

Council of Indian School Certificate examination (CISCE)

nb: latter covers Indian School Certificate (ISC) and Indian Certificate of Secondary

Education (ICSE);

West Bengal;

Karnataka;

Maharashtra;

Tamil Nadu;

Andhra Pradesh;

Kerala;

Goa;

Delhi;

70%

10 Years

Kenya - Certificate of Secondary Education

C

10 Years

Malaysia - UCLES 1119 Syllabus / iGCSE

C

10 Years

Mauritius - Cambridge O-level / iGCSE 1125 Syllabus

C (with 1 or 2 in Oral Component)

10 Years

Norway - Vitnemal / VVO

4

10 Years

Singapore - Cambridge O-Level 1127/1128 Syllabus

C

10 Years

Singapore - Integrated Programme

C

10 Years

South Africa - National Senior Certificate / Matriculation Certificate

C / 5

10 Years

Spain - Curso de Orientacio (COU) or Titulo de Bachillerato English Language

6

10 Years

Uganda - National Examinations Board Certificate of Education (UCE)

C6

10 Years

West Africa - WAEC / WASSC / NECO

C6

10 Years

Zambia - iGCSE or Year 12 equivalent

C

10 Years

Zimbabwe - GCE O Level English

C 10 Years

Postgraduate Research

 
Qualification Level Valid For

IELTS

IELTS Indicator

6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each component

2 Years

Pearson Academic English

58 overall with minimum of 50 in each component

2 Years

TOEFL iBT

including Special Home Edition

88

2 Years

Reading

20

 

Writing

19

 

Listening

19

 

Speaking

21

 

INTO UEA English

65% overall and minimum of 60% in each component

2 Years

Password

6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each component

2 Years

Cambridge English:

B2 First

(formally known as Cambridge English First FCE)

176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each component - (January 2015 onwards)

Grade B overall and Borderline in all components - (before January 2015)

2 Years

Cambridge English:

C1 Advanced

(formally known as Cambridge English Advanced CPA)

176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each component - (January 2015 onwards)

Grade C overall and Borderline in all components - (before January 2015)

2 Years

Cambridge English:

C2 Proficiency

(formally known as Cambridge English Proficiency CPE)

176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each component - (January 2015 onwards)

Level C1 overall - (before January 2015)

2 Years

Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life

Level C2 overall and Pass in all components

2 Years

Duolingo English Test

110

2 Years

Trinity College - Integrated Skills in English

Level ISE III overall with Pass in all components

2 Years

iGCSE English as a First Language (Cambridge) Syllabus 0500* & 0522

*Please note we can only accept the 0500 syllabus if the optional Listening and Speaking components are completed.

C

10 Years

iGCSE English as a Second Language (Cambridge) Syllabus 0510* & 0511*

*Please note we can only accept these if the optional oral component has been completed

B

10 Years

iGCSE English as a Second Language (Pearson/Edexcel)

B

10 Years

European Baccalaureate (1st or 2nd Language)

6

10 Years

French Baccalaureate: English

11

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English A1 Syllabus (Higher or Standard Level)

4

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English A2 Syllabus (Higher or Standard Level)

4

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English B Syllabus (Higher Level)

4

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English B Syllabus (Standard Level)

5

10 Years

International Baccalaureate English Language and Literature Syllabus (Higher and Standard Level)

4

10 Years

 

Country Level Date of Validity

Botswana GCSE

C

10 Years

Brunei - iGCSE / GCE O-Level 1120 Syllabus

C

10 Years

East African - Certificate of Education

C

10 Years

Germany - Abitur

12

10 Years

Hong Kong - HKDSE Core English Language

4

10 Years

India Standard XII - the following school boards are accepted for the Senior School Certificate -

 

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE);

Council of Indian School Certificate examination (CISCE)

nb: latter covers Indian School Certificate (ISC) and Indian Certificate of Secondary

Education (ICSE);

West Bengal;

Karnataka;

Maharashtra;

Tamil Nadu;

Andhra Pradesh;

Kerala;

Goa;

Delhi;

70%

10 Years

Kenya - Certificate of Secondary Education

C

10 Years

Malaysia - UCLES 1119 Syllabus / iGCSE

C

10 Years

Mauritius - Cambridge O-level / iGCSE 1125 Syllabus

C (with 1 or 2 in Oral Component)

10 Years

Norway - Vitnemal / VVO

4

10 Years

Singapore - Cambridge O-Level 1127/1128 Syllabus

C

10 Years

Singapore - Integrated Programme

C

10 Years

South Africa - National Senior Certificate / Matriculation Certificate

C / 5

10 Years

Spain - Curso de Orientacio (COU) or Titulo de Bachillerato English Language

6

10 Years

Uganda - National Examinations Board Certificate of Education (UCE)

C6

10 Years

West Africa - WAEC / WASSC / NECO

C6

10 Years

Zambia - iGCSE or Year 12 equivalent

C

10 Years

Zimbabwe - GCE O Level English

C

10 Years