Minimum English language entry requirements Minimum English language entry requirements

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 are exempt from English Language Requirements if:

You are a national of one of the following countriesAntigua and Barbuda;  Australia;  The Bahamas;  Barbados;  Belize; Canada;  Dominica;  Grenada;  Guyana;  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 an 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 6.0 overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component 2 Years
PEARSON ACADEMIC (all components) 55 overall with minimum of 51 in each component 2 Years
Cambridge English: First (also known as First Certificate in English)

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

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

No Expiry
Cambridge English: Advanced (also know as Certificate in Advanced English)

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

Level B2 overall - (before January 2015)

No Expiry
Cambridge English: Proficiency

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

Level C1 overall - (before January 2015)

No Expiry
Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life Level B1 overall and Pass in all components No Expiry
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
INTO UEA English 60% overall and minimum of 55% in all components 2 Years
TOEFL IBT 79 2 Years

Reading

18  

Writing

17  

Listening

17  

Speaking

20  

 

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 - Arbitur 11 10 Years
Hong Kong - HKDSE Core English Language 4 (min. 3 in all components) 10 Years
India Standard XII - Senior School Certificate
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or
Council of Indian School Certificate examination (CISCE)
nb: latter covers Indian School Certificate (ISC) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)
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
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 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each component 2 Years
PEARSON ACADEMIC (all components) 62 overall with minimum of 55 in each component 2 Years
Cambridge English: First (also known as First Certificate in English)

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

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

No Expiry
Cambridge English: Advanced (also know as Certificate in Advanced English)

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

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

No Expiry
Cambridge English: Proficiency

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

Level C1 overall - (before January 2015)

No Expiry
Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life Level C2 overall and Pass in all components No Expiry
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
INTO UEA English 65% overall and minimum of 60% in all components 2 Years
TOEFL IBT 88 2 Years

Reading

20  

Writing

19  

Listening

19  

Speaking

21  

 

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 - Arbitur 12 10 Years
Hong Kong - HKDSE Core English Language 4 (min. 4 in all components) 10 Years
India Standard XII - Senior School Certificate
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or
Council of Indian School Certificate examination (CISCE)
nb: latter covers Indian School Certificate (ISC) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)
75% 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
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 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each component 2 Years
PEARSON ACADEMIC (all components) 62 overall with minimum of 55 in each component 2 Years
Cambridge English: First (also known as First Certificate in English)

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

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

No Expiry
Cambridge English: Advanced (also know as Certificate in Advanced English)

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

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

No Expiry
Cambridge English: Proficiency

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

Level C1 overall - (before January 2015)

No Expiry
Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life Level C2 overall and Pass in all components No Expiry
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
INTO UEA English 65% overall and minimum of 60% in all components 2 Years
TOEFL IBT 88 2 Years

Reading

20  

Writing

19  

Listening

19  

Speaking

21  

 

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 - Arbitur 12 10 Years
Hong Kong - HKDSE Core English Language 4 10 Years
India Standard XII - Senior School Certificate
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) or
Council of Indian School Certificate examination (CISCE)
nb: latter covers Indian School Certificate (ISC) and Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)
75% 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
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

 

Other tests / qualifications not on this list may also be acceptable for visa purposes. Generally these tests should be less than 10 years old, but where the test is older, evidence of use of English in the intervening period either through work or further study at a recognised institution may be taken into consideration.