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English language requirements


All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and
written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied.
This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by
language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying at UCL and living in the UK.
The level of English language proficiency required for each programme is shown on the relevant programme
page of this Prospectus.

Evidence
The required evidence may be one of the following:
1. Substantial education (minimum 12 months) or work experience (minimum 18 months) conducted in
English in a majority English speaking country and undertaken no more than the summer two years prior to
the proposed date of enrolment.
2. A recently obtained acceptable English language qualification or test result. The qualification or test result
must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment.
If you are a visa national, your language qualification must have been taken within two years of any issuance of
a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from UCL.
The required evidence should, if possible, be included with the complete application. If either unsatisfactory or
no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided with the application, admission will be
conditional upon the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and
must be fulfilled before enrolment at UCL.
UCL reserves the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an
applicant.

Acceptable qualifications
Listed below are all the English language qualifications and tests that are recognised by UCL and the level
(standard, good or advanced) required to satisfy UCLs English language requirement for graduate study.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version

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This test is UCL's preferred English language qualification and the only one accepted by the UCL Institute of
Education.
Standard level: Overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests.
Good level: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.
Advanced level: Overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.
Teacher training: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 6.5 in reading.
Contact IELTS
Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT
Prior to January 2016 entry

TOEFL does not satisfy the UCL English language requirement


For entry into programmes from January 2016 onwards

Standard level: Overall score of 92 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening
Good level: Overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening
Advanced level: Overall score or 109 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening
Teacher training: Overall score of 100
Contact TOEFL
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
Prior to January 2015

Standard level: Overall score of 45, pass in all components.


Good level: Overall score of 51, pass in all components.
Advanced level: Overall score of 56 with good level obtained in all components.
From January 2015 onwards

Standard level: Overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests


Good level: Overall score of 185 with 169 in all subtests
Advanced level: Overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests
Contact Cambridge
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English
Prior to January 2015

Standard level: Score of 58 or above. No less than 52 in each skill.


Good level: Score of 67 or above. No less than 52 in each skill.
Advanced level: Score of 74 or above. No less than 58 in each skill.
From January 2015 onwards

Standard level: Overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests


Good level: Overall score of 185 with 169 in all subtests
Advanced level: Overall score of 191 with 176 in all subtests

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City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL)
Standard level: Pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International
Spoken test (ISESOL).
Good level: Pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International
Spoken test (ISESOL).
Advanced level: Not acceptable.
Contact Pitman
UCL Pre-sessional English Courses
These courses are run by UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).
Standard level: Mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the subtests.
Good level: Mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests.
Advanced level: Mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests.
Contact CLIE
UCL International Pre-Master's Courses
These courses are run by UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).
Standard level: Overall mark of 65% with at least 60% in each of the four elements of the examination.
Equivalent to 6.5 in IELTS.
Good level: Overall mark of 70% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination. Equivalent
to 7.0 in IELTS.
Advanced level: Overall mark of 75% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination.
Equivalent to 7.5 in IELTS.
Contact CLIE
UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes
This Diploma is run by the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE).
Standard level: Overall mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests.
Good level: Overall mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests.
Advanced level: Overall mark of 75%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests.
Contact CLIE
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
UCL will accept the Pearson Test of English (Academic), often referred to as PTE (Academic), with the following
grades:
Standard level: 62 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill
Good level: 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill
Advanced level: 75 overall, with a minimum of 62 each Communicative Skill
The test is undertaken online.

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