This policy specifies minimum English Language entry requirements for students applying to the University of Nottingham. These are minimum entry requirements and many subjects require higher entry qualifications. These requirements apply to students undertaking award and non-award bearing studies at the University.
Home Students are required to have an appropriate grade/score in an approved examination in English language before they can register on an academic programme. This is normally Grade C in GCSE English Language or equivalent.
EU and International Students
EU and International students whose first language is not English are required to have an appropriate grade/score in an approved examination in English language (such as IELTS) Academic) before they can register on an academic programme. Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have successfully completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve (including a GCSE-equivalent English Language qualification) in one of the countries on the Home Office's list of recognised countries will be deemed to have an acceptable English language qualification. The Home Office's list of recognised countries is available on the UK Government website. In addition to the Home Office's list, we can also accept degrees from selected other English-speaking countries and institutions as evidence of English proficiency. For further information, see our policy for alternative acceptable English language requirements.
The following are the recognised primary English Language qualifications:
- The Academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). IELTS tests are available worldwide. See the IELTS website to find your nearest test centre.
A number of alternative language qualifications can also be accepted as B2 equivalent alternatives for NQF Level 6 (undergraduate degree level) study and above: see out table of English Language Equivalencies
Below are the grades/scores normally required for immediate entry on to academic programmes at the University. Grades/scores are valid for a maximum period of two years prior to the date of registration.
One Year Foundation Certificates
Please note that foundation course applicants requiring a Tier 4 student visa to study within the UK must provide evidence of a valid secure English Language Test (SELT) as defined by the Home Office at the level of B1. This is due to visa regulations for non-degree-level programmes.
If you will apply for your visa outside the UK, the only test available as a SELT is an 'IELTS for UKVI' test (UK Visas and Immigration) from an approved IELTS SELT Consortium test centre. If you will apply within the UK you can take an IELTS for UKVI test or a Trinity College London SELT test.
The IELTS entry requirement for foundation programmes is:
- IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in any element).
For full details of this policy including a list of IELTS SELT Consortium test centres around the world and Trinity College London SELT test centres in the UK, please see the UK Government website.
NB: Students who have not reached this language level may attend a Pre-sessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE).
Integrated Foundation Courses
Since students will be recieving an offer for an NQF Level 6 or 7 qualification, they are required to meet the University's English Language minimum for Undergraduate study upon entry to the initial foundation year.
- IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
- CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of "Pass to Integrated Foundation".
- IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
- CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of "Pass with High Distinction"
Nursing and Midwifery
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
Other Undergraduate/Postgraduate Programmes (please see our online prospectuses for individual requirements)
- IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)
- CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of "Pass"
- IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
- CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of "Pass with Merit"
- IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
- CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of "Pass with Distinction"
English Language Equivalencies
Policy for Alternative Acceptable English Language Requirements
Acceptable Alternative English Language Evidence Form
Revised 27 November 2015