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Policy for Alternative Acceptable English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English are required to have an appropriate result in an approved examination in English language before they can register on an academic programme. Details of recognised English Language qualifications are available on our Minimum English Entry Requirements page.

A number of alternative qualifications are also acceptable and a full list of these qualifications is available to download

Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree (undergraduate or full Masters’ degree NOT Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate) or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve in one of the countries on the following Home Office list of countries will automatically be classed as having an alternative acceptable English language qualification.

Students on split site degree programmes who have taken the majority of their previous degree in the medium of English (eg 1+3 students) can be classed as having an acceptable alternative qualification; students who have only taken the minority of their previous degree in the medium of English (eg 2+1 students) should be asked for an additional English language qualification – either a SELT or a recognised alternative.

Home Office List of Countries

Antigua 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.

Degree Level Studies from other English Language Speaking Countries

While the following countries are not on the Home Office list, the International Office has agreed that degree level qualifications from certain countries (recognised institutions only) are an acceptable alternative to B2 level English.

University staff can find further English language guidance and lists of recognised institutions for each country on the International Office's Workspace. 

Candidates who have successfully completed degree level study from the below list of countries are NOT required to submit any further evidence of English language ability.

 

Country

Level of ‘vouching’ for English equivalent to B2 level:

Anguilla

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Barbados

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Bermuda

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Botswana

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Canada

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham/ non-bilingual institutions only

Cayman Islands

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Europe

Selected institutions only - staff should refer to the English language guidance on the International Office Workspace for further details 

Gambia

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Ghana

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

India

Selected institutions only - staff should refer to the recognised institutions list for further details

Kenya

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Lesotho

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Liberia

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Mauritius

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Montserrat

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Nigeria

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Pakistan

Selected institutions only - staff should refer to the recognised institutions list for further details

Seychelles

 

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Sierra Leone

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Singapore

Selected institutions only – staff should refer to the recognised institutions list for further details

South Africa

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Tanzania

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Uganda

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Virgin Islands (British & US)

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Zambia

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Zimbabwe

All institutions recognised by the University of Nottingham

Non Integrated Foundation programmes

All international applicants for Non-Integrated Foundation programmes are required by the Home Office to have taken a SELT and achieve the University’s minimum requirements for the programme.

Acceptable Alternative English Language Evidence

If you wish to admit an applicant who does not meet the above criteria or the normal minimum requirements for their course but consider that the applicant has the required proficiency in English language you may submit an acceptable alternative evidence form to the Head of Admissions.

Such requests will only be considered where there is strong documented evidence that the student has attained the required level of English to meet the published requirements in all four elements (listening, reading, speaking and writing) but has not taken a recognised English language qualification.  Performance at interview alone will not be considered as acceptable alternativeEnglish language evidence.

 

Revised 1 September 2017

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