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Policy on minimum English language entry requirements

This page contains the University's policy on the minimum English language requirements for entry to all award and non-award bearing studies. Its content is primarily aimed at prospective international students but may also be of interest to staff and current students across all of the UK, China and Malaysia campuses.

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Overview

This policy specifies minimum English language entry requirements for students applying to the University of Nottingham. Please note that these are minimum entry requirements and many subjects require higher entry qualifications.

These requirements apply to students undertaking both award and non-award bearing studies at the University.

 

Home students

Includes: requirements; GCSE level

Home students are required to have an appropriate grade or 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

Includes: International English Language Testing System (IELTS); Home Office list of recognised countries; recognised and equivalent qualifications; English language equivalencies document

EU and international students whose first language is not English are required to have an appropriate grade or score in an approved examination in English language (such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS)) before they can register on an academic programme.

Students will also be deemed to have an acceptable English language qualification if they have either:

  • taken their education entirely in the medium of English or can demonstrate that they have successfully completed a recognised UK degree
  • successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year 12 (including a GCSE-equivalent English language qualification) in one of the countries on the Home Office's list of recognised countries

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 more information, please consult the following:

UK Government website

Policy on alternative English language qualifications

IELTS website

Centre for English Language Education (CELE)

Recognised and equivalent qualifications

The following are the recognised primary English Language qualifications:

  • The academic version of the IELTS. IELTS tests are available worldwide. See the IELTS website to find your nearest test centre.
  • Successful final assessment of an appropriate pre-sessional English language course offered by the University of Nottingham's Centre for English Language Education (CELE).

A number of alternative language qualifications can also be accepted as B2 equivalent alternatives for NQF Level 6 (undergraduate degree level) study and above. For more information, please consult the following:

Below are the grades or scores normally required for immediate entry on to academic programmes at the University. Grades or scores are valid for a maximum period of two years prior to the date of registration.

 

One year foundation certificates

Includes: Secure English Language Test (SELT); Tier 4 student visa requirements

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 intend to 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 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 with no less than 5.0 in any element.
Students who have not reached this language level may attend a Pre-sessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE).

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 consult the following.

UK Government website

Centre for English Language Education (CELE)

 

Integrated foundation courses

Includes: Medicine; Nursing and Midwifery; Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation; Veterinary Medicine and Science; other undergraduate and postgraduate programmes; English language bandings document

    Since students will be receiving 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. 
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any element
  • Centre for English Language Education (CELE) pre-sessional course final assessment of "Pass to Integrated Foundation". 

Medicine

  • IELTS 7.5 with no less than 7.0 in any element

Nursing and Midwifery

  • IELTS 7.5 with no less than 7.0 in any element

Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation

  • IELTS 7.5 with no less than 7.0 in any element

Veterinary Medicine and Science

  • IELTS 7.5 with no less than 7.0 in any element

Other Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes

  • IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any element
  • CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of "Pass"

or 

  • IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any element
  • CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of "Pass with Merit"

or

  • IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any element
  • CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of "Pass with Distinction"

Further information

For more information about individual requirements, please consult the following:

Online prospectus

IELTS website

Centre for English Language Education (CELE)

 

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If you have any problems or queries relating to this page, please email: Quality-Manual-Enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk  Email
This content was last modified on 27 November 2020

 

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