International entry requirements

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Before applying please check whether you meet the entry requirements for the degree course you are interested in.

Please see our country webpages for specific entry requirements.

If your country is not listed, the University's standard entry requirements are listed on this page. If you don't yet meet these requirements, please contact us to check your qualifications.

Pre-sessional English at Hertfordshire

If you have not achieved the required English language level for entry to your chosen degree course, we offer Pre-sessional English short courses, International Foundation Programmes (for undergraduate entry) and a HIC pathway.

Please note, you must ensure that you undertake one of the new UKVI Secure English Language Test (SELT) Academic IELTS or Trinity College Tests of English (UK only) in order to be eligible for a Tier 4 student visa for a preparatory course. We will be unable to accept any other English test providers in light of recent changes made by the Home Office to English language provision. Please visit the Home Office website for details of approved test centres where you may undertake one of the new style SELT IELTS.

Academic requirements:

Please visit our course page for specific entry requirements in terms of international qualifications. If you have a query relating to the equivalence of your local qualification please contact us.


The normal entry requirements for undergraduate degrees are completion of 12 years of school education and successful completion of a school leaving certificate equivalent to UK 'A' Levels.

A Level: please see our course pages for the A Level requirements for your course of interest.

International Baccalaureate: 24 (International Foundation Programme) - 34 points.


Before you apply you should check whether you meet the entry requirements for the degree course you are interested in. The normal entry requirements for postgraduate degrees are completion of a Bachelor degree in a relevant subject area at a level equivalent to a UK second class honours degree.

University English Language requirements

We require you to demonstrate your English Language proficiency before an unconditional offer will be made to you. For the majority of our courses, we accept the following tests

  • GCSE English Language at grade C or above
  • IGCSE English at grade C or above
  • IELTS score of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
  • Pearson Test of English 51 (with no less than 42 in any band)
  • Indian Standard XII English Language (65% undergraduate/70% postgraduate)

This is not an exhaustive list. Please refer to the UKVI for a full list of approved English language tests.

IELTS and PTE are valid for 2 years and must be valid up to the date the CAS (Certificate of Acceptance for Studies) is issued.

The following courses have a different English language requirement:

IELTS 6.5/PTE 58 (minimum band scores also apply)

  • All postgraduate Business courses
  • All undergraduate and postgraduate Humanities courses
  • All postgraduate Art, design, film, music and media courses
  • All undergraduate and postgraduate nursing courses
  • All undergraduate and postgraduate social work courses
  • Most courses in the School of Health and Emergency professions
  • BSc Nutrition
  • BSc Pharmaceutical Science
  • MPharm
  • MSc Biotechnology
  • MSc Pharmacology
  • MSc Molecular Biology
  • MSc Environmental Management
  • MSc Business Psychology
  • MSc Psychology
  • All postgraduate education programmes

IELTS 7.0/PTE 67 (minimum band scores also apply)

  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • BSc Dietetics
  • MSc Social Work
  • MSc Advancing Pharmacy Practice
  • MSc Organisational Psychology

Course webpages include English language requirements.

We no longer accept TOEFL tests. Please visit the Home Office website for the latest information on this.

UKVI minimum requirements listed below differ from the University's overall English entry criteria.

UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) minimum English requirements

For ease of reference please see below the UK Visa and immigration agency (UKVI) minimum equivalences of B1, B2 and C1 English language levels.
*where available, this refers to Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

TestScore Test validity
Common European Framework level




IELTS (Academic and
General Training)

4.0 in all four

5.5 in all four

7.0 in all four components

2 years

Pearson Test of
English Academic
(PTE Academic)

36 in all four

51 in all four components

67 in all four

2 years


and Guilds IESOL and ISESOL

N/AC1 Expert
in all four components
N/A2 years
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)N/A 

Reading – Weak

Listening – Weak

Speaking- Weak

Writing – Weak  

Reading – Borderline

Listening – Borderline

Speaking- Borderline

Writing – Borderline

Trinity College London, ESOL Skills for Life and Integrated skills in English

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (pass in all components)

ISEI (pass in all components)

Level  1 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (pass in all components)

ISEII  (pass in all components)

Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (pass in all components

ISEIII (pass in all components)


Taking a test

If you have not already demonstrated that you have the required English Language proficiency for your course, you will need to take a secure English Language test. Please note, if your offer has an English language condition included, this is expressed as an IELTS requirement. We do, however, accept other English language test providers, including Pearsons.

Test centre details - please follow the links to find out more or book a test: