Entry requirements for international students

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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 in terms of international qualifications.

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, or consider our International Foundation Programme (for undergraduate entry), Business School Graduate Certificate or International Bridging Programme (for postgraduate entry), an HIC pathway, or our Pre-sessional English Programme.

Academic requirements:

Please visit our course page for specific entry requirements in terms of international qualifications.

All undergraduate and postgraduate courses require students to have a Maths qualification equivalent to GCSE grade C or above. If you have a query relating to the equivalence of your local qualification please contact us.

Undergraduate

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.

Postgraduate

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 54 (with no less than 51 in any band)

Please note this is not an exhaustive list. For more information please refer to the UKBA recognised English language tests information

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

Please be aware that 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
  • 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 Advancing Pharmacy Practice 
  • MSc Organisational Psychology

Course webpages include English language requirements. 

TOEFL

As of the 17th of April 2014 the UK Home Office have confirmed that Education Testing Services' (ETS') licence to carry out Secure English language tests (SELTs) for immigration purposes had come to an end and will not be extended. In light of this, we will no longer accept TOEFL tests taken on or after the 17th of April 2014 for entry to the University of Hertfordshire. TOEIC tests have never been acceptable for entry.  If you have taken a test on or after this date, we must ask that you take an alternative test such as IELTS or the Pearson's test of English in support of your application. Similarly, if you are intending to take a TOEFL test in the future, we must ask that you use an alternative provider. Details of all acceptable English language test providers are below.

TOEFL tests taken before the 17th of April 2014 are still being considered for visa applications but you could experience considerable delays with your visa if you are relying on this test – you may be asked to undertake an additional interview for example. Please visit the Home Office website for the latest information on this.

Preparatory courses

Pre-sessional English, English for Academic Study and any foundation courses with National Qualification Framework (NQF) exit levels 3 – 5 will require you to achieve the University's overall English level for your course (see individual course page for details), plus each of the 4 skill components* at B1 level or above.

Bachelor's degree or above

Courses with NQF exit level 6 & 7 (i.e. Pre-masters, Undergraduate degrees and Postgraduate degrees) will require you to achieve the University's overall English level for your course (see individual course page for details), plus each of the 4 skill components at B2 level or above

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

UK Border Agency minimum English requirements

For ease of reference please see below the UK Border Agency (UKBA) 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

B1

B2

C1

 
GCSE English

N/A

C

A

N/A

iGCSE English as a first language


IGCSE English as a second language

Reading, writing grade G and speaking, listening grade F


Reading, writing, speaking grade E and listening grade F

Reading, writing grade E and speaking, listening grade D

 
Reading, writing grade D, speaking grade C and listening grade A

A

N/A

IELTS (Academic and
General Training)

4.0 in all four
components

5.5 in all four
components

 7.0 in all four components

 

2 years

 

Pearson Test of
English Academic
(PTE Academic)

36 in all four
components


51 in all four
components

67 in all four
components

 

2 years

 

City

and Guilds IESOL and ISESOL

N/AC1 Expert
Pass
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

 

N/A

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)

 

N/A

 

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: