English language requirements 2022/23: taught courses

If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability.

You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

There are some differences for distance learning applicants.

Exceptions

You may not need to provide evidence of your English language abilities if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You're a UK national
  • You're a national from a majority English speaking country as specified by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI):
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Australia
    • The Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • Canada
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Ireland
    • Jamaica
    • Malta
    • New Zealand
    • St Kitts and Nevis
    • St Lucia
    • St Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • United States of America
  • You've completed a degree either in the UK, Ireland or in a country listed above. The degree must have been completed within seven years of the course start date here at York. If you are applying to the Hull York Medical School, the degree must have been awarded within two years of the start date.
  • You've completed a degree within seven years of your start date which has been taught in English. You will need to provide official confirmation from the institution where you completed your degree that the medium of instruction was English. If you are applying to the Hull York Medical School, the degree must have been awarded within two years of the start date and a statement of comparability issued by ECCTIS will be required that confirms your degree is equivalent to a UK Bachelors Honours degree.
  • You have a secondary school qualification included in this list (International GCSE equivalent qualifications for postgraduate admissions (PDF , 24kb) at the grade that meets your course entry requirements. The qualification must have been completed within seven years of the course start date here at York. This option is not available to applicants for any Hull York Medical School course.
  • You have a secondary school qualification included in this list (International GCSE equivalent qualifications for postgraduate admissions (PDF , 24kb) at the grade that meets your course entry requirements. The qualification must have been completed within seven years of the course start date here at York. This option is not available to applicants for any Hull York Medical School course.

For more information see UKVI Tier 4 Guidance from October 2019 (PDF).

Accepted tests

The following tests are accepted for entry into degree-level courses:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic and Online)
  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
  • TOEFL IBT (internet based and special home edition) (TOEFL MyBest score is not acceptable for meeting the English language requirement)
  • Trinity ISE
  • Duolingo (except for Hull York Medical School courses)
  • LanguageCert SELT
  • LanguageCert International ESOL

We seek formal confirmation of all test results. If you are intending to take an IELTS indicator test please note our institution code is 301196. If you are intending to take a TOEFL test please enter our Designated Institution code 3065 on your test form.

We must be able to verify your test within two years of completion, but you may have completed the test up to two and a half years prior to the start date of your course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test or multiple different tests.

The requirements for these tests vary by academic department.

Check the entry requirements for your course

If you are a visiting student see your English language requirements by subject

If you've not met the departmental requirements

If you've taken one of the accepted tests but not met the departmental requirement, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

If you require a Student Visa

If you're applying for an on-campus pre-sessional English course and require a Student Visa (formerly Tier 4 Visa) then you must take a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (gov.uk). Only IELTS for UKVI (Academic), Trinity ISE or PTE Academic UKVI can be accepted for entry to pre-sessional courses.

For more information about visas and English language requirements see General Student Visas (Tier 4) (gov.uk).

Contact us

Got a question about applying to York? Email our friendly Admissions Team for advice and support.

If you've already applied to study at York please use You@York to upload any documents. Please do not email documents to us.

Postgraduate Admissions

pg-admissions@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 322142

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Contact us

Got a question about applying to York? Email our friendly Admissions Team for advice and support.

If you've already applied to study at York please use You@York to upload any documents. Please do not email documents to us.

Postgraduate Admissions

pg-admissions@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 322142

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