Undergraduate English language requirements 2020/21

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 written and spoken English to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Exceptions

You do not need to provide evidence of your English language 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 the UKVI
  • You've completed a degree either in the UK or in a majority English speaking country

For more information see:

Accepted tests and qualifications

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

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic)
  • C1 Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)
  • C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • PTE Academic
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test (IBT)
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) with Grade C.

The requirements for these tests vary by department.

Check the requirements for your course

You must have completed the test within two years of the starting date of your course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

We can also accept the following school leaving certificates as proof of English language ability, if you are taking an English language subject and you meet the minimum grade required.

  • International Baccalaureate: Pass English A or obtain 5 in English B at either Standard or Higher Level.
  • European Baccalaureate: Obtain 6.5 in English.
CountryQualificationEnglish Grade Required
Austria Reifeprüfungszeugnis / Maturazeugnis 2
Belgium Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs 16
  Certificat d'Enseignement 7
  Abschlusszeugnis der Oberstufe des Sekundarunterrichts 70%
Canada High School Graduation Diploma from any state, excluding Quebec 75%
Denmark Studentereksamen / HÇ¿jere Forberedelseseksamen 7
Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus / Studentexamenbetyg 4 (Cum laude approbatur)
France
  • French Baccalauréat
  • Option Internationale du Baccalauréat
11
Germany Abitur 11
Ghana West African Secondary School Certificate C6
Hong Kong HKDSE 5 overall with 4 in each component
Iceland Stúdentspróf 6
India Standard XII 75%
Liberia West African Secondary School Certificate   C6
Luxembourg Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires 36
Malaysia STPM 119 C
Netherlands VWO 6
Norway Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole 4
Singapore O-Level C
South Africa National Senior Certificate, English Home Language 5
Sweden Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola English C VG/Grade C
Switzerland
  • Certificat de Maturité
  • Certificat de Maturité Cantonal reconnu par la Confédération
  • Baccalauréat Vaudois
  • Maturität
  • Eidgenössisch anerkanntes kantonales Maturitätszeugnis
  • Attestato di Maturità
  • Attestato di Maturità Cantonale riconosciuto dalla Confederazione (Federal Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
4

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process our Admissions team will be happy to help.

Undergraduate Admissions
ug-admissions@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 324000

If you require a Tier 4 visa

If you're applying for a pre-sessional English course and require a Tier 4 visa then you must take a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (gov.uk). Only IELTS for UKVI (Academic) or Trinity ISE can be accepted for entry to pre-sessional programmes.

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

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. You can apply online once you receive and accept your offer. Apply early to avoid disappointment.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process our Admissions team will be happy to help.

Undergraduate Admissions
ug-admissions@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 324000