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: UKVI Tier 4 Guidance  - June 2019 (PDF)

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.

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.

Check the requirements for your course

School leaving certificates

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.

Country

Qualification

English 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

Gambia

Gambia West African Secondary School Certificate 

C6 (where the school has confirmed that the medium of instruction in the school is English)

Germany

Abitur

11

Ghana

West African Secondary School Certificate

 C6 

Hong Kong

HKDSE

4 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

Netherlands

VWO

6

Nigeria

West African Secondary School Certificate  

C6

Norway

Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole

4

Sierra Leone  

West African Secondary School Certificate

C6

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

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).

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

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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

Related links