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English language requirements

English language requirements

English language requirements for admission at Ulster University.


All applicants to the University (from the UK and overseas) are required to show evidence of English language proficiency.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the ‘B2 level’.

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III (with a pass in each component) also meets this requirement. Some of our courses ask for a higher score. It is therefore important to look at individual course requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement we will give you a conditional offer subject to you meeting the requirement before the commencement of the course.

We accept a wide range of alternative English language examinations and tests so please check the list of other accepted tests.

Pre-sessional courses

If you do not quite meet our English language requirements then you should consider taking one of our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes courses.

English Language Qualifications we accept

  • Cameroon GCE O Level
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade C NA NA
  • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) - Use of English
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade D or higher with Grade D or better in at least 3 of the 4 sub-skill areas.  NA NA
  • Hong Kong Advanced Supplementary Level Examination (HKASLE) - Use of English
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade D or higher with Grade D or better in at least 3 of the 4 sub-skill areas.  NA NA
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) - English Language
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade 4 overall with no less than 3 in any of the 4 sub skills NA NA
  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) - English Language Syllabus B (before 2007)
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade C or higher including only one Grade D in any of the four sub-skills, with Grade C or better in the at least the other three sub-skills. NA NA
  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) - English Language Syllabus B (after 2007)
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade 3 in all test elements NA NA
  • Indian Standard XII English
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA

    Entry to UNDERGRADUATE courses Standard XII English language - Pass with a minimum of 70% in Central Boards of Secondary Education (CBSE) or Indian Certificate in Secondary Education (ICSE) OR the State Boards of Maharstha, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Boards Entry to POSTGRADUATE taught courses A mark of over 70% in English in the Standard Xll examinations in the Central Boards (CBSE/ICSE) or the State Boards of, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. (If your degree has been taught in the medium of English we accept a mark of over 70% in English, in Standard XII from any Board.)

    Entry to POSTGRADUATE taught courses A mark of over 70% in English in the Standard Xll examinations in the Central Boards (CBSE/ICSE) or the State Boards of, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. (If your degree has been taught in the medium of English we accept a mark of over 70% in English, in Standard XII from any Board.)

    NA NA
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Higher or Subsidiary level in English Language (grade 4 or above) NA NA
  • International GCSE: English as a first language
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade C in IGSCE English as a First Language (Syllabus 0522) Grade C in IGCSE English as a First Language (Syllabus 0500) with Grade 2 in Speaking + Listening components 

    Grade C in IGSCE English as a First Language (0522)

    Grade C in IGCSE English as a First Language (0500) with Grade 2 in Speaking + Listening components

    Grade C in IGSCE English as a First Language (0522)

    Grade C in IGCSE English as a First Language (0500) with Grade 2 in Speaking + Listening components

  • International GCSE: English as a second language
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade C in IGCSE English as a Second Language (Syllabus 0510) with Grade 2 Oral endorsement Grade C in IGCSE English as a Second Language (Syllabus 0511) with Grade C in oral assessment 

    Grade C in IGCSE English as a Second Language (0510) with Grade 2 Oral endorsement

    Grade C in IGCSE English as a Second Language (0511) with Grade C in oral assessment

    Grade C in IGCSE English as a Second Language (0510) with Grade 2 Oral endorsement

    Grade C in IGCSE English as a Second Language (0511) with Grade C in oral assessment

  • INTO International English Language Assessment (IELA)
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA 
    • IELA 169 overall
      minimum 162 in sub-skills
    NA NA
  • Kenyan Certificate in Secondary Education (KCSE)
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade C Grade C Grade B
  • Malaysia (Bahasa Inggeris) English Language Syllabus 1119
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade C Grade B Grade A
  • Singapore Syllabus 1127
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade C Grade C Grade B
  • Tanzania O Level
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade C NA NA
  • Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade C NA NA
  • WAEC / NECO 
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade C6 Grade C5 Grade C4
  • Zambia General Certificate of Education
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade 6 NA NA
  • Zimbabwe Zimsec at ordinary level 
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NA NA Grade C NA NA

English Language Tests we accept

(Must have been awarded or certified within the last two years)

  • Cambridge Advanced English
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NAPass at Level B2 NB: Any offers made will be conditional on successful completion of Standard Pre-SessionalPass at Level B2 (with minimum of 170 on Cambridge English Scale)Pass at Grade CPass at Grade C
  • Cambridge English Business Higher
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NANAGrade C with all parts ‘weak’ or higherGrade C with all parts ‘weak’ or higherGrade C with all parts ‘weak’ or higher
  • Cambridge English Financial
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NAPass with all parts ‘borderline’ NB: Any offers made will be conditional on successful completion of Standard Pre-SessionalPass with all parts ‘merit’NANA
  • Cambridge English: first
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NAPass at Grade C NB: Any offers made will be conditional on successful completion of Standard Pre-SessionalPass at Grade BPass at Grade APass at Grade A
  • Cambridge English Legal
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NANANAPass with ‘merit’ and all parts ‘good’NA
  • Cambridge IGCSE (English as a second language)
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NAReading - D Writing - D Speaking - C Listening - A NB: Any offers made will be conditional on successful completion of Standard Pre-SessionalReading - C Writing - C Speaking - C Listening - ANANA
  • Cambridge Proficiency in English
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NANANAPass at Level C1Pass at Level C1
  • Pearson
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    46 (with min. of 41 in each part) NB: Any offers made will be conditional on successful completion of Pre-Sessional PLUS51 (with min. of 46 in each part) NB: Any offers made will be conditional on successful completion of Standard Pre-Sessional56 (with min. of 51 in each part)61 (with min. of 56 in each part)66 (with min. of 61 in each part)
  • TOEFL iBT
    IELTS 5.0IELTS 5.5IELTS 6.0IELTS 6.5IELTS 7.0
    NANA80 with a minimum:
    L – 17
    R – 18
    S - 20
    W– 17
    90 with a minimum:
    L – 20
    R – 20
    S - 20
    W– 20
    100 with a minimum:
    L – 22
    R – 24
    S - 25
    W– 24

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