We accept IELTS, Duolingo, Pearson and many Cambridge certificates as a proof of English language fluency on our degree courses, as well as many other English language qualifications.

If you are currently applying for a pre-degree course (for example pre-sessional or International foundation) and need a Tier 4 Visa to study at the University of Worcester you must have a Secure English Language Test at an approved test centre and it is an IELTS test for UK visas and Immigration (UKVI) purposes. 

 

Specific English Language Qualifications

IELTS Academic/IELTS Indicator

UndergraduatePostgraduate

6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component)

6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in each component)

Duolingo

UndergraduatePostgraduate   

95-100

105-110

TOEFL iBT/TOEFL Home Edition

UndergraduatePostgraduate

76 with no less than:
Listening 17
Reading 18
Speaking 20
Writing 17

86 with no less than:
Listening 17
Reading 18
Speaking 20
Writing 17

Comments: TOEFL English Language Tests no longer accepted as a SELT by UKVI from 1st July 2014.  If you are currently applying for: a pre-degree course (for example pre-sessional or foundation) and need a Tier 4 Visa to study at the University of Worcester very specific conditions apply and you need to talk to your admissions contact. However, the University of Worcester continues to accept TOEFL iBT in all other cases.

Pearson PTE Academic

UndergraduatePostgraduate 

59 with no less than 51 in each component

70 with no less than 51 in each component

 Holmes Language Assessment

UndergraduatePostgraduate 
B2+ overall, with no lower than B2 in any element C1 overall, with no lower than B2 in any element

Cambridge CAE: Certificate in Advanced English

UndergraduatePostgraduate

Score of 169 overall or above with no less than 160 in each section, equivalent to CEFR B2 score

Score of 176 overall or above with no less than 160 in each section, equivalent to CEFR C score 

Cambridge CPE: Certificate in Proficiency in English

UndergraduatePostgraduate

Test at C1 level (minimum 180 points)

Test at C1 level (minimum 180 points)

Cambridge First Certificate in English

UndergraduatePostgraduate 

Score of 169 overall or above with no less than 160 in each component, equivalent to CEFR B2 score

Not accepted for PG level                                                                                                                         

 

The University of Worcester accepts a number of other English Language qualifications. If you have a question about specific English qualifications, please contact the International Recruitment Office at international@worc.ac.uk.

UKBA List of Majority English Speaking Countries (MESC)

If you have studied or lived in a majority English speaking country, you may not need to prove your English language ability.  You will not need to meet the University of Worcester's or the UK Visas and Immigration's English language requirements if you have successfully completed a qualification equivalent to a taught UK Bachelor's degree in one of these recognised MESCs (list 1) or are from one of these recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) (list 2).

MESC

LIST 1 LIST 2 

 Antigua and Barbuda

 Antigua and Barbuda

 Australia

 Australia

 The Bahamas

 The Bahamas

 Barbados

 Barbados

Belize 

 Belize

 Dominica

 Canada

 Grenada

 Dominica

 Guyana

 Grenada

 Ireland

 Guyana

Jamaica 

 Jamaica

 New Zealand

 New Zealand

 St Kitts and Nevis

 St Kitts and Nevis

 St Lucia

 St Lucia

 St Vincent and the Grenadines

 St Vincent and the Grenadines

 Trinidad and Tobago

 Trinidad and Tobago

 The United Kingdom

 United States of America

 United States of America

 

 

Undergraduate Courses 

Undergraduate courses usually require a minimum IELTS of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or Duolingo 95-100 or Pearson 59 (with no less than 51 in each component) or various Cambridge certificates. Other equivalent English qualifications will also be considered. Some courses may require a higher score for professional accreditation or registration.

If you have a question about specific English language qualifications, please contact the International Recruitment Office at international@worc.ac.uk.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate courses usually require a minimum IELTS of 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or Duolingo 105-110 or Pearson 70 (with no less than 51 in each component) or various Cambridge certificates. Other equivalent English qualifications will also be considered.

If you have a question about specific English language qualifications, please contact the International Recruitment Office at international@worc.ac.uk.

Additional Language Support

The Language Centre organises a range of preparatory English Classes for students who need to improve their English before they enrol onto their Bachelor's or Master's courses.

We offer 6- and 10-week pre-sessional courses during the summer period.

For full details of the courses, please visit the Language Centre.