Study

English language requirements

As part of our matriculation requirements, all students entering the university are required to meet the minimum English standards.
 
In addition there may be added conditions for international students in order to meet immigration requirements.
 
  • The Home Office regulations require all students entering into the UK with a Tier 4  visa to reach a minimum standard in English.
  • If you need a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK you will need to meet both the Home Office requirements and the specific entry requirements of the course you have applied to. 
  • The Home Office rules state that applicants wishing to study at degree level must have achieved a B2 level in each of the four language components. 
  • Tier 4 policy guidance is available on the Home Office website.
  • The Home Office has produced a list of approved English language qualifications.
  • Only English language tests taken up to two years prior to the date that you are due to start your studies are valid for entrance purposes.

Applicants who need to improve their English language skills may be able to attend a pre-sessional course during the summer with the Academic Skills Centre.

General requirements

The usual requirement for entry to an undergraduate course is an English GCSE or IELTS at an appropriate level. The specific requirements for each course are listed on the individual course pages, and a number of alternative acceptable qualifications are listed here.
 
If you have a qualification in English not listed here, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team at admissions@bath.ac.uk
 
Category A Category B Category C
IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in all components. IELTS 7.0 overall with 6.5 in all components.
IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all components.
PTE Academic - 69 with no less than 69 in any element PTE Academic - 69 with no less than 62 in any element PTE Academic - 62 with no less than 59 in any element
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) –
Pre-January 2015: Grade C with no less than borderline in all elements.
From January 2015: 193 with no less than 184 in all elements.
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) –
Pre-January 2015: Grade C with no less than borderline in all elements.
From January 2015: 193 with no less than 175 in all elements.
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) –
Pre-January 2015: Grade C with no less than borderline in all elements.
From January 2015: 184 with no less than 175 in all elements.
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) -
Pre-January 2015: Grade C with no less than borderline in all elements.
From January 2015: 193 with no less than 184 in all elements.
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) -
Pre-January 2015: Grade C with no less than borderline in all elements.
From January 2015: 193 with no less than 175 in all elements.
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) -
Pre-January 2015: Grade C with no less than borderline in all elements.
From January 2015: 184 with no less than 175 in all elements.
A Level English Language or English Literature
Grade C
A Level English Language or English Literature
Grade C
A Level English Language or English Literature
Grade C
AS English Language or English Literature
Grade C
AS English Language or English Literature
Grade C
AS English Language or English Literature
Grade C
European Baccalaureate -
L1 – 6.0
L2 – 7.0
L3 – 7.5
European Baccalaureate -
L1 – 6.0
L2 – 7.0
L3 – 7.5
European Baccalaureate -
L1 – 6.0
L2 – 7.0
L3 – 7.5
GCE O-Level English Language or English Literature
Grade B
GCE O-Level English Language or English Literature
Grade C
GCE O-Level English Language or English Literature
Grade C
GCSE English Language or English Literature Grade B
GCSE Grade 6 (new scheme)
GCSE English Language or English Literature Grade C
GCSE Grade 4 (new scheme)
GCSE English Language or English Literature Grade C
GCSE Grade 4 (new scheme)
IB English (all) - 3 IB English (all) - 3 IB English (all) - 3
IGCSE 1st English Language or English Literature
Grade B
IGCSE 1st English Language or English Literature
Grade C
IGCSE 1st English Language or English Literature
Grade C
IGCSE 2nd English Language
Not accepted
IGCSE 2nd English Language
Grade A
IGCSE 2nd English Language
Grade A
IGCSE English B
Grade B
IGCSE English B
Grade C
IGCSE English B
Grade C
Scottish National 5 (2013) English
Grade B
Scottish National 5 (2013) English
Grade C
Scottish National 5 (2013) English
Grade C
Scottish Highers English
Grade C
Scottish Highers English
Grade C
Scottish Highers English
Grade C
Scottish Advanced Highers English
Grade C
Scottish Advanced Highers English
Grade C
Scottish Advanced Highers English
Grade C
TOEFL IBT
100 overall with a minimum 27 in all 4 components
TOEFL IBT
100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components
TOEFL IBT
90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

Country Specific

The usual requirement for entry to an undergraduate course is an English GCSE or IELTS at an appropriate level. The specific requirements for each course are listed on the individual course pages, and a number of alternative acceptable qualifications are listed here.
 
If you have a qualification in English not listed here, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Team at admissions@bath.ac.uk
 
Category A Category B Category C
Irish Leaving Certificate
- Ordinary Level grade B2
Irish Leaving Certificate
- Ordinary Level grade C2
Irish Leaving Certificate
- Ordinary Level grade C2
Austria – 2 (gut) taken in both written and oral Austria – 2 (gut) taken in both written and oral Austria – 2 (gut) taken in both written and oral
Belgium Secondary Diploma – 80% Belgium Secondary Diploma – 75% Belgium Secondary Diploma – 75%
Denmark Studentereksamen –
Grade 10
Denmark Studentereksamen –
Grade 9
Denmark Studentereksamen –
Grade 9
Finland Lukion paastotodistus –
Grade 9 in English A
Finland Lukion paastotodistus –
Grade 8 in English A
Finland Lukion paastotodistus –
Grade 8 in English A
French Baccalaureate - 14 French Baccalaureate - 12 French Baccalaureate - 12
French - Option Internationale Baccalaureate - 12 French - Option Internationale Baccalaureate - 10 French - Option Internationale Baccalaureate - 10
German Abitur - 12 German Abitur - 11 German Abitur - 11
Hong Kong HKDSE
Core English – 5
Hong Kong HKDSE
Core English – 4
Hong Kong HKDSE
Core English – 4
Indian 12th Standard (CBSE, ISC & HSC) - 80% Indian 12th Standard (CBSE, ISC & HSC) - 75% Indian 12th Standard (CBSE, ISC & HSC) - 75%
Luxembourg Examen de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires - 48 tres bien Luxembourg Examen de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires - 40 tres bien Luxembourg Examen de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires - 40 tres bien
Malaysian 1119 O-Level - 4B (must be within 30 months) Malaysian 1119 O-Level – 6C (must be within 30 months) Malaysian 1119 O-Level – 6C (must be within 30 months)
Netherlands VWO - 8 Netherlands VWO - 7 Netherlands VWO - 7
Nigerian WASSCE - B3 Nigerian WASSCE - C4 Nigerian WASSCE - C4
Norwegian Vitnemal-vidergaende opplaering –
A minimum of a 5 in the English Language component is generally acceptable but programmes requiring 7.0 IELTS may wish to see further evidence of English language ability
Norwegian Vitnemal-vidergaende opplaering –
A minimum of a 5 in the English Language component is generally acceptable but programmes requiring 7.0 IELTS may wish to see further evidence of English language ability
Norwegian Vitnemal-vidergaende opplaering –
A minimum of a 5 in the English Language component is generally acceptable but programmes requiring 7.0 IELTS may wish to see further evidence of English language ability
Singapore O-Level - Grade B
or
Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 English Language/Language Arts - minimum Grade B
(Note – General Paper is not accepted)
Singapore O-Level - Grade C
or
Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 English Language/Language Arts - minimum Grade C
(Note – General Paper is not accepted)
Singapore O-Level - Grade C
or
Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 English Language/Language Arts - minimum Grade C
(Note – General Paper is not accepted)
South African NSC/ Matriculation Certificate - Grade 5 South African NSC/ Matriculation Certificate - Grade 4 South African NSC/ Matriculation Certificate - Grade 4
Switzerland (out of a scale of 6) – 5 bien
or
Switzerland (out of a scale of 10) – 8 bien
Switzerland (out of a scale of 6) – 5 bien
or
Switzerland (out of a scale of 10) – 6 bien
Switzerland (out of a scale of 6) – 5 bien
or
Switzerland (out of a scale of 10) – 6 bien