Our English language requirements

If you apply to study at the University, you need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your course. To make it easier for you to check the qualification level you need, we group our courses in categories A, B, C and D.

Use this page to check which qualifications from countries outside the UK you need to apply for Category A courses. If you studied for a UK-based qualification, see the 2021 Category A English language requirements for UK qualifications.

Required levels for Category A courses

Country Qualification Requirement
Austria Reifeprüfungszeugnis written and oral 2 (gut)
Belgium Secondary Diploma 80%
Denmark Studentereksamen Grade 10
Europe European Baccalaureate L1: 6.0, L2: 7.0, L3: 7.5
Finland Lukion paastotodistus English A Grade 9
France French Baccalaureate 14
France Option Internationale Baccalaureate 12
Germany German Abitur 12
Hong Kong HKDSE Core English 5
India Indian 12th Standard (CBSE, ISC & HSC) 80%
Ireland Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level Grade B2
Luxembourg Examen de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires 48 très bien
Malaysia Malaysian O level 1119 4B (must be within 30 months)
Netherlands VWO 8
Nigeria Nigerian WASSCE B3
Norway Norwegian Vitnemal-vidergaende opplaering English Language 5
Singapore O level Grade B
Singapore Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 English Language or Language Arts Grade B (General Paper is not accepted)
South Africa South African NSC/ Matriculation Certificate Grade 5
Switzerland Swiss Matura 5 bien (out of a scale of 6) or 8 bien (out of a scale of 10)

We also accept these English language qualifications for Category A courses:

Qualification Requirement
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 185 with no less than 176 in all elements
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) 185 with no less than 176 in all elements
IELTS 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 69 with no less than 62 in any element
TOEFL IBT 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components
Trinity ISE 7.0 overall with 6.5 in all four components – ISE III with Merit in all four components

If you have a qualification in English that is not listed here or on the course page, email the Undergraduate Admissions team on admissions@bath.ac.uk

For IELTS, TOEFL IBT and PTE Academic tests, you need to get your qualification within 24 months of starting your course or we will not be able to accept it. For all other English language tests, you need to get your qualification within 30 months of the start of your course.

If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will need to meet the UK Home Office requirements.

As a higher education institution (HEI), we can assess your knowledge of English directly. You will not need to take a separate English test if you meet our standard English language requirements for an undergraduate degree.

Pre-sessional English courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.