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, and C.

Use this page to check which qualifications you need to apply for Category A courses.

English tests accepted

Qualification Requirement
IELTS Academic 7.0 with 6.5 in each component
IELTS Indicator 7.0 with 6.5 in each component
TOEFL 100 overall with 24 in each component
TOEFL iBT and iBT Special Home Edition 100 overall with 24 in each component
The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 69 with no less than 62 in each component
Duolingo 120 overall with sub scores of Literacy 120, Comprehension 130, Conversation 115, Production 100.
Trinity ISEISE III with Merit in all four components
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

English qualifications for Category A

Country Qualification Requirements
General International Baccalaureate Standard or Higher Level in English (any) Grade of 3
General GCSE English Language or English Literature Grade B or Grade 6 (new scheme)
General IGCSE English Language or English Literature Grade B
General IGCSE English 2nd Language Not acceptable
General IGCSE English B Grade B
General GCE Ordinary Level English Language or English Literature Grade B
General A Level English Language or English Literature Grade C
Scotland National 5 in English Grade B
Scotland Scottish Highers English Grade C
Scotland Advanced Higher English Grade C
Ireland Irish Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level Grade B
Austria Reifeprüfungszeugnis English written and oral 2 (gut)
Belgium Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs OR Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur 80%
Brunei Ordinary Level Grade B
Denmark Studentereksamen Grade 10
Europe European Baccalaureate L1: 6.0 L2: 7.0 L3: 7.5
Finland Lukion paastotodistus English A Grade 9
France/Morocco French Baccalaureate Core English A Grade 14
France Core English B Grade 15
France Option Internationale Baccalaureate English Grade 12
Germany German Abitur Grade 12
India Indian 12th Standard (CBSE, ISC & CISCE) 80%
Luxembourg Examen de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires 48 très bien
Malaysia Malaysian O level 1119 4B (must be within 30 months)
Netherlands Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (University Preparation Education) (VWO) Grade 8
Nigeria Nigerian WASSCE Grade B3
Norway Norwegian Vitnemal-vidergaende opplaering English Language Grade 5
Singapore Ordinary Level Grade B
Singapore Singapore Integrated Programme Secondary 4 English Language or Language Arts (General Paper is not accepted) Grade B
South Africa South African NSC/ Matriculation Certificate Grade 5
Sweden Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan Grade B
Switzerland Swiss Matura 5 bien (out of a scale of 6) or 8 bien (out of a scale of 10)
United States – for US citizens SAT Evidence based Reading and Writing Score of 720
United States – for non-US citizens Advanced Placement in English Language and Composition Grade 5

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

For IELTS, IELTS Indicator, TOEFL IBT, TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, CAE, CPE, Duolingo, Trinity 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 Student 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.