English Language Requirements

English Language requirements

English Language Requirements

At the University of Lincoln, English Language requirements may vary depending on your intended course of study. Check individual course pages for detailed information.

 IELTSTOEFL Internet Based*PearsonUniversity of Lincoln PEASS course
Required IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent IELTS 6.0
Listening: minimum level 5.5
Speaking: minimum level 5.5
Reading: minimum level 5.5
Writing: minimum level 5.5 
 N/A Overall score 54
Listening: minimum level 51
Speaking: minimum level 51
Reading: minimum level 51
Writing: minimum level 51 
Pass at 40% or above 
Required IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent IELTS 6.5
Listening: minimum level 6.0
Speaking: minimum level 6.0
Reading: minimum level 6.0
Writing: minimum level 6.0 
Overall score  90
Reading  21
Writing   22
Speaking 22
Listening 20 
Overall score 61
Listening: minimum level 54
Speaking: minimum level 54
Reading: minimum level 54
Writing: minimum level 54 
Pass at 50% or above
Required IELTS of 7.0 or equivalent IELTS 7.0
Listening: minimum level 6.5
Speaking: minimum level 6.5
Reading: minimum level 6.5
Writing: minimum level 6.5 
Overall score  100
Reading  23
Writing   23
Speaking 23
Listening 22 
Overall score 67
Listening: minimum level 61
Speaking: minimum level 61
Reading: minimum level 61
Writing: minimum level 61
Pass at 60% or above 

*Please note that the TOEFL test is no longer accepted for students who require a Tier 4 visa.

Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • Cambridge English: Advanced, commonly known as the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – overall score of 169, with no less than 162 in each element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency, commonly known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) – overall score of 169, with no less than 162 in each element

 

University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

  • GCE O Level English Language (Syllabus 1119/1120/1125/1126/1127) - grade C or better (must include reading, writing, listening and speaking and grades achieved in
  • each element must be equivalent to at least CEFR B2)
  • IGCSE First Language English (Syllabus 0500) – grade C or better (must achieve at least CEFR B2 in reading and writing and Grade 2 in Listening and Speaking components)
  • IGCSE First Language English (Syllabus 0522) – grade C or better (must achieve at least CEFR B2 in reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • IGCSE English as a Second Language (Syllabus 0510 and 0511) – grade A (must achieve at least CEFR B2 in reading, writing, listening and speaking)

 

Edexcel

  • IGCSE English as a Second Language – grade C or better (must include reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • IGCSE English Language (Specification A) – grade C or better

Please note that English Language (Specification B) does not test speaking or listening and is therefore not accepted).

CountryQualificationMinimum grades required

Antigua & Barbuda

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

Australia

English language within Provincial Secondary/Senior School Certificate or Diploma

50%

Australia

Academic qualification assessed as being equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

Austria

Reifeprüfung / Matura

2 ('Gut')

Bahamas

GCSE / GCE O Level

A-C

Bahamas

Academic qualification assessed as being equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

Barbados

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

Barbados

GCE Ordinary Level

A-C/1-6

Barbados

Academic qualification assessed as being equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

Belgium

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur

8/10 (80%)

Belgium

Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs

8/10 (80%)

Belize

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

Belize

GCE Ordinary Level

A-C/1-6

Belize

Academic qualification assessed as being equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

Botswana

Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (BGCSE)

A-C

Cameroon

GCE Ordinary Level

A-C

Canada

High School Diploma (or regional equivalent)

A-C

Canada

Academic qualification assessed as equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC 
If studied in a French-speaking province, you will need to provide a letter from the institution confirming that the degree was taught in English

-

Cyprus

Apolytirion of Lykeion

15

Denmark

Bevis for Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF)

7

Dominica

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

Dominica

GCE Ordinary Level

A-C/1-6

Dominica

Academic qualification assessed as being equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

Europe

European Baccalaureate Diploma

7

Germany

Abitur / Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife - English as a 'Leistungskurse'

10 ('Gut')

Ghana

WASSCE

A1-C6

Grenada

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

Grenada

Academic qualification assessed as equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

Guyana

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

Guyana

Academic qualification assessed as equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

Hong Kong

HKDSE

4/5

Iceland

Studentsprof (from Gymnasium)

9

India

Standard XII (awarded by a Metro/State Board)

70%+

Ireland

Academic qualification assessed as equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

Jamaica

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

Jamaica

GCE Ordinary Level

A-C/1-6

Jamaica

Academic qualification assessed as equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

Kenya

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)

A-C

Malawi

Malawi School Certificate of Education

1-6

Malaysia

Cambridge GCE O'level Syllabus 1119

A-C

Malta

Advanced Matriculation / Matriculation Certificate

E

Netherlands

VWO

8

New Zealand

National Certificate in Educational Achievement at level 2/3

Achieved

New Zealand

Academic qualification assessed as equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

Nigeria

NECO Senior School Certificate

A1-C6

Nigeria

WAEC WASSC

A1-C6

Norway

VVO

4/5

South Africa

National Senior Certificate

5

St Kitts & Nevis

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

St Kitts & Nevis

GCE Ordinary Level

A-C/1-6

St Kitts & Nevis

Academic qualification assessed as equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

St Lucia

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

St Lucia

Academic qualification assessed as equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

St Vincent & The Grenadines

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

St Vincent & The Grenadines

Academic qualification assessed as equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

Sweden

Slutbetyg / Avgångsbetyg från Gymnasieskolan

VG (15+)

Tanzania

Secondary School Leaving Certificate

A-C

Tanzania

Certificate of Secondary Education

A-C

Trinidad & Tobago

GCE Ordinary Level

A-C/1-6

Trinidad & Tobago

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate

1-3

Trinidad & Tobago

Academic qualification assessed as equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

Uganda

Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)

1-6

Uganda

East African Certificate of Education (EACE)

1-6

USA

High School Graduation Diploma

C

USA

Academic qualification assessed as equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree by UK NARIC

-

Various

International Baccalaureate Diploma - HL English Language

5

Various

International Baccalaureate Diploma - SL English Language

5

Zambia

Zambia School Certificate / General Certificate of Education

1-6

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education O Level

A-C

 

Please note that requirements for some programmes may be higher than those listed in the table above.

Contact

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