University of Lincoln English Language Requirements

Please use the guide below to find out the English language requirements for your course.

If you do not meet the requirements, you can apply to study on our PEASS course. Click on the link below for more details:

Pre-sessional English Language and Academic Study Skills

 

If your offer requires an IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent:

Qualification Result Required
IELTS IELTS 6.0
Listening: minimum level 5.5
Speaking: minimum level 5.5
Reading: minimum level 5.5
Writing: minimum level 5.5
TOEFL Internet Based*

Overall score 79
Listening 17
Reading   18
Speaking  20
Writing    17

Pearson Overall score 54
Listening: minimum level 51
Speaking: minimum level 51
Reading: minimum level 51
Writing: minimum level 51
University of Lincoln PEASS course

Pass at 40% or above

 

If your offer requires an IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent:

Qualification Result Required
IELTS IELTS 6.5
Listening: minimum level 6.0
Speaking: minimum level 6.0
Reading: minimum level 6.0
Writing: minimum level 6.0
TOEFL Internet Based*

Overall score  90
Reading  21
Writing   22
Speaking 22
Listening 20

Pearson Overall score 61
Listening: minimum level 54
Speaking: minimum level 54
Reading: minimum level 54
Writing: minimum level 54
University of Lincoln PEASS course

Pass at 50% or above

 

If your offer requires an IELTS 7.0 or equivalent:

Qualification Result Required
IELTS

IELTS 7.0
Listening: minimum level 6.5
Speaking: minimum level 6.5
Reading: minimum level 6.5
Writing: minimum level 6.5

TOEFL Internet Based*

Overall score  100
Reading  23
Writing   23
Speaking 23
Listening 22

Pearson Overall score 67
Listening: minimum level 61
Speaking: minimum level 61
Reading: minimum level 61
Writing: minimum level 61
University of Lincoln PEASS course

Pass at 60% or above

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

English Language Proficiency

UK Visas and Immigration has announced changes to the English language tests which are acceptable for student visa purposes. The following changes take effect from 6th April 2015. Please read this carefully before booking your English test.

  • If you do not need to take a pre-sessional English programme the changes will not affect you and the University of Lincoln will continue to accept the tests listed on this page (with the exception of TOEFL for students who require a Tier 4 visa)
  • If you need to study a pre-sessional programme and your current Secure English Language Test  is dated 5th April 2015 or earlier and your University of Lincoln course will start before November 2015 there will be no change for pre-sessional programmes commencing in 2015
  • If you need to take a pre-sessional programme and your English test is dated 6th April 2015 or later or your University of Lincoln course starts on or after 1 November 2015 you must take a newly approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). 

The approved Secure English Language Tests you can now take are:

  • IELTS SELT Consortium test – for students applying for their visa from the UK or overseas
  • Trinity College London – for students applying for their visa from the UK only

No other test will be accepted by UKVI.

If taking the IELTS test you must ensure this test is provided by an 'IELTS SELT Consortium' test centre. For further information regarding IELTS and Trinity College London tests, and to view a list of ‘IELTS SELT Consortium’ test centres, please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests.

Please see below for other qualifications equivalent to an IELTS 6.0. Please contact our Admissions team for further information on equivalent higher scores.

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 English as a Second Language (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

Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority

  • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination: Use of English – Grade E or better
  • Hong Kong Advanced Supplementary Level Examination: Use of English – Grade E or better
  • Hong Kong Certification of Education (HKCEE) prior to 2007 – English Language (Syllabus B) – Grade C or better 2007 onwards
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) – Grade 4 English Language

Country Specific English Language Qualifications

The following qualifications may be accepted in lieu of IELTS 6.0. Please note that we would usually expect your country specific English language qualification to have been taken no more than 5 years before the start date of your University of Lincoln programme. Please contact International Admissions (intadmissions@lincoln.ac.uk) if you have any questions.

Country

Qualification

Minimum 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 (A/B)

5

Various

International Baccalaureate Diploma - SL English Language (A)

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.

For other English language qualifications you can also refer to the UK Visa and Immigration's 'Secure English Language Test' List 

Or alternatively you can contact us directly at the English Language Centre for more information and advice.