Student at Lincoln

English Language Qualifications Accepted at the University of Lincoln

Depending on your intended course of study, English language requirements may vary. 

Students who do not meet the University of Lincoln’s English language requirements, may be able to take part in a Pre-sessional English Language and Academic Study Skills programme (PEASS) before their main course of study.

 

IELTS equivalents

  IELTS TOEFL Internet Based* Pearson University 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.

Requirements for some programmes may be higher than those listed in the table above. Please check on individual course web pages for more information.

For students who do not meet the University of Lincoln’s English language requirements, you may be able to take part in a Pre-sessional English Language and Academic Study Skills programme before your main course of study.

 

Other qualifications accepted in lieu of IELTS 6.0

 

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).

 

Country-specific English language qualifications

 

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 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.

For more information, please contact the International Admissions Team: intadmissions@lincoln.ac.uk.