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.

IELTS Academic *TOEFL IBT*†PTE Academic*University of Lincoln PEASS course

IELTS 6.0 overall
Reading: minimum level 5.5
Listening: minimum level 5.5
Speaking: minimum level 5.5
Writing: minimum level 5.5

79 overall
Reading: 18
Listening: 17
Speaking: 20
Writing: 20
58 overall
Reading: 51
Listening: 51
Speaking: 51
Writing: 51
Pass at 40% or above

IELTS 6.0 overall
Reading: minimum level 6.0
Listening: minimum level 6.0
Speaking: minimum level 6.0
Writing: minimum level 6.0

79 overall
Reading: 19
Listening: 18
Speaking: 21
Writing: 22
58 overall
Reading: 58
Listening: 58
Speaking: 58
Writing: 58
 

IELTS 6.5 overall
Reading: minimum level 6.0
Listening: minimum level 6.0
Speaking: minimum level 6.0
Writing: minimum level 6.0

90 overall
Reading: 21
Listening: 20
Speaking: 22
Writing: 24
61 overall
Reading: 58
Listening: 58
Speaking: 58
Writing: 58
Pass at 50% or above

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

100 overall
Reading: 24
Listening: 24
Speaking: 23
Writing: 27
76 overall
Reading: 61
Listening: 61
Speaking: 61
Writing: 61
Pass at 60% or above

* Valid for two years from date of the test
† Accepted for students who do not require a Tier 4 visa

Should I take the IELTS Academic or IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test?

  • IELTS Academic is for students who wish to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
  • IELTS for UKVI (Academic) is a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for students who need to take a Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills (PEASS) course in order to meet the English language condition of their main course offer.

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
  • Cambridge B2 First - overall B grade, with no less than 170 in any individual element. Accepted for students who do not require a visa to study in the UK

 

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)
  • Singapore-Cambridge English General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (Syllabus 1128) – grade C or better

Evidence of the syllabus you have studied will be required in order for the International Admissions Team to consider your CIE qualification.

 

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).

The following qualifications may be accepted in place of IELTS 6.0.

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%

Austria

Reifeprüfung / Matura

2 ('Gut')

Bahamas

GCSE / GCE O Level

A-C

Barbados

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

Barbados

GCE Ordinary Level

A-C/1-6

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

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

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

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

Guyana

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

Hong Kong

HKDSE

4/5

Iceland

Studentsprof (from Gymnasium)

9

India

Standard XII (awarded by CISCE or CBSE)

70%+

Jamaica

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

Jamaica

GCE Ordinary Level

A-C/1-6

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

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 Lucia

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

St Vincent & The Grenadines

Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate (General Proficiency)

1-3

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

Uganda

Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)

1-6

Uganda

East African Certificate of Education (EACE)

1-6

USA

High School Graduation Diploma

C

Various

International Baccalaureate Diploma - HL English A: Language and Literature

5

Various

International Baccalaureate Diploma - SL English A: Language and Literature

5

Various

International Baccalaureate Diploma - HL English A: Literature

5

Various International Baccalaureate Diploma - SL English A: Literature 5
Various International Baccalaureate Diploma - HL English B 5
Various International Baccalaureate Diploma - SL English B 6

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.

We would usually expect the qualification to have been completed within 5 years of you enrolling at the University of Lincoln.

UK Visa and Immigration (UKV&I) requirements regarding English language proficiency - UK NARIC Statement of Comparability 

Some students who are relying on a Bachelors, Masters or PhD award from a ‘majority English-speaking country’ (excluding the UK) as evidence of their English language ability for their Tier 4 visa application are now required to include an original ‘Statement of Comparability’ from UK NARIC. 

Students who are nationals of the ‘majority English-speaking countries’ listed below are NOT required to apply for a UK NARIC Statement of Comparability: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • the Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA 

Students who are not nationals of a ‘majority English-speaking country’ but will be relying  on a Bachelors, Masters or PhD award completed in one of the countries listed below as proof of their English language ability WILL be required to obtain a UK NARIC Statement of Comparability. 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • the Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA 

Further information regarding the Statement of Comparability, including how to apply, can be found on the UK NARIC website.

 

Contact

International Admissions 

intadmissions@lincoln.ac.uk