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Applying as an International Student

English Language Requirements

At the University of Roehampton we welcome applications from academically qualified students world-wide.

Along with a complete application, EU and international applicants will be required to submit various supporting documents. This will usually include: academic qualifications (certificate and transcript), a valid English language qualification, a personal statement and two references.

To follow your chosen programme successfully, you will need to be fluent in written and spoken English. These are the qualifications in English regarded by the University of Roehampton as an acceptable minimum level of competence:

English Language Qualifications approved as Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) for immigration purposes*:

Qualification Undergraduate Grade Requirement Postgraduate Grade Requirement Research Grade Requirement
IELTS 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in any band.
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English ISE II (Merit) ISE II (Distinction) ISE III

Please note not all IELTS centres are approved UKVI test centres. Please check for test providers and test centres here.

Other English Language Tests that may be acceptable for students applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate programme*:

Qualification Undergraduate Grade Requirement Postgraduate Grade Requirement Research Grade Requirement
TOEFL Internet Based Test Overall: 80
Reading: 18
Writing: 17
Listening: 17
Speaking: 20
Overall: 89
Reading: 18
Writing: 17
Listening: 17
Speaking: 20
NA
Pearson Test of English 51 overall with no less than 51 in any band 59 overall with no less than 51 in any band 67 overall with no less than 61 in any band
GCSE English Grade C Grade C NA
IGCSE English
(including English as a second language)
Grade C Grade C NA
IB English (SL or HL) 4 4 NA
Cambridge Proficiency Certificate Overall : 169
Listening : 162
Reading : 162
Speaking : 162
Writing : 162

(Grade C in tests taken prior to Jan 2015)
Overall : 176
Listening : 162
Reading : 162
Speaking : 162
Writing : 162

(Grade C in tests taken prior to Jan 2015)
NA
Cambridge Advanced Certificate Overall : 169
Listening : 162
Reading : 162
Speaking : 162
Writing : 162

(Grade C in tests taken prior to Jan 2015)
Overall : 176
Listening : 162
Reading : 162
Speaking : 162
Writing : 162

(Grade C in tests taken prior to Jan 2015 with no less than ‘weak’ in any band)
NA

We may accept other high school English qualifications if you are applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree (not the International Foundation Programme or Graduate Diploma/Certificate), please contact Admissions for clarification if required.

Please note that English Language tests results are usually only accepted if they have been achieved in the last two years.

If you do not meet the entry requirements detailed above, you may be eligible to join our International Foundation Programme, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate. These courses are specifically designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary for undergraduate (International Foundation Programme) or postgraduate (Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate) study. We also offer Pre-sessional programmes in the Summer for students that need to improve their English language level prior to the start of their programme. These programmes can be taken instead of re-taking an English test if you don't quite meet the required levels listed above.

If you want to take one of the pre-sessional courses please contact Admissions. You do not have to fill in another application form.

*Important Update – April 2015

On April 6th 2015 the UKVI introduced new English language guidance for International students requiring Tier 4 immigration permission to study in the UK. The changes may affect the following groups of students:

  • Students who are coming to study a Pre-Sessional English course before starting a degree programme.
  • Students who are coming to study the International Foundation Programme.

If you have applied for one of the above courses, then you will require an approved English language test, (SELT - Secure English Language Test).

If you took a SELT test before the 6th April 2015 and have achieved the appropriate score to enter the Pre-sessional, International Foundation Certificate or Pre-masters programmes, then you are not affected by this change. (Check if your test is valid on the UKVI website)

If you took a SELT test on or after the 6th April 2015, then you must take IELTS at an UKVI approved test centre in the UK or overseas. Please see the following link for test providers and test centres here.

If you are coming to study an undergraduate or postgraduate programme then you are NOT affected by this change and we will continue to accept all of the tests listed in the table above (including IELTS taken at all test centres).

For information about the equivalence of your qualifications to UK qualifications, please visit the country specific pages.

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