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Foundation and Pre-Masters English Language Requirements

All students must meet English language entry requirements for all programmes of study at Queen Mary. The requirement for all of our Foundation (including integrated foundation programmes) and Pre-Master programmes are published below, according to the academic department within which your chosen course of study is administered.

***TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition***
We will be accepting the new TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition. This is a test being offered temporarily with the same format and scoring as the TOEFL test. Further information can be found on the ETS website.

***IELTS Indicator Test***

For 2020 entry only, we will accept the IELTS Indicator test taken from 1 July 2020 onwards. This is a test being offered temporarily with the same format and scoring as the regular IELTS test. Further information can be found on the IELTS indicator website.

Tier 4 Visa Regulations

 If you will require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must meet the minimum English Language requirements to meet the UKVI regulations.  The minimum IELTS requirement is 5.5 in all four skills (Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening).  However, many of our courses require higher grades.

Pre-sessional English Language Courses

If you fall slightly below our standard English language requirements, you may consider one of our Pre-sessional English courses.  Please note that you will require a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for entry to pre-sessional courses.  Currently, only IELTS for UKVI, PTE Academic (UKVI), LanguageCert International ESOL SELT and Trinity ISE are accepted.   The Pre-sessional English course requirements are published below.

Business Management Programmes with Integrated Foundation Year

The minimum English Language requirements for entry to all undergraduate Business and Management degree programmes with an Integrated Foundation Year are published below. This includes the following courses:

  • Accounting and Management with Integrated Foundation Year
  • Business Management with Integrated Foundation Year 
  • Marketing and Management with Integrated Foundation Year
IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall including 5.5 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking. 
TOEFL: 79 overall including 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, and 20 in Speaking.
PTE Academic: 57 overall including 51 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.
Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE): Trinity ISE II with Merit in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking. 
C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 169 overall including 162 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.
C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 169 overall including 162 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.

 

Pre-Sessional English Courses

If you fall below our standard English Language requirements, you may consider one of our Pre-Sessional English courses.   If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will require a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for entry to Pre-Sessional courses. Only IELTS for UKVI, PTE Academic (UKVI), LanguageCert International ESOL SELT and Trinity ISE are currently accepted. 

Nine week only

IELTS: 5.5 overall including a minimum of 5.0 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.

PTE Academic (UKVI): 51 overall including 42 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator Pass

Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE): Trinity ISE II with a minimum of Pass in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.  

Economics Programmes with Integrated Foundation Year

The minimum English Language requirements for entry to all undergraduate Economics degree programmes with an Integrated Foundation Year are published below. This includes the following courses (including Year Abroad options):

  • Economics with Integrated Foundation Year 
  • Economics and Finance with Integrated Foundation Year 
  • Economics, Finance and Management with Integrated Foundation Year 
  • Economics and International Finance with Integrated Foundation Year 
  • Economics, Statistics and Mathematics with Integrated Foundation Year 
  • Economics and Politics with Integrated Foundation Year 
IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall including 5.5 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking. 
TOEFL: 79 overall including 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, and 20 in Speaking.
PTE Academic: 57 overall including 51 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.
Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE): Trinity ISE II with Merit in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking. 
C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 169 overall including 162 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.
C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 169 overall including 162 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.

 

Pre-Sessional English Courses

If you fall below our standard English Language requirements, you may consider one of our Pre-Sessional English courses.   If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will require a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for entry to Pre-Sessional courses. Only IELTS for UKVI, PTE Academic (UKVI), LanguageCert International ESOL SELT and Trinity ISE are currently accepted. 

Nine week only

IELTS: 5.5 overall including a minimum of 5.0 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.

PTE Academic (UKVI): 51 overall including 42 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator Pass

Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE): Trinity ISE II with a minimum of Pass in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.

International Foundation Year

The minimum English Language requirements for entry to the International Foundation Year (IFY) programmes are published below.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must meet the minimum English Language requirements to meet the UKVI regulations and you will require a UK government approved Secure English Language test (SELT) for entry to the course.

Pathway IELTS (UKVI) Score Required PTE (UKVI) Score Required
Business & Management 5.5 overall, minimum of 5.0 in each skill 51 overall, minimum of 42 in each skill
Economics & Finance 5.5 overall, minimum of 5.0 in each skill 51 overall, minimum of 42 in each skill
Geography & Development Studies 6.0 overall, minimum of 5.5 in each skill 57 overall, minimum of 51 in each skill
Global Health 6.0 overall, minimum of 5.5 in each skill 57 overall, minimum of 51 in each skill
Humanities & Social Sciences 6.0 overall, minimum of 5.5 in each skill 57 overall, minimum of 51 in each skill
Law 6.0 overall, minimum of 5.5 in each skill 57 overall, minimum of 51 in each skill
Politics & International Relations 6.0 overall, minimum of 5.5 in each skill 57 overall, minimum of 51 in each skill
Science and Engineering (all) 5.0 overall, minimum of 5.0 in each skill 42 overall, minimum of 42 in each skill


If you fall below our standard English Language requirements, you may consider one of our Pre-Sessional English courses.   If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will require a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for entry to Pre-Sessional courses. Only IELTS for UKVI, PTE Academic (UKVI), LanguageCert International ESOL SELT and Trinity ISE are currently accepted.Pre-Sessional English Courses

Please note we only offer nine week pre-sessional courses for the International Foundation Year.

  • English, Literature, Film and Drama
  • Geography and Development Studies
  • Global Health
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Politics and International Relations

IELTS: 5.5 overall including a minimum of 5.0 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.

PTE Academic (UKVI): 51 overall including 42 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator Pass

Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE): Trinity ISE II with a minimum of Pass in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.

  • Business and Management
  • Economics and Finance

IELTS: 5.0 overall including a minimum of 5.0 in Writing and no less than 4.0 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

PTE Academic (UKVI): 51 overall including 42 in Writing and no less than 30 in Reading, Listening and Speaking

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator Pass

Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE): Trinity ISE II with a minimum of Pass in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking. 

Pre-Masters Graduate Diplomas

The minimum English Language requirements for entry to the following Pre-Masters Graduate Diplomas are published below.   This includes the following courses:

  • Pre-Masters Graduate Diploma in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Pre-Masters Graduate Diploma in Finance and Economics
IELTS Academic: 5.5 overall including 5.5 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking. 
TOEFL: 72 overall including 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, and 20 in Speaking.
PTE Academic: 51 overall including 51 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.
Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE): Trinity ISE II with Pass in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking. 
C2 Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 162 overall including 162 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.
C1 Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 162 overall including 162 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.

 

Pre-Sessional English Courses

If you fall below our standard English Language requirements, you may consider one of our Pre-Sessional English courses.   If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will require a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for entry to Pre-Sessional courses. Only IELTS for UKVI, PTE Academic (UKVI), LanguageCert International ESOL SELT and Trinity ISE are currently accepted. For 2020 entry only, we will accept the Duolingo English Test.

Nine week only

IELTS: 5.0 overall including a minimum of 5.0 in Writing and no less than 4.0 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

PTE Academic (UKVI): 51 overall including 42 in Writing and no less than 30 in Reading, Listening and Speaking

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator Pass

Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE): Trinity ISE II with a minimum of Pass in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.

*2020 entry only* Duolingo English Test: 100

Science and Engineering Foundation Programmes (SEFP)

The minimum English Language requirements for entry to all integrated Science and Engineering Foundation Programmes (SEFP) are published below. This includes the following courses:

  • SEFP Biological Sciences (4/5 years)
  • SEFP Chemistry (4/5 years)
  • SEFP Computer Science (4 years)
  • SEFP Electronic Engineering (4 years)
  • SEFP Engineering (4/5 years)
  • SEFP Materials Science (4/5 years)
  • SEFP Mathematical Sciences (4 years)
IELTS: 6.0 overall including 5.5 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking. 
TOEFL: 79 overall including 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, and 20 in Speaking.
PTE Academic: 57 overall including 51 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.
Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE): Trinity ISE II with Merit in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking. 
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 overall including 162 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 169 overall including 162 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.

 

Pre-Sessional English Courses

If you fall below our standard English Language requirements, you may consider one of our Pre-Sessional English courses.   If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will require a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for entry to Pre-Sessional courses. Only IELTS for UKVI, PTE Academic (UKVI), LanguageCert International ESOL SELT and Trinity ISE are currently accepted. 

Nine week only

IELTS: 5.5 overall including a minimum of 5.0 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.

PTE Academic (UKVI): 51 overall including 42 in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator Pass

Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE): Trinity ISE II with a minimum of Pass in Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking.

We also accept a range of alternative qualifications to demonstrate your level of English Language proficiency. Approved English language tests must have been taken within two years of the proposed course start date.