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English Language entry requirements

When you apply to study with us, you will need to be sure that you have the English language skills to be able to study.

You can demonstrate your English language ability by studying with us on our online Pre-sessional English and Academic Skills courses.  You can do our online Pre-sessional course from your own home - you do not need to be on our campus in order to study but you will need access to a PC or laptop and a good quality internet connection in order to fully participate.  Our intensive online pre-sessional courses are available to any applicants who can demonstrate that their current English is at least IELTS 5.0 equivalent.  Find out more about our online Pre-sessional English and Academic Skills courses, visit 

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we have also introduced new more flexible English language options as evidence of English language proficiency at this time and they are:

       We may ask for a short online interview in addition to these qualifications.

The University of Wolverhampton has also added the IELTS indicator to its list of accepted English language proficiency test.

The University is committed in supporting our students during this crisis and we understand that for some of you it is impossible to book and take your IELTS exam. To ensure that you are not disadvantaged by the crisis, we have added the IELTS Indicator test to our list of approved English language test

You can take the IELTS Indicator on any suitable desktop computer or laptop with reliable internet access and will be required to complete the Listening, Reading, and Writing in one sitting. The Speaking test will take place at a separate time.

You will need a laptop or desktop computer, a reliable internet connection, the ability to download and install a Safe Exam Browser (SEB), a working web camera, Zoom application downloaded on your laptop. Find out more and book your test here:

We hope that you are able to undertake one of these alternatives. Once you receive your results you will then need to share these with the International Admissions department, please email:

Other ways of demonstrating your English language abilities are:

  • With a qualification (eg a high school certificate) from your country that has been approved by the University of Wolverhampton as meeting the minimum English Language entry competency. See your country for details.
  • By demonstrating that you completed your secondary or university education at a secondary (high) school or university in a country approved by the University as teaching in the medium of English.
  • If you are a national of one of the following countries you do not have to prove your level of English; Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America
  • By presenting one of the international qualifications listed below.  It should have been completed no more than two years before of the start date of your degree course.

Your Qualification

Entry to Standard Degree Programmes

(Some courses have higher English language requirements so please check on application)

Wolverhampton English Proficiency Exam (WEPE)

6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component


Pre-sessional English and Academic Skills

5.0 & 5.5 entry from the University of Wolverhampton

If you have not obtained the correct IELTS / WEPE score for your degree course, you may wish to join one of our online Pre-sessional English & Academic Skills language courses first.

The new online pre-sessional courses will help you to improve and develop your English language and academic skills and will prepare you for your degree programme at the University of Wolverhampton

Trinity College London

ISE 11

B2 pass

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Level B2 and 165 overall with no less than 162 in any subskill 

Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE)


Cambridge. ESOL Skills for Life Level 2

Pass in all three modes

City & Guilds International ESOL (IESOL) Diploma (9992)

Level 1 (B2)

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

54 with no less than 51 in all skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking)

Test of English as a Foreign Language) TOEFL

79 overall with no less than 19 in all four skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking)

European Baccalaureate

With Language 1 or Language 2

L60% overall

60% in English (Language 1)

70% in English (Language 2)

Anglia Certificate of English as a Foreign Language

( Proficiency level)



Speaking must be included

W1A Academic writing (Writing Section A pre-April 2015) must be included

Please contact us for advice if speaking is not included

Anglia Certificate of English as a Foreign Language

(Advanced Level)

Pass (12.5) in all skills

Speaking must be included.

Please contact us for advice if speaking is not included

IGCSE English as a First Language (Cambridge)

Grade C with minimum B2 in all components      Supplementary Certifying Statement showing CEFR breakdown must be provided by candidates

Edexcel IGCSE

Grade B with spoken English B

IGCSE English as a Second Language  (Cambridge)

Grade C

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

(post 2011) (Standard level)

Pass, grade 5 for English at Standard Level in Language B (English) and Language A (Literature)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (post 2011) (Higher Level)

Pass, grade 4 for English at Higher Level In Language B (English)

For each qualification, there may be further requirements regarding individual language components; please contact international admissions for futher advice.

All applicants must possess a minimum level of competence in English Language; for applicants whose first language is not English and who do not hold a GCSE English Language or equivalent, we accept a range of academic qualifications internationally recognised as being at/equivalent to UK Level 3 or above which have been delivered and assessed in English.

Examples of key level 3 qualifications we accept: 

  • A-levels
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma / Diploma / Foundation Diploma
  • CACHE Level 3 qualifications in Health & Social Care
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma / Diploma / Foundation Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • AQA Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate

We will generally consider all UCAS Tariff bearing qualifications – you can check on the UCAS website whether your UK Level 3 qualification attracts points: some courses will have specific GCSE / English Language requirements, please check full entry qualifications on our course finder.

If you don't have the right level, you can find out how we can help you by looking at our Pre-sessional English language and International Foundation Year courses at the International Academy

Students requiring a Student Route

If you require a Student Route, you must demonstrate that you have the correct English language requirements to study in the UK. The requirements will differ depending on whether you are applying to study a Foundation or a Pre-sessional English programme or whether you are applying to study at degree level.

Studying below degree level

If you want to study a course below degree level such as the International Foundation Year Courses or our Pre-sessional English language courses you must have an English language test result which is recognised by United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI). The two accepted tests are IELTS and Trinity College London ISE. These are known as SELTS (Secure English Language Tests).