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.

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.
  • For each qualification, there may be further requirements regarding individual language components; please contact admissions, admissions@wlv.ac.uk  for advice.

NOTE: Some courses have higher English language requirements so please check on application. 







IELTS 6.0 with no component below 5.5

IELTS 6.5 with no component below 6.0

A-Level English Language


Grade C

Cambridge English: First

Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge English: Proficency 

Online verification to be undertaken        

Overall score of a minimum of 169 with component scores of 162 or above


Overall score of a minimum of 176 with component scores of 169 or above


Cambridge IGCSE

English as a 1st language

Syllabus 0500 and 0522


Grade C with minimum scores of:

Reading: Grade E

Writing: Grade E

Speaking: Grade D *0522 or 2 *0500

Listening: Grade D *0522 or 2 *0500

Grade C with a minimum score of: D


Cambridge IGCSE

English as a 2nd language

Syllabus 0510 and 0511


Grade C with minimum scores of:

Reading: Grade D

Writing: Grade D

Listening: Grade C

Speaking: Grade C *0511 or 2 *0510

Grade C

Minimum score of: C

or grade 2 in 0510


European Baccalaureate


70% in English:

As a 1st language


As a 2nd language


As a 3rd language


Oxford International Digital Institute English Language Level Test (OIDI ELLT)

Overall score of 6 with no individual component below 5 Overall score of 7 with no individual component below 6  

Pearson Test of English


Overall Score of 67 with no component score less than 59

Overall Score of 75 with no component score less than 67


Note: we do not accept TOEFL ITP

Online verification to be undertaken


With minimum subscores of 20


With minimum subscores of 21

Trinity College:

Intergrated Skills in English


Pass in all 4 components


Pass in all 4 components


English Language:

Grade C6 or above

English Language:

Grade C6 or above


If you require a 6.5. or 7.0 please contact admissions@wlv.ac.uk 

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: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator some courses will have specific GCSE / English Language requirements, please check full entry qualifications on our course finder.

Students requiring a Student Route Visa

If you require a Student Route Visa, 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 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). For further student visa guidance, please see Government Guidance for Student Visa.

Please note that for the online Master's courses, different entry requirements apply, please check individual courses https://online.wlv.ac.uk/online-courses/ 

Other international qualifications are accepted.  Please contact admissions@wlv.ac.uk for further details. 

For home applicants who do not currently hold GCSE English and Maths and who are looking to enrol on a course and study at the University of Wolverhampton have the option to complete the online English and Maths equivalency courses.

You should check your course entry requirements on the Our Courses page to ensure that these equivalency courses are sufficient for your chosen course. To find out more please visit, https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/equivalency/gcse-equivalence-courses/