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English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will be asked to demonstrate that your level of English meets the course requirements.

How do I prove my level of English?

You need to provide the results of any English language exams/tests that you have taken. We also accept a variety of alternative types of evidence of English language competence.

The English language qualifications accepted by the University for entry and the required scores are listed below (please note that we have stated the minimum admission requirements; for some courses the admissions tutors may ask for higher grades).

Recognised English language qualification requirements for standard Postgraduate courses

Our preferred test of English language competence is IELTS but we accept any of the following:

 
Qualification Minimum Score
GCSE/GCE 'O' level English language C
IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5
TOEFL (iBT) 90
IGCSE level English language C
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) C (185 from January 2015)
Cambridge Advanced (CAE) C (176 from January 2015)
Pearson Test of English – Academic (PTE – A) 62
Trinity ISE III Pass in all 4 components
International Baccalaureate Diploma
(English language at HL or SL)
Grade 5

Note: IGCSE English can be accepted as if syllabus 0552 or 0511 have been studied. Syllabus 0500 or 0510 may also be accepted, please contact the International Office for more information.

IELTS and Pearson score comparison table:

IELTS (Academic) TOEFL iBT Pearson Test of English (PTE A)
7.5 109 78
7.0 100 70
6.5 90 62
6.0 78 54
5.5 68 51
5.0 61 40
4.5 53 38
4.0 45 36

Note: In some cases students may be made offers to attend a pre-sessional English course instead of, or in addition to, an English Language qualification.

What if I don't have my test results yet?

If you do not have any English language test results yet, you can send these in later. But please indicate on the application form when you took, or expect to take the English language test, and when you expect to receive your test results. You can then send in your test results once you have them. In this case, your offer will be conditional upon the University receiving the test results.

Please note that in some cases students may be made offers to attend pre-sessional English courses instead of or in addition to an English Language qualification.

Other sources of evidence of English language competence

  • Cardiff University English Language Programmes: For applicants who do not offer a suitable level of English language competence, Cardiff University offers a range of English language programmes to prepare applicants for study at the University and improve their English language competence
  • Academic qualifications taught in English: An academic qualification taught solely in English, which can be demonstrated to be at an equivalent or higher level than the standard undergraduate and postgraduate requirements may, in certain circumstances, be used to satisfy the University’s language competency requirement
  • Employer reference: Under some circumstances an employer’s reference may be used to satisfy the University’s language competence requirement

You can find out more about the acceptance of other sources of evidence of English language competence on our English language guidance pages.

In some cases students may be made offers to attend pre-sessional English courses instead of, or in addition to, an English Language qualification.

English Language Programmes at Cardiff University

If you require extra English language tuition before or during your course, this can be arranged through our on-campus English language teaching centre.

Postgraduate