English language entry requirements

We need to make sure that your level of English is good enough for you to study at Keele University. On this page you will find a list of the English Language qualifications we accept. For UK students, we normally ask for a minimum of a grade 4/C in GCSE English Language. For EU and International students, we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

Students who need a Visa to study in the UK must meet both the University entry requirements as well as those of the UK Home Office (UKVI). For example English Language Tests (eg IELTS) must be dated within the two years immediately preceding the programme start date as set out in any offer letter issued by the University and different tests cannot be combined. 

If you have taken a school qualification in English we may be able to accept this. Please email admissions@keele.ac.uk for advice.

Undergraduate Degree Programmes

Most undergraduate degree programmes require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent with no subtest score below 5.5.

View our Undergraduate programme English language requirements.

Postgraduate Degree Programmes

Most postgraduate degree programmes require IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent with no subtest score below 5.5.

View our Postgraduate programme English language requirements.

Please note that Keele University accepts the qualifications below as alternatives to IELTS.

Please note – Keele University accepts all of the English Language qualifications below:

IELTS

5

5.5

6

6.5

7

7.5

TOEFL iBT (including Home Edition)

 63

72 (components - listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 17)

79 (components - listening 19, reading  19, speaking 20, writing 19)

87  (components - listening 21, reading 21, speaking 23, writing 21)

95 (components - listening 23, reading 23, speaking 24, writing 23)

100
(components - listening 25, reading 26, speaking 25, writing 24)

 

Pearson Academic English

36-41

42-49

50-57

58-64

65-72

73-79

Trinity ISE

 

ISE II Merit

ISE II Distinction

ISE II Distinction

ISE III Pass

ISE III Merit

ISE III Distinction

Cambridge Proficiency and CAE

154

162

169

176

185

 

IBD English A: Lang/Lit

HL4

HL4

SL4

HL4

SL4

HL4

SL4

HL5

SL5

 

IBD English A: Literature

HL4

SL4

HL4

SL4

HL4

SL4

HL4

SL4

HL5

SL5

 

IBD English B:

HL4

SL4

HL4

SL5

HL4

SL5

HL4

SL5

HL5

SL6

 

NCUK English Language Test

5

5.5

6

6.5

7

 

Duolingo (for entry to Online Pre-Sessional English and Online MBA only)

Please ensure that your results can be shared with the University when you take the test.

75 overall

85 overall

95 overall

115 overall

125 overall

135 overall

IELTS Indicator (for entry to Online Pre-Sessional English only)

5

5.5

6

6.5

7

7.5

Language Certificate (paper-based SELT)

B1 (Pass in all components with no score lower than 73)

B2 (Pass in all components with no score lower than 77)

B2 (Pass in all components with no score lower than 82 )

B2 (High Pass in all components with no score lower than 88)

C1 (Pass in all components with no score lower than 92)

C1 (High pass in all components with no score lower than 98)

Language Certificate (online non-SELT) (for entry to Online Pre-Sessional English only)

B1 (Pass in all components)

B2 (Pass in all components)

B2 (Pass in all components)

B2 (High Pass in all components)

C1 (Pass in all components)

C1 (High pass in all components)

Please note that these scores are updated on an annual basis.

We accept the following international English Language qualifications.

Cambridge International GCSE, English as Second Language (syllabus 0511) B
Cambridge International GCSE, English as Second Language (syllabus 0510) B2
Cambridge International GCSE, English as First Language (syllabus 0522) C
Cambridge International GCSE, English as First Language (syllabus 0500) C1

We accept the following European Union-specific English Language qualifications.

Austria  Matura / Reifeprüfung  Grade 2
Belgium 8 / 80% or Grote avec grande distinction
Denmark Bevis for Studentereksamen grade 7
European Baccalaureate The English Language element (English 1 or 2) of the European Baccalaureate is normally accepted in lieu of GCSE English, providing that a score of 6/ 60% or higher is achieved
Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/Studentexamensbetyg English Grade 4 or above
France  For candidates taking the International Option Baccalaureate (IOB) we can normally accept English Language plus 2 other subjects taught in the English medium in lieu of GCSE English, providing that a score of 12 or higher is achieved.
Germany Abitur English Grade 12
Ireland Ordinary level English Language grades at O4/H4
Luxembourg  Diplome de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires      45 (bien)
Malta Matriculation Certificate (SEC) Grade C
Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs Grade 8 or above
Norway Vitnemål Grade 4 or above
Romanian Baccalaureate B2
Sweden Slutbetyg/Examensbevis från Gymnasieskolan - English Grade VG or Grade C, or above

We accept the following country-specific English Language qualifications.

Australia  Please contact the Keele University admissions team
Brunei O level English Language at grade C or above
Ghana WASSCE or WAEC English Language at grade C6 or above
Hong Kong HKDSE English Language at 4 or above
India CISCE/CBSE Class XII: 70% or above. All other State Class XII Boards (including West Bengal): 75% where study is in English. Otherwise IELTS is required. All results must be completed within the last two years.
Kenya KCSE English Language with C or above
Malaysia Malaysia Cambridge GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (119 syllabus only)
Mauritius Cambridge Overseas Schools (COS), English Grade C or above
New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) English Language Level 2 at Merit (M) or Excellence (E)
Nigeria WAEC or NECO English Language with C6 or above
Singapore Singapore O level English Language at Grade C or above
South Africa  English component of the South African National Senior Certificate Grade C
Switzerland  Diplome de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires      45 (bien)
Tanzania Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education with grade C or above
Uganda Uganda Cert of Education (UCE) English grade 3 or above, or Uganda Advanced Cert of Education (A level equivalent)
USA English at grade 12 as part of HSGD at 3.0 or above or SAT I  (SAT Reasoning Test) Evidence Based Reading and Writing at 560
West Indies CSEC English Language with grade 1, 2 or 3
Zambia  Zambian School Certificate / GCE  Grade 5-6
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe O level English Language at Grade C or above

What if you don’t have the required level of English?

Pre-Sessional English

Keele University offers fully online pre-sessional English courses of 6 weeks or 11 weeks.

If you would like to study at Keele University and need help achieving our English language requirements, this course is for you. Keele University’s online pre-sessional course will help you meet any language conditions of your offer. There are entry requirements for our online pre-sessional courses. How long your online pre-sessional course is depends on your current English level and whether you need a visa.

A SELT (Secured English Language Test) as defined by the UKVI (UK Home Office) is the preferred method of entry to the Keele online pre-sessional course. However, non-SELTs (Academic IELTS, TOEFL iBT, including the Home Edition and PTE Academic) will be accepted for entry to the online pre-sessional course. If you have any other questions about other qualifications, please contact admissions@keele.ac.uk

Keele University International Foundation Year

Keele University’s International Foundation Year is a nine month programme which fully prepares you for entry onto an undergraduate degree at Keele University. Based on campus, all of your teaching will be delivered by Keele University academics and you will have full access to University facilities.

If you’re looking to study the standalone foundation programme you must have an IELTS academic test taken at an approved UKVI testing centre. This is also known as a SELT or IELTS for UKVI purposes.