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English language requirements

To study at UEL you must demonstrate that your English level is at the standard for university study. We accept a number of different English language qualifications / tests for entry onto our courses, with IELTS being the most common. English language requirements vary slightly from course to course. All students are required to meet our standard English language requirements.

We now offer Pre-sessional English in collaboration with Malvern House London.

Whether you are looking to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, if you don’t meet the IELTS requirements for your choice of degree here at the University of East London, you might be able to study a pre-sessional English course over a duration 5 to 11 weeks, depending on your level of English.

You don’t need to apply to study pre-sessional English with us, you just need to apply for the course of your choice and we will decide whether or not you need the pre-sessional. And don’t forget that whatever happens, you will have access to all the University’s facilities and services, including the benefit of on-campus accommodation from day one!

Accepted English Language qualifications:


We may accept English studied in your home country please refer to the country pages for further information.

We do not accept:
  • IELTS General
  • IGCSE / GCE O Levels in English Literature. Only English Language is accepted
  • Duolingo


IELTS is the most commonly taken English Language qualification and most entry requirements are expressed in the IELTS score required. IELTS certificates are only valid for 2 years

Undergraduate standard requirements

The English language requirements for undergraduate (Bachelor) courses is a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 or 6, or equivalent, depending on the course and year or level of entry. The specific requirements for your chosen course, including individual component scores, will be outlined on the course page.

Postgraduate standard requirements

The English language entry requirements for the majority of postgraduate (Masters) programmes is a minimum IELTS 6.0 or 6.5, or equivalent, depending on your chosen course of study. Specific requirements for your chosen course, including individual component scores, will be outlined on the course page.

Home office approved Majority English speaking countries

The confirmed list of Home office approved Majority English speaking countries can be found below. If your country is not listed you will be required to fulfil the standard English language requirements.

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Canada             
  • Jamaica                               
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Australia
  • Dominica
  • New Zealand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Barbados
  • Grenada
  • St Kitts and Nevis 
  • The Bahamas
  • Belize
  • Guyana
  • St Lucia
  • United States of America

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