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International applicants must satisfy both the English language entry requirement for their chosen course AND the academic entry requirement for their chosen course in order to be eligible to study.

English language entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate that they have an appropriate level of English language to be eligible to study one of our foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate courses. The level of English required depends on the course applied for.

Secure English Language Tests (SELT).

We accept the following UKVI approved SELT tests at the levels identified for entry:

UKVI Approved SELT Tests Undergraduate Postgraduate
IELTS 6.0 (Min. 5.5 in each-sub-skill) 6.5 (Min 5.5 in each sub-skill)
Trinity College London ISE ISEII - Pass in all 4 components ISEII - Pass in all 4 components

If you have taken a SELT test and have scored below our English language entry requirements for your chosen course, you may be able to join one of our pre-sessional English courses prior to starting your chosen main course of study. Our pre-sessional English courses are designed specifically to improve your overall English language ability, and on successful completion will allow you to progress on to your chosen main course of study.

In-country English language qualifications

In addition to the above SELT tests, we also accept some country-specific in-country English language qualifications for entry to our courses. To see if we accept an in-country English language qualification from your home country, please visit the Your Country section and choose your country's flag.

UoC English Language Test (UoCELT)

For those applicants who do not have a SELT or an acceptable in-country English language qualification, the University of Chester has developed its own online English language test which applicants can take. Candidates will be tested in all four areas of English language proficiency and will be benchmarked against the CEFR framework.

Majority English Speaking Countries

Applicants from Majority English Speaking Countries will normally not need to provide further evidence of English language proficiency.

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

Academic entry requirements

Applicants must satisfy the academic entry criteria for their chosen course of study in order to be eligible to study.

International Foundation Programme & Bachelor's Degree (with Foundation Year)

For entry onto our Bachelor's Degree including a Foundation Year, we require a school leaving qualification which is equivalent to British GCSE's and English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall. For entry onto our International Foundation Programme, we require a school leaving qualification which is equivalent to British GCSE’s. To find out which qualifications are acceptable from your home country, please visit the Your Country section and choose your country's flag. You can learn more about our Foundation options here.

Undergraduate/Bachelor's degree

For entry onto the first year of our undergraduate/Bachelor degree programmes, we normally require a school leaving qualification which is equivalent to British A-level/International Baccalaureate. To find out which qualifications are acceptable from your home country and at what grades, please visit the Your Country section and choose your country's flag. You can also view our range of undergraduate/Bachelor's degrees.

Postgraduate Taught/Masters' degree

Entry onto our postgraduate Masters' courses requires an undergraduate/bachelor degree of equivalent standard to the British undergraduate/bachelor degree. To find out which qualifications are acceptable from your home country, please visit the Your Country section and choose your country's flag. You can also view our range of Postgraduate Taught/Masters' degrees.