English language requirements

English language entry requirements depend on when you wish to start, with lower requirements for earlier entry. Below are the IELTS requirements for the IFP September and January start dates, as well as the IFLP July start date.

There is also information about alternative language tests that we accept. Some of these are Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) required for a Tier 4 visa for studying in the UK and some are non-SELTS, which enable you to study on the Online IFP.

IELTS requirements for IFP - September Start

IELTS requirements for IFP - January Start

IELTS requirements for IFLP - July Start

Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) accepted for a Tier 4 visa

Non - Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) accepted for the Online IFP

What can I do if my English is not good enough?

 

International Foundation Programme - September Start

For students starting the International Foundation Programme in September, depending on your intended degree programme, we require the following IELTS levels

Intended Degree Programme

IELTS

Science / Life Science programmes except MSci Speech and Language Therapy

5.0

(no skill below 4.5)

All degrees in Henley Business School 

LLB Law;

Economics degrees

Politics degrees

5.5

(no skill below 4.5)

 

Arts and Humanities degrees (BA History, Philosophy, Classics)

 6.0

(no skill below 5.0)

 

MSci Speech & Language Therapy

 

 

6.5

(no skill below 5.5)

International Foundation Programme - January Start

For students starting the International Foundation Programme in January 2021 we require IELTS 5.5 with no skill below 4.5.

 

International Foundation and Language Programme - July Start

For students starting the International Foundation Language Programme in July we require the following qualifications:

Intended degree programme

IELTS

Science and Life Sciences degrees except MSci Speech and Language Therapy

4.5 with at least 4.0 in each skill

LLB Law;

Economics degrees; 

Politics degrees 

Henley Business School degrees except BA International Business and Management;  

5.0 with at least 4.0 in each skill

 

Arts and Humanities degrees ( History, Philosophy, Classics)

 

5.5 with at least 4.5 in each skill

Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) accepted for a Tier 4 visa

To study on campus in the UK at the University of Reading you will need a Tier 4 visa and this requires a Secure English Language Test (SELT). The most common SELT is a UKVI IELTS tests. Other SELTS are:

LanguageCert International ESOL

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) UKVI

Pearson PTE (Academic) UKVI

The English Language entry requirements for the IFP require achieving the equivalent score in the above tests to the required IELTs scores above. You can check the equivalencies of the scores between the different tests in this online IFP English Language Requirements document.

Non-Secure English Language Tests accepted for Online Study

If you are studying on the Online IFP and are therefore not on campus, then you do not require a Tier 4 visa and a number of Non-Secure English Language Tests are accepted. These are:

IELTS non-UKVI

Duolingo English Test

Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) non-UKVI

Pearson PTE (Academic) non-UKVI

Cambridge English/C1 Business Higher

Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)/2 Proficiency

Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)/C1 Advanced

GCSE English Language (Grade C/4)

iGCSE English as second language (Grade B/6)

ETS TOEFL

The English Language entry requirements for the IFP require achieving the equivalent score in the above tests to the required IELTs scores above. You can check the equivalencies of the scores between the different tests in this online document.

If you begin studying Online and later change to studying on campus in the UK, you will need to take a Secure English Language Test before receiving a Tier 4 VISA from the University.

What can I do if my English is not good enough?

If your academic qualifications meet our entry requirements but your English is below the standards described above, we may make you a conditional offer.

We may suggest you apply for the International Foundation and Language Programme (IFLP) if you have not already done so.

Alternatively, we might require you to attend a Pre-sessional English course. The amount of time it will take to reach the required level for entry to an International Foundation Programme will depend on your current English language level. At the end of the Pre-sessional course you will be assessed using TEEP (an integrated skills exam); you will not have to take another external exam such as IELTS.

Find out more about the Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP) - ISLI.

 

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