Entry requirements

We welcome applications from all over the world. On this page, you'll find out more about the entry requirements for the University of Cumbria, including country-specific academic qualifications and English language requirements.

If you have any questions about the entry requirements listed below, please don't hesitate to contact our international team at international@cumbria.ac.uk

You may be asked for a recognised English language qualification (SELT – Secure English Language Test).

The level of English you will be asked for depends on the degree you are applying for.

English requirements

Undergraduate courses

Recognised QualificationGrade / Score
IELTS 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each component)
GCSE / IGCSE / O level English / IGCSE English as a second language Grade C

* For BSc Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy and Social Work, the following scores are required within the IELTS qualification:

  • At least 7.0 in the listening and reading, writing and speaking sections and at least an overall score of 7.0 out of a possible 9.
  • For BSc Physiotherapy and Diagnostic Radiography, an overall score of 7.0 with no section scoring less than 6.5 is required within the IELTS qualification.

Please note that in order to be eligible for registration with the HCPC, all test certificates must have been achieved within two years of the date that they receive your application.

If you need a tier 4 visa, you must check the Home Office acceptable SELT listing to ensure acceptability.

In addition to the overall score, we will require minimum scores for each part of the IELTS Academic test.

The University may make changes to the above requirements at any time.

Postgraduate courses

CourseIELTS Score
Masters, PgC or PgD 6.5 (with at least 5.5 in each component)*
MSc Occupational Therapy, MSc Physiotherapy and MSc Social Work 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any one section)
PhD 6.0 in the 4 areas: Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing with an overall score of 6.5

Please note that in order to be eligible for registration with the HCPC, all test certificates must be dated within two years of the date that they receive your application.

If you need a tier 4 visa, you must check the Home Office acceptable SELT listing to ensure acceptability.

The University also accepts the English language component examination from some school-leaving group qualifications. Please see the international qualification equivalences for a full list of accepted group qualifications.

English language courses

We offer pre-sessional and in-sessional English language courses. 

The programmes are designed to help you to improve your English language ability and increase your current English test score level to at least the minimum entry requirement of your degree programme.

The programme content includes:

The international admissions team will automatically consider you for a pre-sessional programme as part of the decision on your course application. You will be sent full information and application details with your course offer.

Here is some information specific to your country that will help you check whether you meet the university entry requirements. 

If you do not see your country listed here, please contact our International Admissions team who will be pleased to help you.

Australia

Undegraduate

Senior Secondary Certificate of Education - TER/UAI: Pass School Certificate and achieve high Tertiary Entrance Rank or Universities Admissions Index score. Please ask Admissions for in-year cut off scores.

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

Austria

Maturazeugnis

Pass with overall average ranging from 2.6 - 2.0, depending on degree scheme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Belgium

Undergraduate

Diploma (depending on Flemish/German/French speaking): 5/10 - 7/10 (or 12/20 - 15/20)
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Bulgaria

Undergraduate

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie: Pass with overall average ranging from 4.8 - 5.4, depending on degree scheme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Canada

Undergraduate

High School Diploma: Pass with specific number of Grade 12 courses at the appropriate level (typically 'U') and percentage score. For individual provincial requirements please contact the Admissions Office.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

China

Undergraduate

High School Diploma / NUEE (Gaokao): High School Diploma and Gaokao are not accepted; applicants must complete an additional qualification, such as our International Foundation programme.

English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Croatia

Undergraduate

Svjedodžba o Maturi (Matura Certificate): Pass with overall average ranging from 3.4 to 4 depending on degree scheme. 
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Cyprus

Undergraduate

Apolytirion: Pass with overall grade ranging from 17 to 18 depending on degree scheme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Estonia

Undergraduate

Gumnaasiumi Loputunnistus: Pass with overall average ranging from 60% to 75%, depending on degree scheme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Finland

Undergraduate

Ylioppilastukintotodistus: Pass with overall average ranging from B or 3 to M or 5 depending on degree scheme.

English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

France

Undergraduate

Baccalauréat or the Option Internationale du Baccalauréat: Pass with overall grade of 11 to 12.5, depending on degree scheme. 
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Germany

Undergraduate

Arbitur: Pass with overall grade ranging from 2.0 to 2.6, depending on degree scheme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Greece

Undergraduate

Apolytirion: Pass with minimum grade of 17-18 plus specific grades in Pan Hellenic Examinations (Vevaiosi).
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Hong Kong

Undergraduate

Hong Kong A-levels and new Diploma qualification: Please contact Admissions Office for updated information about A-level and Diploma requirements.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Hungary

Undergraduate

Evretsegi: Pass with minimum grade of 3 or 4 in all H Level subjects.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

India

Undergraduate

Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (Standard XII): Pass all subjects, achieving at least 80% - 85% from the best four subjects.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Italy

Undergraduate

Diploma de esame di stato: Pass with overall average ranging from 65% - 80%, depending on degree scheme. English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Latvia

Undergraduate

Atestats: Pass with overall average grade ranging from C/6 to B/8, depending on degree scheme. A minimum of 3 B grades (or higher) in the final state exams is also required.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Lithuania

Undergraduate

Brandos Atestatas: Pass with overall average grade of at least 9.0. Depending on the degree scheme, scores ranging from 75% to 85% in one or more State Exams will also be required.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Luxembourg

Undergraduate

Diplome de fin d'etudes secondaires: Pass with overall grade ranging from 30/60 to 47/60, depending on degree scheme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Malaysia

Undergraduate

High School Certificate (STPM), Matrikulasi or UEC: Pass with high CGPA (3.3 - 3.7 depending on degree scheme); for UEC grades 1-3 in all subjects.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Netherlands

Undergraduate

Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO): Pass with overall average ranging from 7-8, depending on degree scheme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Nigeria

Undergraduate

West African Senior School Certificate Examination: WASSCE is not accepted. Applicants must complete an additional qualification, such as our International Foundation Programme.

English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Norway

Undergraduate

Vitnemal: Pass with overall grade of 3-4, depending on degree scheme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Pakistan

Undergraduate

Higher Secondary School Certificate: HSSC is not accepted. Applicants must complete an additional qualification, such as our International Foundation Programme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Poland

Undergraduate

Matura: Pass with overall grade ranging from 60% to 70%, depending on degree scheme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Portugal

Undergraduate

Diploma de Ensino Secundario: Pass with overall grade ranging from 14 to 17, depending on degree scheme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Romania

Undergraduate

Diploma de Baccalaureat: Pass with overall grade ranging from 7 to 8.5, depending on degree scheme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Russia

Undergraduate

High School Diploma (Attestat): Attestat is not accepted. Applicants must complete an additional qualification, such as our International Foundation Programme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Singapore

Undergraduate

Singapore/Cambridge A-levels: Pass at least three H2 A-levels with grades A or B, depending on degree scheme. Applicants must complete an additional qualification, such as our International Foundation Programme

English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Slovakia

Undergraduate

Maturitná skúška / Maturita or a Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej Skúške: 2.0-2.6
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Spain

Undergraduate

Titulo de Bachiller: Pass with overall grade ranging from 6.8 - 8.0, depending on degree scheme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Sweden

Undergraduate

Slutbetyg Fran Gymnasieskolan: Pass with overall average grade of VG or VG, depending on degree scheme.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Switzerland

Undergraduate

Federal Secondary School Leaving Certificate: Pass with overall average grade ranging from: 4.4-5.0 (1-6 max), 6.5-8.0 (1-10 max) or 2.6-2.0 (5-1 max)
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

Turkey

Undergraduate

Lise Bitirme Diplomasi: Accepted from selected schools only. Pass with overall average grade ranging from 80% to 85% depending on degree scheme. Please contact Admissions Office for schools listing.
English Language: IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each section (or equivalent).

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
English Language: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each section (or equivalent).

USA

Undergraduate

High School Diploma: The High School Diploma is not accepted on its own; applicants must hold additional qualifications such as two Advanced Placements (AP) with grades of 3.0 or higher. SATS/ACTs are accepted as supplementary evidence only.

Postgraduate

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.