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English Language Requirements

University of Cumbria accepts a wide range of international tests and qualifications as an evidence of English language proficiency.

If you do not meet the English language criteria, you can enrol to one of our online English pre-sessional courses (OPSE). More information is available on our OPSE webpage.

Below you can find information about accepted tests, qualifications, grades and those who are exempt from providing evidence of English language proficiency.



Standard Undergraduate

Standard Postgraduate

BSC (Hons) Physiotherapy, BSC (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography, MSC Physiotherapy, MA Social Work, MSC Advanced Clinical Practice

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, BSC (Hons) Nursing, BSC (Hons) Midwifery, BSC (Hons) Occupational Therapy, MSC Occupational Therapy, BA (Hons) Social Work, MSC Nursing

PGCE (From January 2023)

PGCE Secondary (English Language) and PGCE Secondary (Drama) (From January 2023)

English Language Test

University of Cumbria offers all applicants to complete internal English test which is conducted online. The test is similar in structure to IELTS Academic and has the same grading system. Internal test will be accepted on all University of Cumbria programmes as the evidence of English language proficiency and will meet UKVI student visa requirements.

Fee: £100

To book the test, please follow the link below.


Accepted English Qualification

You can also prove your knowledge of English by having a GCSE, A-level, Scottish National Qualification (grade C or above in English) level 4 or 5, Scottish Higher or Advanced Higher in English, gained through study at a UK school that you began when you were under 18.

Or if you completed one of the following qualification within last 5 years:

Accepted English Qualification

Who Does Not Need to Prove Their Knowledge of English

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you’ve completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in one of the following countries, or are from one of the following countries:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • the Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Malta
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • USA

You also do not need to prove your knowledge of English if one of the following applies:

  • you’re a national of Canada
  • you proved your level of English in a previous visa application

For more information, please contact International Admissions Team:

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