English Language Requirements

All students need to show proof of their English language ability to enrol at University of the Arts London (UAL).

Most students from outside the UK need to submit an English language test as proof of their language ability. If you need help to reach the required language level, UAL's Language Centre offers a range of English courses and a Presessional course for students with a conditional or unconditional offer.

Current students at UAL, progressing to the next level of university study (e.g. from Foundation to BA) can take UAL's progress test to achieve the IELTS score required for the next level.

To find out if you are exempt from English language testing, please read Exemptions from language testing at the bottom of this page.

Minimum IELTS scores

Our IELTS requirements vary depending on the course and level of study. The requirement for each course is shown on the individual course pages.

English language tests

Your English language requirement is generally expressed as an IELTS score but UAL accepts several other English language tests in addition to IELTS.

Where we state 'IELTS Academic for UKVI', you must provide a certificate for this test. IELTS Academic (not for UKVI) cannot be used to support a Tier 4 visa application for these levels of study. The University does not accept IELTS General or IELTS General for UKVI for any level of course. 

Please note that if you take an Cambridge IGCSE exam, you must provide 2 documents:

  • The Certificate
  • The Supplementary Certifying Statement. You will need to request this and pay the fee.

Courses that require IELTS 5.0

This breakdown of minimum scores is intended as a guide only. Please check individual course pages for specific requirements.

Test

 

Score Required

Minimum 
Listening

Minimum 
Reading

Minimum 
Writing 

Minimum 
Speaking

IELTS Academic for UKVI  (valid for 2 years)  

 

5.0

4.0

4.0

4.0

4.0 

Courses that require IELTS 5.5

This breakdown of minimum scores is intended as a guide only. Please check individual course pages for specific requirements.

Test

Score Required

Minimum 
Listening

Minimum 
Reading

Minimum 
Writing

Minimum 
Speaking

IELTS Academic for UKVI (valid for 2 years)

5.5

4.5

4.5

4.5

4.5

Courses that require IELTS 6.0

This breakdown of minimum scores is intended as a guide only. Please check individual course pages for specific requirements.

Test

 

Score Required

Minimum 
Listening

Minimum 
Reading

Minimum 
Writing 

Minimum 
Speaking     

IELTS (Academic) (valid for 2 years)

 

6.0

5.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

PTE Academic (valid for 2 years)

  51 51 51 51 51

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

 

169 

 

162 

 

162

 

162

 

 

162

 

Cambridge Advanced (CAE)  from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

  169 

162

162 

162 

162 

First Certificate (FCE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

  169 

162

162

162

162

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0510 (valid for 3 years)

 

C

A

D

D

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0511 (valid for 3 years)

  C A D D C

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0500 (valid for 3 years)

 

C

2

E

E

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0522 (valid for 3 years)

 

C

D

E

E

 

D

 

Courses that require IELTS 6.5

This breakdown of minimum scores is intended as a guide only. Please check individual course pages for specific requirements.

Test

Score Required

Minimum 
Listening

Minimum 
Reading

Minimum 
Writing 

Minimum 
Speaking

IELTS (Academic) (valid for 2 years)

6.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

5.5

PTE Academic (valid for 2 years)

58 51 51 51 51

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

176 

162

162

162

162

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

176 

162

162

162

162

First Certificate (FCE) 

Not valid Not valid Not valid Not valid Not valid

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0510 (valid for 3 years)

C

A

D

D

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0511 (valid for 3 years)

C A D D C

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0500 (valid for 3 years)

C

2

E

E

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0522 (valid for 3 years)

C

D

E

E

D

 

Students taking Foundation Studies in Performance must take the IELTS Academic Test for UKVI. No other test can be accepted for this course.

Courses that require IELTS 7.0

This breakdown of minimum scores is intended as a guide only. Please check individual course pages for specific requirements.

Test

Score Required

Minimum 
Listening

Minimum 
Reading

Minimum 
Writing 

Minimum 
Speaking

IELTS (Academic) (valid for 2 years)

7.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

PTE Academic (valid for 2 years)

65 51 51 51 51

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

185

169

169

169

169

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

185 

169

169

169

169

First Certificate (FCE) 

Not valid Not valid Not valid Not valid Not valid

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0510 (valid for 3 years)

B

A

C

C

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0511 (valid for 3 years)

B A C C C

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0500 (valid for 3 years)

B

2

D

D

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0522 (valid for 3 years)

B

C

D

D

C

 

Courses that require IELTS 7.5

This breakdown of minimum scores is intended as a guide only. Please check individual course pages for specific requirements.

Test

Score Required

Minimum 
Listening

Minimum 
Reading

Minimum 
Writing 

Minimum 
Speaking

IELTS (Academic) (valid for 2 years)

7.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

6.5

PTE Academic (valid for 2 years)

73 58 58 58 58

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

191

176

176

176

176

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) from Jan 2015 (valid for 2 years)

191

176

176

176

176

First Certificate (FCE)

Not valid Not valid Not valid Not valid Not valid

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0510 (valid for 3 years)

B

A

B

B

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0511 (valid for 3 years)

B A B B B

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0500 (valid for 3 years)

B

1

C

C

2

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus 0522 (valid for 3 years)

B

B

C

C

C

 

Exemptions from language testing

You do not need to take an English language test if you fall into one of these categories:

1. Nationals of a majority English-speaking country who have completed full secondary-level education in one of these countries. Majority English-speaking countries include:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada (if instruction was in English)
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom

2. Students who hold a qualification equivalent to a UK degree or higher in one of the majority English-speaking countries listed above (excluding Canada). The University sets minimum grades for each qualification. 

3. Students who hold one of the alternative qualifications accepted by UAL (shown in the document below), who are either nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, or international students who will not require a Tier 4 General Student Visa during their studies with us.