International Students

English Language

English Language Requirements

To study at the University of Portsmouth, you will need a sufficient level of English for your chosen course, and to be able to contribute to the classes and pass assignments (coursework and examinations). You will need to demonstrate your English language level by taking an English language test and sending us your results.

There are some country exceptions to English language requirements. Please see individual country web pages for more details.

The University of Portsmouth also offers pre-sessional English programmes to suit different levels of English language ability, click here for more information.

Which test should I take?

If you need to undertake a foundation course or pre-sessional English course prior to your degree then you must take a UKVI Approved English Language Test (see UKVI section below). If you are joining an undergraduate degree, master’s degree or PhD programme directly, you may take any of the tests shown in the table below.

We require the following proficiency in English Language:

CEFR
Level

IELTS 

*TOEFL

(IBT)

**Pearson Test
of English (PTE)
Trinity College
London
Cambridge English
Advanced (CAE)
     Pre-2015Post-2015
B2

5.5
with no component
score less than 5.5

72 with a
minimum of:
18 in Reading, 17
in Listening, 20 in
Speaking, 12 in 
Writing

51 points
with a minimum of
51 in each component

 

Score of 47
or above with a minimum
of Borderline in each skill

An overall CAE score
of 162 with no component
score less than 162

B2 6.0
with no component
score less than 5.5

79 with a minimum
of: 18 in Reading,
17 in Listening,
20 in Speaking,
17 in Writing

54 points
with a minimum of
51 in each component

ISE Level III
with a pass in all
four components

Score of 52
or above with a minimum
of Borderline in each skill

An overall CAE score
of 169 with no component
score less than 162

B2 6.5
with no component
score less than 6.0

91 with a minimum:
20 in Reading, 19
in Listening, 21 in
Speaking, 20 in
Writing

61 points
with a minimum of
54 in each component
ISE Level III
with a pass in all
four components
Score of 58
or above with a minimum
of Borderline in each skill

An overall CAE score
of 176 with no component
score less than 169

C1 7.0
with no component
score less than 6.5

100 with a minimum
of: 24 in Reading,
23 in Listening,
25 in Speaking, 24
in Writing 

68 points
with a minimum of
61 in each component
ISE Level III
with a pass in all
four components
Score of 67
or above with a minimum
of Borderline in each skill

An overall CAE score
of 185 with no component
score less than 176

 *Please quote the number 3234 when indicating your institution choice to be a score recipient. Your TOEFL score will then be sent directly to the University of Portsmouth from the Educational Testing Service.

**Please make sure you have nominated the University of Portsmouth to view your certificate online, to enable our admissions team to verify your results.

As a general guide, we require a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component below 5.5 for foundation entry, a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component below 5.5 for undergraduate entry and a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 to 7.0 with no component below 5.5 to 7.0 for postgraduate entry. Exact details of the required score are found on the course profile pages of our website.

Other Accepted English Language Tests

ALTERNATIVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE QUALIFICATIONS LEVEL REQUIRED
A or AS Level Grade D or above in English
Antigua and Barbuda (nationals) Not required
Australia (nationals) Not required
Barbados (nationals) Not required
Belize (nationals) Not required
Botswana Secondary School Certificate Grade C or above in English
Brunei / Cambridge GCE O level Grade C or above in English
Cameroon General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level Grade C or above in English
Canada (nationals - if taught in English) Not required
Canada Secondary School Diploma (Ontario only, other territories will be considered) Grade 10 English above 60%
Czech Republic Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) Grade 2 or above
Dominica (nationals) Not required
ESOL Skills for Life (when all three components completed) Level 1
European Baccalaureate Where English is a compulsory subject or a full option with a score of 7.5
Finland Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen (Matriculation Examination) Grade 4 or above in English
France Option Internationale du Baccalauréat Grade 12 or above in English
GCSE Grade C or above in English Language
German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife / Abitur Grade 10 or above in English
Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate Grade D or above if awarded 1993 - 2005
Grenada (nationals) Not required
Guyana (nationals) Not required
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) An overall score of 4 with a minimum of 3 in each component.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Standard or Higher Level English Language minimum grade 4
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Minimum grade 4-7 in English Language
iGCSE First Language English syllabus 0500/ iGCSE First Language English syllabus 0522/ IGCSE English as a Second Language syllabus 0510/ iGCSE English as a Second Language syllabus 0511 Grade C or above in English. 
India Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) / Standard 12 75% or above in English
Ireland (nationals) Not required
Jamaica (nationals) Not required
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Grade C or above in English
Malaysia SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) (Malaysia Certificate of Education) Grades 6C/6/C or above in English (Syllabus 1119 only)
Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary Level/Higher Level Grade C or above in English/Grade 3 or above in English
NCUK Overall GRADE C required and GRADE C minimum in ALL components
Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) (Gymnasium A/B and Atheneum A/B) diploma Grade 8 or above in English
New Zealand (nationals) Not required
Nigeria Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) Grade C6 or above in English
Norway Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole (Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School) Grade 4 or above in English
Overseas course delivered in English (NCQF 5 or above) Evidence from the institution/provider that the course was fully taught in English for a minimum of 2 years
Portugal Diploma Nível Secundário de Educação / Certificado Nível Secundário de Educação Grade 14 or above in English
Romania Diplomă de Bacalaureat (Baccalaureate Diploma) A minimum grade of B2 in all elements of the English component of the Diplomă de Bacalaureat
If English taken as Diploma exam subject (Humanities stream only): A minimum grade of 6/10
Singapore / Cambridge GCE O level Grade C or above in English
Slovakia Vysvědčení o maturitní zkoušce/Maturita Grade 2 or above in English
South Africa National Senior Certificate Grade C or above in First Language English or Home Language
St Kitts and Nevis (nationals) Not required
St Lucia (nationals) Not required
St Vincent and the Grenadines (nationals) Not required
Sweden Slutbetyg från Grundskola (Compulsory Education Leaving Certificate) Grade Very 'Good' in English A/B
Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education Grade C or above
TESA (Test of English for Studies Abroad) See published IELTS requirements on our course pages
The Bahamas (nationals) Not required
Trinidad and Tobago (nationals) Not required
Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) Grade C or above or between 1-6
USA (nationals) Not required
West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC) Grade C6 or above in English
Zambia School Certificate / General Certificate of Education Grade C or above in English
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level Grade C or above in English

English Language Requirements

UK Visas and Immigration Approved English Language Testing

 

Only two tests are accepted by UKVI as a secure English Language Test (SELT):

  • International English Language Testing System* (IELTS) - test taken worldwide at approved centres

  • Trinity College London - test taken in the UK at approved centres

*When applying for an IELTS test you need to be aware that if you wish to use this for a visa application this will need to be a UKVI approved test. You will need to ensure that you book the correct IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). If you do not take the correct test it may put you at a disadvantage when you come to apply to a UK university. If you have not met the UKVI minimum requirements of 5.5 in all four components and need to take a Pre-sessional English Language programme you will not be able to do this unless you have taken the UKVI approved test. If you wish to apply for this test you need to be aware that it costs slightly more than the standard test and has extra security protocols in place when the test is taken. Click here to access the booking page for the UKVI approved test.

Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions about which test you should take, please do not hesitate to contact us:

internationaloffice.admissions@port.ac.uk – if you have applied through an agent or partner institution.

ukvi-student-compliance@port.ac.uk – if you have applied through UCAS or direct to the University and for other general immigration enquiries.