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English Language requirements for undergraduate programmes

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If English isn’t your first language, you will need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. These are listed on our online prospectus pages.

The table below shows the English language proficiency qualifications we accept, and the level you need to study at undergraduate level at Goldsmiths. We prefer IELTS because it shows us which areas of your English might need to be improved.

Sometimes we may offer you a place on a Pre-sessional English Language course, to improve your standard of English in time for your main course of study with us.

We also offer International Pathways, which can help prepare you for degree level study at Goldsmiths or another UK institution.

Extension Degrees

The minimum English language requirement for Extension Degrees is a score of 5.0 in IELTS or equivalent.

Social work programmes

If you're applying for a social work degree you must provide evidence that you meet communicating and comprehension skills to IELTS at level 7. 

Computing programmes

BSc Computer ScienceBSc Business ComputingBSc Games ProgrammingBSc Creative ComputingFoundation Year in Computing

For the above programmes the English Language requirement is an overall score of 6.0 in IELTS or equivalent (with no individual element lower than 5.5).


English language qualifications must be less than two years old at the time you will start your studies with us. If you are not sure which type of IELTS test you need to take, contact the Immigration Advisory Service (immigration@gold.ac.uk).

Test Minimum required score/level Equivalencies for programmes needing IELTS 7.0*
IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written element and no individual element lower than 6.0) 7.0 (with a minimum of 7.0 in the written element and no individual element lower than 6.5)
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English ISEIII (pass in all components) ISEIII (pass in all components) 

*Some programmes require a score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) before admission can be considered. This will be stated in individual programme descriptions where relevant. You can see the equivalencies in the table above.

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