English language requirements

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To study at Goldsmiths, you will need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English. IELTS requirements for each programme can be found on the relevant programme page.

In addition to IELTS, we also accept the following qualifications as proof of English language capability for study at degree level or above. All Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) as defined by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) are valid for two years.

Covid-19

We recognise it may be difficult for students to take certain English language tests. In light of this, we have expanded our list of acceptable qualifications for entry. More information on the support available to applicants and new students can be found on the Covid-19 advice for Goldsmiths’ applicants page.

Student Visa requirements

For students who require a Student Visa to study in the UK, all requirements are subject to visa rules as well as academic requirements.

EU/EEA Applicants

The list of qualifications below is subject to change. We may be able to accept some EU/EEA High School qualifications as meeting English language requirements. This website will be updated when more information is available.

English language requirements

Students who hold the following qualifications at the right level will not need to submit an IELTS test score.

If your qualification isn’t listed, please contact admissions@gold.ac.uk.

Valid for: Unlimited

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0/6.5/6.0/5.5: Successful completion will meet English language requirements.

Valid for: Unlimited

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0/6.5/6.0/5.5: Passed with letter from the institution confirming that the degree was taught fully in English and the student was assessed in a way requiring them to write, speak, read and listen in English will meet English language requirements.

Valid for: Unlimited

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0/6.5/6.0/5.5: Grade C will meet English language requirements.

Valid for: 5 years

Where English is taken as a final year subject

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Grade of 10 in oral and written examinations will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0: Grade of 7 in oral and written examinations will meet English language requirements

Please contact Admissions to confirm which countries this applies to.

Valid for: Unlimited

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0/6.5/6.0/5.5: Letter from the institution using Goldsmiths template, confirming all 4 components (reading, writing, listening and speaking) have been assessed and taught throughout the degree will meet English language requirements.

For example, final year undergraduate top-up in the UK.

Valid for: 2 years

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0/6.5/6.0/5.5: Transcripts showing that they have successfully completed at least one year of study in the relevant majority English speaking country will meet English language requirements.

Valid for: 2 years

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5: 191 overall with no lower than 176 in all subtests

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.0: 185 overall with 176 in Writing and no subtest lower than 169

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5: 176 overall with 169 in Writing and no subtest lower than 160

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.0: 169 overall with 160 in Writing and no subtest lower than 154

Programmes requiring IELTS 5.5: 162 overall with no subtest lower than 154

Valid for: 2 years

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5: 191 overall with no lower than 176 in all subtests

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.0: 185 overall with 176 in Writing and no subtest lower than 169

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5: 176 overall with 169 in Writing and no subtest lower than 160

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.0: 169 overall with 160 in Writing and no subtest lower than 154

Programmes requiring IELTS 5.5: 162 overall with no subtest lower than 154

Valid for: 5 years

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.0/7.5: English L1 at 6.5 or English L2 at 85% will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5: English L1 at 6.0 or English L2 at 80% will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.0: English L1 at 5.5 or English L2 at 75% will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 2 years

We may be able to accept a Foundation programme completed at another UK university with ‘good’ grades. Contact us at admissions@gold.ac.uk with details of your qualification for more information.

Valid for: 5 years

Where English is taken as a final year subject

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Grade of 14 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0: Grade of 13 will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 5 years

Where English is taken as a final year subject or within the British stream

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Grade of 12 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0: Grade of 11 will meet English language requirements

Valid for: Unlimited

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5: Grade B/5 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.0: Grade B/5 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5: Grade C/4 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.0: Grade C/4 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 5.5: Grade C/4 will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 5 years

Where English is taken as a final year subject

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Grade of 13 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0: Grade of 12 will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 5 years

Where English is taken as a final year subject

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Grade of 19 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0: Grade of 18 will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 5 years

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0/6.5/6.0/5.5: Grade 4 will meet English language requirements.

Valid for: Unlimited

CIE/Spec 0500 English Language: First Language

CIE/Spec 0522 English Language: First Language

CIE/Spec 0990 English Language: First Language

CIE/Spec 0627 English Language: First Language

CIE/Spec 0524 English Language: First Language (USA)

Pearson/4EA1 English Language A

AQA/9270 Level 2 Certificate in English Language including Speaking and Listening Endorsement

 

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Grade B/5 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0/5.5: Grade C/4 will meet English language requirements

 

CIE/Spec 0510 English as a Second Language

CIE/Spec 0511 English as a Second Language

CIE/Spec 0991 English as a Second Language

CIE/Spec 0993 English as a Second Language

Pearson/4ES1 English as a Second Language

AQA/9280 English as a Second Language

 

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Grade A/7 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0/5.5: Grade B/6 will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 5 years

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: 80% in English at Standard 12th grade will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0/5.5: 75% in English at Standard 12th grade will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 5 years

 

IB Diploma Taught in English

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0/6.5/6.0/5.5: Completion with 28+ points will meet English language requirements

 

IB English Language A: Literature/International Baccalaureate English Language A: Language & Literature

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0/6.5/6.0/5.5: Completion with grade H4 or S5 will meet English language requirements

 

International Baccalaureate English Language B

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Completion with grade H5 or S6 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0/5.5: Completion with grade H4 or S6 will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 5 years

Where English is taken as a final year subject

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Grade of 85% will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0 Grade of 80% will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 2 years

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0/6.5: Completion with grade B/65% will meet English language requirements.

Valid for: 2 years

 

LanguageCert (SELT and online non-SELT)

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5 or 7.0: High Pass C1 Expert 120, with a minimum of 33 or 25 in all skills including speaking will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5: High Pass B2 Communicator 110, with a minimum of 38 in all skills including speaking will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.0: Pass B2 Communicator 100, with a minimum of 33 in all skills including speaking will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 5.5: Pass B2 Communicator 90, with a minimum of 25 in all skills including speaking will meet English language requirements

 

LanguageCert (SELT only)

Programmes requiring IELTS 5.0: 

Programmes requiring IELTS 5.0: Pass B1 Achiever 80, with a minimum of 38 in all skills including speaking will meet English language requirements

Where a SELT is required each skill must have a score of at least 33. If your scores are lower than asked for above, please contact the Admissions office for further guidance

Valid for: 5 years

Where English is taken as a final year subject plus successful completion of state examinations

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Achievement of B2 with a grade of 9 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0: Achievement of B2 with a grade of 8.5 will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 5 years

 

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Grade A will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0/5.5: Grade B will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 5 years

Where English is taken as a final year subject

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Grade of 8 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0: Grade of 8 will meet English language requirements

Valid for: Unlimited

 

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0/6.5/6.0/5.5: Grade 4 will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 2 years

 

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: 69 overall with min 62 in writing and no element lower than 59 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5: 62 overall with min 59 in writing and no element lower than 51  will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.0: 54 overall with min 51 writing and no element lower than 47 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 5.5: 50 overall with no element lower than 47 will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 2 years

 

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: 100 overall with 25 in Writing and no lower than 21 in each other skill will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5: 92 overall with 23 in Writing and no lower than 20 in each other skill will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.0: 80 overall with 21 in Writing and no lower than 20 in each other skill will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 5.5: 70 overall with 19 in Writing and no lower than 18 in each other skill will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 2 years

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.0: successful completion with merit in all components will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 5.5/5.0: successful completion with pass in all components will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 2 years

 

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0/6.5/6.0/5.5/5.0: Successful completion with a merit in all components will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 5 years

Where English is taken as a final year subject

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0/6.5/6.0: Achievement of B2 in CEFR level will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 5 years

 

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Grade B will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0/5.5: Grade C will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 5 years

 

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Grade B will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0/5.5: Grade C will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 5 years

 

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0/6.5/6.0/5.5: A letter from the institution using Goldsmiths template, confirming all 4 components (reading, writing, listening and speaking) have been assessed and taught throughout the degree will meet English language requirement

Valid for: 5 years

Where English is taken over two final years of High School

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Grade of 9 will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0: Grade of 8 will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 5 years

Where English is taken as a final year subject

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: Grade of B (with 300 credits) will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0: Grade of C (with 300 credits) will meet English language requirements

Valid for: 2 years

 

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0/5.5: Successful pass will meet English language requirements

Valid for: Unlimited

 

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0/6.5/6.0/5.5: A pass of two AP subjects with grades 3 and 3 will meet English language requirements.

All qualfications above are annually reviewed to ensure they meet academic and legislative obligations.