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 starting in 2020 to take certain English language tests. In light of this, we have expanded our list of acceptable qualifications for 2020 entry. More information on the support available to applicants and new students can be found on the Covid-19 advice for Goldsmiths’ applicants page.

Tier 4 Visa requirements

For students who require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, all requirements are subject to visa rules as well as academic requirements.

Pre-sessional English requirements

For entry onto a Goldsmiths Pre-sessional English course we can accept the following tests:

  • Duolingo English Test
  • IELTS Indicator
  • Pearson Versant English Placement Test

The required scores will depend on which length of Pre-sessional course you will need to take – please see our Pre-sessional English language requirements page for full details.

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.

UK Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PhD

Valid for: Unlimited

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

UK Bachelor’s, Master’s or, PhD equivalent from a majority English speaking country, and a degree taught in English

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.

A-level in English from a UK awarding body

Valid for: Unlimited

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

Degree level course taught in a Goldsmiths defined English speaking country/American institute abroad.

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.

Degree level course studied in a UKVI defined majority English speaking country for a minimum of one year

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.

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE C1)

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

Cambridge Proficiency English (CPE)

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

Foundation programme from other institutions

Valid for: 2 years

Most undergraduate degree programmes require successful completion with 'good' grades. Undergraduate foundation programmes from the following institutions are acceptable:

  • Kings College London
  • Oxford Brooks
  • Queen Mary London
  • Roehampton
  • SOAS
  • UCL
  • University of Exeter
  • University of London
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Warwick

Please email admissions@gold.ac.uk for exact grade requirements.

GCSE/O-level in English from a UK awarding body

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

Hong Kong Examinations and Assessments Authority

Valid for: 5 years

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

IGCSE

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

Indian Standard X/Indian Standard XII

Valid for: 5 years

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: 80% in both exams will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5/6.0/5.5: 75% in both exams will meet English language requirements

International Baccalaureate

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

Kaplan Pre-Masters Programme

Valid for: 2 years

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

LanguageCert

Valid for: 2 years

 

LanguageCert (SELT and online non-SELT)

Programmes requiring IELTS 7.5/7.0: High Pass C1 Expert 120, with a minimum of 40 in writing and no skill lower than 35 including speaking will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.5: High Pass B2 Communicator 110, with a minimum of 35 writing and no skill lower than 30 including speaking will meet English language requirements

Programmes requiring IELTS 6.0: Pass B2 Communicator 100, with a minimum of 30 in writing and no skill lower than 25 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: Pass B1 Achiever 80, with a minimum of 20 in all skills including speaking will meet English language requirements

Malaysian 1119 English module

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

Norwegian Vitnemaal in English

Valid for: Unlimited

 

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

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

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

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

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

TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

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

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English II

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

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III

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

Singapore Integrated Programme (IP) in English Language/Language Arts

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

Singapore O Level

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

Singapore Diploma

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

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

Valid for: 2 years

 

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

USA 2 Advanced Placements

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.

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