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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your English language skills. Specific English language requirements are listed on each individual course page. Here we give you an overview of the English language qualifications we accept.

Secure English language tests

The UK Government approves certain English language qualifications as being Secure English Language Tests (SELT). These meet the government’s requirements for visa applications. View the full list of approved SELT.

English language qualifications

We’re also able to accept English language qualifications that are not on the approved SELT list for entry. Please note that this applies only to undergraduate or postgraduate level courses. 

What qualifications do we accept?

We’ll continue to accept all of the English language qualifications listed below, this includes all IELTS qualifications:

  • International English Language Testing System: (IELTS)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: (CPE)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: (CAE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE
  • Internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language Test: IBT TOEFL

Any English language qualification should have been taken, typically, within two years of the University of Stirling course start date.

We consider the following as equivalent test scores:

  • IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade C or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade C or above
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 54 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL 80 with no subtest less than 17
  • IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade C or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade B or above
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 60 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL 90 with no subtest less than 17
  • IELTS 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade C or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade B or above
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 60 with 56 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL 90 with no subtest less than 20
  • IELTS 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in speaking and listening and minimum 6.5 in reading
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade B or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade B or above
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 60 with a minimum 60 in reading and writing and minimum 56 in speaking and listening
    • IBT TOEFL 90 with no sub-test lower than 20
  • IELTS 7.0 with minimum 6.0 in each skill
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade B or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade A
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 67 with a minimum of 55 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL 100 with no sub-test lower than 20
  • IELTS 7.0 overall
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Grade B or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Grade A
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 67 with a minimum of 55 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL 100 with no-subtest lower than 20

Waiving an English language condition

If you’re a national from a majority English speaking country (as defined by the UK government), we’ll waiver our English language requirements. These countries are:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States of America

If you’re a postgraduate student, we may waiver an English language condition if you can provide evidence that your undergraduate degree was taught and examined fully in English.

We’ll also waive the need for a formal English language qualification if you meet certain criteria, depending on whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student. For more detailed information on when we’ll waiver an English language requirement please go to the following pages:

Any questions about English language requirements?

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