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English Language Requirements

The University's English language requirements for most academic courses are listed below. We usually require you to have a University recognised English language test such as IELTS, PTE Academic or equivalent. 

If your qualification is not listed please contact bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk 

Foundation & English Language Programmes

IELTS

Minimum Component

Trinity

Minimum Component

International Foundation Programmes

5.0

4.0

ISE I

Pass

International Foundation - Law

5.5

4.0

ISE II

Pass

English Language Pre Sessional Programme

4.5-6.0

4.0

ISE I

Pass

Students studying below degree level on a Tier 4 Visa must also meet UKVI requirements and you must have a SELT (Secure English Language Test) taken at an approved centre.

Undergraduate Programmes

IELTS

Minimum Component

PTE Academic 

Minimum Component

All Undergraduate Programmes (exceptions below)

6.0

5.5

54

51

Health Professional Courses

6.5

6.0

62

54

Midwifery BSc (Hons), Nursing Studies/Registered Nurse (adult) BSc (Hons)

7.0

7.0

69

69

Social Work BSc (Hons), Physiotherapy BSc (Hons), Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons)

7.0

6.5

69

62

Dip HE Medical Science Year 1 (Pre-med Year)*

6.5

6.0

62

54

Dip HE Medical Science Year 2*

7.0

6.5

69 62

Law

6.5

5.5

62

51

Engineering Programmes 

5.5

5.5

51

51

*Students studying below degree level on a Tier 4 Visa must also meet UKVI requirements and you must have a SELT (Secure English Language Test) taken at an approved centre.

 

Undergraduate Programmes Final Year/Top Up

IELTS

Minimum Component

PTE Academic

Minimum Component

All Undergraduate Programmes (exceptions Below)

6.5

5.5

62

51

Engineering Programmes Final Year Entry

6.0

5.5

54

51

Health & Life Sciences Programmes

6.5

6.0

62

54

Postgraduate Taught Programmes

IELTS*

Minimum Component 

PTE Academic

Minimum Component

All programmes (exceptions below)

6.5

5.5

62

51

Bar Professional Training Course

7.5

7.5

73

73

Health & Life Sciences Postgraduate Programmes (exceptions Below) 

6.5

6.0

62

54

Master in Nursing (Mnurs), Midwifery Studies PgDip 

7.0

7.0

69 69
MA Social Work, MSc Physiotherapy, MSc Occupational Health
7.0 6.5 69 62

MSc Computer Network Technology, MSc Electrical Power Engineering, MSc Microelectronic & Communication Engineering, MSc Renewable & Sustainable 

6.0

5.5

54 51

Postgraduate Research Programmes

IELTS*

Minimum Component 

PTE Academic

Minimum Component

All Research Programmes Faculties of Engineering & Environment, Health & Life Sciences, Arts, Design and Social Sciences (exeptions below)

6.5

6.0

62

54

Faculty of Business & Law

6.5

6.0 (Except 6.5 for Writing)

62

54 (Except 62 for Writing

For students who have not yet met the English requirements, Northumbria offers a Pre sessional English programme at our Newcastle campus.

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