Entry requirements

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Making the gradeEverything you need to know about academic and language requirements

We will normally consider qualifications from all over the world.

We tend to refer to entry requirements in terms of standard British qualifications (A-levels, or a 'good honours degree'). However, admissions tutors at Leeds are familiar with international qualifications and welcome applications from students with equivalent qualifications. If you consider yourself to be a good student within your own educational system, then it is likely there will be an appropriate entry point for you in Leeds. For advice on whether your qualifications are acceptable please email the international office at internationaloffice@leeds.ac.uk

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification to be admitted onto any of the University's degree programmes.

Please note: students may be concerned following reports that the Home Office has confirmed ETS’ licence to provide English language tests (including TOEFL) for immigration purposes has expired.

As a Highly Trusted Sponsor, this does not affect the University’s discretion to choose our own method of assessing the English language competence of students at degree level or above and we can confirm that we will continue to accept TOEFL for these purposes.

Students coming to the UK for study below degree level, on one of the following types of programmes, can make a visa application relying on a TOEFL certificate as long as the application is made and the visa fee is paid before 1 October 2014:

  • a pre-sessional course lasting no longer than three months
  • a foundation course awarded at a minimum of level three on the revised National Qualifications Framework, or equivalent in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • a foundation degree, at a UK recognised body or a body in receipt of public funding as a Higher Education institution

Undergraduate study

Acceptable minimum qualifications include:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component skill
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 87 (with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing)
  • Pearson (Academic) of 60 overall with no less than 56 in any component
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) grade C or above

Postgraduate taught study

Acceptable minimum qualifications include:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component skill
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 92 with no less than 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing
  • Pearson (Academic) of 64 overall with no less than 60 in any component
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) grade C or above

Postgraduate research study

Acceptable minimum qualifications include:
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component skill
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 87 (with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing)
  • Pearson (Academic) of 60 overall with no less than 56 in any component
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) of grade C or above
Other English language qualifications are also accepted. For a full list please refer to the acceptable English language qualifications listed in the University admissions policy or contact your relevant school or department for details. Some schools and departments have higher English language requirements than these so please check with your school when you apply.

Language Centre

The Language Centre runs courses to help international students improve their English and prepare for study. Find out more