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English Language Requirements

The University of Suffolk welcomes students from all over the world, and for many of our students English is studied as a second language. The Home Office defines certain countries as "majority English Speaking countries" and nationals from these countries are not normally required to obtain an English language qualification for entry onto our courses. Please check the box below to see the Home Office list of majority English speaking countries.   

If English is not your first language you may be asked to undertake an English Language assessment to prove your level of English, unless otherwise stated on your country page. Normally, we would expect admitting English language qualification to be no more than two years old at time of entry onto your course. English language qualifications older than this can only be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK you may be required to sit a Secure English Language Test (SELT) as part of the process of obtaining a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). Some of our courses have different English Language requirements, so please check the boxes below to find out what scores you will need and which tests we can accept:

If you are unsure whether we can accept English which has been completed in your country, please contact the International Office for advice; international@uos.ac.uk

Majority English Speaking Countries

The following countries are on the UK Home Office's list of majority English Speaking countries:

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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

Applicants who are nationals from the above countries are not required to meet the Home Office Tier 4 requirements for English language, but the University may still require some evidence of English language ability to meet the general entrance requirements.

Undergraduate Degrees (excluding Professional Health)
  • IELTS (Academic or UKVI): 6.0 overall, minimum of 5.5 in each component, unless stated otherwise on the specific course page
  • Cambridge Assessment English: B2 First (First Certificate in English) minimum overall score of 169, no less than 162 in each component or C1 Advanced Certificate in Advanced English
  • International Baccalureate: English B; English A Literature and Language; English A Literature at Standard Level 5 or Higher Level 4 
  • TOEFL iBT (only acceptable for applicants who do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK): 78 overall with a minimum of 12 in Reading, 11 in Listening, 17 in Speaking and 20 in writing  
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): CEFR B2 Level
  • University of Suffolk Password Skills Test: 6.0 overall, and a minimum of 5.5 in each component 
Undergraduate Professional Health Degrees

If you are applying to study a Professional Health Programme such as; Adult Nursing, Child Health Nursing, Diagnostic Radiography, Mental Health Nursing, Operating Department Practice, Paramedic Science, Radiotherapy and Oncology or Social Work you are required to achieve the following:

  • IELTS (Academic or UKVI): 7.0 overall, and a minimum of 6.5 in each component
  • Cambridge Assessment English: C1 Advanced Certificate in Advanced English minimum overall score of 185, no less than 180 in each component
  • International Baccalureate English: English B Higher Level 7; English A Literature and Language Standard Level 7 or Higher Level 6 and English A Literature at Standard Level 6 or Higher Level 6
  • TOEFL iBT (only acceptable for students who do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK): 100 overall with a minimum of 24 in reading, 22 in listening, 25 in speaking, and 24 in writing.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): CEFR C1 Level
  • University of Suffolk Password Skills Test: 7.0 overall, and a minimum of 6.5 in each component 
Postgraduate Degrees
  • IELTS (Academic or UKVI): 6.5 overall, and a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • Cambridge Assessment English: C1 Advanced Certificate in Advanced English minimum overall score of 180, no less than 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): CEFR C1 Level
  • TOEFL iBT (only acceptable for students who do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK): 93 overall with a minimum of 12 in reading, 11 in listening, 17 in speaking and 20 in writing
  • University of Suffolk Password Skills Test: 6.5/7.0 overall, and a minimum of 5.5 in each component 
University of Suffolk Password Skills Test

The Password Skills test has been formally aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and is used to assess English Language for admission to all programmes at the University of Suffolk. 

The test takes up to three hours and five minutes to complete and is split in to two parts. The first part assesses reading and writing skills with the second part assessing listening and speaking. The Test costs £40GBP and can be taken at the University if you are already in the UK, or in your home country under Skype supervision if you have access to two PC's and a stable internet connection. 

To understand how the test works and to take part in some sample questions please visit the English Language Testing website

How to take the test

You should only take this test once you have been made a conditional offer to study at the University of Suffolk. To book your test please visit the Online Shop to make your payment and a member of the Admissions Office will contact you to arrange a suitable date and time. If you have any questions regarding the Password Skills test contact the International Office, international@uos.ac.uk

 

Please note that the Password Skills test is not transferable and cannot be used for admission to other universities.