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English Requirements

The language of instruction at Keele University International College is English. To attain entry into the undergraduate or postgraduate programme, you must be able to demonstrate you have a suitable level of English proficiency. You can do this by obtaining one of the results shown in the table below.

Entry Requirements

Foundation
5.5 with bands at 5.5* minimum
International Year One
5.5 with bands at 5.5 minimum
Pre Master’s
6.0 with bands at 5.5 minimum
Foundation
5.5 with bands at 5.5* minimum
International Year One
5.5 with bands at 5.5 minimum
Pre Master’s
6.0 with bands at 5.5 minimum
Foundation
Grade C/4* minimum
International Year One
Grade C/4 minimum
Pre Master’s
Grade C/4 minimum
Foundation
72 (components - listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 17 minimum)*
International Year One
72 (components - listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 17 minimum)
Pre Master’s
78 (components - listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 17 minimum)
Foundation
42-49 with no bands below 42
International Year One
42-49 with no bands below 42
Pre Master’s
50-57 with no band below 50
Foundation
42-49 with no bands below 42
International Year One
42-49 with no bands below 42
Pre Master’s
50-57 with no band below 50
Foundation
5 with bands at 5 minimum
International Year One
5 with bands at 5 minimum
Pre Master’s
6 with bands at 6 minimum

Country-Specific Requirements

Please contact the Keele University admissions team
O level English Language at grade C or above
WASSCE or WAEC English Language at grade C6 or above
HKDSE English Language at 4 or above
CISCE/CBSE Class XII: 70% or above. All other State Class XII Boards (excluding Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat & Telangana): 75% where study is in English. Otherwise IELTS, or our Free Online English Test (ELLT) is required. All results must be completed within the last two years.
KCSE English Language with C or above
Malaysia Cambridge GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (119 syllabus only)
Cambridge Overseas Schools (COS), English Grade C or above
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) English Language Level 2 at Merit (M) or Excellence (E)
WAEC or NECO English Language with C6 or above
Singapore O level English Language at Grade C or above
English component of the South African National Senior Certificate Grade C
General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level English Language - C and above
Diplome de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires 45 (bien)
Tanzania Certificate of Secondary Education with grade C or above
IELTS 6.5 - Uganda Cert of Education (UCE) English grade 3 or above, or Uganda Advanced Cert of Education (A level equivalent)
English at grade 12 as part of HSGD at 3.0
CSEC English Language with grade 1, 2 or 3
Zambian School Certificate / GCE Grade 5-6
Zimbabwe O level English Language at Grade C or above

EU - Level required*

Matura / Reifeprüfung Grade 2
8 / 80% or Grote avec grande distinction
Bevis for Studentereksamen grade 7
The English Language element (English 1 or 2) of the European Baccalaureate is normally accepted in lieu of GCSE English, providing that a score of 6/ 60% or higher is achieved
Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/Studentexamensbetyg English Grade 4 or above
For candidates taking the International Option Baccalaureate (IOB) we can normally accept English Language plus 2 other subjects taught in the English medium in lieu of GCSE English, providing that a score of 12 or higher is achieved.
Abitur English Grade 12
Ordinary level English Language grades at O4/H4
Diplome de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires 45 (bien)
Matriculation Certificate (SEC) Grade C
Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs Grade 8 or above
Vitnemål Grade 4 or above
B2
Slutbetyg/Examensbevis från Gymnasieskolan - English Grade VG or Grade C, or above

*Nursing, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy require a higher English language level: 2 semesters entry equivalent to: IELTS 6.0 with no more than one element at 5.5; 3 semesters entry equivalent to: UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no more than one element at 4.5

Applicants will also need to pass an entry interview before receiving and Unconditional Offer.

Please contact the College for further information: admissions@kuic.keele.ac.uk.

Oxford International Digital – Online English Test 

Keele University International College (KUIC) and Keele University have agreed a new partnership with Oxford International Digital, which will allow KUIC applicants to take an online English test (terms and conditions will apply) and be accepted if they reach the required level for entry.

The English Language Level Test (ELLT) is provided and administrated by Oxford International Digital and the results are available up to 72 hours after completing all sections of the test.

The test is taken fully online and the cost is £80. However, if you select the KUIC code upon registration you will receive a 20% discount.

After completing the test successfully, applicants must provide their test results to KUIC.  The full cost of the test will reimbursed to you if you meet the published English requirements, pay your course fee deposit and join KUIC. The reimbursement will be reflected on your KUIC student account and deducted from the rest of your course fee total.

Register using the link below (will open a third party website):

English Language Test

The test is open to all countries and regions, as well as for all KUIC courses (including Foundation in Nursing).

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