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English language entry requirements

Dictionary entry - languageThe English language entry requirements for Bachelors and Masters programmes for students whose first language is not English are normally as follows:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall, with minimum 5.5 in any area 
  • TOEFL iBT:

Listening - 17

Reading - 18

Speaking - 20

Writing - 17

The TOEFL and TOEIC English Language tests are no longer accepted as UK Visa & Immigration 'Secure English Language Tests'.  York St John University will continue to accept TOEFL iBT tests as an acceptable alternative test when the minimum CEFR B2 grade is achieved in each skill.  TOEFL iBT can only be considered when applicants are applying for Degree level or above programmes.

Applicants will no longer be able to use TOEFL iBT tests if they are applying for a programme below Degree level and will no longer be able to use TOEIC in any instance. 

  • PTE (Pearson Test of English):

Listening - 51

Reading - 51

Writing - 51

Speaking - 51 


A GCSE or iGCSE in English (minimum ‘C’ grade) can be accepted instead of IELTS or TOEFL.

We also accept Cambridge FCE for entry onto the International Foundation Programme, and Cambridge CAE or CPE for entry onto the 3-year and Masters degree programmes.

Higher levels may be required for certain courses.*

Depending on your English language level, you can enter academic pathway courses leading on to Bachelors or Masters programmes.





Listening - 51

Reading - 51

Writing - 51

Speaking - 51

Direct entry to three year bachelors degree in September 



Direct entry to three year bachelors degree in August, to include five-week pre-sessional course


Listening - 36

Reading - 36

Writing - 36

Speaking - 36


Direct entry to four-year bachelors degree, which includes a one-year foundation course

English language and study skills classes are also available once you are at York St John University to provide you with additional English language support if it is needed.

* Postgraduate Business programmes require 6.0 overall including 6.0 in writing and no section below 5.5.