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English language requirements

The English language entry requirements for Bachelors and Masters programmes for students whose first language is not English are as follows:

English Language Test Minimum Score


6.0 overall, with minimum 5.5 in any area 


Listening - 17

Reading - 18

Speaking - 20

Writing - 20

 Pearson PTE Academic

Listening - 51

Reading   - 51

Speaking - 51

Writing    - 51

 A GCSE or iGCSE in English

‘C’ grade

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Minimum overall score of 169, with no score below 162
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) Minimum overall score of 180, with no score below 180

* Higher levels may be required for certain courses

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


If you do not currently meet the English language requirements for your chosen course then we offer a number of Pre-sessional English courses to help you achieve the entry requirements.

For course options and entry requirements for Pre-sessional courses please click here.


Sub-Degree Courses (Pre-sessional and International Foundation Programme)

For these courses York St John University can only accept UK Visas & Immigration-approved IELTS exams as evidence of English language ability.