English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English should see below for our English Language Entry Requirements.

Please be aware that 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 these courses York St John University can only accept UK Visas & Immigration-approved SELT IELTS (IELTS for UKVI) exams as evidence of English language ability.

Please be aware that we are unable to accept Functional Skills in lieu of our English Language Requirements.

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

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 Pre-Sessional entry requirements, please see 
Course options and entry requirements for Pre-sessional Courses

For Pre-Sessional courses and the International Foundation Programme, York St John University can only accept UK Visas & Immigration-approved SELT IELTS (IELTS for UKVI) exams as evidence of English language ability.

Most Foundation, Undergraduate or Postgraduate Courses

IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)  Overall score of 169, with no score below 162
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)  Overall score of 180, with no score below 180
Pearson (PTE)  51 overall, with no less than 59 in any component.
Trinity  ISE III (C1 SELT) with a Pass in each component
TOEFL iBT  75 overall (Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 20), other forms of TOEFL are not acceptable)
GCSE  Grade C or above
iGCSE  Grade C or above (must be English as 1st Language)
AS or A Level in English Language and/or Literature  Grade C or above
Bachelors or Masters Degree  Successful completion at a University in a majority English speaking country where the language of tuition has been English
International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO)   English A: Literature (Standard: Level 4, Higher: Level 4)
English A: Literature and Language (Standard: Level 5, Higher: Level 4)
English Language B (Standard: Level 6, Higher: Level 5)

PG Language & Linguistics Courses

IELTS

6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each component)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)  Overall score of 176, with no score below 169
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)  Overall score of 187, with no score below 187
Pearson (PTE)  58 overall, with no less than 58 in any component.
Trinity  ISE III (C1 SELT) with a Pass in each component
TOEFL iBT  79 overall (with no less than 19 in each band, other forms of TOEFL are not acceptable)
GCSE  Grade C or above 
iGCSE  Grade C or above (must be English as 1st Language) 
AS or A Level in English Language and/or Literature  Grade C or above
Bachelors or Masters Degree  Successful completion at a University in a majority English speaking country where the language of tuition has been English 
International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO)   English A: Literature (Standard: Level 4, Higher: Level 4) 
English A: Literature and Language (Standard: Level 5, Higher: Level 4) 
English Language B (Standard: Level 6, Higher: Level 5)

BHSc & MSc Physiotherapy, BHSc & MSc Occupational Therapy

IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in each component)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)  Overall score of 185, with no score below 178 
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)  Overall score of 196, with no score below 196
Pearson (PTE)  65 overall, with no less than 65 in any component.
Trinity  ISE III (C1 SELT) with a Pass in each component 
TOEFL iBT  94 overall (with no less than 23 in each band, other forms of TOEFL are not acceptable)
GCSE  Grade C or above 
iGCSE  Grade C or above (must be English as 1st Language) 
AS or A Level in English Language and/or Literature  Grade C or above
Bachelors or Masters Degree  Successful completion at a University in a majority English speaking country where the language of tuition has been English 
International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO)   English A: Literature (Standard: Level 4, Higher: Level 4) 
English A: Literature and Language (Standard: Level 5, Higher: Level 4) 
English Language B (Standard: Level 6, Higher: Level 5)