English Language Requirements

 

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​Understanding the many requirements for studying at University can be very confusing. This is why at Cardiff Metropolitan, the International Office consider a number of recognised Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) which are supported by the UKVI for entry to the UK.

The table below compares some of the tests that we consider for entry to our courses, however we also accept the Cambridge ESOL tests and those English language qualifications accepted by the UKVI. A full list of these tests can be found on the UKVI we​bsite.​​

Course Level

IELTS

Pearsons

Cambridge En​g​lish
Advanced (CAE)
​​​Trinity College London

Foundation

4.5 overall with
no sub score
lower than 4.0

n/an/a

​ISE I pass with minimum merit in each skill (in SELT centres only)

Undergraduate

6.0 overall* with
no sub score
lower than 5.5

Overall - 52
Reading - 51
Speaking - 51
Listening - 51
Writing - 51

Exams taken after January 2015

Cambridge English: Advanced

Overall Scale of 169 with no component score lower than 162

Exams taken before January 2015

Cambridge English: Advanced

Level B2 certificate with minimum score: 52

​ISE II pass with minimum merit in each skill

Postgraduate

6.0 overall* with
no sub score
lower than 5.5

Overall – 52
Reading – 51
Speaking – 51
Listening – 51
Writing - 51

Exams taken after January 2015

Cambridge English: Advanced

Overall Scale of 169 with no component score lower than 162

Exams taken before January 2015

Cambridge English: Advanced

Level B2 certificate with minimum score: 52

​ISE II pass with minimum merit in each skill

Courses requiring
higher level
(​e.g. MPhil, PhD)
6.5 overall with
6.5 in both
reading and writing,
and a minimum of
6.0 in the remaining
components

Overall – 61
Reading – 61
Speaking – 61
Listening – 61
Writing - 61

Exams taken after January 2015

Cambridge English: Advanced

Overall score of 176 with minimum of 176 in reading and writing, and a minimum of 169 in the remaining components

Exams taken before January 2015

Cambridge English: Advanced

Grade B or higher

​ISE II pass with distinction in each skill / ISE III pass with pass in each skill​

 *Some courses may require a higher IELTS level, please review the relevant course page and entry requirements​ for confirmation​ of the required IELTS level.

If you require any further guidance on whether the University will accept your qualification then please email our Admissions team at International@cardiffmet.ac.uk. 

Exemptions to English Language Requirements

If you studied in a majority English Speaking Country:

Under new guidance, from 24th November 2016 students who have previously completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK degree which was taught in a majority English speaking country which you are not a national of (listed below) you are exempt from demonstrating your English Language ability on submission of an official documentation produced by UK NARIC which confirms the translation. 

A – H I – P Q – Z

Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
The Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Dominica
Grenada
Guyana

Ireland
Jamaica
New Zealand

St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent and the
Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United States of America

Details about the UK NARIC costs, processing times, example certificate and how to apply can be found here

If you are a national of a majority English speaking country:

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) state that if you are a national of one of the countries listed below you do not need to provide evidence of your English Language ability when you apply for your visa to study in the UK.

​A - H ​I - P ​Q - Z

​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


Foundation and English Language courses

Cardiff Metropolitan are pleased to offer students the opportunity to improve their English Language skills through a number of pre-sessional and foundation courses. Full details and entry requirements please contact the English Language Training Centre (ELTC).

The Cardiff Met GETS Test

Students applying for Undergraduate or Postgraduate courses may also want to consider taking the Cardiff Met GETS Test in place of an external English Language Test. Click here for more information.