English Language Requirements

GCSE English Language grade C or above, or equivalent, is a minimum requirement of all Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes with the exception of UTT programmes where grade B is required.  Some of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes require a higher grade therefore please ensure you check our course pages for specific requirements. Examples of alternative qualifications taken in lieu of the GCSE C grade are:

Qualification Grade​CEFR​Note:
IELTS (Academic)​​6.0 (with no element below 5.5)​B2
​Cambridge English Advanced ​169 (no element below 162)​B2
TOEFL Internet Based Test​​72​B2
​Pearson Academic​52 (no element below 51)​B2
​Cardiff Met GETS English Test **No longer available to new Home/EU applicants​81% (no element below 81%)​B2
​Essential Skills Level 3 Communication​Pass
​Functional Skills Level 2 English​Pass
​IGCSE English as a First Language​C
​GCSE English Language
(from 2017 in England)
​4More information

European English Language qualifications accepted for entry:

CountryQualificationGrade Required
​Austria​Matura / Reifeprufung2 (Gut)​
​Denmark​Bevis for Studentereksamen7​
​Germany​Abitur10 (provided English has been taken as Hauptfach/Leistungskurs subject)​
​Netherlands​Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs​8
​Norway​Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole​4
​Sweden​Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg​VG / 4

Pre-Sessional English and GETS courses

Cardiff Metropolitan University does offer Pre-Sessional English and GETS** courses which can enable students to reach the required english language level if their previous IELTS grade isn't sufficient.  Please visit the English Language Training Centre (ELTC) page for further information on requirements, fees and intake dates. If you would like to make an application please contact Admissions (askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk), including a copy of your IELTS certificate.

** GETS Test no longer available to new Home/EU applicants