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English language entry requirements

To study at King’s, it is essential that you can communicate effectively in English and are able to do so in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies. The exception is if the university is satisfied that your previous academic record shows that you can study and be examined in the English language.

Minimum English language requirements for our postgraduate programmes 

 

If your first language is not English you must be able to provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which you have applied.

The tables below show the minimum entry requirements for our postgraduate programmes. Please note that these may be subject to change in line with developments to UK Visas and Immigration policy.

The level of English language you are required to demonstrate is dependant upon the programme for which you have applied.

The level of English required for each programme is denoted by a five-band system, each band corresponds to a level of English language competence.

Use our Pre-sessional English calculator to check if your current English scores meet the requirements of your programme, or to calculate which Pre-sessional English course you may
need to consider.

Unless specified, requirements are the same for postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes and postgraduate research programmes (PGR).

Postgraduate English language
 Band A
  •  Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery
    • PG Dip Nursing with registration
Band B
  •  Faculty of Arts & Humanities (PGT)
    • Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries
  • Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
    • Department of Nutrition & Dietetics
    • Department of Physiotherapy
  • Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology DClinPsy
  • Study Abroad (Incoming)
  • The Dickson Poon School of Law
Band C
  •  Faculty of Arts & Humanities (excluding Department of Culture, Media & Creative Industries PGT)
Band D           
  •  Dental Institute 
  • Faculty of Life Science & Medicine (excluding Department of Nutrition & Dietetics and Department of Physiotherapy)
  • Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery
    • PGT Nursing/ Advanced Practice (excluding PGDip with registration)
    • PGR Nursing
  • Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
    • MSc Computing, IT Law and Management
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (excluding Doctorate in Clinical Psychology DClinPsy)                            
Band E
  •  PGT/PGR Natural & Mathematical Science (excluding MSc Computing, IT Law & Managment)

 

For more information on the tests that are accepted for entry and the grades that must be achieved to satisfy the English language requirement for a particular Band, please click on the dropdowns below. The English language tests below are accepted if they have been completed within the past two years.

If you currently hold an offer from King's to take an English language test and you have questions, or need to submit your test results, please contact your Admissions team through your King's Apply account.

Band A

Band A can be demonstrated wih the following tests and grades.

English Language Proficiency Tests

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within the past two years. All elements of the test results must be demonstrated in one test (for example, we cannot take a combination of your scores across two tests).

Band A
 Proficiency test Acceptable? 
King's International Pre-Master's programme

Pass with B+ minimum

Apply to King's International Pre-Master's programme

King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

Pass with Band 7

Apply to King's Pre-sessional English Language courses

Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE)

191 overall; minimum 185 in all skills

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

191 overall; minimum 185 in all skills

IELTS (Academic)

7.5 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

75 overall with a minimum of 69 in each skill

TOEFL iBT

Institution code: 0394

109 overall with 27 in writing and a minimum of 25 in each of the other skills

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III (ISEIII) with distinction in each skill          

Band B

Band B can be demonstrated with the following tests and grades.

English Language Proficiency Tests

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within the past two years. All elements of the test results must be demonstrated in one test (for example, we cannot take a combination of your scores across two tests).

 
Band B
 Proficiency test Acceptable? 
King's International Pre-Master's programme

Pass with B+ minimum

Apply to King's International Pre-Master's programme

King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

Pass with Band 7

Apply to King's Pre-sessional English Language courses

Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE)

185 overall; minimum 176 in all skills

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

185 overall; minimum 176 in all skills

IELTS (Academic)

7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each skill

TOEFL iBT

Institution code: 0394

100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23  in each of the other skills

Trinity College London   Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III (ISEIII) with merit in each skill 

Band C

Band C can be demonstrated wih the following tests and grades.

English Language Proficiency Tests

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within the past two years. All elements of the test results must be demonstrated in one test (for example, we cannot take a combination of your scores across two tests).

Band C
 Proficiency test Acceptable? 
King's International Pre-Master's programme           

Pass with B+ minimum

Apply to King's International Pre-Master's programme

King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

Pass with Band 7

Apply to King's Pre-sessional English Language courses

Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE)

185 overall; minimum 176 in reading & writing and 169 in listening & speaking

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

185 overall; minimum 176 in reading & writing and 169 in listening & speaking

IELTS (Academic)

7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in reading & writing and 6.0 in listening & speaking

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

69 overall, with a minimum of 62 in reading & writing and 59 in listening & speaking

TOEFL iBT

Institution code: 0394

100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing, 23 in reading and 20 in each of the other skills

Trinity College London   Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III (ISEIII) with merit in reading & writing and pass in listening & speaking

Band D

Band D can be demonstrated wih the following tests and grades.

English Language Proficiency Tests

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within the past two years. All elements of the test results must be demonstrated in one test (for example, we cannot take a combination of your scores across two tests).

Band C
 Proficiency test Acceptable? 
King's International Pre-Master's programme

Pass with B+ minimum

Apply to King's International Pre-Master's programme

King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

Pass with Band 6.5

Apply to King's Pre-sessional English Language courses

Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE)

176 overall; minimum 169 in all skills

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

176 overall; minimum 169 in each skill

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

62 overall with a minimum of 59 in each skill

TOEFL iBT

Institution code: 0394

92 overall with a minimum of 23 in writing and 20 in each of the other skills

Trinity College London  Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III (ISEIII) with pass in each skill

Band E

Band E can be demonstrated wih the following tests and grades.

English Language Proficiency Tests

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within the past two years. All elements of the test results must be demonstrated in one test (for example, we cannot take a combination of your scores across two tests).

Band E
 Proficiency test Acceptable? 
King's International Pre-Master's programme

Pass with B minimum

Apply to King's International Pre-Master's programme

King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

Pass with Band 6

Apply to King's Pre-sessional English Language courses

Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE)

169 overall with a minimum of 160 in each skill

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

169 overall with a minimum of 160 in each skill

IELTS (Academic)

6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

59 overall, with a minimum of 54 in each skill

TOEFL iBT

Institution code: 0394

80 overall, with a minimum 20 in each skill

Trinity College London  Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III (ISEIII) with pass in each skill

 

The English Language Centre

 

The English Language Centre offers programmes to help students reach their required language and skills level for entry onto our graduate programmes. 

For entry onto any of the English Language Centre programmes outlined above, please refer to details given on the English Language Centre web page. If you are considering enrolling on a pre-sessional programme at another institution, please check with us that it meets our entry requirements. You can contact us through your King's Apply account.

Nationality

Nationals of the following countries, or applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (of at least three years duration), a postgraduate taught degree (of at least one year) or a PhD in one of the following countries are not required to complete an additional English language test:

Countries not required to take IELTS
 Antigua & Barbuda  Jamaica
 Australia  Malta
 The Bahamas  New Zealand
 Barbados  St Kitts & Nevis
 Belize  St Lucia
 Canada  St Vincent & the Grenadines
 Dominica  Trinidad & Tobago
 Grenada  UK
 Guyana                                    USA
 Ireland  

 

Please note, degrees must have been completed within five years of the proposed entry date, and English language competency is assessed on a case-by-case basis. In certain circumstances you may be asked to demonstrate your English proficiency by taking a recognised test.


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