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English language entry requirements

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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 undergraduate 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 dependent 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.

English language bands

Band A
Band B
  •  Dental Institute 

  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

  • Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

    • Department of Nutrition & Dietetics
    • Department of Physiotherapy
    • Department of Pharmacy & Forensic Science
    • Medicine
  • Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

  • The Dickson Poon School of Law

  • Study Abroad (Incoming)

Band C

Applicable to postgraduate degree programmes

Band D
  •  Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Department of Anatomy
    • Department of Biochemistry
    • Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
    • Department of Physiology
    • Molecular Genetics
    • Neuroscience
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Band E  
  •  Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

 

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 select from the options below.

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 the Admissions Office through King's Apply.

Band A

English Language Proficiency Tests

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within two years before the start date of your chosen programme of study. All elements of the test results must be demonstrated in one test. We cannot take a combination of your scores across two tests.

Band A English language test requirements

Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE)

191 overall with a minimum 185 in each skill

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

191 overall with a minimum 185 in each skill

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

 

King's English Language Centre

The English Language Centre at King's offers a number of programmes to help students reach the language and skills level required for entry onto our undergraduate programmes.

Kings

King's International Foundation

Pass programme with B+ in English module

Apply to the International Foundation   

King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

Pass with Band 7

Apply to King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

 

English Language Qualifications

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within five years before the start date of your chosen programme of study.

IGCSE/GCSE English First Language

Pass at grade B with grade B (or equivalent) in all four components of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

IGCSE/GCSE English Second Language

Pass at grade A with grade A (or equivalent) in all four components of Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking

GCE A-level / AS-level 

Pass at grade C in English Language / English Language & English Language and Literature

O Level English Language
Singapore Pass at grade B4
Malaysia (1119 syllabus only) Pass at grade B4
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Pass at Standard Level 5 or Higher Level 4 in English A (English Language / English Literature / English Language & Literature)
Pass at Standard Level 7 or Higher Level 5 in English B
Advanced Placement (AP)

Pass at grade 4 in English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition

Indian High School Leaving Certificate (CISCE/ISC exam board only)

Pass at grade 80% in English as a standard XII subject

Canadian High School Diploma
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Yukon Pass at grade A in English as a grade 12 subject               
New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan Pass at grade 80% in English as a grade 12 subject

 

European English language qualifications

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within five years before the start date of your chosen programme of study. If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK and are completing one of the following qualifications, you may have to  complete an additional English language test to comply with UKVI English proficiency regulations.

Band A European English language qualification

European Baccalaureate

Pass English L1 at 6.0; English L2 at 80%     

Austria Reifeprüfungszeugnis

Pass English at 2 (gut) in both written and oral

Belgium Diploma van Secundair/ Certificate d'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur

Pass English at 8 / 80% / grote onderscheiding /avec grande distinction

Denmark Studentereksamen / Hojere Forberedelseseksamen / Hojere Teknisk Eksamen

Pass English at 10

Finland Ylioppilastutkintodistus

Pass English at 5 (M) magna cum laude approbatur

France Baccalauréat (Option Internationale)

Pass English at 13

France Baccalauréat

Pass English at 13 in both written and oral

German Abitur

Pass English at 12 or Gut when taken as Leistungkurse subject

Iceland Studensprof

Pass English at 8 (when taken as a compulsory language)

Luxembourg Examen de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires

Pass English at 45 (Bien)

Netherlands Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)

Pass English at 7 (ruim voldoende)

Norway Vitnemål

Pass English at 5

Sweden Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan

Pass English at VG (val godkant) or B

Switzerland Maturitatzeugnis

Pass English with 5 (gut/bien/bene)

 

Band B

English Language Proficiency Tests

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within two years before the start of your chosen programme of study. All elements of the test results must be demonstrated in one test. We cannot take a combination of your scores across two tests.

Band B English language test

Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE)

185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill

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 LondonIntegrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III (ISEIII) with merit in each skill

 

King's English Language Centre

The English Language Centre at King's offer a number of programmes to help students reach the language and skills level required for entry onto our undergraduate programmes.

King's College

King's International Foundation

Pass programme with B+ in English module

Apply to the International Foundation

*Law and Medicine require grade A to meet the English language requirement

* Dentistry does not accept the IFP    

King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme

Pass with Band 7

Apply to King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

 

English Language Qualifications

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within five years before the start date of your chosen programme of study.

IGCSE/GCSE  English First Language

Pass at grade B with grade B (or equivalent) in all four components of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

IGCSE/GCSE  English Second Language

Pass at grade A with grade A (or equivalent) in all four components of Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking

GCE A-level / AS-level

Pass at grade C in English Language, English Language & English Language or English Literature

O Level English Language
Singapore Pass at grade B4
Malaysia (1119 syllabus only) Pass at grade B4
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Pass at Standard Level 5 or Higher Level 4 in English A (English Language / English Literature / English Language & Literature)
Pass at Standard Level 7 or Higher Level 5 in English B

 

Advanced Placement (AP)

Pass at grade 4 in English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition

Indian High School Leaving Certificate (CISCE/ISC exam board only)

Pass at grade 80% in English as a standard XII subject

Canadian High School Diploma
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Yukon Pass at grade A in English as a grade 12 subject               
New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan Pass at grade 80% in English as a grade 12 subject

 

European English language qualifications

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within five years before the start date of your chosen programme of study. If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK and are completing one of the following qualifications, you may have to  complete an additional English language test to comply with UKVI English proficiency regulations.

European Baccalaureate

Pass English L1 at 6.0; English L2 at 80%     

Austria Reifeprüfungszeugnis

Pass English at 2 (gut) in both written and oral

Belgium Diploma van Secundair/ Certificate d'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur

Pass English at 8 / 80% / grote onderscheiding /avec grande distinction

Denmark Studentereksamen / Hojere Forberedelseseksamen / Hojere Teknisk Eksamen

Pass English at 10

Finland Ylioppilastutkintodistus

Pass English at 5 (M) magna cum laude approbatur

France Baccalauréat (Option Internationale)

Pass English at 13

France Baccalauréat

Pass English at 13 in both written and oral

German Abitur

Pass English at 12 or Gut when taken as Leistungkurse subject

Iceland Studensprof

Pass English at 8 (when taken as a compulsory language)

Luxembourg Examen de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires

Pass English at 45 (Bien)

Netherlands Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)

Pass English at 7 (ruim voldoende)

Norway Vitnemål

Pass English at 5

Sweden Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan

Pass English at VG (val godkant) or B

Switzerland Maturitatzeugnis

Pass English with 5 (gut/bien/bene)

 

Band C

This band is applicable only to postgraduate programmes.

Band D

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 D English language test

Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE)

176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

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

Trinity College London  Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III (ISEIII) with pass in each skill

 

King's English Language Centre

The English Language Centre at King's offer a number of programmes to help students reach the language and skills level required for entry onto our undergraduate programmes.

King's

King's International Foundation

Pass programme with B+ in English module

Apply to the International Foundation     

King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme

Pass with Band 6.5                                                     

Apply to King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

 

English Language Qualifications

 The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within five years before the start date of your chosen programme of study.

IGCSE/GCSE  English First Language

Pass at grade B with grade B (or equivalent) in all four components of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

IGCSE/GCSE  English Second Language

Pass at grade A with grade A (or equivalent) in all four components of Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking

GGCE A-level / AS-level 

Pass at grade C in English Language; English Language & English Language or English Literature

O Level English Language
Singapore Pass at grade B4
Malaysia (1119 syllabus only) Pass at grade B4
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Pass at Standard Level 5 or Higher Level 4 in English A (English Language / English Literature / English Language & Literature)
Pass at Standard Level 7 or Higher Level 5 in English B
Advanced Placement (AP) 

Pass at grade 4 in English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition

Indian High School Leaving Certificate (CISCE/ISC exam board only)

Pass at grade 80% in English as a standard XII subject

Canadian High School Diploma
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Yukon Pass at grade A in English as a grade 12 subject               
New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan Pass at grade 80% in English as a grade 12 subject

 

European English Language qualifications

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within five years before the start date of your chosen programme of study. If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK and are completing one of the following qualifications, you may have to  complete an additional English language test to comply with UKVI English proficiency regulations.

European Baccalaureate

Pass English L1 at 5.5; English L2 at 75% 

Austria Reifeprüfungszeugnis

Pass English at 3 (Befriedigend) in both written and oral

Belgium Diploma van Secundair/ Certificate d'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur

Pass English at 7.5 / 75%/onderscheiding/ avec distinction

Denmark Studentereksamen / Hojere Forberedelseseksamen / Hojere Teknisk Eksamen

Pass English at 9

Finland Ylioppilastutkintodistus

Pass English at 4 (C) cum laude approbatur

France Baccalauréat (Option Internationale)

Pass English at 12

France Baccalauréat

Pass English at 12 in both written and oral

German Abitur

Pass English at 11 or Gut when taken as Leistungkurse subject

Iceland Studensprof

Pass English at 7 (when taken as a compulsory language)

Luxembourg Examen de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires

Pass English at 40 (Bien)

Netherlands Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)

Pass English at 6 (voldoende)

Norway Vitnemål

Pass English at 4

Sweden Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan

Pass English at G (godkant) or C

Switzerland Maturitatzeugnis

Pass English with 4.5 (befriedigend, satisfaisant, sufficiente)

Band E

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).

Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE)

169 overall with a minimu of 160 in each skill

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

169 overall with a minimu 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 of 20 in each skills

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Level III (ISEIII) with pass in each skill

 

King's English Language Centre

The English Language Centre at King's offer a number of programmes to help students reach the language and skills level required for entry onto our undergraduate programmes.

King's

King's International Foundation

Pass programme with B in English module

Apply to the International Foundation

King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme                                       

Pass with Band 6

Apply to King's Pre-Sessional English Language courses

 

English Language Qualifications

english

IGCSE/GCSE English First Language

Pass at grade B with grade B (or equivalent) in all four components of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

IGCSE/GCSE English Second Language

Pass at grade A with grade A (or equivalent) in all four components of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

GCE A-level / AS-level 

Pass at grade C in English Language; English Language & English Language or English Literature

O Level English Language
Singapore Pass at grade B4
Malaysia (1119 syllabus only) Pass at grade B4
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Pass at Standard Level 5 or Higher Level 4 in English A (English Language / English Literature / English Language & Literature)
Pass at Standard Level 7 or Higher Level 5 in English B
Advanced Placement (AP) 

Pass at grade 4 in English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition

Indian High School Leaving Certificate (CISCE/ISC exam board only)

Pass at grade 80% in English as a standard XII subject

Canadian High School Diploma
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Yukon Pass at grade A in English as a grade 12 subject               
New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan Pass at grade 80% in English as a grade 12 subject

 

European English Language qualifications

The tests listed below are valid if they have been taken within five years before the start date of your chosen programme of study. If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK and are completing one of the following qualifications, you may have to  complete an additional English language test to comply with UKVI English proficiency regulations.

European Baccalaureate

Pass English L1 at 5.5; English L2 at 75% 

Austria Reifeprüfungszeugnis

Pass English at 3 (Befriedigend) in both written and oral

Belgium Diploma van Secundair/ Certificate d'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur

Pass English at 7.5 / 75%/onderscheiding/ avec distinction

Denmark Studentereksamen / Hojere Forberedelseseksamen / Hojere Teknisk Eksamen

Pass English at 9

Finland Ylioppilastutkintodistus

Pass English at 4 (C) cum laude approbatur

France Baccalauréat (Option Internationale)

Pass English at 12

France Baccalauréat

Pass English at 12 in both written and oral

German Abitur

Pass English at 11 or Gut when taken as Leistungkurse subject

Iceland Studensprof

Pass English at 7 (when taken as a compulsory language)

Luxembourg Examen de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires

Pass English at 40 (Bien)

Netherlands Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)

Pass English at 6 (voldoende)

Norway Vitnemål

Pass English at 4

Sweden Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan

Pass English at G (godkant) or C

Switzerland Maturitatzeugnis

Pass English with 4.5 (befriedigend, satisfaisant, sufficiente)

 

Nationality

Nationals of the following countries, who have successfully completed high school in the respective country, are not required to complete an additional English language test.

Nationals

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

 

 

English language requirements for the King's International Foundation

The English language proficiency required for the King’s International Foundation can be found on the website for the following pathways:


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