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English language entry requirements

King's College London humanities students in a seminar at the Strand Campus

To study at King’s, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively 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.

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 on the programme you have applied for. The bands below show the level of English language competence required for undergraduate programmes, and the English language tests accepted.

You can also use our Pre-sessional English calculator to check if your current English (IELTS) scores meet the requirements of your programme, or to calculate which Pre-sessional English course you may need to consider.

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

Which programmes?

This band applies to all programmes within the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery except Nursing Studies (for qualified healthcare professionals) BSc. For this programme, please see Band D.

Please read all of the below information carefully as there are a wide range of English language tests we can accept to meet our English language requirements.

If a test you have completed is not listed below, unfortunately we are unable to accept it as meeting our English language requirements.

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) / Cambridge C1 Advanced

191 overall with a minimum 185 in each skill

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge C2 Proficiency

191 overall with a minimum 185 in each skill

IELTS (Academic)

7.5 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each skill

Occupational English Test (OET) B grade in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
Pearson Test of English (Academic)

75 overall with a minimum of 69 in each communicative 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

 

A-level, AS-level, International Baccalaureate and GCSE/IGCSE

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

English
GCE A-level / AS-level 

English Language or English Language & Literature
Grade C
International Baccalaureate Diploma English A

(English Language/Literature/Language & Literature)

Higher Level 4

Standard Level 5

International Baccalaureate Diploma English B

(English Language)

Higher Level 5

Standard Level 7

GCSE English Language

Grade B or 6

GCSE English Language 

OCR (Specification J351/J355)

Grade B plus Speaking and Listening at grade 4

IGCSE English Language

AQA (Specification 8700/8705)

Grade B

IGCSE English Language 

AQA (Specification 4705)

Grade B plus Speaking and Listening at grade 4

IGCSE English First Language

CIE (Specification 0522)

Grade B

IGCSE English First Language

CIE (Specification 0500)

Grade B plus Speaking and Listening at grade 2

IGCSE English Second Language

CIE (Specification 0511)

Grade A

IGCSE English Second Language

CIE (Specification 0510)
Grade A plus Speaking and Listening at grade 2
IGCSE English Language A

Edexcel (Specification 4EA0)
Grade B in Route two

 

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 70%; English L2 at 80%     

Austria Reifeprüfungszeugnis

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

Belgium Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs / Certificate d'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur

Pass English at 80% / 16 out of 20 / grote onderscheiding /avec grande distinction

Denmark Studentereksamen / Hojere Forberedelseseksamen / Hojere Teknisk Eksamen

Pass English (A or B) at grade 7

Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus

Pass English at 5 (M) magna cum laude approbatur

France Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (British English or American English)

Pass English at 12

France Baccalauréat

Pass English at 13 where English is the first foreign language (LV1)

German Abitur

Pass English at 12 or Gut when taken as a Hauptfach / Leistungskurs / Kurs mit erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau

Iceland Stúdentspróf (bóknámsbraut)

Pass English at 9 (when taken as a compulsory language)

Luxembourg Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires

Pass English at 45 (bien)

Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)

Pass English at 8 (goed)

Norway Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole

Pass English at 4 when taken as a Common Core Subject

Sweden Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan

Pass English at grade C (minimum of 150 credits)

Switzerland Certificat de Maturité / Maturitätszeugnis / Attestato di Maturità

Pass English with 5 (bien/gut/bene)

 

International School Level 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.

Singapore O-Level (SINO) taken with CIE

English Language
Pass at grade B4
Singapore Integrated Programme (section 4)

English Language / Language Arts
Pass at grade B
Malaysia O Level

English Language
Pass at grade B4 (1119 syllabus only)
Advanced Placement (AP)

English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition

Pass at grade 4

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 Pass at grade A or 80% in English as a grade 12 subject or Pre-University course

 

Band B

Which programmes?

This band applies to all programmes within:

  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
  • King's Business School
  • Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Department of Physiotherapy
  • Department of Pharmacy & Forensic Science
  • Medicine
  • Dental Institute
  • Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
  • The Dickson Poon School of Law
  • Study Abroad (Incoming)

Please read all of the below information carefully as there are a wide range of English language tests we can accept to meet our English language requirements.

If a test you have completed is not listed below, unfortunately we are unable to accept it as meeting our English language requirements.

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) / Cambridge C1 Advanced

185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge C2 Proficiency

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 communicative 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

 

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

 

A-level, AS-level, International Baccalaureate and GCSE/IGCSE

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

GCE A-level / AS-level 

English Language or English Language & Literature
Grade C
International Baccalaureate Diploma English A

(English Language/Literature/Language & Literature)

Higher Level 4

Standard Level 5

International Baccalaureate Diploma English B

(English Language)

Higher Level 5

Standard Level 7

GCSE English Language

Grade B or 6

GCSE English Language 

OCR (Specification J351/J355)

Grade B plus Speaking and Listening at grade 4

IGCSE English Language

AQA (Specification 8700/8705)

Grade B

IGCSE English Language 

AQA (Specification 4705)

Grade B plus Speaking and Listening at grade 4

IGCSE English First Language

CIE (Specification 0522)

Grade B

IGCSE English First Language

CIE (Specification 0500)

Grade B plus Speaking and Listening at grade 2

IGCSE English Second Language

CIE (Specification 0511)

Grade A

IGCSE English Second Language

CIE (Specification 0510)
Grade A plus Speaking and Listening at grade 2
IGCSE English Language A

Edexcel (Specification 4EA0)
Grade B in Route two

 

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 70%; 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 80% / 16 out of 20 / grote onderscheiding /avec grande distinction

Denmark Studentereksamen / Hojere Forberedelseseksamen / Hojere Teknisk Eksamen

Pass English (A or B) at grade 7

Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus

Pass English at 5 (M) magna cum laude approbatur

France Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (British English or American English)

Pass English at 12

France Baccalauréat

Pass English at 13 where English is the first foreign language (LV1)

German Abitur

Pass English at 12 or Gut when taken as a Hauptfach / Leistungskurs / Kurs mit erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau

Iceland Stúdentspróf (bóknámsbraut)

Pass English at 9 (when taken as a compulsory language)

Luxembourg Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires

Pass English at 45 (bien)

Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)

Pass English at 8 (goed)

Norway Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole

Pass English at 4 when taken as a Common Core Subject

Sweden Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan

Pass English at grade C (a minimum of 150 credits)

Switzerland Certificat de Maturité / Maturitätszeugnis / Attestato di Maturità

Pass English with 5 (bien/gut/bene)

 

International School Level 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.

Singapore O-Level (SINO) taken with CIE

English Language
Pass at grade B4
Singapore Integrated Programme (section 4)

English Language / Language Arts
Pass at grade B
Malaysia O Level

English Language
Pass at grade B4 (1119 syllabus only)
Advanced Placement (AP)

English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition

Pass at grade 4

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 Pass at grade A or 80% in English as a grade 12 subject or Pre-University course

 

Band C

This band is applicable only to postgraduate programmes.

Band D

Which programmes?

This band applies to all programmes within:

Please read all of the below information carefully as there are a wide range of English language tests we can accept to meet our English language requirements.

If a test you have completed is not listed below, unfortunately we are unable to accept it as meeting our English language requirements.

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) / Cambridge C1 Advanced

176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge C2 Proficiency

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 communicative 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

 

A-level, AS-level, International Baccalaureate and GCSE/IGCSE

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

GCE A-level / AS-level 

English Language or English Language & Literature
Grade C
International Baccalaureate Diploma English A

(English Language/Literature/Language & Literature)

Higher Level 4

Standard Level 5

International Baccalaureate Diploma English B

(English Language)

Higher Level 5

Standard Level 7

GCSE English Language

Grade B or 6

GCSE English Language 

OCR (Specification J351/J355)

Grade B plus Speaking and Listening at grade 4

IGCSE English Language

AQA (Specification 8700/8705)

Grade B

IGCSE English Language 

AQA (Specification 4705)

Grade B plus Speaking and Listening at grade 4

IGCSE English First Language

CIE (Specification 0522)

Grade B

IGCSE English First Language

CIE (Specification 0500)

Grade B plus Speaking and Listening at grade 2

IGCSE English Second Language

CIE (Specification 0511)

Grade A

IGCSE English Second Language

CIE (Specification 0510)
Grade A plus Speaking and Listening at grade 2
IGCSE English Language A

Edexcel (Specification 4EA0)
Grade B in Route two

 

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.

EU
European Baccalaureate Pass English L1 at 70%; 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 80% / 16 out of 20 / grote onderscheiding / avec grande distinction
Denmark Studentereksamen / Hojere Forberedelseseksamen / Hojere Teknisk Eksamen Pass English (A or B) at grade 7
Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus Pass English at 5 (M) magna cum laude approbatur
France Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (British English or American English) Pass English at 12
France Baccalauréat Pass English at 13 where English is the first foreign language (LV1)
German Abitur Pass English at 12 or Gut when taken as a Hauptfach / Leistungskurs / Kurs mit erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau
Iceland Stúdentspróf (bóknámsbraut) Pass English at 9 (when taken as a compulsory language)
Luxembourg Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires Pass English at 45 (bien)
Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) Pass English at 8 (goed)
Norway Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole Pass English at 4 when taken as a Common Core Subject
Sweden Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan Pass English at grade C (a minimum of 150 credits)
Switzerland Certificat de Maturité / Maturitätszeugnis / Attestato di Maturità Pass English with 5 (bien/gut/bene)

  

International School Level 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.

Singapore O-Level (SINO) taken with CIE

English Language
Pass at grade B4
Singapore Integrated Programme (section 4)

English Language / Language Arts
Pass at grade B
Malaysia O Level

English Language
Pass at grade B4 (1119 syllabus only)
Advanced Placement (AP)

English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition

Pass at grade 4

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 Pass at grade A or 80% in English as a grade 12 subject or Pre-University course

 

Band E

Which programmes?

This band applies to all programmes within:

  • Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Please read all of the below information carefully as there are a wide range of English language tests we can accept to meet our English language requirements.

If a test you have completed is not listed below, unfortunately we are unable to accept it as meeting our English language requirements.

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) / Cambridge C1 Advanced

169 overall with a minimum of 160 in each skill

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge C2 Proficiency

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 communicative 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

 

A-level, AS-level, International Baccalaureate and GCSE/IGCSE

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

GCE A-level / AS-level 

English Language or English Language & Literature
Grade C
International Baccalaureate Diploma English A

(English Language/Literature/Language & Literature)

Higher Level 4

Standard Level 5

International Baccalaureate Diploma English B

(English Language)

Higher Level 5

Standard Level 7

GCSE English Language

Grade B or 6

GCSE English Language 

OCR (Specification J351/J355)

Grade B plus Speaking and Listening at grade 4

IGCSE English Language

AQA (Specification 8700/8705)

Grade B

IGCSE English Language 

AQA (Specification 4705)

Grade B plus Speaking and Listening at grade 4

IGCSE English First Language

CIE (Specification 0522)

Grade B

IGCSE English First Language

CIE (Specification 0500)

Grade B plus Speaking and Listening at grade 2

IGCSE English Second Language

CIE (Specification 0511)

Grade A

IGCSE English Second Language

CIE (Specification 0510)
Grade A plus Speaking and Listening at grade 2
IGCSE English Language A

Edexcel (Specification 4EA0)
Grade B in Route two

 

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.

EU
European Baccalaureate Pass English L1 at 70%; 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 80% / 16 out of 20 / grote onderscheiding / avec grande distinction
Denmark Studentereksamen / Hojere Forberedelseseksamen / Hojere Teknisk Eksamen Pass English (A or B) at grade 7
Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus Pass English at 5 (M) magna cum laude approbatur
France Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (British English or American English) Pass English at 12
France Baccalauréat Pass English at 13 where English is the first foreign language (LV1)
German Abitur Pass English at 12 or Gut when taken as a Hauptfach / Leistungskurs / Kurs mit erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau
Iceland Stúdentspróf (bóknámsbraut) Pass English at 9 (when taken as a compulsory language)
Luxembourg Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires Pass English at 45 (bien)
Netherlands Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) Pass English at 8 (goed)
Norway Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole Pass English at 4 when taken as a Common Core Subject
Sweden Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan Pass English at grade C (a minimum of 150 credits)
Switzerland Certificat de Maturité / Maturitätszeugnis / Attestato di Maturità Pass English with 5 (bien/gut/bene)

  

International School Level 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.

Singapore O-Level (SINO) taken with CIE

English Language
Pass at grade B4
Singapore Integrated Programme (section 4)

English Language / Language Arts
Pass at grade B
Malaysia O Level

English Language
Pass at grade B4 (1119 syllabus only)
Advanced Placement (AP)

English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition

Pass at grade 4

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 Pass at grade A or 80% in English as a grade 12 subject or Pre-University course

 

English Requirements for King's International Foundation

Which programmes?

This band applies to all programmes within:

Please read all of the below information carefully as there are a wide range of English language tests we can accept to meet our English language requirements.

If a test you have completed is not listed below, unfortunately we are unable to accept it as meeting our English language requirements.

For applicants requiring a Tier 4 study visa

If you need to apply for a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, we can only accept IELTS results that have been provided by test centres approved by UK Visas and Immigration: IELTS for UKVI (Academic). You can find a list of approved test centres on the IELTS website or on the UKVI website

Tier 4 visa IFP
IELTS for UKVI (Academic)

5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading and Writing and 5.0 in Listening and Speaking

 

For applicants not requiring a Tier 4 study visa

We accept a number of other English language tests if you do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK:

Non Tier 4 requirements
Cambridge FCE / Cambridge B2 First
162 overall with 162 in reading and writing and 154 in listening and speaking
Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE) / Cambridge C1 Advanced 162 overall with 162 in reading and writing and 154 in listening and speaking
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) / Cambridge C2 Proficiency 162 overall with 162 in reading and writing and 154 in listening and speaking
IELTS Academic 5.5 overall with 5.5 in reading and writing and 5.0 in listening and speaking
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 47 overall with 47 in each communicative skill
TOEFL iBT Institution code: 0394 71 overall with 17 in reading and writing, and 16 in listening and speaking

 

 

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

 

 


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