English Language Requirements

Please see the tabs below for our requirements by level of study and details of the international qualifications we accept in lieu of IELTS.

You will automatically meet our English requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study if:

If you have any questions or you are not sure if your current English qualification is suitable please contact the International Office for advice.

Free English language support is provided to all international students throughout the academic year by our dedicated EAL tutor.

Leeds Arts University Pre-Sessional English Language Course*

Leeds Arts University offers a pre-sessional summer course for international students who have received an offer of a place for study at undergraduate or postgraduate level but are 0.5 below their IELTS entry requirements (if you intend to study the pre-sessional course we recommend you take the IELTS for UKVI version of the IELTS test). 

This intensive six-week course focuses on all aspects of English that you will need to succeed at the University, from building your confidence in English to presentation skills and academic writing. The course is taught on campus, so you will get to know the University and settle into life in Leeds before your degree programme starts.

It is not all hard work though, with a trip to the cinema, Leeds Museum and a day trip to Whitby included.

Successful completion of the course means you will not need to retake IELTS – you will be able to progress straight to your degree course.

The course will run from Friday 24th July – Thursday 3rd September with a tuition fee of £1,600. 

Please contact the International Team for more details.

*subject to approval. 


Please see the tabs below for requirements by level of study. 

Pre degree (Further Education) Courses

SELT IELTS for UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) is the UKVI approved version of the Secure English Language Test. This test must be taken in an approved IELTS SELT CONSORTIUM test centre and you must state you need a "UKVI approved SELT visa test" when you book.

Click here to view a full list of UKVI SELTs and test centres.

Please note this is the ONLY acceptable test for below degree level study.

Undergraduate Courses

For degree level courses as an alternative to IELTS we will accept:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma - if your language of instruction is English 
  • A Levels if your language of instruction is English 
  • Indian Standard XII - from a recognised school board with a minimum score of 65% in English
  • Canadian High School Graduation Diploma - if your language of instruction is English 
  • USA High School Graduation Diploma - if your language of instruction is English 
  • Hong Kong - HKDSE Core English with a minimum score of 3
  • Icelandic Stúdentspróf - with a minimum grade 6 in English
  • Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) - English at Grade C or above
  • Norwegian Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole - with minimum grade 4
  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE O Level - English at Grade C6 or above
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based test (IBT) - overall score of 72 (minimum scores Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20 and Writing 17)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Skills) - overall minimum score of 42
  • Bellerby's International Foundation Programme - successful completion (minimum score of 40%) of Academic English Skills module 
  • Cambridge English Qualification: First or Advanced with a minimum overall score of 162 or Proficiency with a minimum overall score of 180

Further alternative qualifications may be accepted, but must be achieved at a minimum of B2 level on the CEFR scale.

Postgraduate Courses

We will also accept: