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Entry requirements

To join us at the Coventry University London International Study Centre, you need to meet the minimum academic and English language entrance requirements.

For courses starting in October 2021, you can choose how you study so you can either join us on campus or start your studies virtually from home and come to campus at a later date. Find out more here.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests for entry in October 2021.

If you are applying for the International Foundation Year or International Year One

Joining us on campus

You can start your studies with a UKVI- approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), provided you have met all the programme entry requirements. 

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • Language Cert SELT
  • Starting your studies virtually from home and coming to campus at a later date.

You can start your studies virtually with a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) as above or you can provide proof of your English language proficiency with an alternative test. This is possible because you do not need a Student Visa to start virtually from your home country.

You will need to obtain a SELT with the required minimum score to make a Student Visa application in order to come to campus.

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS Indicator
  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • Language Cert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT/iBT Home addition
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo
  • Oxford Test of English

If you are applying for the Pre-Masters

You can start your studies in October 2021 with either a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), or an accepted alternative equivalent assessment, provided you meet all the programme entry requirements. 

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.

This applies if you:

  • come to campus, or
  • start your studies virtually and join us on campus at a later date.

UKVI-approved SELTS include:

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English 
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • Language Cert SELT

Alternative tests accepted include:

  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • IELTS Indicator
  • IELTS Academic
  • LanguageCert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT
  • Cambridge ESOL
  • Duolingo
  • Oxford Test of English

Study Group is permitted to assess students’ suitability for entry onto programmes which are degree level and above under the registration for the UK Office for Students. You are therefore not required to have a UKVI SELT to obtain a Student Visa when you come to campus.

If you begin your course virtually and transfer to the UK to complete your programme, you may be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) based on the Academic English Skills module assessments (as part of your Pre-Masters).

A CAS for a Student Visa will only be issued if you have met the minimum language requirement of CEFR B2 in all skills, and the academic entry requirements for your chosen programme.

To progress to your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you will be required to successfully complete your pathway programme and achieve the required grades. 

Below you will find academic entry requirements for admission to all of our courses. If you have any doubts about whether you meet these requirements, please enquire now:


International Foundation Year
International Year One
Pre-Master’s Programme
Academic   Good high school graduation grades or equivalent academic study Successful completion of secondary school plus one year of further study
A recognised first degree
English language
Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (with 4.0 in writing)*
Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (with 5.0 in writing)*
Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 across all skills* or equivalent accepted**. See text below for full details
Age
17 +
Students are usually at least 17 +
Students must be at least 20 +
Nationality
Available to international, home and EU students
Available to international, home and EU students
Available to international, home and EU students

Country specific requirements
Country specific requirements
Country specific requirements

All students' English and numeracy skills will be tested on arrival, and study plans may be altered accordingly. This may incur additional costs.

**English Language Requirement for Pre-Master’s Programme

For entry to the Pre-Masters Programme we now accept a wide range of IELTS equivalent qualifications as part of the English assessment for students joining from September 2020 onwards.

These include Pearson, TOEFL, Cambridge Business and Cambridge Main Suite.

Please note these alternative qualification are accepted for entry onto the Pre-Master’s Programme only

Other international qualifications:

IGSCE / GCSE / O-Level: 5 passes at A-D in relevant subjects (excluding native language). New grades 9 - 3 in English and Maths

* If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English. The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ.

If you are applying to study in the UK under the Student visa route it may be necessary for you to submit a Secure English Language Test (SELT) as part of your visa application.

Visit GOV.UK to find out more about valid test providers and approved test centre locations for tests taken on or after 6 April 2015. To find out if you are exempt from the SELT requirement and to find out about acceptable English language tests please contact us.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.